At-Home Acne Hacks That Really Work

June is National Acne Awareness Month and to kick off this important topic, we talked to actual professionals about the best way to avoid their offices.

It turns out that great acne care can start at home. A simple routine can help you avoid timely (and costly!) dermatologist visits. No downtime for facials and no allowance money spent on prescriptions. These tips will have your skin in tip-top shape in no time! 

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Start with Squeaky Clean Skin

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Erica Suppa, oncology esthetician, research scientist and founder of Fresh Faced Skincare tells us we should always start with crazy clean skin.

"Use a gentle, gel-based facial cleanser to wash your face twice a day," she says. "Try not to use cleansers with active ingredients, such as benzoylperoxide because they will strip your skin of its natural oil too much. When we fret about acne, we tend to pile on the 'anti-acne' products. Try not to fall into that mistake and try sticking to a simple, gentle cleanser. It will do the trick if you are diligent about washing your face twice a day."

Tone It Up

Erica also recommends using a facial toner following a cleansing.

"This will help your skin return to its natural pH and make the skincare products you use afterward more effective," she says.

You've heard us sing praises to witch hazel, this is an inexpensive and effective at-home option for a toner. Dab a couple of drops on a cotton ball and run it across your face.

Try Not To Be Too Harsh

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We've all heard that exfoliation is good for preventing acne. Suppa warns that we shouldn't use anything considered too abrasive to exfoliate your skin. We're looking at you, washcloths, rotary brushes, and facial scrubs!

"Instead," she says, "Use an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)-based serum to do the exfoliation for you in a gentle way."

Don't Skimp on Moisturizer

            Thinking about moisturizer can be tough when you feel your skin piling on the oil. Dr. Murad, a dermatologist who has been practicing for more than 25 years, has some tips regarding moisturizing when experiencing acne. Although counterintuitive, he says you should never, ever try to dry out your skin.
            "Hydration is essential for healthy skin," he says, "Regardless of age, type or condition, our skin needs to be treated with tender, loving care."
            On that note, don't ever skimp on your moisturizer because you have oily skin. Instead, use an oil-free or water-based formula to help your skin achieve balance.

      Think of SPF As Your Insurance

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          It can be hard adding another step to our morning routine. Nevertheless, using SPF on acne-prone skin is an absolute must! This is because acne can be visible on your skin for a couple of days or weeks. Acne marks, on the other hand, can stay visible for a lifetime! Using a broad spectrum formula on a daily basis will insure you against ugly acne marks well into adulthood. If you practice outdoor sports, always carry a tube of SPF in your gym bag and remember to constantly reapply.

      Now that you learned all about at-home acne care, why not take it one step further and set up THIS at-home spa for the day?


      If doing none of the above works for you, HERE's why you should try Neutrogena's Light Therapy Acne Mask.