Having acne is not something most people enjoy. Most of us find acne embarrassing. Most people see acne is something that they should grow out of after puberty. The only real way to keep acne off of your face and out of your pores is to practice a good skin care routine. There are even some grownups whose acne is so severe it resembles the massive breakouts experienced by kids going through puberty. Here are some things you can do to stay acne free. Keep reading to find out how you can keep your face clean and clear! Take it easy on your face when you wash it. Do not scrub your face! Scrubbing your face too hard can cause damage and make it more susceptible to breakouts. Putting too much pressure on your skin when you wash your face can injure the sensitive skin you are trying to keep clean and can leave it more damaged than anything else. Do you really want to have a face full of scars from scrubbing? It is important that you learn how to wash your face gently but firmly. It sounds difficult but it is very easy to learn. A bright red face is not the goal! Looking a little flushed is okay, but bright red is not. A healthy sheen is a good goal, but don’t’ make yourself look like a shiny beet. Maybe you need a dermatologist’s advice. Sadly, some people suffer from acne that is so severe that “regular” acne treatments simply will not work. If you have tried all of the over counter products that you can find and are still battling heavy acne, you should make an appointment with a skin care professional. You might need a prescription strength acne fighter and a dermatologist can give that to you. Sometimes acne is caused by something else besides simple dirt and bacteria and your dermatologist will be able to tell if this is the case. Believe it or not sometimes genetics and other health conditions can be the cause of acne. A skin care professional will be able to properly diagnose your acne and breakouts and will be able to give you directions on how to cure them. When acne does appear, keep both of your hands off of it! Acne needs to be left alone to heal. It is always better to leave a breakout alone. Though should never ever play with, pick at or pop your pimples, it is okay to gently wash your breakout with some acne fighting cleansers. Yes they will take a few days to heal naturally. What would you like to see the most? A few days with a pimple or years and years of acne scars? Who says that you need to have extensive or complicated facial care to get rid of breakouts? Cleaning your face regularly will help you fight against acne. Don’t forget that the skin on your face is sensitive to so be gentle! You can give your face a great cleansing without damaging your skin!