Advertisement
Slideshow will continue in seconds. Click to skip
Click through for acne-fighting advice from top dermatologists and skin experts.
Moisturize
"People with acne often stay away from moisturizers, but in the winter, a moisturizer is essential because prescription acne treatments are especially drying in the winter. Acne-prone individuals should opt for a noncomedogenic moisturizer."—Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, creator and co-founder of The Specific Beauty
Exfoliate
"To reduce breakouts, the Clarisonic is a great tool for exfoliating the face and will get rid of the dead layer of skin."Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, NYC based cosmetic dermatologist
Drink Green Juice
"I would focus on detoxing—drinking a green juice once a day instead of that 4 pm coffee will do wonders to hydrate you from the inside out AND will get your digestive system back in track. Poor digestion means breakouts and the hydration factor of a green juice will mean trading that dull winter skin for a glow!"—Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection
Get On a Medicated Program
"The best pimple is the one you never get. The key to avoiding 'pimple panic' and having a consistently clear complexion is using a medicated skin care program, such as Proactiv Plus, once or twice per day. If in spite of your best efforts, a breakout occurs, use a sulfur-based mask overnight and apply directly on the pimple. It will help it heal faster and remove the telltale redness."—Katie Rodan, M.D., Proactiv/Proactiv+ co-founder and dermatologist
Use a Cleanser With an AHA
"Use a wash containing an AHA, such as glycolic or salicylic acid, to prevent breakouts."Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, NYC based cosmetic dermatologist
But Limit the Amount of Acids You're Using
"Many people with acne overuse products. If you're using glycolic acid then don't use salicylic acid, or if you're using night retinol, don't use salicylic acid. Keep it to onedon't use three."—Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) spokesperson
Get Rid of Excess Oil WIth Egg Whites
"You can make a mask out of egg whites to take some of the excess oil out of your skin. Just beat an egg white with a teaspoon of lemon, which makes it more acidic, and place it on your skin for 15 minutes. Let it dry and then wash it off with warm water."—Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) spokesperson
Apply Skincare Products Downwards
"Apply products downwards on the face to encourage lymphatic drainage. It will open your lymph nodes and make the skin clear up fast."—Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection
Reduce Inflammation With Green Tea
"Redness is a big problem with acne in the winter. Green tea extract is one of the best antioxidants for reducing imflammation and combatting background redness."—Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, creator and co-founder of The Specific Beauty
Change Your Pillowcase
"Changing the pillowcases every other day helps, as pillowcases trap excess oil from hair and skin."—Judit Galambosi, Erno Laszlo skin therapist
Give Yourself an At-Home Facial
"My favorite at-home facial is super simple. I will cleanse the skin and then apply an exfoliating mask to sleep in overnight.
I also like to mix yogurt and strawberry as a mask to help calm inflammation of breakouts, kill bacteria and shrink those pores!"—Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection