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5 Acne Treatment Tips

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We could all use a few strategies to get clear, beautiful skin…

1. Hands off. Whatever you do, don’t pick at your skin. Better yet, hands off completely! Touching your face seems fairly harmless but it makes your face one of the dirtiest parts of your body – and you’re only spreading acne-causing bacteria, dirt and oil. While you may think that it will make those pesky spots go away faster, picking actually worsens the situation and prolongs the healing process. Not only are you distributing bacteria to and from an affected area, but you’re also creating an open wound that will, more likely than not, lead to a post-breakout scar. Remember: most blemishes only last for a week or so; post-acne scarring can last for months… or longer.

2. Know thy acne – and tailor thy treatment accordingly. Blemishes were not created equal, so don’t assume that one product will do the trick. Sure, Salicylic Acid is ideal for acne-prone skin overall, but when it comes to spot treatments, there’s a proper product for every type of pimple you’re experiencing.

  • Cystic acne is characterized by sore, sometimes painful bumps under the skin typically found along the chin and jawline. (We recommend: Buffering Lotion)
  • Papules are inflamed, clogged pores that appear as painful red bumps. (We recommend: Anti-Acne Serum, Healing Cream)
  • Pustules are your classic idea of acne. They appear as red, inflamed bumps that come to a pus-filled whitehead. (We recommend: Anti-Acne Serum, Drying Lotion)
  • Whiteheads are clogged pores that appear as tiny, raised bumps on the skin. Unlike blackheads, the sebum trapped in the follicle never gets the chance to surface and therefore doesn’t oxidize (change color). (We recommend: Drying Lotion)

3. Be gentle with your skin. Easy does it; less is more. We have a tendency to go overboard when all we want is to get rid of a problem, but piling on the products and using anything that’s too harsh will only further exacerbate any condition. After consulting with your dermatologist for recommendations, introduce new products one at a time to allow your skin to adjust (and also so you’ll know what’s the culprit behind any negative reactions). Avoid harsh products as they’ll dry out the skin and further irritate already problematic skin.

4. Balance is key. It’s the same concept as giving back as much as you take. Acne products can be drying no matter how gentle; therefore, it’s imperative that you restore moisture into the skin. A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer best suits acne-prone skin.

5. Wash your makeup brushes, pillowcase and towels often. These are the objects that have the most contact with your face and, therefore, are notorious for harboring and transferring acne-causing bacteria, dirt, dust and oil. Clean often and you’ll see that your skin becomes noticeably clearer with fewer blemishes and congestion.

Author: Kimberly Yang

A 21-year-old blogger, sometimes freelance writer, and full-time business school student. Previously the fashion editorial intern for two boutique magazines and now here at Mario Badescu! I tend to be verbose, so I'll keep it as short and sweet as possible: I write and dance. A lot. Also pertinent: Aries, pescatarian, and lover of all things beautiful. I'll be honest when I admit that before MB, I simply washed my face twice daily and left it at that. But ask if I'm a skincare junkie now and I'll nod voraciously. I can never be without moisturizer, and the Vitamin C Serum makes my heart palpitate. And if by some miracle you haven't tired of me rambling about myself or the Vitamin C Serum and are curious for more, visit my Google+ page for more of my work.

29 Comments

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  2. Hi,
    I have problems with black heads and white heads can you help me PLEASE.

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  4. Greetings!

    Thanks for the tips!
    I have all the products you’ve listed here, & they work! Now I have a better understand of which is best for which type of acne issue.
    I’ve been using mario badescu products for about 3 years now, & love them all! Only products that have helped my problem skin! :)

    Keep up the amazing products & fantastic blog! :)

  5. Acne is very painful to all aged people but it is more irritating for teenager. I think your article will definitely helps all aged people to get rid from acne. I recommend the OTC acne treatment as soon as somebody notices little bumps or blackheads.For Cystic acne you can try this accutane medication.

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  10. Thank you for your tips. Really useful.

  11. I noticed that my acne would get worse if I washed my face too many times during the day. Great info. Thank you!

  12. Thanks for the tips. It is so hard to find really clear products, acne is a skin condition that causes pimples or “zits.” This includes whiteheads, blackheads, and red, inflammed patches of skin (such as cysts).

  13. I’m assuming that these tips apply to body (more specifically back) acne. Are there any laundry detergents that would promote a healthy/clean/non-irritating environment for your skin? I’ve got what I would consider “normal” facial acne but I get painful acne on my back:(

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  18. My favorite of all your tips s to take it easy. Many people tend to over do the scrubbing of the skin. Not realizing that the skin will produce more oils causing more acne or pasting on every acne treatment product out there. Great Post !

