How to Get Rid of Acne Under the Skin

by Contributing Writer ; Updated September 28, 2017

Acne has a variety of causes, including hormones, bacteria and poor nutrition. It can also manifest itself in a variety of different forms, such as whiteheads, blackheads and under-skin acne. If acne is under your skin, you likely don't see any heads on the pimples. Instead, they appear as red and swollen areas of your skin. Thankfully, there are many treatments available to treat such acne. With regular care, you can effectively get rid of acne under your skin.

Items you will need

  • Antibacterial cleanser
  • Facial scrub
  • Acne treatment cream
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
  • Bowl
  • Skin care professional
Step 1

Cleanse your skin twice daily, using an antibacterial cleanser. In order to keep your skin clear and acne-free, you must cleanse it regularly. In the process, you'll remove acne-causing bacteria, makeup, excess oil and sweat.

Step 2

Exfoliate your skin two to three times weekly, using a facial or body scrub. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells on the skin's surface, which can clog your pores and lead to under-skin acne.

Step 3

Apply acne treatment cream to the area. Choose a cream that contains benzoyl peroxide, an effective treatment for acne. You can find such creams in most drug and cosmetics stores.

Step 4

Try home remedies to treat your under-skin acne. Mix equal parts baking soda and water, and apply the paste to the affected area. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. The baking soda will kill bacteria and absorb excess oil. You can also squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the area. The acidity of the lemon juice will dry the area, helping to alleviate the acne.

Step 5

Steam your skin. Fill a bowl with boiling water. Hold the affected skin over bowl, letting the steam penetrate your pores. Steam once weekly to keep pores clean and discourage under-skin acne.

Step 6

Get facials. During a facial, the skin care professional will perform extractions, helping to draw under-skin acne to the surface, thereby eliminating it. Your skin will also be deeply cleansed, helping to reduce acne over time.

Warnings

  • Do not squeeze or pick at your under-skin acne. You can seriously damage your skin and cause scarring.