How to Remove Blemishes From Your Face

by Brenda Barron ; Updated July 18, 2017

Nobody likes to wake up and discover a new blemish on her face. But just about everyone does now and then. When it happens to you, make them disappear in a New York minute with simple and straightforward acne-busting techniques. If over-the-counter products don't work for you, visit a dermatologist to properly treat your acne and prevent scarring from recurrent breakouts.

Wash your face twice a day, every day. You don't need a harsh cleanser; something mild that will remove dirt, makeup, oil and dead skin cells should do the trick. The last thing you want is to overdry your skin, which can cause even more blemishes to sprout.

Use the least potent acne medication possible that is still effective. Look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, which kills acne bacteria, or salicylic acid, which sloughs off dead skin cells faster, but in generally low concentrations. This lets you to benefit from their effects without drying out your skin.

Moisturize your skin, even if it's oily. Just make sure the moisturizer is an oil-free formula so that it won't clog your pores. Keeping your skin hydrated helps prevent acne treatments from drying out your skin and causing peeling, redness and irritation.

Take a prescription medication for your blemishes if your acne is severe. Your dermatologist should be able to prescribe a medicated cream or an oral prescription to get rid of your acne.

Have large blemishes or cysts removed or drained. Large blemishes can scar if left untreated, so have your dermatologist drain them, surgically remove the material inside of them or inject a mild corticosteroid into them to help heal your blemishes and reduce inflammation.

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About the Author

Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.