To get rid of acne, use over-the-counter products to spot-treat, apply a facial mask, use ice, and for extreme cases, see an esthetician or a dermatologist. The time it takes to get rid of acne varies depending on each individual case.
- Spot-treat with an acne product
Choose an over-the-counter acne product, and spot-treat areas of acne. Experimentation may be necessary to find the most effective product. Carefully follow the directions on the package to avoid skin flaking and further irritation.
- Use a facial mask containing sulfur
When spot treatments are not working effectively, use a facial mask with sulfur. This helps unclog pores and reduces the appearance of inflammation.
- Hold ice on affected areas
To reduce redness and swelling, hold ice on affected areas. Never apply the ice directly to the skin. Instead, wrap it in tissue or a soft cloth first. Hold ice on blemishes for 20-30 second intervals a few times a day.
- See an esthetician for zap treatments
When nothing else is working effectively, make an appointment to see an esthetician for zap treatments. Zap treatments use a high-frequency current to kill the bacteria that causes acne. The process is not painful.
- See a dermatologist for an injection
As a final resort, make an appointment to see a dermatologist for a cortisone injection to help control the breakouts.