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How to cure Acne and cure pimples - free tips and remedies for treatment

Updated on July 12, 2014

Don't you just hate acne and pimples?

Not only the painfulness irritates you.. the worst of all is when the pimples or acne appears just right before an important event! Or what could be more frustrating when an old pimple or acne area is healing then a new one comes out?

I've always had clean and smooth skin during my school days. But unfortunately when I was 20, my smooth and clean skin became a nightmare - outbreaks of huge painful pimples closely formed together around my cheeks, nose, forehead and other areas. The worst part about pimples and acne is it affects self-esteem!

Fortunately, I found the cause and treat my pimples and acne cheaply without seeking a dermatologist or undergo any expensive treatment or products.
In this hub article, I will teach you how to get rid of acne or how to get rid of pimples for free.

How Pimple or Acne is formed
How Pimple or Acne is formed

Pimples And Acne Facts

How Pimples are formed?

I will explain in short and in layman terms. As you can see the diagram on the right, pimples are caused when the Sebaceous Gland produces so much oil and it gets clogged by dirt. Once it gets clogged, it gets oxidized by air and that is how you get blackheads (the oxidation causes it to be black in colour). Bacteria will naturally form underneath and that is how you start to get those painful bumps which are called pimples.

What is the difference between Acne and Pimples?

Simply put, a condition is classified as Acne is when there is a huge number of pimples together or near each other. If you have just like a few pimples at your face but in different areas (chin, nose, forehead, .etc) then it's NOT Acne. But if let's say your right-cheek has a huge number of pimples forming closely together (which looks like a patch), it's classified as a case of acne.

Acne Products
Acne Products

Types of Pimple and Acne Medication

In this section on Pimple and Acne medication, I will only explain the difference between Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid..

Benzoyl Peroxide for Pimples or Acne:

Benzoyl Peroxide is usually used for killing pimple or acne bacteria called propionibacterium acnes (those reddish painful bumps) and to reduce inflammation. It is usually effective to use when you start seeing pimples forming (before being classified as Acne). Unfortunately, it takes a long time to see the miracle effect - usually around 2-3 weeks. Also, it is VERY drying and this could make your condition even worser since your face will produce even more oil to compensate the dryness and this increases the chance of clogged pores.

What is the best Benzoyl Peroxide strength to use?
It's been clinically proven that using the lowest strength (2.5%) is as good as using 5-10%. But it is recommended to use the lowest strength since the higher the strength of benzoyl peroxide, the higher chance that you could have side-effects (like dry skin).

Salicylic Acid for Pimples or Acne:

Salicylic Acid exfoliates your skin and clears the pores from being clogged. It is very useful for early stages of pimples when blackheads are being formed. It is best used to PREVENT new pimples. It isn't as drying as Benzoyl Peroxide but do not overuse it.

Benzoyl Peroxide vs Salicylic Acid - which one is better and when to use?

Salicylic Acid is best used to prevent pimples so do look out for this ingredient when you buy facial foam products. It is also best used for early stages of pimples when blackheads are being formed.
For Benzoyl Peroxide, use it when your pimple has entered the red, painful bump stage.

Things You Need To Know

Ok, now I will tell you how I treat my Acne and Pimple condition. And of course, tips.

Questions to ask yourself:

Is your medication causing your pimple or acne condition to be worst?

Are you using a high-strength Benzoyl Peroxide medicine? If yes, then are you already having dry skin but continue using it? If you answered yes again then stop doing it because this might be the cause (Ironic, isn't it?) because if your skin is dried badly from the high strength medication of Benzoyl Peroxide, your skin will compensate it by pumping more oil to your face and this increases the clogging!

Or are you using any other home remedies? Try stopping it for a week and see if it helps!
I used to use Tea Tree Oil as a cure for my pimples and acne condition. And yes, it really did help! My pimples dry up fast and disappear a few days later but there's a problem - it dries my skin horribly and this causes more and more pimples in the end!

Are you taking sufficient nutrients in your diet?

  • If you hate vegetables or hardly eat any fruits, this might be the cause. Start to eat em' or learn to take vitamin pills in the morning, it helps!
  • Try to lessen milk consumption. Why? It's said that there IS a link between milk and acne. Cow's milk do contain hormones naturally and because farmers want them to produce more milk (to sell) they injected even more hormones into cows. This hormones are responsible for pimples and acne.
  • Lessen sugar intake. It's a long explanation so I will skip this. In short, sugar do cause pimples or worsen your acne condition.

Are you sleeping enough?

Believe it or not, this was the main cause of my pimples. I usually slept 5-6 hours a day and that is how it triggered my pimples and later acne outbreaks; using the tea tree oil and poor diet made it worst! When I start to sleep more (from 5-6 hours to 7-8 hours - which is the required amount of sleep an adult needs), my pimple and acne condition improved dramatically! Not only that, I am now more motivated and upbeat everyday without feeling tired!

Are you drinking enough?

No, not alcohol but just water and nothing else. Just buy or bring from home a bottle of mineral water to your work or classroom and drink it. I promise you it will help your condition even more!

Stop Acne Outbreaks in 2-3 Days
Stop Acne Outbreaks in 2-3 Days


Do make sure your facial foam contains Salicylic Acid to prevent new pimples or in the early stages of pimples (blackheads).

Use Benzoly Peroxide when the pimples has reached the later stage - the red, painful bumps.

See if your pimple or acne condition is actually being worsen by your current medication you're using to treat.

Sleep and drink sufficiently.

You can learn more ways to get rid of acne at: Guide on How To Get Rid of Acne.


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      Rowena 14 months ago

      Thank u for the info. I've done this before but i stop.ya, there's an improvent to my face

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      Vivian 3 years ago

      This is great advice! Thank u sooooo much!

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      jeremytorres 6 years ago

      This is amazing hub, very informative hub.

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      Jenny Fitzgerald 7 years ago

      Good hub with some solid information. It might be worth stating on it that Benzoyl Peroxide should really be a last resort, as it's very strong and can damage the skin more.

      Personally, I think it's better to work from the inside out, rather than the outside in, because acne is usually caused by an imbalance in the body. The liver and kidneys are usually having to work too hard because of bad diet and lack of fresh water, so the toxins come out via the skin.

      The Pure Aloe Face Treatment that Sami mentions is good stuff too, I've tried it and it's very effective.

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      SengXun 8 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback, sami =)

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      sami l 8 years ago

      I've been using the Made from Earth "Pure Aloe Face Treatment" for a week now and I noticed a big improvement in my skin. The red marks are fading and no pimples.

      But I do want to mention that I did a test on myself before I start using the Made from Earth Aloe Treatment. I read an article how dairy food can cause acnes because of the antibotics that are injected in the cows to product more milk. The anitbotics are like pregnant hormones, so when you eat dairy food, your body thinks you're pregnant and cause your hormones to go out of balance.

      So I did a test to see if it's true. I had no dairy food for 2 weeks and what a difference I saw in my face. I noticed right away no more development of new pimples or cysts. Then I decided to go back to dairy food again. I started breaking out again. From then on, I cut out dairy food and I haven't had another pimple again. But I had another problem. The scars and red marks are still there.

      This is when I found the Made from Earth website. Once I started using their Pure Aloe Face Treatment, I noticed the red marks fading immediately and my skin seems more smooth. My skin would look radiant and healthy in the morning.

      I would definitely recommend this product to help the red marks and scars on your face.