How to Remove Acne

Acne and acne scars can be a source of distress to anyone who suffers from them, whether you're a teenager or adult. However, it is possible to get rid of acne and with some patience and work clear skin is achievable. While there is no over-night cure it is possible to significantly reduce your acne in a short period of time and even get rid of it completely.

How to Remove Acne

Acne Treatment: Home

Before buying any acne treatment, there are a few things you can try to get rid of acne with everyday home products. 

Crushing up aspirin tables with water and making a paste is a fairly common remedy for spots. Apply the paste to your skin overnight and it may help get rid of your pimples. Another home treatment that has been shown to help is to applying lemon, lime or potato slices to your pimples on a daily basis.

Many people recommend applying toothpaste to your skin to get rid acne. Leaving it on overnight as a mask will help draw impurities from your skin. Be careful with this treatment as some toothpaste may contain ingredients which irritate your skin.

Fruits have many natural healing properties. Raspberry, blackberry and strawberry leaves can be boiled with water and applied to the skin to help rid it of acne. Similarly mint juice can be applied to acne at night and it can be helpful to rinse your face with lettuce water once a day to help get rid of acne. 

Acne Treatment: Medical

If the home treatments do not help, there are medical treatments which can be bought to get rid of acne. 

Many products will contain benzoyl peroxide; it comes in soaps, creams and gels which should normally be used twice a day. It is excellent at fighting acne causing bacteria (propionibacterium acnes). Bear in mind that it may dry your skin so use it with a non-comedogenic moisturiser (one that does not block the pores which can cause blackheads). 

Another common ingredient in acne treatments is salicylic acid. It is very good an unblocking pores. Pores can become clogged with sebum oil (which is produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin). The salicylic acid loosens the clog to help clear your skin of acne. Be sure to use it in conjunction with sunscreen as it makes your skin more vulnerable to UV light. 

Products which list triclosan or chlorhexidine gluconate are less effective at getting rid of acne.

Additional Acne Treatment Advice

In order to get rid of acne you will need to work consistently at your skin. Treating your acne takes time and it could take a couple of months to start seeing results. The key to getting rid of acne is to maintain a treatment routine and be careful and persistent.

When popping pimples be very careful, it is easy to unintentionally spread bacteria and can also lead to scars. Clean your hands thoroughly before touching pimples and wash the affected are of skin carefully afterwards. 

After your acne has cleared, you may be left with scars. They can be treated in a variety of ways included topical treatments and over the counter drugs. However, it is not possible to treat them properly until your skin is clear of acne.

If it is proving impossible to get rid of your acne then go and see a dermatologist. There are prescription drugs available which can help with the most serious cases of acne.

*Based on results of a worldwide Customer Satisfaction survey which included 100 participants that were Exposed Skin Care customers. Survey dates 6/9 - 6/10/2009