What’s the Best Acne Treatment – It doesn’t cost the earth.

Today we will be looking at the different types of acne there are and what’s the best acne treatment. The best treatment is not one gel or cream, it is process, it doesn’t take that long, a few minutes in the morning and evening and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Any product we recommend will help with any type of acne, they also work on any skin type or tone and also teen acne and adult acne.

It is probably the easiest first to go through the treatment procedure and then have a look at the different types of acne.

The Treatment

Step One

Clean your skin gently.

Don’t get all vigorous with it, this may actually make things worse. Use only your fingertips (no nails) or a soft washcloth. Clean all the areas, initially don’t go near break out areas, you can save this for last as you don’t want to spread any of the bacteria. When you have done all the areas on your face ( and if need be other parts of your body) then move onto the breakout areas. If you are a sporty type a double wash at night is a good idea, clean, rinse and repeat.

Step Two

Use a Toner or Astringent

This helps remove excess oils and helps tone and hydrate the skin and depending on the ingredients it can help on blackheads and acne. Apply the product on a cotton ball or pad and gently smooth all over the face (and any other areas) and neck to help remove the last bits of cleanser and oil.

You do have to be a little bit careful of your skin type as you don’t want to dry out your skin too much or if you have oily skin you want it to be effective. It may be best to try to avoid products with too much alcohol ( do not drink it!!).

This step can be missed if you find it’s creating too much havoc with your skin but with the products we recommend it should be fine.

Step Three

Apply Acne Treatment

After the toner has dried completely or after your face is completely clean and dry – don’t get vigorous with drying, patting the skin is better than rubbing it like crazy. Smooth on your acne treatment as directed. Let the treatment absorb or dry completely before going to the next step.

Step Four

Apply an Oil Free Moisturizer or Gel.

Before you say I’m crazy – you wouldn’t be the first though. It may seem like adding a moisturizer to already oily skin is counter-intuitive but this is an important step so please don’t skip it. Acne treatments can dry out the skin, so to reduce dry and peeling skin apply this twice a day.

Your moisturizer shouldn’t leave your skin feeling slick and greasy, good treatments are easily absorbed by the skin and won’t aggravate acne.

Keep it Up

So this is three or four steps, a couple of songs long in the morning and evening – or whatever you choose to do to offset the time.

If this sounds all too much then the only other answer is to have pimples and hopefully time will take care of it.

It will take a bit of money but if it will help your skin and self-esteem is it worth it?

A couple of other things that I have been asked. What about blue light treatment? Blue light is more like another positive step you can do but not a substitution for the above. There is some more information below on this subject. The other thing is about sun protection, with or without acne this is hugely important. With acne, a lot of the treatments you use may make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, it’s no good to get rid of acne but look 90 when you are 19, 29 or 39!!! It’s not that bad but be aware that sun damage is a possibility. A lot of moisturizers do contain a SPF factor, if yours doesn’t then look for a sunscreen for the face as these tend to be less oily and perfumed.

Back to our recommendations;

  • Exposed Skin Care – 98% successful etc another product that we have found to be particularly good for adult acne is from Balm Labs and if you are past your teens and still battling acne have a look here. Both of these products will treat all types of acne, any skin tone and any age.

In conjunction with the above treatment there is a ground swell movement to use light therapy to help treat acne as well and there seems to be good science behind it and a lot of people are seeing positive results in its use.

What is Blue Light Therapy

The wavelength of blue light has an antimicrobial effect, making it effective at killing several types of bacteria especially the

Propionibacterium acnes, or P acne that can collect in your pores and oil glands and cause breakouts. Using blue light eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands on your skin. If you add in infrared light (heat) which is common with in home devices then this causes the oil glands to shrink in size as well. The result is less oil in the skin and less bacteria, leading to a noticeable reduction of acne in the treated areas.

