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How to Get Rid of Acne and Acne Scars Fast. Cure your Acne!

Updated on August 25, 2011

Don’t you just hate those dreaded teen hormones, from making you emotional and unpredictable to giving you that dreaded Acne Vulgaris! Why does Acne have to be a part of growing up?, it's just not fair.

Now Acne does affect teens mostly but also is very common among all sorts of adults, and unfortunately that also seemed to be the case with me.

Acne lowers your self esteem, makes you paranoid, makes you less attractive and feel less attractive, gives off an unhealthy look, is ugly and dramatically brings down your supposed to be fabulous façade. We generally just get the facial acne which is bad enough, but some unlucky few also get the back acne and the neck acne which can also be bad, if not worse, and can also leave unsightly scarring.

I will now go through the Causes of Acne, Symptoms and Treatments thatworked wonders for myself and others, whether being natural or unnatural treatments.

I will also mention some amazing treatments for Acne Scarring that honestly work and eliminated my scaring!

Causes of Acne

There are tonnes of reasons why people suffer from Acne that I will outline below.

Hormonal Causes of Acne

  • Hormones Androgens and Testosterone – make the sebaceous glands in follicle enlarge and secrete more facial oil (sebum). The sebum accumulates in the hair follicle and eventually reaches the surface of your skin where it mixes with bacteria. The bacteria multiply and feed of the accumulated sebum and eventually result in acne.
  • Puberty and Maturation – imbalance of hormones results in acne
  • Stress – alters the balance of hormones leading to acne
  • Period – hormones go haywire and cause acne

Nutritional Causes of Acne

  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Lack of essential vitamins and minerals (Get your 5 a Day!) - responsible for optimal bodily function and skin health. If you don’t get the proper nutrition this puts your body out of balance and therefore your hormones as well.

Hygiene related Causes of Acne

  • Lack of daily facial cleansing and skin care.
  • Overuse of facial cleansers leading to dry and weak spot prone skin.
  • Repetitive touching of the face with hands - Hands are full of bacteria and must be washed.
  • Not Changing your bed linen and pillows often – We are estimated to sweat one pint of sweat a day and especially during the night. Bacteria multiply rapidly on sweat and on your bed linen and pillows.
  • Use of Dirty/Musty Towels – Any towel that has a musty smell contains bacteria.

Other Causes of Acne

  • Shaving - Shaving against the hair follicle causes ingrown hairs and spots.
  • Pore blocking (Comedogenic) Moisturisers - Usually contain a lot of oil that can block your pores.
  • Lack of exfoliation with a good exfoliator - leads to oil and blackhead build up, thus leading to spots.
  • Over use of exfoliators – damages and weakens skin making it more prone to spots.
  • Oil Based Makeup - clogs pores like comedogenic moisturisers.

Symptoms of Acne

  • Oily Skin
  • Blackheads
  • White heads/Pimples/Spots
  • Scaring

Treatment of Acne

There are lots of acne treatments out there, whether being natural or unnatural.

Natural Acne Treatments

  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetablesto get all you vitamins and minerals naturally that will help in normal bodily functions and indirectly reduce Acne.
  • Drink over 2 litres of Water a Day – keeps your skin hydrated and moisturised which will make it stronger and more resistant.

Tea Tree Oil

  • Tea Tree Oil is a natural oil extracted from the leaves of a plant called Melaleuca alternifolia .
  • Tea Tree Oil has an antimicrobial activity therefore can kill bacteria involved in causing Acne via an anti-bacterial action.
  • For Normal to Oily Skin, Mix 1 part Tea Tree Oil with 9 parts water. More tea tree oil can be added if wanted, but never apply pure tea tree oil directly to the skin.
  • Tea Tree Oil Soap is also an effective and convenient option for acne management.

Charcoal Soap

One of my friends used this kind of soap for her acne and she found it very effective.

