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Acne Q&A: Your Skin Stumpers, Solved!

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Acne ranks numero uno among your beauty queries. Here, beauty editor Leah Wyar clears things up.
Can Lip Balm Cause Pimples?

-- Gina Kushynski, Los Angeles

Answer: Applying one with your finger could deposit bacteria on your skin. Switch to sticks. If you moisturize your lips before bed, cleanse the area around your mouth the next morning. "Residue from the balm's wax can clog pores and migrate to the chin and sides of your mouth, causing a breakout," spa owner Jillian Wright says.

Can you spread acne by sharing towels or makeup?

-- Leann Sabato, River Vale, New Jersey

Answer: Yes. Innocent-seeming swaps can transfer sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt to you. In fact, research shows that people with severe, antibiotic-resistant acne are likely to spread the condition this way, says Jeffrey Dover, MD, president-elect of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Keep your stuff to yourself.

Are there certain foods that prevent breakouts?

-- Elyse Cannon, Greenville, North Carolina

Answer: Absolutely! Pile your plate with orange-colored goodies like sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, carrots, and apricots. "They're high in vitamin A, which keeps skin cells healthy and may even reduce oil production," Dr. Howard Murad says. Also, be sure to eat foods such as nuts and salmon, which contain healthy fats that help your body absorb a variety of vitamins, including A.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.


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tinkeredblue wrote:

This really helped! Thank you! But what about acne scars??

6/15/2010 02:47:40 PM Report Abuse
Teachingthetaught88 wrote:

I absolutely despise sweet potatoes... well, that was at least, until just recently. Thank the golden heavens!!! But seriously, sweet potatoes,cantaloupe, carrots, and apricots will dew the dew!? Hmmm... sounds a bit off-- like, to good to be true. Hm, well, perhaps over time some orangie fruits and veggies can deminish the harsh blemishes that suddenly apear upon my beautiful face. Ahhhpppear.

5/7/2010 06:57:25 PM Report Abuse
alessiasplendore wrote:

This really helped! Thank you and definetely make some more of these...

12/28/2009 01:16:17 PM Report Abuse
nickiml06 wrote:

I agree with the acne, its good to talk about common problems all women face!

12/6/2009 01:28:50 AM Report Abuse
louiseasleson wrote:

Please do more of this! I love Q&A because they are always question I've had! Especially about acne!!! Thank you! I hope you talk about acne more!

12/5/2009 11:44:46 PM Report Abuse

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