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Acne is not infectious and it is not caused by poor hygiene. However, a build-up of sebum (an oily substance that stops hair and skin drying out) and dead cells on the skin surface may increase the risk of blocked follicles and allow bacteria to multiply. You can help prevent this by washing your face with a gentle cleansing product. If you are wearing any make-up, make sure you wash it off before you go to bed.

There is no evidence that wearing make-up causes spots but the less you touch your skin, the fewer bacteria will be spread on your skin. To prevent the spread of bacteria, wash your hands before touching your face (for example to apply make-up).

There is also no evidence that certain foods, such as fried foods or chocolate, cause or aggravate acne. A good balanced diet is, however, important in keeping you healthy.

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