Acne Treatments and Solutions Guide

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What is Acne?

Acne, or Acne vulgaris, is a very common skin condition that affects many people at some point in their lives. It often develops during teenage years, but can be present well into adulthood, and tends to affect the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.

There are many different causes for acne, from extra oily skin. When glands near the surface of the skin produce too much sebum. Sebum is a oil designed to lubricate your skin and stop it from drying out. This excess sebum then builds up along with dead skin cells and plugs the pores. Once blocked, pores can become infected, resulting in acne.


One of the most common is changes in hormone levels. This explains why acne presents during adolescence. Acne can also occur as an adverse side effect to certain medications. For instance birth control.

non inflammatory acne such as blackheads and whiteheads are the most commonly known acne type. Blackheads are hair follicles (or pores) that are clogged with a mix of dead skin cells and oil. They usually appear on the nose, chin and forehead. It may look as if dirt is clogging the pore, but its actually the pigmentation of the hair follicle making it appear dark in colour. Whiteheads are similar to blackheads but are closed off.

How is acne treated?

For spontaneous out breaks of acne, over the counter treatments may be the best option. Drug store treatments are less harsh, and ideal for continual use. Or as part of your daily skin care routine. In addition over the counter treatments maybe cheaper, depending on the product.

Mild body acne can be treated with gentle body washes such as sanex. I also advise for conditioner to be thoroughly rinsed when washing hair in the shower. You can also apply aloe vera to calm your skin during breakouts.

1. Clinique Anti-blemish solutions clearing moisturizer


CLINIQUE Lightweight, soothing formula helps treat existing blemishes, prevent future breakouts and control excess oil. The solution creates a barrier against blemish causing agents. In addition it lightly hydrates to minimize dryness, peeling.

2. ORIGINS Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel 


This is a blemish-busting acne spot treatment with salicylic acid. Just dab on a dot and feel blemish busting salicylic acid instantly help speed healing. Similarly anti-spot technology helps visibly correct post acne darkening. Skin calming caffeine and red algae help relieve irritating redness. And to help keep skin looking spotless, super exfoliators eliminate excess oils and pore-clogging debris.

3. MURAD Advanced Blemish and Wrinkle Reducer 


This blemish remedy is infused with skin illuminating Porcelain Flower Extract. Similarly It also exfoliates and hydrates to restore youthful texture and luminosity.

4. Kiehls Blue Herbal Spot Treatment

This unique preparation treats skin to help target the appearance of blemishes. This treatment is made for sensitive adult skin and blemish prone skin. For instance Skin appears clearer and is more comfortable.

5. Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum


Prevent acne eruptions before they start with this Salicylic Acid based gel. Just a thin layer spread over the acne prone areas will keep your skin smooth and clear, and acne pimples at bay. In addition it will not irritate erupted or sensitive skin.

6. Dermalogica Breakout Control


This fast-absorbing gel contains natural antibacterial agents, including Lactobacillus Ferment. The results help clear and prevent breakouts without over-drying the skin. In addition An Azelaic Acid derivative helps control oil production for improved skin tone and texture. Tea Tree and antioxidant Zinc Sulfate also help soothe your skin.

7. Caudalie Vinopure Blemish Control Infusion Serum

Achieve a clear complexion with Caudalie’s Vinopure Blemish Control Infusion Serum. This powerful, ultra-concentrated serum is packed with active ingredients that work to rid the skin of impurities. Made from 98% natural origin ingredients, its natural salicylic acid gently lifts dead skin cells. Similarly it unclogs pores whilst a patented blend of grapeseed and essential oils work to reduce the appearance of blemishes.

8. Alba Acne Face & Body Scrub

Alba Acne Face & Body Scrub is a powerful, botanically effective, dual purpose face and body scrub. In addition contains max strength 2% salicylic acid. And is formulated for spot prone skin but gentle enough for facial cleansing.

9. Murad Clarifying Body Spray

Clear your body with Murad Clarifying Body Spray. Purifying salicylic acid works with powerful antibacterial agents. The results penetrate pores and reduce acne blemishes,  while helping prevent new breakouts from forming. Murad Clarifying Body Spray uses skin conditioners to soothe and hydrate irritated skin for maximum clarity.

10. Body shop tea tree shower gel

specially formulated with Tea Tree Oil, renowned for its natural purifying and antibacterial properties. Therefore promotes a clearer, healthier-looking complexion. The light gel formula gently cleanses away impurities, excess oil and make-up. In addition a burst of Peppermint Oil helps leave the skin feeling ultra-clean and refreshed.