There have been many studies conducted with blue light and the reduction in acne and in all the cases I have seen they have all been positive. Generally, it does take a few weeks’ treatment but please do not overdo this sort of treatment and follow the manufacturers recommendations. As an average from the studies I have read, people with acne who were treated with blue light therapy for four to six weeks’ saw an improvement in 70% percent plus of cases.

Blue Light

What sort of Blue Light should I get?

If you have made a decision to get a light for the treatment of acne, there comes now the question of which one?

There are quite a few different options out there. Let’s have a look at a couple of them.

There are handheld devices. These are great and at our house this was what was chosen. Then came “do I get just blue light?” The cheaper handheld devices have just one color but for not much more you can also get one with 2 or 3 colors and infrared and while this may not help with the improvement of acne they do help with all sorts of other skin conditions.

There are also freestanding lights going from anywhere from inches wide and high to full body. We are going to discount the full body ones here but they are available. The freestanding can also be purchased with multiple colors and infrared. There isn’t a lot of difference in the pricing between the hand held and freestanding, so its more a matter of personal choice. And we have seen that people with back acne go for the freestanding as it is a much easier process.

Project E Beauty is our recommendation, they have a wide range of lights and their business is specific to skin and acne treatment.

Types of Acne

There are 5 different types of acne but the treatment is pretty much the same for all of them. There is;

Comedonal Acne

comedonal acne

These are noninflammatory spots which include Blackheads and Whiteheads and they are usually caused by your skin pores being blocked from such things as dirt, oils and dead skin cells. These are the most common form and we are all likely to get them at some stage in our lives.

Whiteheads and Blackheads are very similar, the only difference being that whiteheads have skin covering them, Blackheads don’t and are referred to as “open comedones,” they are created from the blocked oil in your skin becoming oxidized by air and this turns them black.

Both Blackheads and Whiteheads are different from pustules as they don’t contain pus and cannot spread to other parts of the face.

They can be treated with salicylic acids, face scrubs and general upkeep of facial hygiene.

Inflammatory Acne

inflammatory acne

These Papules are small red bumps that often appear as clusters on the skin. They are caused by blocked pores mixing with bacteria and create inflamed lesions in the surrounding skin tissue.

For papules and other inflammatory acne, generally, the most effective treatment is benzoyl peroxide which kills the bacteria.

Pustular Acne

pustular acne

This is your typical “pimple” or “zit,” this type of acne looks large and red with a white or yellow core. The core contains pus from bacteria and it can spread if you pick at them, this can lead to further breakouts on other parts of the skin. They can be quite tender to the touch but can go away on their own.

The process can be sped up with the application of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid which kill the bacteria and draw out the excess oils.

Cystic Acne

Cystic acne

One of the most severe forms of acne is cystic acne. Cysts are large and painful pimples without heads. They are caused by oil and bacteria being trapped under the surface of the skin and often appear on the chin or jaw. Do not pop or pick these pimples because it can lead to further breakout and scarring.


nodule acne

Nodules are painful and hard lumps and lie deep within the body, they have no heads or visible centers. They are caused by clogged pores which can then cause damage to the tissues and cells deep beneath the skins surface.

As mentioned above there are products which treat all the types of acne no matter what your skin type or tone is and no matter what your age. Just to recap on our recommendations.

I certainly hope you find a product in the above and then within a few weeks you should start seeing some great results.

Let me know in the comments below how you get on.


2 thoughts on “What’s the Best Acne Treatment – It doesn’t cost the earth.”

  1. Bernard Breytenbach

    Acne is something I struggled in my teenage years mostly  but I do get them now and then in my adulthood. Love how uou explained step by step how to treat acne without costing an arm or leg. The steps sound really simple to manage and follow through. Plus you showcase different kinds of acne a person may get which I find interesting and scary same time. Thank you for the informative article.

    1. Thanks Bernard for your kind words. It is an interesting and slightly scary topic but so many people do suffer from it. Hopefully some readers will get a bit more informed about it from my articles. All the best. Mike 

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