How to Treat Acne Around the Eyes

Acne is a condition that develops when the skin's natural oils, called sebum, clogs pores and creates inflammation and redness. Problems can range from small pimples to large cystic eruptions. Whatever the severity of the acne, it is a disorder that causes pain and frustration. When acne appears around the eye area, take extra care treating the lesion.

Woman's eyes, close-up
Treating acne around the eyes must be done carefully. (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 1

Use a pH balanced cream cleanser that is very gentle to remove dirt and makeup from the face and eye area. Do not scrub, but gently cleanse the skin with an upward circular motion, then rinse with lukewarm water to remove all soap. Pat the eye area dry with a clean towel.

Step 2

Apply an antibacterial, natural cream that uses tea tree oil, green tea, lavender and aloe vera. These botanics are as effective at killing bacteria as over the counter peroxides, but are not overly-drying or harmful to the elasticity and youthfulness of the skin's appearance, according to FreeSkinCareHelp.com.

Step 3

Avoid wearing makeup that can clog pores -- and look for tinted moisturizers or cosmetics that are mineral-based and less likely to worsen symptoms of blemishes near the eyes. Some mineral makeups use zinc that can support skin health and wound-healing.

Step 4

Sit in front of a red and blue light therapy machine for 15 to 20 minutes three times per week. You can do this with a licensed medical professional or purchase your own light. This light technology has shown significant effects in acne prevention and treatment, according to QuickCare.org. Acne blue light therapy works by killing the Propionibacterium acnes and can be used in conjunction with a topical treatment for the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Red and blue light

  • Tea tree oil

  • Alpha lipoic acid cream

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