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  20. I would scrub my face more than I needed to. I ended up always having white heads. I learned that by scrubbing so much my skin compensated by producing more oil clogging the pores. These are some good tips. it is good advice to know your acne in this case your enemy.

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  22. HEAT activates the growth of acne. When the skin is exposed to warm temperatures , bacteria grows below the surface of the skin (unseen). Approximately three weeks later the acne infection will reach the surface of the skin and can be seen . therefore
    the acne you see today is a result of being exposed to warm temperatures three weeks earlier. In the summer try to stay air-conditioned . Cold temperatures seems to deactivate the growth. You should apply an ice pack to the skin for 2 or 3 minutes twice a day . It takes 3 or 4 weeks to see the result of the ice treatment because remember , acne grows below the surface of the skin and appears on the surface 3 weeks later . Also sweat or moisture aids in the growth of bacteria .
    If you drink large quantities of `cola or soda’s , it causes the skin to sweat more heavily . The moisture aids in the growth of bacteria .
    Be sure to avoid the heat from ovens and all other electronic devices including hot lights. Never sit in a steam bath. Never apply hot compresses to the skin. You will notice acne usually gets worse in the summer and sometimes goes away in winter . THAT IS Unless you are working as a cook ,standing over a hot grill .
    Cold temperatures retard the growth of bacteria So be sure to apply an ice pack to the skin. You will be glad you did.

  23. Heat activates the growth of bacteria . The acne bacteria is more closely related to plants . Many plants grow in the summer heat and then go dormant during the winter months . If you expose bacteria to cold temperatures it will go dormant and quit growing . So put an ice pack on the infection for 2 or 3 minutes twice a day . ( The reason we put food in the refrigerator is to keep bacteria from growing on the food.) If the bedroom that you sleep in is on the sunny side of the house, make sure the bedroom is cooled before going to bed. To ensure the room is cool, you may want to invest in a window air-conditioner. Heat activates the growth of bacteria. Also when you sleep , try to sleep on your back so as the face is not buried in the pillow. This will aid in keeping the skin cool .Another thing that can activate the growth of bacteria is moisture. When you water plants they tend to grow. If you drink large amounts of cola , it will cause the skin to constantly sweat and the moisture aids in the the growth of bacteria.
    If you shower , make sure your hair is dry before going to bed. I have also noticed that living in an area where the humidity is high such as near the water front seems to aid in the growth of acne.

  24. The acne bacteria is more closely related to plants . Many plants grow in the summer heat and then go dormant during the winter months . If you expose bacteria to cold temperatures it will go dormant and quit growing . So put an ice pack on the infection for 2 or 3 minutes twice a day . ( The reason we put food in the refrigerator is to keep bacteria from growing on the food.) If the bedroom that you sleep in is on the sunny side of the house, make sure the bedroom is cooled before going to bed. To ensure the room is cool, you may want to invest in a window air-conditioner. Heat activates the growth of bacteria. Also when you sleep , try to sleep on your back so as the face is not buried in the pillow. This will aid in keeping the skin cool .Another thing that can activate the growth of bacteria is moisture. When you water plants they tend to grow. If you drink large amounts of cola , it will cause the skin to constantly sweat and the moisture aids in the the growth of bacteria.
    If you shower , make sure your hair is dry before going to bed. I have also noticed that living in an area where the humidity is high such as near the water front seems to aid in the growth of acne.

  25. The acne bacteria is more closely related to plants . Many plants grow in the summer heat and then go dormant during the winter months . If you expose bacteria to cold temperatures it will go dormant and quit growing . So put ice on the infection for 2 or 3 minutes twice a day . ( The reason we put food in the refrigerator is to keep bacteria from growing on the food.) If the bedroom that you sleep in is on the sunny side of the house, make sure the bedroom is cooled before going to bed. To ensure the room is cool, you may want to invest in a window air-conditioner. Heat activates the growth of bacteria. Also when you sleep , try to sleep on your back so as the face is not buried in the pillow. This will aid in keeping the skin cool .Another thing that can activate the growth of bacteria is moisture. When you water plants they tend to grow. If you drink large amounts of cola , it will cause the skin to constantly sweat and the moisture aids in the the growth of bacteria.
    If you shower , make sure your hair is dry before going to bed. I have also noticed that living in an area where the humidity is high such as near the water front seems to aid in the growth of acne.

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