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How to Get Rid of Acne in a Week

Updated on September 8, 2009

Millions of people in the world suffer from acne. Acne can be very embarrassing and very hard to cure. Fortunately, I was able to develop a daily routine not only to get rid of acne, but to prevent it from returning as well. Below I will share with you the methods that I have tried and what ultimately worked. Follow my advice, and you can get rid of your acne in a week.

Things that didn't work

The Toothpaste Method I had read online that toothpaste can get rid of acne if you just leave it on overnight. Unfortunately, this was not true for me. I left the toothpaste on only to find the exact same amount of acne the next day. I repeated this simple routine for a while and no results.

Natural Method After having no success with toothpaste, I decided to try a more natural method. I read online that using crushed mint with a little lemon juice could get rid of acne in no time. So I followed this routine daily and still no results.

The Eggshell Method Yes, I was that desperate. I decided to try putting the interior of eggshells on the parts of my face with a lot of acne. To my dismay, however, this method did not get rid of my acne.

Success at last!


After trying so many methods, I finally found the one that worked not only for me but for my brother as well. If you follow the simple steps below you, too, may be able to get rid of acne in a week!

1. Wash Your Face (Facial Cleanser) This is the first thing you should do when you wake up. I usually do it in the shower. You should use a facial cleanser that is pretty easy to wash off. Make sure to be gentle when applying this cleanser to your skin as irritation can cause even more acne. Also, be sure to wash your hands before you touch your face. Any facial cleanser should work for this step. After you have washed your face, pat it dry with a towel and continue on to step 2.

2. Apply Salicylic Acid Salicylic acid is very easy to find, and it is not very expensive. I usually purchase a small container with about 50 pads that contain this acid. As with the cleanser, make sure to be gentle when you apply the salicylic acid to your face. Put this acid all over and not just on the infected spots.

3. Sweat! This step is incredibly important if you want to get rid of your acne fast. After you have completed steps 1 and 2, your face will feel awfully dry. Many people will tell you to use a moisturizer. I disagree as many moisturizers cause acne. Instead, you should take a bike ride or go running. You can do anything that makes you sweat significantly. I usually bounce on my trampoline for an hour or so (NOTE: This step can also be replaced by swimming as the sea water is very good for your skin). Sweat is actually comprised of oily substances which cause acne. Therefore, getting this sweat out of your body gives the acne less to feed on. You are essentially creating an uninhabitable environment for your acne. Step 4 must be completed right after this step.

4. Wash Your Face (Water) If you don't follow this step right after you sweat, you won't be able to get rid of your acne. First you should wash your hands with soap and water. Then make sure to wash your face after doing any sort of physical activity that makes you perspire. Don't, however, use a facial cleanser to do this. You should, instead, use cold water. Make sure to wash every part of your face until the sweat is no longer there. Next, pat your face dry with a towel.

5. Eat Healthy This is actually one of the most important steps to getting rid of acne. Not many people think that poor diet correlates with increased acne, but I believe it does. This means you should cut any junk food out of your diet. Don't eat fried food or ice cream, don't drink soda or milkshakes. Also, make sure you are getting your full 5 servings of vegetables every day.

6. Apply Benzoyl Peroxide This should be done right before you go to bed. Benzoyl peroxide is easy to find in stores, and it really helps to get rid of acne. Make sure to wash your hands, and then wash your face. Use the same facial cleanser that you used in Step 1 to do this. Then pat your face dry with a towel. Finally, squirt some benzoyl peroxide in your hands and rub it all over your face (not just the infected areas). Your skin may feel rather dry after you do this and may also burn slightly, but since you are going to bed right after it won't bother you too much. Make sure not to apply to much if you have never used it before or if you have sensitive skin. You should slightly increase the amount you use every time until you feel that it is working well.

