How to Relieve Acne

Overview

Acne is a dermatological condition comprised of painful areas of irritation on the skin. These areas range from whiteheads to pimples and cysts. Acne is caused by an over production of sebum or oil, irregular shedding of skin and bacteria. To relieve the pain associated with this condition, you have to treat the acne and get the condition under control. If you have severe acne, you may have to make a trip to the dermatologist.

Step 1

Wash the acne affected area twice per day using a gentle antibacterial soap. Washing more often can cause the area to become irritated; however, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) states that people with very oily skin can wash more often to treat acne.

Step 2

Shampoo your hair daily, recommends Medline Plus. Some acne is caused by hair oil transferred to the skin.

Step 3

Use OTC medications to treat the acne. Sulfur, salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide and resorcinol are some of the acne-fighting ingredients found in these products, states the Mayo Clinic. If you have dark skin, consult your dermatologist before applying these products as they may cause darkening of the skin or the acne to become worse.

Step 4

Keep your hands and other objects away from acne-prone areas. Picking at acne sores or trying to pop the pimples can lead to scarring. Additionally, objects such as phones harbor bacteria, which can aggravate acne.

Step 5

Apply only noncomedogenic products, such as cosmetics or a moisturizer, to acne-affected areas. When you are checking out products, examine the ingredients list. The most appropriate noncomedogenic products are the ones with water listed as the first ingredient.

Step 6

Protect your skin from hair products. Many hair products, including pomade, contain oil. Protecting your skin from the oil in those products is vital to ensure that your acne stays under control.

Tips and Warnings

  • If your acne burns, you can apply a cool wet washcloth to the area to relieve the burning. However, if you do this, make sure you do it before you apply any topical medications.
  • If your acne is severe or persistent, contact a dermatologist for treatment. Prescriptions, such as retinoids, antibiotics or isotretinoin, may be necessary to treat and control the acne.