When you enter the bathroom and wipe the steam off the mirror, you find yourself face-to-face with a huge ugly pink dot right on the tip of your nose. Then you give it another look and what do you find? You happen to get a glimpse at a couple of whiteheads sprouting under your bottom lip. You stand there wondering what the heck is going on. The answer is have acne. Not a good way to start your week huh?

Acne is another term for a variety of symptoms such as pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. It's a condition where the pores of the skin become clogged and you get inflamed and uninflamed lesions.

Acne can be as mild as a few whiteheads and blackheads or the most serious, when nodules and cysts are added to the list. Severe acne is often accompanied by inflammation and requires a dermatologist.

Here are 10 steps that can help you with your acne problem.

Change your makeup. In adult women, makeup is the major factor in acne outbreaks. The oil found in makeup is usually a derivative of fatty acids that are more potent than your own fatty acids.

Wash your makeup competely off every night. Using a mild soap twice a day and ust rinsing six to seven times a day should do the job.

If you are using certain birth control pill, that could also be the problem. Research indicates that certain birth control pills such as Ovral, Loestrin, Noriestrin and Norinyl can aggravate acne. If you are on any of these pills please consult your doctor.

Leave well enough alone. Never squeeze your pimples or whiteheads. A pimple is a inflammation and you could add onto the problem by squeezing it. You may cause an infection.  A whitehead is a noninflamed plugged pore. when you squeeze a whitehead, the wall of the pore could break, causing a pimple.

Try an over the counter medication. Use products that contains benzoyl and peroxide. The benzoyl pulls the peroxide deep into the pores and releases oxygen that kills the bacteria that aggravates acne.

Limit you sun exposure. Acne medications may cause adverse reactions to the sun. Minimize your exposure to sunlight, infrared heat, and sunscreens until you know how you will react.

Use only one treatment at a time. If you are already using an over the counter acne product, stop using it if you are given a prescription medication by your doctor.

Studies have shown that fish and other seafoods containing iodine could bring on an acne attack. If you are prone to acne, limit the amount of seafood intake.

Think abut going natural sometimes. Whatever makeup you use, lighten in up. The less you use of it, the better off you'll be.

Try to stop the spread of acne. Apply your acne medication about a half inch around the affected areas. Doing so will help reduce the spread of acne.