  • The Charcoal used in the soap is activated charcoal, which means it was subjected to certain chemical process that produced the charcoal to have many tiny ‘pores’.
  • When you wash your face with this soap, impurities on your skin get trapped in the pores of the activated charcoal, thereby cleaning your skin!
  • It doesn’t over dry your skin so is great for people who suffer from dry skin or skin that is sensitive to normal skin cleansers.
  • Charcoal also has antibacterial properties which will fight your acne.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for Acne Treatment

  • Vitamin A - Derivatives of vitamin A called Retinoids are used to treat acne.
  • Vitamin C and E have antioxidant effects and Vitamin E also has roles in skin repair. Both are important for healthy skin.
  • Chromium and selenium may also have anti-acne effects.
  • The best mineral for acne treatment has to be zinc!

I’d recommend just taking a complete vitamin and mineral supplement along with a Chelated Zinc supplement. This worked extremely well for me and still does!

Zinc Supplements (Preferably Chelated zinc)

  • Zinc may prevent hormone imbalances which can lead to Acne outbreaks. Zinc Worked Wonders for me!
  • Zinc helps in the maintenance of healthy skin and in normalising production of skin oils.
  • Zinc can help heal your blemishes.
  • Zinc Reduces inflammation.
  • Zinc will help your skin to heal faster. It is also provided in aftercare packages from piercing and tattoo shops due to it's healing abilities.

Considering that a major proportion of your zinc intake will not be absorbed, you have to make sure you buy a zinc supplement with a high concentration of Zinc (a few days RDA per Day).

Antibiotic Acne Treatments

  • Tetracycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Doxycycline

The problem with antibiotics is that they can have a vast number of side effects. Candida, Vaginal Yeast infection, can occur when taking antibiotics as the natural balance and competition between good bacteria and yeast is disrupted due to the good bacteria kill off.

Antibiotics can also cause bloating, nausea and constipation.

Colonic Irrigation and Colon Hydrotherapy for Acne Treatment

Yes I know this may seem a little invasive, but Colonics are known to be effective acne treatments and remove so much of your interior toxins that are just laying around. Sure it seems awkward but if colonics get rid of acne why not give them a go! Colonics also help to reduce bloating, aid in slimming and weight loss!

Cream Acne Treatments

  • Quinoderm Cream – can use the normal Quinoderm cream or Quinoderm 5 cream for sensitive skin. Quinoderm contains Benzoyl Peroxide as an antibiotic.
  • Panoxyl Cream - Basically same ingredients as Quinoderm, contains Benzoyl Peroxide as active ingredient and antibiotic. You can use Panoxyl 5 for sensitive skin or mild acne or panoxyl 10 for more severe acne. You can also get Panoxyl soap and cleansing lotions.

These products are very good for getting rid of acne, but can cause skin redness and dryness and other skin sensitivity. It also will lighten hair and fabrics if it comes in contact with them. Don't get it near your eyebrows!

  • Salicylic Acid solution, Moisturisers and Face Washes – great for unclogging pores, skin toning and for killing bacteria.

A problem with these is that Salicylic Acid can cause skin redness, stinging and dryness.

Other Acne Treatment

  • At Home Facial Sauna – The stream from the sauna causes your skin to perspire and release impurities from your clogged pores. Less clogged pores then less spots and blackheads. Facial Saunas can be extremely cheap which is also very handy.

Treatment of Acne Scars and other Scarring

Now that our acne is gone we have these unsightly scars left to take care of.

There are a few ways and products I found great in getting rid of my acne scars.

  • Light exfoliation of the face – Yes it removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores, BUT it also increases the blood flow to the surface of your skin aiding in skin healing.
  • Exercise – As well and keeping you fit, it also increases blood flow to surface of skin aiding in skin healing and appearance.
  • At Home Facial Sauna (again) – Other than unclogging pores, it also, like exercise and exfoliation, increases blood flow to skin aiding in healing.
  • BIO OIL (recommended) – Bio Oil is an unbelievably effective product for getting rid of that acne scaring and other scaring! I used it to get rid of mine and I’ll always recommend this as the best over the counter ointment for scar reduction/removal. It also reduces stretch marks, uneven skin tone, is good for ageing skin and is good for hydrating dehydrated dry skin.
  • Vitamin E Oil – Vitamin E can help in skin healing and is widely used to help reduce scarring. I used this for a while, it works, although Bio Oil seemed to work the best for me.

