Anyone who has dealt with acne knows that breakouts can be unpredictable and confusing. We answer six frequently-asked questions about acne—from the best products to how to get rid of acne at home—and their answers.
Acne Q1: How Do I Get Rid of Acne at Home?
To get rid of acne at home, you’ll want to combine a strong acne-fighting skin care routine with good skin habits.
Cleanse & Tone
When you’re dealing with acne, tailor your cleansing routine to target blemishes. You’ll want to strike the perfect balance with your cleansing routine; if you cleanse too infrequently, you risk dirt and grime building up in your pores, and if you cleanse too often, you risk irritating your skin and causing it to dry out.
Toners are just as important to your skincare routine. The key to treating existing acne and preventing new blemishes from forming is to keep the skin’s surface as clean as possible. That means cleansing up to twice per day and following with a gentle toner to remove any lingering traces of dirt and makeup. Saturate a cotton pad with an alcohol-free, clarifying facial toner and sweep it over your entire face.
Whether you’re dealing with a full-fledged breakout or just a few stray pimples, a spot treatment such as pimple patches can help reduce the appearance and intensity of acne. Look for one that’s formulated with an acne-fighting ingredient like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur. Follow with an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
Acne Q2: What Is the Best Cleanser for Acne?
The best cleansers for acne are formulated with powerful acne-fighting ingredients, cleanse the skin gently yet effectively, and don’t cause irritation or excessive dryness. Be sure to do research to make sure that you have enough information about ingredients or products that help reduce acne when choosing your cleanser.
Need a recommendation? Try the Clarisonic Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser. It’s a 2 percent salicylic acid and lipo-hydroxy acid facial wash that can help clear existing breakouts and prevent new ones from forming, all without over-drying the skin or causing discomfort.
Acne Q3: What Products Help Acne?
There are spot cleansers, toners, serums, essences, moisturizers, masks, and more available formulated specifically to target breakouts. All of these products can help your fight against acne, but they’re not all created equal. It’s important to scan the labels beforehand to know exactly what is being put on your skin. Look for words like ‘non-comedogenic’ and ‘oil-free’ to help reduce the risk of clogged pores, and make sure the products are formulated with at least one acne-fighting Our dermatologist consultant, Dr. Anita Saluja of For Your Best Self in Melbourne, FD shares her favorites for acne.
• Clarisonic Pore and Blemish Gel Cleanser
• SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel
• La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment
• Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush
Acne Q4: Are Facial Brushes Good for Acne?
Yes. Incorporating a facial brush to your routine can help address “the root cause of acne which is abnormal skin shedding and inflammation within the hair follicle-oil gland unit,” says Dr. Melanie Palm at Art of Skin in San Diego, CA.
When in the search for your facial brush, be sure to purchase a brush with an oscillating brush as opposed to a rotating brush. Spinning and rotating brushes can be abrasive as they twist and tug on delicate skin. Clarisonic Mia Smart is an oscillating brush that gently glides back and forth with water, creating a vacuum effect to remove first and oil and makeup from the skin’s surface and pores.
Dr. Melanie Palm says “Clarisonic is a highly effective cleansing tool that assists in the process of skin renewal and normal turnover. Part of an effective acne treatment is consistent cleansing, and Clarisonic offers the most effective means of removing dirt, oil, skin cells, and even bacteria to provide cleaner, clearer, less inflamed skin.”
Acne Q5: Can Facial Brushes Cause Breakouts?
If you’re a first timer facial brush user, you may experience a temporary uptick in breakouts. “This reaction is called skin purging, and it isn’t a cause for concern. Skin purging, when the skin experiences more breakouts temporarily after a change in skincare routine, can occur with over-exfoliation or irritation,” Dr. Anita Saluja says.
Dr. Saluja’s advice? “Start using your Clarisonic once every three days, then every other day,” she says. “Take your time to build up to regular daily use. Also, try a few brush heads to see which suits your skin best and keep your Clarisonic brush head clean.” Rinse your brush head after every use and replace it every three months.
Acne Q6: How Can I Get Clear Skin Overnight?
Great skin takes time to achieve, and there’s no such thing as short cuts. Breakouts take time to heal, and you shouldn’t try to rush the process since it could promote scarring. You probably won’t be able to get rid of your breakouts overnight, but you could help reduce their appearance by applying a spot treatment before bed.