Treatments For Acne On Face

Paul asks…

What’s the best method to clear my acne?

I am about to begin my sophomore year in high school, and I want to see if I can try and keep my acne more under control then I have in years past. My acne isn’t terrible, so I have never had a reason to consult a dermatologist, but it is there, and I don’t want it to be. I use a neutrogina face wash, which I love! Although, it doesn’t contain microbeads. My question is, should I make a home remedy with sugar or salt, to exfoliate my skin and then wash it, or should I mix sugar with my face wash to exfoliate it while I clean it, or what? What would be the best method for me to unclog my pores, while also using my acne clearing face wash! So what do you use, what do you suggest, and also you have any suggestions on DIY exfoliating remedies? (Like what should i mix sugar or salt with to create my own exfoliating solution). Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated! :)

admin answers:

So I have tried all the creams and the scrubs. The truth is that the scrubs, although they do good to rub away any dry skin you have and bring out the top layer of new skin, they actually cause little bitty micro tears in your skin that are so small that you can’t even see them. These little tears can get other dead skin cells, oil from your face, and dirt in them, which actually just causes more blemishes.

One thing that I would suggest is that if you have long hair to keep it off of your face (the natural oils from your hair will get on your face and clog your pores). Also, avoid touching your face during the day (to keep the oils from your skin off). Additionally, washing your face with nice warm water will help to open up the pores to release all the dirt and oils that clog them. Then when you are done washing, rinse your face with cool water to close the pores back up so the dirt and oil cant get back in. It does help to wash your face every day, but be careful not to wash too often. With my skin, I can only wash once per day (but I use a super strength wash– see below), or my skin will get dried out. One other thing that I have found that works amazingly is to cut down on your sugar intake. This doesn’t work for everyone, but for me it really does the trick. Instead of grabbing a soda, I grab a flavored water or a juice. Now I thought this was crazy when I first heard it (who would want to not drink soda, or not have ice cream everyday after all), but it is actually really easy. I didn’t think I could ever give up drinking a soda every other day, but it wasn’t hard at all. It works for some people, but not for others. For me this really works. And that doesn’t mean that you cant have a slice of pie a couple times a week or what ever, it just means don’t eat the cake every day. And some people’s skin are different than others, so more sugar might not make a difference to your skin, but it really does for mine.

Now I tried Proactive and other acne products, and they didn’t do anything for me. Not everyone’s skin is the same though, so if a product works for you, that is great. If it just kinda works kinda doesn’t and you want to look for a new product, you want to look at the ingredient list on the back of the tube/bottle. Most acne cleansers contain about 2.5% of the chemical benzol peroxide or other acne treatment medication. For my skin, this is not concentrated enough. I now use as face wash with 10% benzol peroxide called “Clean&Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser”. It works MIRACLES! I would recommend it to anybody whose normal face wash doesn’t get the job done. As a note, this face wash is VERY strong, so you can only use it once a day or your face will get all dried out and peely like it does with a scrub. It also will feel very cold on your skin the first couple times you use it because it is a higher concentration than your skin is used to, but you’ll get used to it. It is great though and it is the only thing that works on my skin. If the products you use now work well, but you just want to give your skin a really good cleansing every now and then, you could do that too.

Now these tips won’t help overnight, but can greatly help treating acne over a few days/week and preventing it in the long run. Hope this helps :) The face wash I use comes in a purple tube and you can buy it at most grocery stores (Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Rite-Aid, etc) is only about $6 or $7 and lasts quite a while too! I pasted a link below of what it looks like :)

Sandra asks…

How can I achieve a clear face that’s free of pimples?

I am just starting to get pimples on my face around my eyebrows, forehead, and nose. I know that a daily cleansing is good for keeping your face clean, but what else can I do to reduce the spreading of pimples and breakouts? I don’t want to end up popping all my pimples so that I am left with a scarred face, and I want them to clear fast. What foods and activities can I eat and do this summer to help with the reduction of an oily and acne filled face? Are there also any products without makeup to help clean and freshen up your face? Thanks.

admin answers:

Hi there,

Along with getting an adequate amount of rest and water, it is important to eat healthily and exercise. Also, avoid touching your face at all costs and change your pillowcase often. Never pop or touch your pimples because that can force the bacteria down further into the skin.

The routine goes as follows: (1) cleanse, (2) moisturize, (3) treat, and (4) moisturize again.

To treat pimples, it is recommended to use topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These medications kill the bacteria (p. Acnes) that causes breakouts. They are over the counter, but I would recommend seeing a dermatologist to pinpoint the factors that may be causing your acne.

Also, you may want to look into different treatments such as in-home or in-office light/laser therapies, which seem to be effective for those who aren’t responsive to other treatments. Light/laser therapy kills bacteria as well as stimulates collagen renewal.

To find out more on how you can treat your blemishes, please go to

Good luck Olivia!

Charles asks…

How to get rid of acne overnight?

I have some acne on my face. It’s mainly on my forehead like between my eyes, my nose, and chin. It’s small acne and a lot of blackheads. I wash my face everyday with wild soap. How can I get rid of most of the acne over night? It’s Saturday and I need it gone by Monday morning.

admin answers:

1-Don’t pop or touch it: This had to be the first point. When faced with acne in an emergency situation, we often start messing with it and try to pop it. This will only increase the swelling, cause scarring and may not leave your skin blemish free, which is basically what you wanted.

2-Toothpaste: Toothpaste acts as a spot treatment for acne. Use white toothpaste, not gel, apply it gently on the acne affected area. Leave the thin layer on for about 5 minutes and then wash it off. The toothpaste will dry out the excessive oil and kill the bacteria. This is always the first ever thing i do to get rid of acne whenever i spot an acne on my face.

3-Ice Pack: Like any other swelling, ice works wonders on the swelling due to acne as well. A few ice cubes in a piece of cloth and dab your skin with it for 20-30 minutes. The cool compression will bring down the swelling and redness.

4-Egg whites: This is more of a kitchen based home remedy. Wash your face with a gentle but cleansing face wash. Dab it dry and apply only the white of the egg on your face. Leave it on till it dries. Once the entire layer of egg white is dry, peel it or wash it off. Not only will the pimple be smaller, your skin will looks firmer and glowing.

5-Lemon: As you might have heard, Lemon works well for acne. Cut a lemon into halves, use the exposed portion of the lemon, rub it gently on the affected area. It will clear out all the bacteria, cleanse the skin and stop the acne from increasing. Simply put, it will dry out the zit and make it almost disappear.

6-Cinnamon and Honey Mask: Honey is an age old home remedy for acne. Take some cinnamon powder and mix it with honey, making a smooth paste. Now apply the paste on the affected area (or the whole face if you feel like it). Leave it on like a mask till it dries out completely. Once you feel its dry, wash it off gently. The honey should have taken down the swelling of the acne, and the pack should have made your skin firm and soft.

7-Baking Soda: Acne is often caused when the PH balance of the skin is out of order. Mix baking soda with some water to form a paste. Apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for some time. Do not leave it on for too long. Wash it off in 5 minutes, and you will see a considerable improvement.

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