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Dermatologist Tips For How to Get Rid of Acne & Oily Skin

01 Jun 2023

SUMMARY: Follow this daily guide for how to get rid of acne and oily skin with dermatologist tips ranging from your skincare routine to daily habits.


As a general rule, if you have acne-prone skin, you should consult a dermatologist to discuss options for treating your skin needs. Follow this essential daily guide developed with dermatologists for tips on how to get rid of acne & oily skin:

Thoroughly but gently cleanse the skin
Look for cleansers developed specifically for oily or acne prone skin. This can include gentle cleansers suitable for oily and acne-prone skin including Effaclar Gel Facial Wash for Oily Skin or medicated cleansers with active ingredients including salicylic acid that help treat and prevent acne such as Effaclar Medicated Acne Face Wash.

Opt for oil-free & non-comedogenic skincare & make up products
Look for “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” labels on skincare and make-up packaging. Non-comedogenic means that it does not contain ingredients that are known to clog up pores or cause a backup of oil & dead skin cells which can cause acne1

Use an acne treatment recommended by your dermatologist
Your dermatologist might recommend a prescription acne treatment or an acne treatment available over-the-counter (OTC).
Click HERE to learn more about specific acne treatment ingredients and which is best for you.

Apply a dose of patience
It is important to be patient when starting a new acne treatment as it might take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to see results and sometimes your acne can get worse before it gets better with certain acne medications (this is normal!).

Do not strip skin of its natural moisture
Cleansing your skin too often and avoiding any kind of moisturizer can deprive skin of natural moisture. When this occurs, skin begins to compensate by producing even more oil. If your dermatologist prescribes you an acne medication, look for non-comedogenic moisturizers that have been tested specifically on patients using drying acne prescriptions to help restore the skin barrier such as Toleriane Double Repair UV Face Moisturizer.

Protect your skin from the sun.
It is a myth that the sun improves acne2. While the sun may initially give the appearance of an improved complexion, UV exposure actually prompts sebum production, increasing the likelihood of a breakout. Look for sunscreens labelled as oil free and non-comedogenic such Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 & Toleriane Double Repair UV Face Moisturizer that are ideal for oily acne-prone skin.

Avoid touching your face
Your hands are a source of dirt, bacteria, and oil, which can be transferred to your skin when you touch your face and result in acne. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse your hands with soap when you do need to touch your face.

Don't pop your pimples
Popping pimples only worsens the inflammation and can leave scars and dark spots3.




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