Alternative Acne Scar Treatment

DermaRoller: This inexpensive piece of equipment has been taking the beauty world by storm for the past couple of years. It was first exclusively used by trained professionals and dermatologists, but now is available for us all to use.

The DermalRoller uses tiny needles of various sizes, 0.2mm to 3mm and higher, to penetrate the skin and cause tiny needle wounds.

When the now damaged skin cells grow back, they grow back stronger and more even. The needles also induce the production of collagen which plumps up the skin which can reduce the appearance of the scars.

Anti Ageing: These wounds initiate a pathway in your skin to produce collagen and elastin fibers which can increase skins elasticity and thus give anti ageing results.


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      3 years ago

      I m also having acne problem from past 6 years n have lots of scars on my face..I m also taking steroids as I m having pcod acne is natural on my face.plz help me out ..what should I do...

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      4 years ago

      I like your article on how to get rid of acne. Thank you Mr. Lontach

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      Mia Gordon 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Really comprehensive awesome really great page! These are good tips, especially the zinc tips. You can also make serums with neem and lavender oils (with lavender essential oil) for acne. I like to make a carrot seed oil, rose hip, lavender, neem and tea tree oil serum/cleanser which blitzes acne bacteria and heals acne scars too…

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      Mia Gordon 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great tips and ingredients thanks. I also love lavender and neem tree oils for acne soothing and scarring. I also use rose hip and carrot seed oil serums with tea tree, lavender and neem in them for an antibacterial scar reducing serums (in a base of Almond oil)

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      6 years ago

      Do u know where in Trinidad you can get vitamin E oil?

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      angelina philips 

      6 years ago from Houston

      Very good and comprehensive article about getting rid of acne scars. I think tea tree oil is very effective to get rid of scars like you said.

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      7 years ago

      Very Comprehensive tips, thanks!

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      7 years ago

      I think by far the biggest thing you can do to prevent acne is using supplements for acne such as Cod Liver Oil and Zinc. They worked wonders for me. Thanks for a great writeup!

      Check my blog out at:

    • homemadeacnecure profile image


      7 years ago

      great post!!!!

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Mariazeyn! Thanks for the comment.

      The charcoal is natural and healthy so you deffo should try that. I wouldn't say it would work for chicken pocks cos they're not caused by bacteria and oil.

      Aloe vera leaves, no way, I'll actually have to look into that!



    • mariazeyn profile image


      7 years ago from Ontario

      great article Lontach! i didn't know they have soaps with charcoal! i might try that for my acne spots. do you think it will work for chicken pox spots. by the way, my friend used aloe vera leaves on her skin which also erased her skin blemishes and even a burned scar. you might know something about that.

      voted up and useful :)

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Caroline, thanks for the comment!

      I'm sorry to hear about your son's acne, it's such a pity we have to go through that while maturing. I hope something here helps.



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      7 years ago

      Great stuff! Thank you for all of the tips! I have a teenage son who is going through some changes, and acne is one of them. Thanks for all of the recommendations-they are extremely helpful! Keep up the good work!

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      7 years ago from singapore


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      7 years ago

      It is very helpful....thanks for sharing.....

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      7 years ago

      Very good Hub,It carried so much useful information and facts on the acne problem!Thanks for your very helpful hub.

    • carolinemoon profile image


      7 years ago

      This page is amazing, very interesting hub. Thanks for sharing this is very useful.

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Amanda! Thanks for your comment and no problem :)

    • Amandamay714 profile image


      7 years ago from Saint Joseph, Mo

      So much useful information and facts on this nasty problem! Thanks a million!

