12 steps To Get Rid Of Acne

Acne affects people of all ages and all races, and treating it is a slow process that requires diligence and patience. Here are some tips to help you get started.

To complete these steps you will need:

A gentle facial cleanser
Warm water
A towel
Topical acne medication
Sunscreen
Patience
A tissue
Noncomedogenic cosmetics
Shaving cream with benzoyl peroxide
A dermatologist
Prescription acne medicine

Step 1: Wash morning & night

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and warm water when you wake up in the morning and at night just before bed.

Tip: Don’t use harsh scrubs on acne—it will only irritate and inflame the acne.

Step 2: Pat face dry

Gently pat your face dry with a towel—don’t rub, or you can extract too much moisture from your face.

Tip: Be careful not to wash your face too much, which can irritate your skin. If you have oily skin, try blotting it with a clean tissue instead.

Step 3: Apply medication

Apply a topical acne medication, either one prescribed by your dermatologist or an over-the-counter cream, lotion, or gel containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.

Tip: Benzoyl peroxide reduces a certain kind of bacteria on the skin and salicylic acid helps unclog pores by correcting abnormal skin cell shedding, so one might work better for you than the other.

Step 4: Protect skin

Protect your skin with a non-comedogenic sunscreen and avoid excess exposure to sunlight. This is always important, but it is especially critical when you’re using topical or internal acne medication, which increases skin’s photosensitivity.

Step 5: Use right cosmetics

Use only non-comedogenic, water-based cosmetics that are oil-free. There are moisturizers and makeup formulated for acne-prone skin.

Step 6: Shave carefully

If you shave, do so carefully and sparingly. Shaving can easily irritate sensitive skin, so only shave when it is necessary and only in one direction.

Tip: Some shaving creams on the market contain benzoyl peroxide, so check the label.

Step 7: Don’t pop

Don’t squeeze, pop, or pinch acne. It can cause further inflammation and even permanent scarring.

Step 8: Avoid actions

Avoid actions that cause repetitive or prolonged contact with the affected area, like holding a phone against your face, wearing sports equipment, or resting your chin on your hand.

Step 9: Keep hair clean

Keep your hair clean and out of your face. The natural oils in hair can contribute to acne, as can hair products that contain oil.

Step 10: See dermatologist

If you take proper care of your skin but you still have outbreaks, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. There are different types of acne that may require different approaches in treatment.

Step 11: Follow instructions

If you’re under a dermatologist’s care, follow his or her instructions carefully. If you’re prescribed an oral medication, take it regularly.

Step 12: Be patient

Be patient! Fighting acne is a slow process, and there is no quick fix or immediate cure. But sooner or later you’ll win the battle—and your skin will thank you for it.


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