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30 dermatologist-recommended tricks and tips to get rid of acne

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Despite what it might seem, it didn’t seem to be a major problem. Acne can have many causes. Some you can control like changing your pillowcase and washing your face, while others you cannot like genetics or hormonal fluctuations. It is important to know what causes acne and how to treat it.

Here are some tips from Dr. Melissa K. Levin (a NYC-based dermatologist who founded Entiere Dermatology). Here’s how to quickly get clear skin.

Before you go to bed, wash your face

No matter how tired you may be, you cannot wear makeup to bed. I promise you, your pimple-free future self will be grateful. Use a nickel-sized amount of facewash every night to wash your face.

There’s a possibility that you’re not washing your face correctly. Check the videos by dermatologist Liv Kraemer. It explains how to properly wash your face.

Do not skip the moisturizer

You might feel tempted to skip your morning moisturizer if your skin is oily. However, drying your skin can make your acne worse. You need to choose the right moisturizer to prevent your skin from becoming more oily or worsening breakouts.

Dr. Levin recommends choosing a daily moisturizer that absorbs excess shine, such as Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturzer, which was named the Best Moisturizer in Seventeen’s 2019 Beauty Awards. Dr. Levin explains that Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer uses Micropearl technology to absorb oil from the surface for a matte finish.

Make sure you invest in a cotton facial mask

Yes, maskne is a real thing. Acne mechanica is a combination of sweat, germs and the rubbing on your face can cause a specific type of acne. There are many ways to treat or prevent acne mechanica. The easiest way is to use a breathable mask made from natural fibers like linen and cotton.

All your cleanser must be washed away

Remaining cleanser will leave behind oil and dirt. Use tepid water to rinse the cleanser off. Hot water drys out skin, while cold water closes pores. This will leave your skin feeling clean and smooth. It should not feel greasy or slippery.

Take care of your skin

Skin becomes dry and flaky if it is rubbed too hard. Do not fight with your skin. Avoid harsh scrubs or washcloths that can be too rough for your skin. This can lead to irritation and make it more likely to develop breakouts. Use your hands to clean your skin. Otherwise, you could transfer oily and dirt-causing bacteria onto your skin.

Do not skip your morning shower

Your pillowcase absorbs hairstyling products and then transfers them to your skin. If it isn’t removed in the morning, it can clog pores all day. Try a brightening product to help your skin wake up before school. Cooling face washes can be helpful if you struggle to get up in the morning. The Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser is a great option. It cools your skin while it cleans.

First, wash your hands with your cleanser

Although it sounds silly, this helps activate the anti-pimple ingredients in the face wash formula. Applying them to your face with a quick rinse will make them more effective.

Your phone must be cleaned, too

Your phone may be causing pimples around your eyes and cheeks. Your phone can pick up bacteria from your hands, and this bacteria can be transferred to your face when making a call. To get rid of germs, wipe your screen often with an antibacterial wipe.

Stop touching your face

Do you ever rest your chin on the palm of your hand while you sit in class? This could be why you have those red marks on your jaw or cheek. Every day, you touch germs and bacteria. This includes everything from your phone to your locker. So touching your skin can transfer all that germs onto your skin.

Regularly exfoliate

You need to get rid of the dead skin cells and dirt blocking your pores. This will help your skin glow naturally. To make your skin radiant, products with alpha-hydroxyl and lactic acid exfoliate gently.

Use a cleansing brush

Let’s face it, your fingers can’t reach the tiny pores. The bristles of an exfoliating brush are tiny and can reach deep into your skin to remove dirt and grime. You’ll see a difference in your skin if you use it daily.

Don’t over-wash

You may still feel oily if you wash your skin after cleansing.

Exfoliate after you have washed your skin

To wash your face, use a mild cleanser. Next, gently massage the exfoliator onto your skin. Although it may seem redundant, exfoliating your face with an exfoliator is a good idea. This allows the exfoliator to focus on the hard-to-reach areas and remove any oil or dirt that has accumulated.

Peter Thomas Roth’s Acne Face & Body Scrub is a double-duty exfoliator that does double duty.This ultra-gentle, yet powerful acne scrub cleans, treats, exfoliates and exfoliates the skin and body with one percent of salicylic acid.

Your pillowcase should be changed

Your skin can become dry and flaky if you don’t change your pillowcases regularly. Even if your skin is clean every night, pillowcases can still retain dirt, sweat, and residue from products that you apply to your skin at night. It is a good idea that you change your pillowcase every few days.

Be wary of bangs

Those annoying pimples along your forehead and hairline could be caused by too much hairspray. Use a cleanser to clean your face after applying hair products. Hair products can also cause bacne. To help prevent body acne, use a mild shampoo (or an acne bodywash) after washing your hair.

The 3-step solution is available

Dermatologists recommend a three-step treatment for acne: a salicylic acid cleansing, benzoyl peroxide spot treatments, and a daily moisturizing.

