How to Get Rid of Acne (13 tips)

Nobody likes having acne and sadly there’s no way to get rid of acne overnight. Fortunately, we have 13 tips on how to get rid of acne. Try them, and let us know which one worked for you!

1. Good daily cleansing

The cause of acne on your face – or elsewhere on your body – is clogged pores. You can prevent this from happening by keeping your face clean. All that’s necessary is cleansing your face in the morning and evening. It is important to check if your cleanser is suitable for your skin type. If you don’t know what skin type you have you can ask your dermatologist or beautician.

2. Intensive cleaning of your skin

Besides daily cleansing, it is recommended to regularly clean your fair intensively. You can do this by exfoliating your skin once a week. This will remove all dead skin cells and boosts the blood flow to your skin. After cleaning your face it’s important to rinse your skin with cold water or use a tonic, this way your pores close again. If you don’t do this your pores will stay open and then dirt can easily go into your pores, which causes acne.

3. Treat your face with a facemask

After exfoliating your skin, it is a good time to treat your skin on a facemask. Your pores will be open when you intensively cleaned your skin, so the ingredients of the mask can be absorbed very well by your skin. We recommend the Pure Biology Clay Face Mask, which you can read more about in our 5 Recommended Acne Treatment Products.

4. Regularly do your laundry

Not only keeping your face clean is important for a clear skin, it’s also important to regularly put on clean clothes and change your bedsheets. After one day not just, your body has gotten dirty, but also your clothes. So, wearing your clothes for too long may cause acne, particularly on your back. Likewise, it’s very important to regularly change your bedsheets and pillowcase, because washing your face every day doesn’t help if you sleep on a dirty pillowcase after!

5. Rest

If you have stress or don’t sleep enough you probably also have had acne at some point. It’s because of this that always right before that important interview you suddenly have acne. You can read more about this in the Top 10 Common Causes of Acne. Try to get enough sleep and avoid stress at all cost.

6. Don’t pick your face

When you find a pimple you’re usually picking it the whole day, consciously or unconsciously. But this is the worst thing you can do! When you pick your face, you’ll transfer bacteria from your hand onto your skin, which, in turn, can cause even more acne! Picking your face can also result in acne scars, which is something you definitely don’t want.

7. Avoid Perfume

Perfume can cause irritation and allergic reactions to your skin. Perfumes usually contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin. If you have a sensitive skin it’s best to use hypo-allergenic products. A good way to test new products is by applying it to the back of your ears or your wrist for a few days. If you don’t feel any irritation or dry skin, then you can also apply it to your face.

8. Drink lots of water

Drinking water is not the cure-all for acne, as it doesn’t directly affect the oil production in your skin. However, water helps to detoxify your body and purify your skin. The hydrated skin provides the right moisture and balances the skin’s needs. So, make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water throughout the day.

9. Change your diet

Eliminating sugar and drinking lots of water can really make a difference for your skin. Sugar causes an insulin spike, which in turn can cause acne. For more information about this read our Top 10 Common Causes of Acne. Additionally, make sure to get enough omega-3 foods such as salmon, walnuts and chia seeds. Those omega-3 foods are great for reducing inflammation.

10. Tea Tree oil

Tea Tree Oil is a great natural product with inflammation-fighting properties. A 5 percent solution of tea tree oil is less harsh than benzoyl peroxide and can be just as effective. Apply a few drops up to twice a day to your skin, more often could dry out your skin and make the acne worse.

11. Use the Right Lip Products

The products you use on your lips can be the cause of acne around the mouth area. Products like lipsticks and lip glosses are greasy by nature and therefore they have the potential for clogging your pores. If you’re experiencing around your mouth area then try matte finished instead of glossy products. Also, make sure that all of your products are non-comedogenic.

12. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is well known for its burn-relieving properties, but it can also promote healing and even reduce scarring. You can scrape out the gel from an aloe plant with a spoon and apply it directly to acne. You could also buy an aloe gel such as This one, just make sure it’s an organic product.

13. Steam

You can use steam to open your pores to make your skin absorb your acne treatment products better. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then drape a towel over your head and neck while hovering over the pot. But don’t get too close, as you could burn your skin. Allow the steam to open your pores for about 10 minutes and then apply your acne treatment products.