How to Clear the Skin on the Face

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Clear skin on the face requires cleansing the face twice a day, watching what is put on the face and going to the doctor if skin problems worsen. Choose necessary medicines for breakouts with help from a dermatologist in this free video on skin care.

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I'm Dr. Rosalyn George from Wilmington Dermatology Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. And I'd like to give you some tips for clear skin. A lot of the population deals with acne, and having clear skin is really important. The first thing that I tell people to do, is cleanse their face twice a day, with a cleanser that's appropriate for their skin type. So, acne or oily skin, really looking for cleansers that have Salicylic acid in them, Glycolic acid, or Lactic acid. And people with dry skin, used to use, look for cleansers that are gentle cleansers or milky cleansers. Twice a day is plenty to cleanse your skin, you don't need to cleanse more than twice a day. The next thing I tell people, is to watch what they're putting on their skin. Frequently, products with Lanolin, or mineral oil, is the culprit to a lot of breakouts. So, I have people read the ingredients on what they're using, to make sure that it doesn't have anything that will clog the pores. The buzz word that people need to look for, is non-comedogenic, and means that it doesn't clog the pores. And you should look for that on your moisturizers and your makeups. Another thing that I tell people, is that if you are having problems with breakouts on your skin. It really is a serious medial condition, and it requires medical treatment. And you just seek the help of a dermatologist, to get prescription medicines to help clear up the skin. And it ranges from topical medicines, that you apply nightly, oral antibiotics sometimes, are necessary. And then, there are more serious medicines we use, if you have bigger problems with breakouts on the skin. That was some basic information, but before you start any skin care program or have any procedures. Please consult with your dermatologist or skin care specialist.

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