There is no sure fire way to avoid acne. Acne is known as a disease of the skin that should only be treated by a medical professional, i.e. a dermatologist.
Occasional breakouts, however, can be treated fairly easily. If the pimple fairy comes to visit once a month, there are effective ways of combating her and the offensive pimples.
Your treatment regimen will be contingent upon your skin type not everyone who gets pimples has oily or thicker tougher skin, there are many people who are hyper sensitive to products. Here we will cover all skin types and options for the treatment of occasional pimples.
For Dry Sensitive Skin: Cleanse twice daily with a non foaming creamy cleanser such a Cetaphil, follow with Witch Hazel as a toner, use a light weight oil free moisturizer such as Purpose By Johnson&Johnson. Here is where things can get tricky, as a rule of thumb people who are sensitive tend to not respond well to retionids (Retin A) or traditional Benzoyl Peroxide treatments, they can cause the skin to become red irritated and in some cases crack which can be painful. I suggest a warm compress followed by a paste made from one crushed aspirin and several drops of Visine. Why visine? Visine is a vaso-constrictor in other words just like the bottle reads it gets the red out the aspirins main ingredient? Acetylsalycilic acid, it is an anti inflammatory and often times works within 24 hours.
Normal Combination Skin: This skin type tends to be a bit more tolerant of treatments. Anyone with this skin type suffering from the occasional pimple can benefit from a foaming cleanser twice a day. Clean and Clear makes a great cleanser that contains Triclosan as its active ingredient same ingredient found in most anti bacterial hand cleaners. It is gentle and the idea is to reduce the bacteria causing the breakout. Follow with a toner to remove any residual cleanser that may be left behind. An oil free moisturizer if you are excessively oily avoid the T-Zone area. Spot treat with a sulphur based product such as Murad Acne Spot Treatment which contains 3% Sulphur.
Oily Skin: Generally the thickest type skin and the most tolerant of medications and over the counter preparations. these type skins respond well salicylic cleansers twice daily, followed by a glycolic toner oil free matte finish moisturizer and spot treat with a more aggressive product such as Mario Bedescu Drying Lotion. The Mario Bedescu Drying lotion contains: Isopropyl Alcohol, Calamine, Camphor, Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid,Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc. everything you would need to send those pimples packing.
It is never a bad idea to see a dermatologist and get a proper skin diagnosis and protocol. Many physicians nowadays have treatment lines in their offices that they can prescribe to you, these are considered over the counter cosmecueticals which have been tested and approved by dermatologists. Say goodbye to your pimples and hello to clear skin, after all you always want to put your best face forward!