The Best Acne Treatments Revealed
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Acne Treatments Date Posted: May 16th, 2013 Comments: 13
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There are so many acne treatments on the market that it is one of the most overwhelming experiences a person can have when trying to find what works best to heal their acne. There are literally thousands of treatments that claim to get rid of acne once and for all in addition to experts and doctors that recommend their own course of treatments to treat it. We have made this experience easier for you by breaking down the best acne treatments into three categories: Over-the-Counter Treatments, Prescription Treatments, and Natural Homemade Treatments. We will list the best for each category and from there, can decide what is best for your skin.

Over-the-Counter Treatments

This course of treatments is much easier to purchase than prescriptions because you don’t need approval from the doctor before using them. We always do recommend getting doctor’s approval before trying anything new though, to make sure it is right for your skin type. Always test out a small area of skin along the jawline before applying new cleansers, moisturizers, and topical creams to your skin before applying all over to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction to the product. We at Acne Skin Site recommend purchasing a set of products by the same manufacturer to achieve optimal results. For example, don’t just use a cleanser and think your skin will see great results. You also need to use a toner (if your skin is oily) and a moisturizer to balance the pH levels of your skin. If you suffer from acne breakouts, a topical acne cream is recommended to combat this issue. Below we have listed some of our favorite skincare systems for you to choose from. Remember to choose the treatment according to what your skin type is. For example, if your skin is oily, purchase the set for oily skin (to minimize oil). If your skin is dry, purchase the set for dry skin. If combo skin, choose the combo skin set, and so on.

Exposed SkincareThey offer an array of amazing skincare products to heal your acne safely and effectively. Some of the active ingredients found within the exposed skincare products are salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, green tea, licorice root, and passion flower. It’s a powerful combo of natural and scientific ingredients to heal your skin.

Murad This skincare line is incredible. They offer a huge variety of skincare products that can combat any skin issue and is safe enough to use on any skin type, even if you suffer from rosacea. They make it easy to learn what products are best for you and your skin type.

Cetaphil The cleanser and moisturizer offered are safe to use on any skin type and both products are inexpensive as well. The cleanser safely removes residue and oil buildup on the skin without irritating it. The only negative to this treatment is that they don’t offer an exfoliating system so that has to be purchased separately from another line or you can make your own brown sugar scrub for gently removing dead skin cells!

Neutrogena It is rare for anyone to never have heard of this line. They offer skincare products for every skin type at a small cost. They even have come out with some pretty incredible topical acne creams to minimize pimples quickly and safely. This is a great line to use if you are new to using skincare products – It truly works!

Prescription Treatments

The only way to snag this kind of treatment is through a doctor’s written prescription. You must make an appointment with your dermatologist first so he or she can determine the best course of action for your skin condition. The medicine they prescribe is of pharmaceutical grade so a prescription IS required. Never borrow your friend’s medicine or take leftover’s – Everyone’s skin type is different and what may work for one person doesn’t mean it will work for another. Below is a list of the most common type of acne medications prescribed to patients.

Benzoyl Peroxide – Benzoyl Peroxide is an active ingredient found in many skincare products and creams. Dermatologists have the authority to prescribe stronger doses of benzoyl peroxide cream to patients that have severe acne problems that won’t seem to go away. It works by attacking and killing acne-causing bacteria but is known to dry out the skin so make sure to use an oil-free moisturizer before applying this topical cream (or any topical cream for that matter). Use caution when using this treatment because it does bleach anything it touches. Avoid the sun when using this treatment because it can cause the skin to burn and become very irritated.

Salicylic Acid – This is found in many creams, gels, and cleansers to safely and effectively remove acne from the skin. It is safer to use than benzoyl peroxide because it is known to be less irritating to the skin. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid which works to exfoliate dead skin cells from the skin, thus unclogging pores removing blackheads. Blackheads are formed when excess oil, dead skin, and acne-causing bacteria become clogged in the pores and become oxidized. This treatment does not bleach the skin or bed sheets or clothing like benzoyl peroxide does.

Clindamycin – This is a topical treatment that can be prescribed as a gel, foam, or lotion and is applied twice daily after cleansing and moisturizing. It safely kills acne-causing bacteria and is also extremely effective to kill back acne. It can cause dryness or redness so use caution with this treatment.

Oral Medications – Oral medications are commonly prescribed to treat acne from within. Oral pills reduce the amount of sebum (oil) released from the sebaceous glands that can clog the pores if excess is produced. There are less potent antibiotics and extremely potent antibiotics like Accutane. Accutane is a very strong form of medication and is only prescribed for extremely severe cases of acne, such as cystic acne where large painful nodules form under the skin.

Natural Homemade Treatments

In our opinion, if you can go the natural route, do so. Before trying the two treatments above, always try natural remedies first. Since natural is made without synthetic “manmade” chemicals, it is the healthiest and safest option for the body. Your skin has little to no chance of having an adverse reaction, unless you are allergic to a specific ingredient or food, and can heal naturally and beautifully. We truly believe in healing the body from the inside out. What you take into your body will exude through your skin. Try one of our delicious recipes or a delicious daily homemade smoothie that is sure to make your body and skin look and feel amazing. We have tons of fabulous homemade facial masks to try that were created to deal with specific skin issues that may arise. Below we have listed a few of our favorite homemade skincare treatments.

Brown Sugar Scrub – This is by far one of our favorite homemade exfoliating scrubs. Simply combine a bit of light brown sugar and water and gently massage the scrub onto your freshly cleansed face – It can also be used on the body. Work the scrub in a circular motion with your fingertips for 1 to 2 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Your skin will feel incredibly soft, your pores will be unclogged of impurities, and rejuvenated skin will surface.

