The self-help techniques below may be useful – don’t wash affected areas of skin more than twice a day. Frequent washing can irritate the skin and make symptoms worse; wash the affected area with a mild soap or cleanser and lukewarm water. Very hot or cold water can make acne worse; don’t try to “clean out” blackheads or squeeze spots. This can make them worse and cause permanent scarring; avoid using too much make-up and cosmetics. Use water-based products that are described as non-comedogenic (this means the product is less likely to block the pores in your skin); completely remove make-up before going to bed; if dry skin is a problem, use a fragrance-free, water-based emollient; regular exercise can’t improve your acne, but it can boost your mood and improve your self-esteem. Shower as soon as possible once you finish exercising, as sweat can irritate your acne; wash your hair regularly and try to avoid letting your hair fall across your face.