It's enevitable: blackheads and pimples are bound to pop up on your face or body at some point. These pesky black dots and puss-filled bumps can be difficult to get rid of -- despite a routine cleansing routine. While you can let blemishes run their course, the quickest way to banish existing blemishes and blackheads -- and keep others at bay -- is to use over-the-counter or prescription products that feature acne-fighting ingredients. Without them, your breakouts may stick around longer than you'd like.
Watch What You Wash With
Cleanse your face with a hydrating, acne-fighting wash twice daily. Active ingredients such as sulfur, glycolic acid and lactic acid work to slough off dead skin cells, reduce any inflammation from pimples and remove dirt and oil.
Take to Toner
The right toner not only helps remove traces of leftover cleanser, but it can aid in the acne-fighting process. Choose a toner with salicylic acid which is proven to speed up the shedding of skin cells so that pores stay clear and have less chance of getting clogged with blackheads and sebum.
Dab on Medication
The last step in your cleansing process should be dabbing benzoyl peroxide on your pimples and blackheads. Start with 2.5 percent and move up to 5 percent if your skin can tolerate it. A board-certified dermatologist can prescribe other topical medications to keep skin clear, such as azelaic acid, Retin A, tazarotene and tretinoin.
- Medical News Today: What Is Acne? What Causes Acne? How to Get Rid of Acne
- Totalbeauty.com: Eight Best Acne Products and the 10 Worst
- Huffington Post: Do You Need To Use Toner? Top Derm Clears Up This Lingering Skincare Question
- American Academy of Dermatology: Tailored Acne Treatments Help Women Address Adult Acne With the Added Benefit of Improving Aging Skin