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When a pimple pops up the morning of a big date or an important meeting, the only thing you can think about is how to get rid of the breakout…and fast. And while a magical blemish remover for getting rid of acne and blackheads overnight doesn’t exist, there are steps you can take to reduce the appearance of your acne quickly.
1. Cleanse Your Skin Twice a Day
Before you apply any topical treatment for acne and blackheads, it’s important to cleanse your face so the ingredients in your acne treatments can absorb properly. We recommend cleansing twice per day: once in the morning to remove excess oil and impurities and once in the evening to remove your makeup as well as the dirt and debris from the day.
Opt for an ultra-gentle pH balanced cleanser formulated for acne-prone skin like Clarisonic Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser. The Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser not only helps to clear and prevent acne breakouts but when combined with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, it can reduce the appearance of pores and leaves skin smooth and soft. Try combining the cleanser with the Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Head for ultra-clean skin.
Expert Tip: It’s important to note that while you want to wash twice a day to get rid of acne-causing bacteria, you don’t want to over-wash. Washing your face too often can strip away your skin’s natural oils and compromise its pH balance, which can lead to even more acne.
2. Try A Blemish-Fighting Face Mask
One to three times a week, try reaching for a face mask that will help to deep clean your pores and rid your skin of blemish-causing impurities. Clay masks can help to absorb excess sebum which is a great way to prevent breakouts. After cleansing, layer on a clay mask for 10 minutes and then reach for your Clarisonic facial cleansing brush to remove the face mask with ease.
3. Topical Acne Treatments
One of your best resources when you’re trying to get rid of acne fast is a topical treatment formulated with proven acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Salicylic acid gently exfoliates, helping to deep clean and unclog pores by ridding them of debris and impurities. While products that contain benzoyl peroxide help to kill acne-causing bacteria to clear active breakouts.
4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Contrary to popular belief, it is important for people with acne-prone skin to use moisturizers. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when your skin is dehydrated your body produces more oil, that extra oil can clog your pores which may lead to more breakouts.
Those prone to acne should reach for a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. Dermatologists recommend that everyone—acne-prone or not—use a moisturizer every day after washing the skin.
5. Reduce Skin Irritation As Much As Possible
If you have acne or blackheads, your skin, by definition, is already irritated and not functioning optimally. Any additional skin irritation will impede the healing process and can make things worse. So if getting rid of acne is your goal, you’ll want to stop picking, popping, squeezing, or using any products/tools that could cause further irritation.
Since acne-fighting ingredients can cause your skin to be more vulnerable to sun damage, be sure to layer on broad-spectrum SPF each morning—and to reapply throughout the day.
6. Visit a Dermatologist
It may seem simplistic, but making an appointment with dermatologist to get advice about how to get rid of breakouts or to extract a pimple is one of the smartest things you can do to help clear your skin. While it is not necessarily a quick-fix, dermatologists are experts in all things skin and therefore the best person to help treat your skin and prepare you to protect your skin from future breakouts. He or she will examine your skin, give you a diagnosis, and then talk you through the best, most-effective options tailored to your skin’s specific needs. If necessary, the dermatologist will efficiently and carefully extract your pimple for you. By following your dermatologist’s prescribed skin care regimen, you will not only treat your current acne but will help to prevent future breakouts.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if you have a pimple that you’re about to pop you should stop and see a dermatologist as there is an art to doing it right if you’d like to avoid permanent acne scars and infection. Dermatologists are equipped to use sterile acne extraction instruments to help get rid of blackheads and whiteheads.
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