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Skin care for acne-prone skin

September 2012

Skin care can be just as important as your acne treatment. The right skin care can make your acne treatment more effective and reduce possible side effects from prescription acne medications. With the right skin care, you can even prevent new breakouts once your skin clears.

In this issue, we share these skin care tips and a few other tips that dermatologists give their patients who have acne-prone skin.

Acne: Tips to help you see clearer skin (2:22)

How to wash acne-prone skin

7 acne skin care taboos

What dermatologists tell their patients

Scrubbing your skin clean tends to worsen acne. To see clearer skin, gently cleanse with a mild cleanser and rinse with lukewarm water.

More information about acne


Acne scars

Laser treatment for acne: What you should know

In the news

Apply insect repellent and sunscreen separately
With the increase in West Nile Virus cases, buying a sunscreen that contains insect repellent may seem like a great idea. Dermatologists caution, however, that you should purchase these products separately.

For these products to be safe and effective, you need to apply them very differently:

  • Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen generously and reapply every two hours.
  • Insect repellent: Apply sparingly and reapply only as often as stated on the product's label.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) agrees. It recommends that an insect repellent containing "DEET should be applied according to label instructions and may be used along with a separate sunscreen."

To learn more, visit:
How to select sunscreen

Updated information regarding insect repellent (CDC)

See rash in tattoo, see a dermatologist
Having a bit of swelling and redness after getting a tattoo is common. If the redness and swelling persist, you should see a dermatologist. The redness and swelling could be a skin infection. Last year, 19 people in Rochester, New York developed a stubborn rash within three weeks of getting a tattoo. The rash was actually a skin infection that required treatment with an antibiotic.

For more information about tattoos and the outbreak in New York, visit:
Caring for tattooed skin

Tainted tattoo ink led to skin infection outbreak (Healthfinder)

Academy news

Camp Discovery photos project happiness
Camp Discovery offers children living with a long-term or life-threatening skin disease an opportunity that they would not otherwise have — the opportunity to go to summer camp. While at camp, the children are under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, who volunteer to care for the medical needs of these children. This makes Camp Discovery a unique place. Some past campers say they look forward to camp all year long.

You’ll see this happiness reflected in the photos taken at the 2012 camps:

Photo albums

Dermatologists share research news, advances
Dermatologists from around the world gathered in Boston last month to attend the 2012 Summer Academy Meeting. During this meeting, dermatologists volunteered their time to speak about issues of importance to their patients.

The following links take you to the news releases that talk about some of these issues:

New research fuels greater understanding of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis in children and adolescents

Tanning industry exposed: Evidence demonstrates link between indoor tanning and skin cancer, dermatologists committed to educating public on risks

Busy moms deserve a hand: Dermatologists offer tips to prevent premature aging of the hands

Lip augmentation offers something to smile about

Next month: Rare skin cancers


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