Salicylic acid helps to dry out the skin and exfoliate it. This makes dead skin cells disappear faster. This is safe for mild acne cases and can be used without prescription. Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in many acne products, including gels, creams, and washes sold at drugstores. Prescription-only versions of stronger forms are also available. It can cause skin dryness, reddening, and peeling.

Benzoylperoxide fights the bacteria that causes acne. It can cause slight peeling and dry skin. It is great for mild acne cases and can be purchased without a prescription. Many drugstore creams, gels, and washes that contain benzoylperoxide are available. For more severe cases, a doctor may prescribe prescription creams with higher amounts of benzoyl-peroxides.

Ask your doctor for cortisone injections

Your doctor may be able help you if you have a huge zit on your face the morning before school begins. Dr. Levin suggests that you visit a dermatologist to get a cortisone shot if you are able to do so.

It is quick and painless, and it will almost instantly zap your zit. It’s not an inexpensive or easy option. However, if you have an urgent problem, such as a large whitehead at the tip of your nose, the cost might be worth it.

Reduce the amount of products you use for your skin

Too many products can cause irritation and you may be tempted to skip some steps. More is not better when it comes to your skin. You won’t see a big difference if you try a lot of different treatments at once. It’s more likely that it will cause skin damage and make a tiny pimple look larger.


Popping can lead to infections. Apply a sulfur treatment to problem areas every morning and at night. This will reduce swelling and make your zits disappear.

Take care not to dry your skin

Although they are effective in fighting pimples and can dry out your skin, benzoyl peroxide products should only be used once a day. You can switch to a gentler cleanser if this is irritating or drying your skin. Salicylic acid, in creams, gels or masks, dries faster than benzoylperoxide. This means that it can be used with more drying cleansers which may make it a better choice if benzoylperoxide isn’t working for your skin.

Protect that poor boy

Yes, these are pimple patches. Dr. Levin explained that if you are unable to visit a dermatologist to receive a cortisone shot, I recommend ZitSticka, a specialized hydrocolloid acne patch. It is 24 freeze-dried microdarts skin bandage that dissolves in two hours and delivers acne-fighting ingredients.

Dr. Levin stated that it contains oligopeptide76, an anti-inflammatory new ingredient, which is similar to a gentler form of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. It also contains niacinamide, which helps with moisturizing hyaluronic acids.

The dermatologists are here to help

Is at-home treatment ineffective? See a dermatologist. You may be able to get the clear in a few appointments.

Make a face wash using Benzoyl Peroxide

Avoid breakouts if you are prone to having frequent breakouts. Use a benzoyl-peroxide facial wash or apply a thin layer of benzoyl oxide spot treatment to your entire face before going to bed. Dr. Levin suggests Differin Daily Deep Facial Cleanser, which is gentle on the skin but can be tough on acne.

Wash your makeup brushes

Use a brush cleanser or baby shampoo to clean your makeup brushes. Make sure to wash your makeup sponges as well. These tools can collect bacteria which can cause breakouts. The most expensive skincare regimens can be thrown away if they aren’t clean.

Keep consistent in your treatment

You must take care of your skin every day if you want to have great skin. It is not possible to do this with sporadic care. Don’t expect miracles overnight. It takes time for skin-clearing products to work. You can start a routine for your skin now to give it time to adjust before you go through the double doors.

Sleep well

It is not good for your skin or your health to watch The Office at 3 AM. Insufficient sleep can cause hormones to go out of balance and increase stress levels. This can lead to breakouts. To feel and look your best, aim to get eight hours sleep each night.

Wear sunscreen (yes, even indoors)

Sunscreen isn’t only for summer. Your skin needs protection all year round, not just in winter. There are sunscreens available for all skin types. Even those that make your skin oily so your skin stays matte and free of pimples.

You should look for sunscreens or daily moisturizers with SPF that are “lightweight,” oil-free, or oil-controlling. Look for sunscreens with a PA++ rating. This covers both UVA rays and UVB rays. You’ll be protected against all types of burns as well as future wrinkles.

Consider birth control

Both estrogen and progesterone-containing birth control pills have been shown to reduce the levels of androgens (hormones that cause your body to produce more sebum). Excessive sebum can trigger acne and birth control pills may be prescribed to treat hormonal acne.

Keep oil-absorbing sheets in your bag

These can be used to remove any shine you see while out and about. This will prevent oil from clogging pores and sitting on your skin.

Ask your doctor about antibiotics

Consult a dermatologist if the over-the-counter treatments don’t work. For moderate to severe acne, particularly on the back and chest, oral antibiotics can be used. They kill bacteria from your skin pores. Tetracycline is the most common antibiotic used.

They can also cause yeast infections, which can be more serious than other antibiotics. This can make birth control pills less effective. You should also be more cautious when you go outside, as they can increase your sun sensitivity.

Your doctor may recommend Isotretinoin (Accutane) for severe cases. This is used when no other treatment works. However, it can cause more severe side effects.

Always pat your face dry

Although it seems so small, skin is extremely delicate, especially your face. Instead of rubbing it hard, gently pat it dry.

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