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      Dovay Lee 

      7 years ago from China

      It is especially for me. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hay Rhonda! Thank you very much for your comment. I sincerely hope at least some of my tips help! Optimum nutrition through supplements and chelated zinc worked wonders for me, hope they work for your son.



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      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Great tips and thank you. My son has acne on his face and back and we have tried everything. I appreciate you for

      writing this.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      DJ Lyons, what a lovely comment :) That is very sweet and it would mean a lot if you would do that for me! :) More publicity the better, haha. Make sure to give me shout when you write your new hub so I can go have a look!



    • Ask_DJ_Lyons profile image


      7 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      Thanks for your very helpful hub! I am going to include this link in one of the hubs I am currently writing. This will be a great resource for my readers. Thanks!

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you for your kinds works Emiliaholloran! :) Well a lot of this is what worked for me but also what worked for my friends and family. So hopefully what I mention will work for other people too.



    • emiliaholloran profile image


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      An excellent hub that was very well thought out and very well written. The tip about the charcoal was especially interesting. I suppose it's a case of what works for you though.

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks MandyPandy5! Yes deffo damn those acne scars...flaming awful things...:(

      Thanks parduc (Liv)! lol, Awww that's such a nice comment :) Thanks so much! If I have any ideas and inspiration I'll keep bombing. haha.



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      7 years ago from Kos island, Greece

      Great hub, full of useful info, very enjoyably written and concise!Voted up, of course:)) Keep bombing us with your great work!


    • MandyPandy5 profile image


      7 years ago

      Man, I wish I had known all of this 3 years ago! Darn those acne scares! Great Hub, thank you for all the tips! :)

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hello Sheen Khan and Fayehelen!

      Yes Bio Oil is just a miracle cure. At first I didn't believe it was going to work at all, then all of a sudden my face looked great. It smells yummy as well, like roses.



    • fayehelen profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi Iontach.

      Thanks for sharing. I would also recommend Bio Oil, I used it for a scar that was left after surgery and although the scar can still be seen it is so much smaller and lighter. It really is a fantastic product.

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      sheen khan 

      7 years ago from Karachi ,Pakistan

      wao i need this information thnks

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! You are all very kind :)

      @ Kwazzy, I know isn't bio oil just the best! I used it in very small amounts in localised areas away from my acne, when I had acne, and it seemed to be fine. But yes I wouldn't rub it all over an area that is broken out.



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      7 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Very good article, highly recommend bio oil aa well! used it when i was a teen and worked wonders! only thing i would have to add is do NOT use it while you're currently broken out, can make it worse D:

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      PJ Jones 

      7 years ago

      Good tips..thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for this! Very useful information.

    • Fareehaarif profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks Lontach for this great and useful work. It's very helpful for me...

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone! I do hope this Hub helps :)



    • bugslady8949 profile image


      7 years ago from The Bahamas

      You did a great job on this hub. I have acne scars I hope this will help me with my problem.

    • smartnet profile image


      7 years ago

      Very informative hub good research !

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      7 years ago

      Good hub, thanks for the information

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      7 years ago from UK

      Thankyou for this-It was really helpful:-)!

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      7 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

      Useful and very informartive hub. Thanks for sharing!

    • mysisters profile image


      7 years ago

      Great Hub. Try not only drinking a lot of water, but lemon water. Lemon is a natural antiseptic medicine and contains Vitamin C which can transform your skin from the inside out.

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Awww thanks Emily! :) You always have lovely comments.

      Hormonal problems and acne are very connected, which sucks as we all get a little hormonal every now and then.

      You must be very lucky not to get spots then, must be good genes, clean air, and living in Trinidad!

      Dave :)

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      7 years ago

      This is great...i dont have acne thank God but some of the things you referring to that causes acne for eg hormonal problems...its scary. because i uses steriods for my immune system but its affects your hormones in a really bad way but thanks for sharing Dave


    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Cheers Pink Panther! Hope it helps :)

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      The Pink Panther 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Some great tips! Thanks!


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