How to Get a Pimple-Free Face

Don't pop your zits! There are better ways to get a pimple-free, healthy face.
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Put your best face forward and walk tall. If you've ever had a pimple, you've probably felt the desire to hide yourself away from the world. You may have even tried every different kind of skin product available. But you don't need to hide anymore or spend a ton of money to get a pimple-free face. Stop pimples at the root of the problem by developing a healthy regimen for your skin.

Wash your face twice a day with a cleanser -- once when you wake up and again before bed. Avoid products with a high alcohol content if you have dry skin, and opt for a gel-based or a soapy cleanser if you have oily skin. Look for glycerin -- a gentle hydrating element -- listed in the ingredients if you have sensitive skin, and avoid heavy fragrance cleansers, which can irritate the skin. Gently massage your face in a circular motion with the cleanser and avoid scrubbing. Pat your face dry with a clean cloth or towel.

Remove makeup with a cleanser before going to bed. Makeup clogs pores, and clogging causes breakouts. If you wear eye makeup, you may want to opt for a special eye-makeup removing cleanser, which will use special ingredients that are gentle on your eyes.

Apply a lotion containing benzoyl peroxide after washing your face to the parts of your face where acne has ever been a problem. Read the instructions to find out how many times per day to apply. Benzoyl peroxide is the active ingredient in most prescription and over-the-counter skin creams, and these products can be found in your local pharmacy. Benzoyl peroxide absorbs into the skin's suface, allowing it to kill acne-causing bacteria. It also removes dead skin and opens blocked pores. A typical dosage is 2.5-percent solution, but you can gradually increase the strength after a few weeks if you do not see results. Consistent use will help prevent future acne breakouts.

Exfoliate your face twice a week before bed. Apply a small amount of exfoliator into your skin, massaging in upward, circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat your face gently with a towel. Exfoliating regularly prevents future breakouts by removing dead skin cells, and it opens up your pores to allow your skin's natural oil to drain. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use a cream-based exfoliator with microbeads. Gel scrubs or exfoliators that contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid or salicylic acid are best for oily skin.

Wash your hands often, especially before applying anything to your face. Also, clean your phone, sunglasses and anything else that frequently touches your face; these items build up acne-causing oils and bacteria. Keep your hair clean and out of your face to stop additional oils and bacteria from touching your face.

Keep your hands away from your face to avoid spreading bacteria, and do not pop your pimples. When you pop a pimple, you are actually pushing the infected material further into the skin; this leads to more swelling, redness, and scarring, and it can lead to additional pimples around the infected area.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water keeps your skin hydrated, helping to flush out the toxins in your body and improve blood circulation, as well as maintain the body-fluid ratio.

Make an at-home remedy for a quick fix. Squeeze a bit of white toothpaste onto your acne and leave it overnight to dry. Wash it off with cold water the next morning. The Triclosan in the white toothpaste kills acne bacteria and eliminates skin redness. Ice can be used to lessen any skin inflammation or irritation from acne. Wrap three to four pieces of ice cubes in a clean cloth, and rub them gently over your face so as not to numb your face.

  • Benzoyl peroxide may dry out your skin and make it feel more sensitive. You will possibly feel minor irritation at first; this will go away as your skin adjusts to the lotion within about a week. If you begin to notice significant red or swollen skin, irritation, peeling, swelling, itiching, rash or burning, you should stop using the benzoyl-perozide lotion and contact your doctor.

Laura Gianino works at a publishing company in New York City. Her writing has appeared on eHow, LIVESTRONG, Synonym and Global Post.