How to Get Rid of Sudden Acne Outbreaks


Having a sudden outbreak of acne happening on your face can be frustrating, painful and over time may cause scarring. While acne starts to form under the skin two to three weeks before you see it on your face, it is possible to treat your acne by starting a regular skin care routine to get rid of sudden acne and prevent future outbreaks. As always, if you find your skin irritated or dry, or the acne gets worse, consult a dermatologist.

Things You'll Need

  • Lukewarm water
  • Mild face wash
  • Clean towel
  • Topical acne cream or lotion

Step 1

Wet your face with lukewarm water to prepare the skin for washing. Put a dime-size amount of mild face wash in your hands and work into a bubbly lather.

Step 2

Apply the lather gently to your facing using circular motions with your hand without scrubbing the skin. Work the wash from your hairline along your forehead to below your jawline and down toward your neck.

Step 3

Rinse the wash away from your face with lukewarm water, splashing the water over your face until no soap remains. Pat your face dry lightly with a clean towel.

Step 4

Apply a topical cream or lotion according to packaging directions to break down whiteheads and blackheads by using products with resorcinol, salicylic acid or sulfur as an active ingredient. Products with benzoyl peroxide can also cut down oil on your skin.

Step 5

Wash your face at least once a day with twice-daily washing being ideal for oily skin. Extra face washing can be done after exercise, swimming or after using sun block once you are inside.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on your skin, a full acne treatment may take upwards of four to eight weeks before your face has fully recovered from sudden mild breakouts.
  • Treatment must continue even after your outbreak goes away for it to be effective.
  • Use oil-free cosmetics, facial cleansers and lotions to avoid adding oil to your skin.
  • Never squeeze, scratch or scrub your skin or your acne outbreak may worsen and potentially lead to scarring.


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