There are many steps to a regimen that is designed to get rid of acne. Good habits such as frequent showering, wearing clean clothes, and proper nutrition should be coupled with a good acne cleanser, moisturizer, and possibly some acne home remedies. I will talk about what I feel the most important components of a good acne control treatment are and how best to go about it.

Things You Will Need

For an effective acne treatment, you will need a good acne cleanser and moisturizer, both formulated for your skin type, a soft washcloth, cotton pads, a comfortable shower loofah, and the will to eat healthy, get some exercise, and consistently follow a proper acne treatment regimen.

Step 1

Stay Clean

Frequent showering, especially after sweating, is imperative to clearing up acne. Although sweating is our bodies way of cooling off and releasing toxins through the skin, it is not good for someone who is trying to get rid of acne. Sweat pools in the pores along with oils, dirt and dead skin cells, clogging them up. This is why it is so important to get all of this stuff washed off of your face before that happens. Keeping your hair clean (especially if it's long) is also important. Oily hair touching your cheeks and neck is a recipe for new acne breakouts. When you do shower, using a loofah or soft washcloth to help scrub away dead skin is a good idea. Make sure that you rinse all of the shampoo and soap off of your face and body before getting out, and then make sure you towel off really well. Leaving wet hair against the skin or damp skin trapped under heavy clothing can also cause an acne flareup.

Step 2

Eat Healthy

Although there is no solid evidence that points to a direct link between diet and acne, it is safe to say that a diet heavy on fatty foods is not going to help the skin stay clear. Remember the toxins? Your body will have to get rid of all of the junk in "junk foods", hence the name, and releasing them through your pores is one way it does that. Drinking lots of water to help flush your system will be helpful. Speaking of flushing, if you ever find yourself constipated, deal with that ASAP. Staying constipated will cause all kinds of bad toxins and poisons to stay trapped in your body for longer than necessary, eventually cueing your system to try and get rid of what it can through your pores.

Step 3

Use an Acne Cleanser

Acne Cleansers help wash away the dead skin and oils that can get trapped in your pores. These specialized cleansers are usually formulated for specific skin types and tell you this right on the bottle. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to get one that is for sensitive skin. Using a cleanser that isn't right for your skin type can cause skin irritation and actually make your facial acne worse. You should be applying the cleanser after every time you wash your face, and definitely before you go to bed. Using a cleanser to remove any excess makeup and facial oils at night will go along way to improving your acne problems. Always apply the cleanser with either a soft washcloth, a cotton swab or pad, or even your hands. Never use a rough cloth as this can aggravate your skin and undo the benefits you are getting. After applying the cleanser you should then use a moisturizer to lock in any moisture so your skin does not dry out. Since most cleasners contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, you'll want to make sure those chemicals don't leave your skin dry and reddened.

Step 4

Acne Home Remedies

There are a lot of home remedies for acne that people use to clear up their facial acne. Some swear by applying oatmeal to the infected area, others use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Applying toothpaste to a pimple before bedtime can reduce the swelling. Some people have had success with rubbing crushed mint leaves or crushed garlic to their faces at night. Others say blended cucumber paste or grated potatoes works wonders. All of these home remedies are to be taken with a grain of salt. Some may work for you, most probably will not. They will certainly not get rid of acne overnight. The secret is to read up on the internet what has worked for others and share any successes that you may have with others.

Tips & Warnings

Any fast acne treatment will most likely involve all of the things listed here. Obviously a visit to your doctor or dermatologist won't hurt either. He/she will likely have other medications and treatments that aren't available to you without a prescription. These steps should be taken only when other more common methods have been explored. Trying all of these things and anything else you read that sounds promising will definitely help you get rid of your facial acne, hopefully for good.