Here are some steps to help clear up and prevent acne:
1. Keep your hands off your face. Try not to pick or squeeze pimples, which can make them more inflamed or cause scars.
2. Don't scrub. Most people with acne and/or clogged pores tend to scrub their face harder, which irritates the skin. Instead, use a gentle cleanser in the a.m. and p.m.
3. Easy on the foundation. Makeup used to cover up pimples tends to clog pores and cause more blemishes. Try using a concealer with a zit-zapping ingredient like salicylic acid.
4. Identify blemish patterns on your face. Look at the way you hold the telephone, whether you sleep more on one side of your face or if you hold your head up with one hand when sitting. Try to avoid doing these things.
5. Start a treatment skincare routine. Cleansers, toners and moisturizers containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide kill the bacteria causing inflammation.
6. Get serious about it. If you're taking care of your skin and it still doesn't clear up, it may be a good idea to consult a dermatologist, who can prescribe a stronger product, like Retin-A.
If your at-home treatment isn't working, you'll need to see a dermatologist for prescription-strength products. A dermatologist will also be able to give you an injection of cortisone directly into a pimple to instantly shrink the swelling.
As for makeup, use cover-up products that also treat the problem. Avoid oil-based foundations and cover-ups. Try Cover Girl Clarifying Concealer with salicylic acid. Just dot on the pimple to hide the redness.