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Choosing an Over-the-Counter Acne Product

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Choosing an over-the-counter acne treatment product can seem overwhelming. All those options -- medicated cleansers, astringent toners, treatment lotions. It's enough to make your head spin! Read More...

Will Mineral Makeup Clear Acne?

Wednesday April 9, 2014

It's no secret I love mineral makeup. I like that it's a more natural skin care choice, and that it doesn't irritate my tends-to-be-sensitive skin. Read More...

What's New: Do Kitty Litter Masks Clear Acne?

Monday March 31, 2014

Here's what's been happening on the About.com Acne site this month.  Make sure you check out the new articles!

Do Kitty Litter Masks Clear Acne? - They've been praised by beauty gurus and Youtubers alike.  But are kitty litter masks all that great for acne?  (Plus, get some alternatives to the cat litter mask.)

Product Review: Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade - Looking for a spot treatment? This one might be for you (if you can get past the funky smell).

Why Do We Pop Pimples?

Monday March 31, 2014

I do it. You probably do too. Even though we know we shouldn't squeeze blemishes, sometimes it's tough to stop yourself.

So, why do we pop pimples? Read More...

Olivia Munn is the Newest Face for Proactiv

Sunday March 30, 2014

Proactiv has a new face for their latest campaign -- Olivia Munn. Read More...

Demi Lovato Shows "the Real Me" for Clean and Clear

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Clean and Clear's newest campaign, See the Real Me, urges young ladies to celebrate what makes them unique. And apparently Demi Lovato is on board. Read More...

OTC Treatments for Body Acne

Sunday March 23, 2014

When my clients they tell me they have body acne, it's always in a low voice, almost a whisper. Like it's a condition I've never heard of before. They seem surprised that I'm not surprised.

Having acne on your back, or chest, or shoulders, or butt, is common! Lots of people have body acne, even if they don't have acne on their face. There are also many products you can buy over the counter specifically made to treat body breakouts.

Body washes are easily found at any store that sells skin care. They're super easy to use -- just apply them to a washcloth or shower poof and lather up. You can find inexpensive options, like Oxy Hydrating Body Wash, or splurge on more boutique products like Murad's Acne Body Wash.

Body sprays are another option. The benefit to body sprays is their ease of use, plus you can apply them at any time (not just when you shower.) Plus, because these are leave-on treatments, you may see quicker results.

Some acne body spray options include Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray or, our About.com Skin Care Guide's favorite body acne treatment, Nature's Cure Body Acne Spray.

Treatment lotions, creams, and gels are also great leave-on treatments. The downside is, depending on where acne is on your body, they can be hard to apply.

Whatever treatment product you choose, make sure they include the most effective OTC acne-fighting ingredients: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur. (Benzoyl peroxide can stain clothing, though, so be sure you take that into account if you're using a BP treatment.)

Body acne is super stubborn, so be consistent with your treatments and be patient. Some body acne just won't respond to OTC products, no matter how good your home care is. In this case, it's time to call in the pros. Your doctor has plenty of medications to help you beat body acne.

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Will Medicated Makeup Clear Your Skin?

Wednesday March 12, 2014

We expect a lot from our makeup. It has to conceal blemishes and even out skin tone. If it has SPF, even better. Some makeup brands also contain acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid. Read More...

Do Facial Steams Clear Acne?

Thursday March 6, 2014

Judging by the popularity of spa facials and personal at-home steamers, many people love a good facial steam. Some even believe steaming the face with help clear acne. Read More...

What's New: Preteen Skin Care, Treating Teen Acne with OTC Products

Friday February 28, 2014

Here's what's new on the About.com Acne site this month. I hope you enjoy them!

How To Treat Teen Acne with Store-Bought Products - Over-the-counter products can work, and work very well, to treat teenage breakouts. The trick is using them in the right way. This article shows you how to do just that.

Preteen Skin Care - As you get older, taking care of your skin is super important. But we're not born knowing how to do this! This article is written just for kids ages seven to 12. Learn how to take care of your skin with these super easy steps.

Acne Treatment Tips for Tweens - While you're at it, you'll also want to look at this article. These tips are just for preteens, to help you clear up pimples quickly. Newly updated.

10 Things To Stop Doing When You Have Acne - This article is helpful to anyone, no matter what your age. Because these are 10 things that we all do, but shouldn't if we want to clear our skin. Newly updated.

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