Dealing with acne-prone skin is often a test of patience. It takes time to figure out what’s going on and to identify what might be aggravating your skin. (And sometimes, even your dermatologist can’t pinpoint the exact cause.) It’s also a long process of trial and error to figure out how to get rid of your acne. In some situations, you can find a solution on your own. But in other cases, it’s a much better idea to call in the experts to get an opinion (and perhaps a prescription) from your dermatologist.
If you have a relatively mild case of acne, or if you just want to try to troubleshoot things on your own, you’ve probably realized there are a wide variety of skin care products marketed toward people with acne-prone skin (and little solid advice on choosing the right products to clear up your skin). We could give you specific product recommendations, but the internet is full of those. We think it’s probably more useful for you to learn how to choose the right products for yourself. After all, everybody’s skin care needs are different.
1. Realize there are no magical cures
Acne is an annoying and often embarrassing problem, so skin care companies market products that promise all sorts of lightning-fast results — which they typically can’t deliver. That’s in part because acne is caused by a variety of factors. Hormones play a role, as do bacteria and inflammation. And you can’t overlook the role of sensitivities and allergies, either. No single skin care product can effectively address every possible cause of acne. So, if a product’s promises sound too good to be true, they almost certainly are.