Approaches for Getting Rid of Acne

Healthy skin is an important aspect of outer beauty.  Unfortunately, attaining beautiful skin may seem like an uphill climb for those with acne blemishes.  Acne is perhaps the most common of all the various chronic skin conditions, and all too often finding an effective solution takes time. This article describes ideas for how you might get clear skin when everything you have tried hasn't worked. Because everyone's skin condition (and motivation to get clear skin) is different, results will vary. Hopefully, though, some of the approaches used either alone in combination will help you to get clear skin.

The Problem

Acne manifests in many ways.  Acne on areas of the skin visible to others like the face, neck, and chest, or even typically covered areas like the back can lead to embarrassment and low self-esteem.  You might have red scaly skin, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or even scars.[4810]  Here's a video on how acne develops and how it differs from a pimple:


Acne is most prevalent among older children and teens (usually caused by a surge in hormones),[4810] often exacerbating the difficulties of adolescence.  But, acne can last well into adulthood.

At a basic level, acne is caused when a skin follicle is blocked, and a number of factors such as hormonal changes, genetics, stress, bacteria, and diets are believed to contribute to acne.[4810] Given the variety of causes and the fact that skin experts do not necessarily know how a specific treatment will affect a specific individual, a trial-and-error approach is used.  Consequently, numerous products for treating acne abound. For acne-sufferers, however, the important question is how to get clear skin as quickly as possible with the least amount of side effects.

The usual first step for acne-sufferers is a visit to the dermatologist.  Depending on the type of acne you have, the dermatologist will prescribe medication such as Accutane or retinol products such as Retin-A .  Other medication might include gels, creams, or oral antibiotics.  For severe cases of acne, treatments such as dermabrasion, phototherapy, and surgery are also frequently used. [4810]

Alternatives to Prescription Acne Medication

If you have tried prescription acne medication with limited results or if you want to move to gentler, natural forms of acne treatment, consider exploring non-prescription medication.  Your medical doctor may cite a lack of evidence of the effectiveness of alternative treatments for getting clear skin.  However, based on the use and reviews of others, the following options might be worth a look and/or a try as you seek a smoother, clearer complexion.

Topical Treatments

Here are some tips and ideas involving items you put on your skin:

  • Topical acne treatments involve putting an acne product directly on your skin. Be careful not to "stack" treatments, especially if the treatment has an active ingredient such as retinol.

  • Keep your skin clean. Avoid touching your face.  Consider using over-the-counter, generic products like witch hazel -- a plant-based antioxidant and astringent used in many acne-treatments[4814] -- which can be helpful for cleaning the surface of the skin with a cotton pad. 

  • Skin care systems can sometimes help.  You might opt for an over-the-counter skin Proactiv Solution Micro-Crystal Acne Kit NEW FORMULACredit: Amazon.comcare regimen like Proactiv that includes a cleanser, toner, and lotion. The benefit using Proactiv-type of products is that you are buying a complete system. Many have used this 3-step skin care regimen with good results, although some who Proactiv%20Solution%20Micro-Crystal%20Acne%20Kit%20NEW%20FORMULA<img%20src="http:/"%20width="1"%20height="1"%20border="0"%20alt=""%20style="border:none%20!important;%20margin:0px%20!important;"%20/>%20" target="_blank">have reviewed the product have noted that it was either too strong or that they needed to switch to a different product after several months.

  • Not typically thought of as an acne-treatment, aspirin can sometimes help as it contains salicylic acid. So, if you are a DIY-er, you might want to try this aspirin mask for getting clear skin. See how to do that here:

  • Those who want to try a plant-based solution to acne should consider a newcomer to the skin care field.  Nerium AD, which is costs about $100 for a month's supply, is marketed primarily as an Age-defying treatment. However, clinical research has shown that Nerium AD is effective in reducing the appearance of discoloration, enlarged pores, and uneven texture -- kind of like a skin care "one-stop shop." You  apply Nerium AD at night after cleansing your face.  With aloe vera and a special nerium oleander plant extract, Nerium AD works to regenerate your skin.

  • Once you get your acne under control, pay attention to maintenance.  Always be gentle to your skin -- don't pick or scratch. If you have a mild break out, use a benzol-peroxide cream like Clearasil or tea tree oil (which is less drying to your skin) at the first sign of a pimple. In other words, act immediately.


The topical treatments suggested above address acne problems from "outside" the body. Likewise, good food choices help you get clear skin from the "inside" out.  Nutritionists suggest that the proper diet can help you in your efforts toward clear skin.

Here are a few to consider:

Spotless: The Essential Guide to Getting Rid of Spots and AcneCredit: Amazon.comNutritionist Elaine Mummery (author of Spotless - The Essential Guide to Getting Rid of Spots and Acne) says that the acne spot is the body's way of communicating a problem. For some this might mean eliminating dairy products from the diet, for others reducing the intake of sugar or carbohydrates. Eating well can help the body to be more alkaline (as opposed to acidic), which can lead to clear skin.

The Clear Skin Diet -The Clear Skin DietCredit: This diet melds the expertise of a naturopathic doctor Alex C. Logan and conventional dermatologist Valori Treloar.  They suggest that diet and acne are linked, and that specific changes to diet and lifestyle can promote acne-free skin.  Acne-causing culprits include foods with dairy, sugar and unhealthy fats. Recipes are also included.

The pH MiracleCredit: Amazon.comThe pH Miracle - While somewhat controversial due to unsupported claims, The pH Miracle focuses on balancing pH level in your blood (increasing its alkalinity). Based on the work of Robert and Shelley Young, the pH Miracle offers testimonials and focuses on ways you can use food for optimal health and presumably clear skin.


The methods mentioned above for getting smooth, clear skin tackle acne from both the inside of the body and the outside.   Some cost money, and some take time and effort. However, if you suffer from this chronic condition and are striving for clear, beautiful skin that you can see and feel, you might find success with some of these approaches a try.