This really helps against acne

Picking spots in front of a running camera – that’s what Dr. Pimple Popper alias Sandra Lee is known for. More than 3 million people follow the dermatologist on Youtube and over 2.6 million on Instagram. Here she answers the most important questions about acne

How often should I clean my face each day?

People with acne tend to wash too often because they feel their skin is dirty. Remove dirt and sebum the evening before going to bed with a mild cleansing product that suits your skin type. In the morning, clear water is sufficient. Avoid heavy scrubbing and aggressive cleansers – both can make your skin look worse and make it look redder and flakier.

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Do I need to use a toner or astringent for acne?

In acne the skin is often very oily. Then a toner or astringent with salicylic acid applied twice a day can do a lot. The application draws out excess oil that can clog pores and is gentle on all skin types.

Gesichtswasser gegen Akne A toner with salicylic acid clears the skin pore-deep © ViChizh /

Do face masks really help against acne?

All types of cleansing masks with anti-acne ingredients such as activated carbon, acids or clay can help to refine the skin’s appearance. Alumina or activated charcoal, for example, combat blackheads and sebum and can thus prevent acne outbreaks.

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What helps against extremely severe acne?

Tablets with the active ingredient isotretinoin, marketed under the name Accutane, among others, can help. They are mainly prescribed when there is a high risk of acne scars. The drugs are available only on prescription, so check with your dermatologist, also about possible side effects and interactions.

Tabletten gegen Akne Tablets with the active ingredient isotretinoin can relieve acne © BushAlex /

How do I treat acne during pregnancy?

Some acne products, prescription or not, should then be suspended. These include products containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinol. Okay are for example care products with azelaic acid or glycolic acid.

Is there a home remedy for acne?

Crush an aspirin tablet, add some water until a paste is formed and apply it to the active pimples. Aspirin contains salicylates, a derivative of salicylic acid, which help reduce inflammation. Not suitable if you are allergic to aspirin!

How do I prevent dark acne scars?

Stay out of the sun! The UV -exposure can make acne stains even darker. So apply a sun protection factor of 30 or more daily. And do not bump your acne, this can cause skin trauma and also lead to hyperpigmentation.

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Can I treat acne even with sensitive skin without any concerns?

Salicylic acid is very well tolerated by most people and is an effective anti-pimple ingredient. The most common cause of irritation is benzoyl peroxide and then retinol, as both are very dehydrating.

Does sugar aggravate acne?

There is actually a theory that high sugar consumption can promote acne. A high glycemic diet with refined carbohydrates, including sugar, can be associated with acne outbreaks. This has been proven by studies.

Zucker fördert Pickel Sugar can actually make acne worse © ADragan /

Does the pill cause acne or help against it?

Some birth control pills do not affect acne, others may actually cause it. In some women, acne even gets better with contraceptives. If you start with a new preparation, the outbreaks may initially get worse until the body has adjusted to the hormone changes. This process can take up to 3 months, so during this time local treatment of acne is recommended until the body has returned to normal.

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What works best against cystic acne?

Cysts are a very severe form of acne, they sit deeper under the skin than other types of pimples. You should definitely consult a dermatologist here. He will probably prescribe a medication or a combination preparation. This type of acne can lead to permanent scarring, which is really not a joke.

How do I get rid of acne scars?

Depending on the type of scar, there are different possibilities today. The options include laser treatments, separation of skin and scar tissue, microneedling, various fillers and chemical peelings. Which method is suitable for you is best clarified in a dermatological practice.

Do I have to treat acne permanently?

You can reduce the frequency of use or stop using it altogether once the acne has subsided. If the acne returns, a continuation of the treatment is recommended. If, as an adult, you have regular outbreaks that follow the menstrual cycle, there may be no improvement until menopause.

Acne is no reason to despair. There are numerous cosmetic products that can help. In harder cases, tablets help to get rid of nasty pimples forever. You should also reconsider your diet and possibly consider the pill as well.