7. Go To Bed, Wake Up, Repeat Steps This routine is not a very hard one to follow, and trust me, it works. You should notice a daily decrease in the amount of acne. Plus, your acne will likely lose its redness within the first few days. I hope that this method works as well for you as it has for me. I only had moderate acne, though, so I assume it would take a little longer for someone with severe acne to get rid of it completely.


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      Anonymous 3 years ago

      Thanks! Worked great, till last week when it caused me to... Well not gonna mention that!!

      thanks man!!

      Aka satisfied user

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      Lindsay 3 years ago

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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      This is very good information but the lemon treatment does work.You see,I had lots of pimples on my temple and I was desperate to get rid of them.So,I tried the lemon treatment for a month and up to my surprise,they were all gone! :)

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      nitu 4 years ago

      How to Get Rid of Acne,Scars,pimples Properly and get Clear Skin

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      Brittany 4 years ago

      Will this maybe take more than a week? Because I haven't seen much change in a week. We will see how the next week goes. PLEASE GET BETTER:'(

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      Rachel 5 years ago

      What if I don't have time to sweat? Like I'm in high school and I get up at 5:25am every weekday. And I'm also not an active person. I don't have PE in school. Should I just start being more active? Or what if I sit in my bathroom with the tub filled with hot water, make it like a sauna?

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      bansiiiiiiiiiiii 5 years ago

      thanksssss a LOT yar...

      i hv 2,3 pimpls in my fc bt i'm vry nurvous then i tk dis experians nd now....waw moje moj

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      pooh 5 years ago

      Acne on ya face is wats botherin u

      Get the acne off the face that's

      somethin to do

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      Mandy 5 years ago

      This better wrk!!! :)

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      Dallas J. 5 years ago

      16 and always stressed about the little acne i have... been doing this for about 2 weeks and i barely have any zits left... not even sure if you could call them zits anymore their so small

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      Morningdraon 5 years ago

      You are more likely to have acne if an older sibling ha had it before this was proven by a expermint by scientist. I tested my self the majority of people have acne have older sibling with it to. sO PEOPLE With older sibling with acne may find it harder to get rid of it just an FYI.

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      Smith 5 years ago

      let me try it

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      Sstanley 5 years ago

      I have pimple on my face nothing work on it so let me try urs

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      Kuu 5 years ago

      I have tinea versicolor and i'm using S.A to remove it, one thing that I noticed is that, the part where I applied SA is smoother compared to the rest of my face. I'm now applying SA all over my face, and it's SA 10%. after SA, i wait for 5 minutes before using Benzoyl Peroxide (Pan Oxyl 2.5%) I was kinda worried to use those 2 right after the other but I just really hate my acne spots. I apply vitamin E on my cheeks and wait for 5 minutes for it to sink in, then I apply Argan Oil. Argan Oil is the BEST moisturizer that i've tried. I have oily combination skin and i usually have flaky skin around my mouth area and now, I don't have to worry about flakiness anymore. Using SA and BP is very drying but...thanks to Argan Oil that I don't have to suffer from dry skin. It's been 3 days now and I only had 1 zit and my skin is smoother, but still..the dark spots are still there...

      For those of you who are using retin-a and still hate to see those flaky areas on your face, try using argan oil. I've tried cetaphil before but it didn't do anything.

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      sammy 5 years ago

      hey, i have really bad acne.i have been looking high and low for soulutions. hopefully, this method will work. fornately, my acne is not very bad. so i would see why this method would work! thanks

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      Gabriel 5 years ago


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      alemy 5 years ago

      i have a question what if u go to school. then how do u do step3 and 4?

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      Angilina 5 years ago

      This really helped I tried the toothpaste method but it didn't work but ur method worked.thx!!!!!!

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      Darcy Lee Samson 6 years ago

      None of this worked, i have been told that my acne is stress acne though because i only get it when im at school. Im dislexic which doesn't help at all. I have to focus harder which stresses me out, but during the holidays my skin is crystal clear. Have any ideas on how to get rid of stress acne?

