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What kids should know about stopping pimples

The best thing to do is to try to stop pimples before they start. Here's what you should do:

Wash your face twice a day

Wash your face twice a day with warm water, using a mild cleanser, which works like soap to clean your skin, but is gentler so it doesn't dry it out. Ask your mom or dad to help you pick one. Don't scrub hard and don't use a washcloth. That can make pimples worse. You also might have heard about special products called "scrubs." These can be too hard on your skin, so don't use them unless a doctor tells you to. If you wear makeup, be sure to wash it off before you go to bed.

A girl washing her face to prevent pimples

Wash your hair regularly

Wash your hair regularly. Greasy hair that hangs on your face can make your skin oily. You don't want more oil on your skin!

Illustration of a young girl washing her hair

Only use oil-free skin care products

Only use oil-free skin care products. Some packages will say the product is "oil-free." Others use big words like ”noncomedogenic” and ”nonacnegenic.” All those things are good. It means the product doesn't clog your pores.

Illustration of oil-free moisturizer or liquid soap bottle

Keep hairspray and gel away from your face

Keep hairspray and gel away from your face. Those things can plug up your pores, too.

Illustration of a young child spraying hair spray

 Here's what you shouldn't do:

Don't touch your face

Don't touch your face. Dirt and oil from your hands can get on your face. Also, touching pimples can make acne worse.

Illustration of a young girl touching her face and a stop sign

Don't lie in the sun or use tanning beds

Don't lie in the sun or use tanning beds. Neither makes pimples go away, and both can hurt your skin. If you take medicine for your pimples, the sun and tanning beds can make your skin red and dry. And be sure to use a sunscreen when you are out in the sun. Just be sure it's oil-free.

Illustration of a person laying in the sun and a stop sign

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