Tips for Preventing Acne

Acne is the most common dermatological condition in which dead skin cells and oil clogs hair follicles in the face and other parts of the body. It is most common in teenagers, most likely due to hormonal changes, but many adults suffer from acne as well. The first step in managing acne is to see an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Juan Vaillant at Old Bridge Dermatology, but there are also ways to prevent or decrease acne through lifestyle changes. Following these tips may be enough to keep acne from worsening or returning.


  • Wash your face twice daily to keep it clean, especially after sweating
  • Never use hot water, and gently clean with your hands. Using cloths, sponges, loofahs can aggravate your acne.
  • Use cleansers that are alcohol-free and mild
  • Topical creams and gels with salicylic acid are recommended for drying out excess oil
  • Avoid touching your face during the day. Your fingers retain lots of bacteria that can be transferred and irritate your acne. Avoid the temptation to poke, squeeze, and pop!
  • Avoid Ultraviolet radiation as much as possible, as it can cause redness and irritation. This also includes avoiding tanning beds!
  • Shampoo daily and avoid products with fragrances and oil, as they can touch your face and irritate your skin
  • Eat balanced meals with many fruits and vegetables and avoid greasy, junky foods
  • Stress is known to exacerbate skin conditions, so bring relaxation and self care into your daily routine


Once you incorporate these tips into your routine, you may find that your skin condition resolves or improves. However, if your acne does not go away, it is important to consult with a dermatologist. Dr. Juan Vaillant has over 30 years of experience and has been treating patients all across the Old Bridge, NJ area. He treats not only common conditions like acne, dandruff, and eczema, but also treats skin cancer, psoriasis, and age spots. If you suffer from acne, or want help achieving healthier clearer skin, please contact us at our office in Old Bridge, NJ, or call (732) 679-0222 to make an appointment!