Treatments For Acne On Face

Maria asks…

What’s the best acne cream that you can buy over the counter in the Uk or available online?

I have had acne for about 2-3 years now and i have tried a number of different products over the time. The first one I tried was a Clearasil face wash. I used this night and day about 3 years ago when my acne first started. I used it for about a week but it really dried out my skin and made it go really flaky. I stopped using it when my skin got flaky but once it healed the acne did vanish for about a year.

I stayed relatively clear until about September, 2012. This is when i broke out really badly and it’s the same acne that hasn’t cleared up at all. I have tried all sorts of products including:
Clean and Clear acne face wash (the one in the silver tube)
Clean and Clear spot treatment
Dermalogica wash off cleanser
Dermalogica bed time for breakouts
Benzoyl Peroxide 5% for 2 months – twice a day
2 different lots of anti-biotics which I stayed on for 2 months each (both were not taken at the same time)
A prescription topical zinc treatment
ASDA spot treatment lol
Which hazel stick
Simple face wash
Simple moisturiser
Tea Tree oil

All of these products i have tried over the last 2 years. I have an appointment to see the Dermatologist in September 2013, can you suggest anything in the meantime to help.

I have spots on my forehead, cheeks, chin and jawline.

admin answers:

Jesus dude, stop throwing money at these charlatans! No cleaning products will help you because despite what you may think, cleaning your face is actually the very thing you should NOT be doing! Doing so just opens your pores up to the air and to invasive bacteria. The oils your pores secrete are a natural barrier that needs to be kept intact.

What you need to do is just stop touching your face. Don’t wash it unless absolutely necessary. Letting water flow over it when you take a shower is fine, but don’t scrub/rub your face and only dry by lightly dabbing with a clean towel. And here’s another tip…

Turn your pillow case over every night, horizontally one night, vertically the next. That way, you are less likely to press your face against the oils you rubbed off on it a previous night. Make sure you change your pillow case at least once a week too, preferably twice.

Joseph asks…

How do I get rid of whitehead acne?

I don’t get blackheads or regular pimples. I seem to ONLY get whiteheads. My chin area is just a mess with scars from them. I’ve had acne, mostly only whiteheads, since the middle of grade 7 and I’m in grade 10 now. As you can imagine the amount of scarring I have on my chin after 3 years is just embarrassing. I’ve tried a lot of over the counter benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid acne products from different brands over the years and they don’t seem to work at all for white heads. I’ve been to the doc and he perscribed me with minocycline and that kept all the pimples away, but did absolutely nothing for my whithead problem. I wash my face twice daily using acne face washes, and after that, I use a 0.5% salicylic acid acne skin moisturizer and still absolutely no improvement. I’ve tried aspirin on them too, but that did nothing at all. I also have increased my daily water intake jurastically in the past few months, and yet, no improvement on whiteaheads. I’ve also cut back on dairy products too, but again, not a whole lot of results. I usually get a breakout of whiteaheads (3, 4, or 5) about every week or so and when I pop them, they just leave a real mess and 95% of the time, come back the next day or within a couple hours. Can anybody tell me if there is a treatment or product available to treat whiteheads?!?! Thanks SOOOOO much guys!!

admin answers:

With more severe pus-filled and inflamed acne lesions, dermatologists will frequently prescribe antibiotics like minocyclin. You are correct though, minocycline will not help with whiteheads. The benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid should reduce the number of whiteheads, but they are relatively weak medications. The most effective treatment for whiteheads is a topical retinoid like adapalene, tretinoin, or tazarotene. Your whiteheads are caused by dead skin cells clogging your pores. A topical retinoid will promote the shedding of your skin around your acne lesions, which will unclog your pores and get rid of your whiteheads.

David asks…

What acne face treatment would you recommend?

I’ve tried every popular face treatment from Proactiv to Clean and clear kit. Nothing works for me, i don’t know what else to try. My face isn’t oily its pretty normal. Pleaseeee help my face is horribly breaking out :(

admin answers:

Have you try neutrogena? Or basis face wash, and witch hazel? They work pretty well! ANd maybe this video might help you!


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