First it is worth understanding the basics of what acne is. If your pores become blocked by excess sebum oil and dead skin cells then this will be registered by your body as a foreign entity. Because of the blockage the bacteria inside your pore will flourish the combination of these two things cause a rush of white blood cells to come to the area and fight off the infection. These white blood cells will turn into pus that fills the pore; this causes redness and swelling which we call pimples.
The first thing to do to try and get rid of acne is to make sure that you have a healthy lifestyle. Drink lots of water, take regular exercise, make sure you get enough sleep and try to reduce your stress levels. All of these are essential to maintaining clear skin.
Be sure to wash your face twice a day with the Facial Cleanser. Wash once in the morning and once before going to sleep. Don’t use harsh soaps and make sure that whatever you use is labelled ‘non- comedogenic' otherwise it could result in more blackheads. Washing too much is also a bad idea as it will dry out your skin and causes your body to produce more sebum oil.
You should also exfoliate to help remove the dead skin cells. If there is less of these then your pores are unlikely to become clogged and your acne will gradually disappear. When looking for an exfoliator be sure that it contains salicylic acid, this is a gentle skin peeler which will help maintain clear pores.
To treat existing acne and prevent further outbreaks look for a products which contain a 2.5% solution of benzoyl peroxide. This combats the acne causing bacteria and is essential to maintaining clear skin.
In order to achieve and maintain clear skin you will have to develop a carefully acne treatment routine. You will need a range of products, aside from those already mentioned many people find that moisturizing is necessary and occasionally diet supplements as well in order to ensure that your skin receives all the nutrients it needs.
Be patient with your acne treatment, it may take up to ten weeks to have a lasting effect. As well as carefully following the above guidelines, there are some things you shouldn’t do. For instance, never pop your pimples, this is likely to spread bacteria and could lead to more acne outbreaks and even acne scars. In general it is best to avoid touching your skin altogether, you should also try and keep your hair of your face and make sure that your pillowcases and clothing are always clean.
If you still find yourself suffering then it may be necessary to consult a dermatologist. There are a number of strong prescription medicines available which are extremely effective at combating severe acne, however, they can have some unpleasant side effects and should only be taken as a very last resort.