Stopping acne is a long-term process requiring the use of acne-fighting medications, daily facial washing and careful maintenance of the body and skin. A prescription strength medication may be required for severe acne.
Facial acne is uncomfortable and unpleasant to deal with for anyone. It is possible to treat acne and keep it at bay with the right medications and daily maintenance. Keep the face clean by washing it twice daily with a mild facial cleanser. This removes dead surface skin cells and bacteria. Wash hair regularly to keep it from getting greasy and also keep the hair pulled away from the face.
A light application of acne-fighting cream containing ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid helps kill off acne-causing bacteria. Use these creams sparingly at first because they may cause irritation and dry out the skin. Stronger prescription medications may be required from a doctor for more serious outbreaks. Use a noncomedogenic moisturizer to keep the skin soft, supple and hydrated.
Be careful of applying other products to the skin, including makeup. This can further block the pores and allow bacteria to grow unchecked. Look for dermatologist-approved brands that are also noncomedogenic for the skin.