Acne Dos and Don’ts

Unless you are exceptionally blessed with great skin and good genetic factor, you will suffer from acne at some point in your life. While normally at its nastiest during the teen years, acne can last well into your adult life, or even worst, you can suffer from cystic Acne depending on your skin type, gender, how you care for your skin, and lifestyle choices. If you fight with acne, it is very important that you take care of your skin properly. Keep in mind, if you do not take good care of your skin your skin can get worse over time.

Here I have helpful pointers below to guarantee you are taking proper care of your acne prone skin. By following our list of do’s you can be sure your skin will look better and break out less.


Acne Dos:

Keep your hair conditioner off your back.  Hair products can clog pores because of the substantial moisturizing ingredients it contains, and if it is left to sit on your back while you shear your legs or clean the rest of your body you are risking getting pimples on your back.  Instead of letting your hair full of conditioner and rest on the skin on your back, make sure to tie up your hair on top of your head until you are ready to rinse out your conditioner.  Also, be sure to wash your face at the end of your shower, not the beginning.  If you wash your face at the beginning of your shower, hair products and soaps that should not be near your face can get on your skin and clog your pores.  In order to make sure your skin stays clear, wash your face last before leaving the shower.

Make sure to keep a separate towel for your face. Better yet, use a tissue to wipe your face every time you wash your face. This will ensure sanitary measures for your skin. The towel can catch microorganisms especially if someone is sharing that in the bathroom. Keep your towels and tools separate that can encounter your skin and body. Keep changing the towels you use on a daily basis to avoid fungus or germs from previous use to transfer on your freshly cleansed skin. This can cause acne, breakout, and dirt to build up

Use a cleanser.  Exfoliating cleansers are typically for those with combination to oily skin while cream cleansers are for normal to dry skin.  You do not need to spend big bucks on a cleanser, either, as there are plenty of natural ways worth trying.  Homemade sugar cleansers are a great example. Apply some coconut oil with sugar very gently with just your fingers, and then lather the cleanser by rubbing in small circular motions. Foam cleansers are also a good product for oily skin. Over the counter, products should not be used without consulting with the doctor.


Keep your hands away from your face (except during washing)!  Do you know where your hands have been? If you are a chronic face-toucher, keeping your hands away from your skin will absolutely help improve your skin. Everything you touch has the possibility of having germs and bacteria on it and dirt and oil. Therefore, DO NOT touch your face! We know this is a hard-hitting habit to break, but if you touch your face commonly with unclean hands, you are only contributing to your acne problem!  Also, make sure you keep your cell phone clean.  Cellphones are covered with microorganisms and dirt, which is then transferred to our faces when we press our phones to our ear.  Wipe your phone with anti-bacterial wipes recurrently. Consider talking on your cell phone with an earpiece so that your screen does not touch your face.

Bonus Tip: This goes for bedtime, too! If you typically put your arms under your face to sleep and see that, you have an acne problem in that area, try breaking the habit and sleeping in another position.

Look for products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. You are going to need some type of treatment product for your skin – be it a toner, a spot treatment or a serum.  Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxides are the most common acne-fighting ingredients and both quite effective, so look for products that have one of these ingredients. Depending on your individual skin type, you may need to try to experiment with different products and see which one works best for your skin.

Bonus Tip: If you have bad acne that will not clear up no matter what product you use, or if you have cystic acne, consider seeing a dermatologist for a stronger acne medication instead of trying to get rid of your acne on your own.


Acne Don’ts:

Do not scrub your skin.  While it may be tempting to use an exfoliating scrub, avoid these types of products since they can irritate your skin.  If you have acne, you should definitely use a scrub but that alone might not help. Chemical exfoliators in that regard are your best bet.

Practice sun safety (and do not tan!)  The sun can really damage your skin (as can tanning beds). Help your acne heal by eluding tanning beds and using proper defense when out in the sun. Make sure you wear a product with SPF in it every day. It does not matter if it is sunny or not—wear SPF!  Reapply every 2 hours if you are outside of the day) Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when outside to keep your skin free from sun destruction. Remember, the less sun harms your skin gets, the better your skin will look years from now.

Do not pick at your skin.  Popping those pimples is very tempting; however, in the end, you are just risking your skin. Avoid picking at any white or blackheads that appear on your skin. When you do not pick at your breakouts, they will heal faster and will leave less of a mark behind. Do not pop your pimples even if they have a white head on them.


I am an individual with more than 15 years of experience as a consultant in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry. The last 5 years I have been specializing in acne treatment and analyzed more than 100 products. On Skinhelpers I am helping people with skin problems.