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how to get rid of zits fast – best products / home remedies for teenage acne

Updated on June 6, 2012

I am no stranger to teenage acne and skin problems. I started getting acne early on in my life and it made me extremely self conscious about myself and my appearance. Everyone except my dad on both sides of my family never had acne in their lives and couldn't give me any advice. I felt I was totally alone on the acne subject. Over the years, I have tried many products and home remedies for acne. This hub is a list of the best products / home remedies for teenage acne.

How to get rid of pimples forever? With acne prone face wash – This is one of the easiest solutions for teenage acne and will work for most cases. There are lots of products when it comes to face wash for acne or acne prone skin. Some contain active ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide or no active ingredients. What works for one person might not work for another; you really have to try different facial wash to see which one is for you. I would recommend to start with a facial wash that contains salicylic acid as an active ingredient. If you have sensitive skin, it is better to select a facial wash for acne or acne prone skin without any active ingredients. From personal experience, I know that both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide irritate my sensitive skin. My personal favorite is the brand Neutrogena and its acne prone facial soap bar. It is great at controlling excessive oil production which many teenagers suffer from.

The use of anti acne makeup – There are some medicated makeup that has active ingredients to control teenage acne and oil production. Most of these products contain salicylic acid which tends to work on people that don't have sensitive skin. Makeup that is designed for acne prone generally do not cause more breakouts and is really good at covering up pimples. Again, those with sensitive skin should be cautious with medicated makeup. All natural mineral makeup products could be the best alternative for sensitive skin with acne / pimples.

One of the best home remedies for teenage acne is for controlling oil. Excessive oil production is a major problem for teenagers because of hormones. When humidity is low, the skin thinks that it needs to produce more oil to compensate. As we all know more oil equals more acne. The best home remedy for acne is to keep your skin moist. You can achieve that easily in your home with a humidifier. When outside, you can use a very light moisturizer to keep the skin moist but not oily.

An early visit to the dermatologist – If you tried several facial washes / anti acne makeup and the pimples are still very resistant or seems to get even worse, it is time to see a dermatologist. Your acne is more severe than most and should be left to the hands of a dermatologist. It is better to visit the dermatologist early if you have the resources because moderate to severe acne tends to leave scars. It is so much harder to deal with scars than active acne. They are very hard to hide even with liquid foundation.

Acne will go away with age – While it is true that most pimples will disappear once you hit your early twenties, you still don't want to just wait it out. Acne might be temporary, but scars are more or less forever. With the new advances in medicine, there are lots of external and internal medicine that will eradicate or lessen the extant of acne. Don't be afraid to seek professional help!! Many colleges and universities have on campus medical centers that are for students.


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      LAURen 5 years ago

      I haven't had bad acne until after having kids. I just can't afford what the dermotologist prescribed and just trying to find out what would help oily skin.

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      Emma Kisby 6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      This is useful, especially as my partner is experiencing adult acne in his thirties! He has been prescribed Benzoyl Peroxide wash and has some cream too. I am hoping this will be enough and he won't have to take antibiotics. It's nice to know what else is available too for acne - thanks.