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I have a little bit of acne and I wash my face daily. That doesn't bother me too much cause it's not too bad and I understand that everyone has it. But I have dark spots and dark under eyes. I can't have an even skin tone unless I put on a lot of make up and I don't always like that. I also have cold sores (I think) on my lips. I had two, but one is gone. As well as other acne or red spots around my lips, and they aren't "kiss-able" is what I call it. I start school in 3 days. Is there anything I can do to clean up how bad I look? It causes me to have a low self-esteem and whenever I go out in public I tend to touch my face a lot. Help?

Hi sorry to get back to you so late but I have been busy with the end of the summer term here at school.

Ok so as you said your slight acne problem is normal and is due to your body maturing and producing more oil and other natural fluids. These can build up and if dirt or other foreign contaminants get in the pore it causes a pimple or zit. So the first thing to try and do Is wash your face on a regular basis. The best thing to do is any time you go to the bathroom when you wash your hands splash and rub your face a little bit to clear off any oil build up or dirt etc.

Also try to avoid touching your face or resting your head on your hand as much as possible because your hand has oils and its also dirty sometimes the little pressure pushing on your face can push other dirt and contaminants into your pores. As for the cold sores. Again try to leave them alone but keep them clean and moist. You can look at your local pharmacy and they have cream that you can put on cold sores at night that helps heal them and clear it up faster. Unfortunately there are no sure fire ways of completely clearing up your face in such a short time. You need to let your body do its thing and heal and fix itself. You can help it along by doing everything above but try not to rush it.

If there is anything I missed feel free to ask a follow up question and I will be happy to answer it. As well as any other questions you may have I'd be more then happy to answer those as well

I hope the school year starts off well.  


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