4 smart habits that may reduce acne breakouts

Bad news: Acne breakouts can happen (1). Good news: There are things you can do right now (yes, right now) to care for already aggravated skin that may stop future acne flare-ups in their tracks.

By sticking to these steps, you can start your journey to a clearer complexion...

Swap your sportswear

You just slayed your Saturday morning spin class...and now all you want to do is chill on the couch. We get it: It's tempting to put off your post-workout shower, but lounging in sweaty spandex is basically a body acne breakout waiting to happen (2).

Your smart move: Shower after every workout to rinse away bacteria that can cause acne. If you can't shower, change out of your workout clothes and wipe down skin that tends to break out, using a cleanser such as an oil-free cleansing wipe (2).

Watch the rub

Bet you never suspected this complexion culprit: your backpack. Toss in a day's worth of textbooks and you're not only putting pressure on your're straining your skin, too (6).

Your smart move: Help limit acne breakouts on your shoulders, back and neck by keeping your backpack load as light as possible and sticking to shirts made of breathable fabrics like cotton (cute *and* gentle on your skin) (6).

Step out with sunscreen

It's no secret that spending time outside sans SPF (yes, even in winter) is bad for your skin—but did you know it can darken pimples, too (6)? Not a good look.

Your smart move: Protect your face and bod (and your acne breakouts) from harmful UV rays by applying SPF 30 or higher every day (6).

Go easy

Yep, over-cleansing is actually a thing: Scrubbing with harsh products night after night can worsen acne-prone skin (7). With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ingredients are right for your skin. The simplest formula = cleanser + treatment + moisturizer (8).

Your smart move: One reason girls might be over-cleansing? They're trying to deal with acne breakouts that just won't judge (7).

Ask your dermatologist if a prescription treatment called Aklief® (trifarotene) Cream, 0.005% is the missing step from your nightly skincare ritual. This prescription acne treatment is proven safe and effective for the face, shoulders, chest and back (3-5). The best part? You could see clearer skin in as little as two weeks (5). CLICK HERE for product and safety information and to learn more (just a reminder, you’re now leaving

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Indication: AKLIEF® (trifarotene) Cream, 0.005% is a retinoid indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. Adverse Events: The most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥ 1%) in patients treated with AKLIEF Cream were application site irritation, application site pruritus (itching), and sunburn. Warnings/Precautions: Patients using AKLIEF Cream may experience erythema, scaling, dryness, and stinging/burning. Use a moisturizer from the initiation of treatment, and, if appropriate, depending upon the severity of these adverse reactions, reduce the frequency of application of AKLIEF Cream, suspend or discontinue use. Avoid application of AKLIEF Cream to cuts, abrasions or eczematous or sunburned skin. Use of “waxing” as a depilatory method should be avoided on skin treated with AKLIEF Cream. Minimize exposure to sunlight and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and protective clothing over treated areas when exposure cannot be avoided.

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Product and Safety information here:

1. AAD. Skin conditions by the numbers. Accessed January 13, 2023.
2. AAD. Is your workout causing your acne? Accessed December 8, 2022.
3. AKLIEF press release. FDA approval, 2019.
4. AKLIEF® (trifarotene) cream 0.005% [prescribing information], 2022.
5. Tan J, et al.  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019;80(6):1691-1699.
6. AAD. Back acne: how to see clearer skin. Accessed December 12, 2022.
7. AAD. 10 skin care habits that can worsen acne. Accessed January 13, 2023.
8. AAD. Acne: Tips for managing. Accessed January 13, 2023.

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by GL | 5/23/2023