Witch Hazel – An incredible essential oil, it can be added to your moisturizer or applied to your skin as a toner after cleansing. It’s a natural astringent and fights pimples, moisturizes the skin and seals in moisture, heals inflammation and irritation, and reduces swelling – all naturally.

DIY Cleanser – Making your own cleanser is super easy. For acne-prone skin, simply combine 3 parts Castor Oil and 1 part extra virgin olive oil and massage onto your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Then take a steaming hot washcloth (make sure not hot enough to burn your skin), lie down, and lay the cloth over your face until the cloth has cooled off. Then take the clean side of the washcloth and rub off the oil and residue from your skin. The steam from the washcloth will pull all the impurities from your pores and your skin will be clean and fresh. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself! Also, these two oils are good oils for your skin so they will not clog your pores, make you more oily, cause you to breakout, etc.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Apply EVOO to your skin at night as a gentle moisturizer after cleansing. All you need is a drop of oil to use on your entire face and neck. A little goes a long way! It will naturally moisturize your skin and balance the pH levels of your skin, minimizing oil and breakouts from appearing on your skin. Feel free to add a drop of EVOO to your daily moisturizer for daytime use as well.

Whatever option you choose, you will eventually find what works best for your skin. It doesn’t happen overnight so be patient with the process. You are not alone in this journey of searching for clear skin…we are here to help you!

About the Author

Lindsay Schroeder


Lindsay Schroeder, professional makeup artist and skincare guru, is the writer of all the content on Acne Skin Site. She has personally dealt with acne all throughout her 20’s and knows firsthand what anyone suffering with acne is going through. She has worked with thousands of clients that suffer with acne and has been able to encourage and educate them on how to get their skin on the road to recovery.

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  • Judie&U - May 16, 2013 at 6:24 am - Reply

    I can confidently testify to the olive oil cleansing method. I’ve oily skin and I was looking for the best cleansing method for me. Though for oily skin, I’m to combine with castor oil, but that seems hard to come by, so I use plain olive oil and the was cloth. Instantly my face feels soft and thorougly cleansed. I also apply little olive oil on my face at night and I wake in the morning with a lovely, soft skin. I recommend this to everyone!

  • Meg - May 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I’ve finally found a product that works for me. Alba Botanicals Acnedote.
    Organic, no animal testing….awesome!!!

  • Elizabeth - May 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    I sufferered from acne n dark spots, till I dicovered that through this site I could use natural Things for my skin. I use papaya on my face every other evening, wash it off after some minuites, and have noticed that my dark spots have really claeard 70%. I use most of the tea tree products also.

  • Kara - May 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I’ve tried witch hazel before and it helped with my acne slightly. However it did dry my skin out a bit too much. I recently tried a line by a Canadian dermatologist called Puriste. Their acne cleanser, toner and glycolic acid lotions are working wonders so far and it’s only been 3 weeks. It’s great to find a lotion that hydrates and cleanses pores! I never really thought a cream base could fight acne but apparently the glycolic acid works to clean out bacteria and oil.

    I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has been searching for a solution for years like I have! Their website is

    I tried Cetaphil and Neutrogena before too. They were awful and just made my skin worse.

    • arvind - August 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Hi kara.!!
      It was quite surprising that cetaphil did not work out for u…..i have been recommended cetaphil face wash by my d’metologist and i am doing ok…but i would like to know what problem u faced using it….

  • samuel - May 23, 2013 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Publication by acne site have been helpful to me since have been following there right up have seen remarkable changes noticed by fellow colleagues. I adopted the mthod of appling antibacterial soap to my face for few minutes. Rinse with warm water. Consume plenty of water..included combination of milk and malt in my meal. I will appreciate if I can get a better option.

    • Kim - May 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Hello, Samuel
      May I ask you what antibacterial soap are you using? I’ve read an interesting post about using black soap for skin cleaning. You need to know how to use it right because the black soap seems has very active elements in it and can burn your skin. But if you know how to apply it, this can be very powerful solution. The greatest success was when you simply lather the bar in hand (this soap lathers amazingly easily) and then add three to five drops of jojoba oil and/or organic rose-hip seed oil or organic argan oil to the lather and then proceed to wash your face. Hopes it will help. Thanks.

  • Onyeka - May 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    I’ve been using the extra virgin olive oil and sugar scrub for about 2 weeks, and it helped with the acne breakout I had for over 2 months. It leaves my skin very soft and smooth, I highly recommend it

  • vishnu - June 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    can i sent you my pic so that if you suggest me something better for my skin.

  • Jennifer - July 8, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I have struggled with acne for over 28 years. I have tried every remedy known to man, over-the-counter and prescription. After going through a round of accutane, my acne was still with me. It was not until my aesthetician prescribed a medication that is normally given to regulate blood pressure, that my cystic acne went away. Spironolactone has been a God send.

  • Maddie - July 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    I’ve been using acne patches with hydrocolloid to treat my acne and it’s been working great. They are adhesives with hydrocolloid which absorbs the acne oil and pus from the pimple. I’ve tried different ones, but found that SMARTMED Cover-Dot Acne Care works that best because it’s waterproof and clear. It also keep me to touching it and helps heal with scarring. I usually apply it overnight and I see results in the morning.

  • Angel - August 27, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Pls help me. I have an oily face and my pores are open. I have bad acne marks too. Plus pimple 🙁

  • Sarah - October 27, 2014 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Buy EXPOSED SKINCARE I have tried proactive waste of time
    I looked online for cures all the time but exposed is actually amazing well worth the money and don’t waste money in a chemist
    It helped my skin so quick love it you won’t regret it

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