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      Carolyn 6 years ago

      I wear makeup for work everyday..will this effect this routine??

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      doggielover11 6 years ago

      I really hope this works I'm trying to get my acne clear and I need something that works. Well I'm going to start trying it. Hope it works. It looks like ot will help me thanks

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      cacamaca 6 years ago

      u smell like caca

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      musiclover1999 6 years ago

      im really gonna try this it looks really informative and from the comments i read it apperently worked so im really gonna try this i have a lot of acne especialy on my back and its really embarassing but i hope this works so wish me luck!???? oh and toothpaste sounds weird for an acne treatment just saying l o l!

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      Jimabsid 6 years ago

      Just wondering but what kind of food should I be eating for dinner and lunch???? since you said not to eat fried foods will noodles be good???

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      jamterrell 6 years ago

      Amazing hub. Glad to visit here.

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      newman 7 years ago

      Hi I have acne and I never knew you had to put toothpaste on your face OVERNIGHT, anyways I have back acne and I don't know why I do 300 pushups per day but nothing in my acne changes infact it gets WORSE! please help. thanks -newman

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      Booombooombooom 7 years ago

      BE CAREFUL DOING THIS METHOD. Be very careful when applying benyzol peroxide all over your face as well as salicylic acid without a proper moisturizer because it is a MYTH that if you dry out your skin, you will have no more oil and no more acne. Dry skin can make acne worse. It can irritate the skin making the blemishes more inflamed. It can also make your skin peel and flake which is NOT attractive and the dead skin cells from flakes can cause your pores to clog up which will give you acne. If you have oily skin this is a great way to go. If you have normal or dry skin be very careful because you can make it worse! Trust me I know!

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      Bethany 7 years ago

      hey i have keratosis pilaris which is like seriously bumpy skin and mild-moderate acne so will it take longer to go away?

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      LaLa 7 years ago

      does the benzoyl peroxide really work??? hm.. cause i suffer from acne (not toooo too badd), but i still want to get rid of it, and NOT make it worse. yeah, i also tried the toothpaste method, and it SUCKS! burned my skin leaving marks, and it didn't even do squat.

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      ashly 7 years ago

      let meh try it

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      zoe 7 years ago

      thanks yur right it did work! nw i have really clear skin

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      lex 7 years ago

      uhhhg. i need my acne gone in a week. do u ppl think that this routine will get it gone, like, NOW

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      maddy 7 years ago

      it workd fo me.....thnxxx a face looks betr nw...

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      Maria 7 years ago

      Well Ima try da egg one hopefully it works cuz da toothpaste suked it burns n eratates the skin n dissent even help n I don't know bout da mints but it sounds like it burns BAD so I hope da eggs really work thx (:

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      mzoghori 8 years ago

      I wuold like to agree with you that keeping your face dry can prevent acne and pimples since there's no moisture to facilitate the creation of them. Just to add on, avoiding garments made exclusively from lycra and nylon can reduce your chances of getting acne since they strap heat and moisture leading to acne.

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      marshall92 8 years ago

      dohn121: Thanks for the comment. I find it funny that you say wearing a hat increases acne, yet you have a hat on in your profile picture :). I believe you nonetheless. I also really want to try this apricot scrub you talk about. After reading a few reviews, it sound like St. Ives can really leave your skin glowing and acne free. I'll have to see how well it works. I'll be sure to update you with the results. Again, thanks for your comment and happy hubbing!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      These are some really great ideas, Marshall, and you add some credibility to it because it worked for you! That in itself is a testimonial and also a testimonial from your brother as well. I've also found that wearing a hat will increase acne, so my suggestion is to try and not wear a hat/baseball cap if you are indeed trying to fight acne. Another suggestion that I'd like to make that worked for me is apricot scrub. It works wonders and is not as abrasive as you may think. I like St. Ives personally, but there are many to choose from. Chances are, the more expensive it is, the more effective. Thanks!