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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | I have a pimple... now what?

I have a pimple... now what?

Let's talk treatment.

Dr. Schultz explains acne treatment in three short steps on DermTV.

In short, to combat acne, you should use three types of products twice a day: a cleanser, a toner and a product with an active ingredient.

Start With A Cleanser

1. Start with a cleanser in the morning. Using one that caters specifically to your skin type, put a small amount in your palm and massage it into your face for 5-10 seconds before rinsing and patting your skin dry.

Next, Use A Toner

2. Next take an astringent (which is another word for toner) on a cotton pad and wipe your face. Hues of yellow, grey or brown will most likely show up on the pad; this is evidence of any residual debris, oil or dirt that didn't come off with the cleanser.

Finish With A Spot Treatment

3. Then apply a product (usually a cream or gel) with an active ingredient directly to the blemish. Active ingredients that are used in acne spot treatments are chemicals like salicylic acid or sulfur.

Your Evening Skin Care Routine

In the evening, do the same cleansing and toning sequence but, this time, use an exfoliant for the third part of your treatment. Exfoliants contain an active ingredient called gylcolic acid, which can help to prevent and treat acne blemishes by removing any clogged pores and residual build up from dead skin cells. Apply the exfoliant to your entire face to make sure any clear areas stay pimple free. Finally, after you've applied the exfoliant, put a small amount of the active ingredient you used in the morning directly onto the blemish.

One last tip: make sure to always buy water-based or oil-free products if you have acne prone or oily skin.

Are you ready to beat your blemishes? I'm up to the challenge. Stay tuned for results on Friday.

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