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How can teens get rid of pimples and prevent new ones?

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Here are steps to get rid of pimples -- and keep new ones from forming:

  • Wash your face twice a day with a gel-based or foaming cleanser.
  • Avoid harsh soaps and products containing alcohol.
  • When washing your face, gently massage it with circular motions.
  • When you have finished washing, use a lotion with the acne medicine benzoyl peroxide. You can get these in the drug store or supermarket without a prescription.

From: FAQ About Teens and Facial Skin Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin," "Hygiene Basics," "Can Acne Scars Be Removed?" "Shaving."

University of Utah Health Care: "Treating Teen Acne."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sarah's Skin Care Tips."

University of Texas Medical School at Houston: "Chemical Peel."

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin," "Hygiene Basics," "Can Acne Scars Be Removed?" "Shaving."

University of Utah Health Care: "Treating Teen Acne."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sarah's Skin Care Tips."

University of Texas Medical School at Houston: "Chemical Peel."

FDA

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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