So what else can I do to get rid of my acne?


National electronic Library of Infection

Bugs & Drugs on the Web
NeLI Antimicrobial Resistance Website


Learn about Resistance
Antimicrobial Resistance & Common Illnesses Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Other Resources



Current Location: Home > CommonIllnesses > Acne > So what else can I do to get rid of my acne?



News

Over 6-week antibiotic treatment for acne raises risk of upper respiratory tract infection


Resources

BBC Acne Self-Help Guide
11/02/2005

More resources...


Current Tip

Finish your course of antibiotics
More Tips...


Feedback

Give us your feedback about this website







So what else can I do to get rid of my acne?


The BBC Self-help Guide offers the following advice for preventing and treating the symptoms of acne:
  • Cleanse the affected skin twice a day with an antibacterial face wash. Tea tree or neem products are ideal. Witch hazel is another potent skin cleanser.
  • Keep your hands and nails clean. Avoid touching your face and never squeeze spots as this can spread infection and lead to scarring.
  • Treat spots by applying a small amount of tea tree oil on a cotton bud. Use sparingly, though, and do a skin test first on an area away from the face. Don't use near the eyes.
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and wholegrains. Keep saturated fats, sugar, junk food to a minumum and avoid excess animal or dairy products.
  • Have a daily intake of zinc-rich foods (found in wholegrains, pulses, nuts and seeds, fish and poultry) or supplement with zinc citrate or zinc picolinate (30mg to 50mg a day) every evening taken on its own with water.
  • Reduce tea and coffee intake and increase your water intake to at least six glasses a day.
  • Take regular exercise and practise deep breathing; both help to release impurities from the skin.

The British Association for Dermatologists adds that excessive washing can make things worse and that acne is nothing to do with what you eat. See the British Association for Dermatologists website for more details.


Related Resources
Medical Microbiology: Acne and antibiotic resistance
NHS Direct Self-help Guide - Acne
Skin Disease Information - Acne
Resources about Acne
Prodigy Guidance - Acne Vulgaris
Minocycline for acne vulgaris: efficacy and safety. (Cochrane Review)
Antibiotic Tablets for Acne
BBC Acne Self-Help Guide


Date of Posting: 14/01/2003
Date of next Review: 02/11/2006


Related Questions:
Do antibiotics cure acne?


MeSH keywords:
Acne Vulgaris; Drug Resistance; Microbial


Created by CeRC. Page last updated 2/11/2005. To contact us click here.

Free DHTML scripts provided by
Dynamic Drive



City University City UniversityNational Electronic Library for Health (NeLH)

National Library for Health (NLH)
NHS Direct 0845 4647 NHS Direct 0845 4647 Health Protection Agency Health Protection Agency