General Acne Advice From The Experts

Everyone’s skin acts up from time to time and, as unpleasant as it may be, at least there are solutions. Here will discuss some advice given by the experts as well as products which certain celebrities use to deal with their breakouts. Stress, lack of sleep, hormonal issues, diet and, more recently, friction from facemasks can all contribute to having a breakout. Therefore, when one or more of these factors is not working in our favor, we have to be prepared to deal with the consequences for our skin. This is important for our mental health as well as our appearance since experts note that up to ten million people in the United Kingdom alone have admitted to suffering from mental distress as a result of skin problems. 

Tip 1: Stay On Top Of Your Cleansing

One of the best ways to avoid skin problems is to clean your skin correctly twice a day. Impurities and dirt need to be removed from the skin in order to prevent these particles from blocking pores and causing pimples. This is especially important if you use makeup as makeup can also block pores and cause skin problems. Also, you should pick a cleanser which is formulated for blemish-prone skin since these cleansers typically contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, zinc, or benzoyl peroxide which are effective in fighting pimples.

Tip 2: Only Moisturize With Non-Comedogenic Moisturizers

Beauty and facial products labeled as non-comedogenic are specifically formulated to not block pores. This is important for blemish-prone skin because anything that does block pores can worsen the skin’s condition. Avoiding moisturizing altogether is not the answer either as dry skin can stimulate the body’s natural oil production which can also worsen acne. This is important to remember as many people with acne issues also have oily skin and so their inclination is to not moisturize at all under the assumption that moisturizing will make their oily skin worse. What experts actually recommend doing is using a light, gel-based moisturizer which is non-comedogenic.

Tip 3: Exfoliate At Least Once A Week

Exfoliating the skin is important but it must be done correctly and it must not be overdone or it can irritate the skin and make skin conditions worse. However, when done correctly, exfoliating removes dead skin cells, decreases the likelihood of blackheads forming and gives skin a brighter appearance. To keep with the theme of making sure that pores aren’t clogged because clogged pores are problematic for people with acne, removing dead skin cells with exfoliation is a great way to keep pores unclogged.

Tip 4: Do Not Pick, Scratch Or Pop Pimples

When blemishes occur, there is always the temptation to pick at them or pop them in hopes of eliminating them faster. However, this is almost always counter-productive. Picking at pimples can push dirt and pus further into the pore creating a worse eruption. Also, dirt from fingernails can scratch and infect adjacent skin.  What’s worse is that picking pimples can also make it more likely that the skin will scar. Therefore, you should always try to leave your pimples alone and treat them according to expert-recommended guidelines.

Tip 5: For Bothersome, Persistent Acne, See A Doctor

While mild to moderate acne problems can generally be solved at home by following the experts advice, some people are genetically-prone to more serious acne problems. For these people, it is certainly worthwhile to see a dermatologist as dermatologists can prescribe medications and treatments such as Accutane which are not available over the counter. Also, a dermatologist can diagnose whether or not a different underlying condition may be responsible for the severe acne of the sufferer in which case treating the underlying condition, such as hormonal problems, may ultimately help resolve the acne.


Everyone experiences blemishes from time to time and, for most people, the problems resolve themselves with a little at home care. However, most people can minimize these breakouts with proper sleep, diet and cleansing routines like those discussed in this article. For those with more problematic skin which doesn’t resolve itself with proper home remedies, it is best to see a dermatologist.