The Complete Guide To Ending Acne

I am not affiliated with any products I mention in this article.

You want to get rid of your acne but it just seems impossible.

I understand your struggle. I had acne from age 12 to age 19. I am 20 now and have FINALLY discovered how to get rid of my acne for good.

No, I’m not trying to sell you a “magic pill” to get of your acne. I’m only here to share what I’ve learned and what finally worked for me.

Enough fluff, let’s get started.

1. Prescription medication

This is, by far, the most effective step you can take.

It might sound silly but I only recently found out you could get acne medication from your family doctor.

If you don’t live in Canada and you don’t have access to free healthcare, you still have an option.

Many people are prescribed with the acne medication called “Retin A” or “tretinoin gel”.

Mine looks like this:

Retin A medication

Don’t worry if you can’t get your hands on this exact type. You can also purchase topical creams from the drugstore that contain Retin A at a lower concentration.

Also, some people sell it in higher concentrations on sites like Amazon and eBay.

Warning: ‘Retin A’ works by causing your skin cells to regenerate faster. This causes flaky skin. The higher the concentration, the more dry and flaky your skin will be. I recommend using “CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion” every morning, and washing your face with a washcloth 2-3 times a week. This will minimize the appearance of flaky skin.

CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion

Good to know: Retin A is also proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It also fades the appearance of acne scars.

Good to know: You MUST religiously use this product for it to continue helping you. Your acne WILL GET WORSE at first. But continuing the use of this product will cause your acne to completely disappear.

Good to know: You MUST wash your face before using this product. You MUST wait 15 minutes after washing to ensure your face is dry before you apply the product. If you don’t, you will wake up to unbearably sensitive, red, flaky skin.

2. Face Washing

I’m not here to tell you that your acne is due to not washing your face. I do, however, urge you to consider the following and experiment with your skin.

When you have acne face washing can be very confusing. There are so many small things you could be doing that are wreaking havoc on your skin. Let’s go over them together.

Over washing your face.

You might think that because you have acne, you must wash your face in the morning and at night. And maybe more. But this isn’t true.

In fact, over washing can cause your skin to dry up and make your acne worse.

Now, some people should wash twice a day. If your skin is dirty or has makeup or products on it, you should wash. You should always pay close attention to what your skin is telling you.

If your face isn’t dirty, you might just need a rinse with water. This will also help keep your skin hydrated.

For example: If you wash your face at night, you probably don’t need to wash in the morning, try a month of washing at night and rinsing in the morning to experiment with your skin.

Not washing your face.

I know I said I wasn’t going to tell you that your acne is caused by not washing your face. But if you don’t have a face washing routine, you might be making your acne worse.

If you wear makeup this is especially important. Again, I recommend washing once at night and rinsing in the morning.

DON’T wash your face in the shower. The water pressure is not good for the sensitive skin on your face. Also washing in the shower can cause you to use hotter water than you would be washing with at the sink. Hot water can dry out your skin and make your acne worse.

If you must wash in the shower, turn the water to a colder temperature. Also, use your hands to splash water onto your face.

Washing to aggressively

This can mean a few different things.

Don’t wash your face with a washcloth or an exfoliating wash every day. This is called over exfoliating. Doing so can irritate your skin and make your acne worse.

Do exfoliate 2-3 times a week.

Don’t use cheap cleaners on your face. They are much too harsh.

Do use ‘CeraVe’,’Cetaphil’, or any dermatologist recommend products. Ensure they are meant for the face, and that they are meant for your skin type.

Don’t use multiple cleaners to wash your face. Especially at the same time. Allow your skin to get used to the cleaner you are using. New products can cause breakouts. If your face isn’t clean after washing, you might be using the wrong type of wash for your skin type. If your makeup isn’t removed, try a gentle makeup remover before washing.

Do use Egyptian cotton washcloths for your face. They are much more gentle on the skin.

Do use lukewarm water to wash your face. Water that is too hot or cold isn’t good for your skin.

3. Makeup

I love makeup. For years I wore a full face of makeup every day. I wanted to cover my acne and I loved the way it looked.

However, little did I know I was actually making my problems worse.

Everyone says that if you just wash your makeup off at night, you won’t get breakouts. To my despair, this isn’t true.

I used to use a cheap drugstore liquid foundation and apply it all over my face. Everyday.

The solution:

I won’t tell you to stop wearing makeup. However, I will tell you that it is making your skin worse. It’s not all your makeup either. It’s mainly your foundation and possibly anything you apply directly to your face such as your blush, highlight, etc.

Suggestion: Try wearing your makeup for fewer days of the week. Whenever you can go without it, do just that. Wash it off the second you get home. DO NOT sleep with makeup on, ever.

Don’t use dirty makeup brushes and sponges. This spread the bacteria from your acne all over your face and will cause more breakouts. Wash your tools as often as you can.

Try “RCMA” makeup. It is made with only 3 ingredients and has helped me to limit breakouts on days I want to wear foundation. It takes a bit of getting used to in regards to application, but you can find tutorials on YouTube.

4. Touching, poking, popping.

You’ve heard it before, I’ll say it again.

STOP popping and poking at your acne. It will go away on its own with the proper care. Popping leads to scars.

Popping your acne actually causes the bacteria to spread underneath the skin and can lead to new breakouts.

If you MUST pop an ugly whitehead:

Cover the ends of your finger with tissues and GENTLY press. If you see blood or a clear liquid, STOP.

It is always better to leave your acne alone. You’ll thank yourself later when your scaring is minimal.


You might feel the urge to touch your face when you have acne. I urge you to avoid this at all costs. Your hands are covered in bacteria that you don’t want to be spread onto your skin. If you know you will still touch your face, ensure your hands are as clean as possible by washing as much as you can and using hand sanitizer.

5. A few more tips

Do wash your pillowcase every time you do laundry.

Do use a dermatologist recommended moisturizer every day.

Do experiment with your skin to find what works for you.

Don’t fall for products online claiming they will clear your acne.

Thank you for reading and I wish you the best on your journey to clear skin. I hope I have helped.

Please leave a comment about what helped you to get rid of your acne.