Welcome to Facing Acne! This site is designed for people with all skin types, all skin colors, and all kinds of acne. Although Facing Acne offers a wide variety of information about acne, our main goal goes beyond education: we want you to have clear skin. We don’t just want to teach you about acne, we want to deliver actionable information to effectively reduce your acne.
No matter how terrible your acne might feel, all acne is treatable and everyone can get clear skin. In fact, most people can treat their acne using simple over-the-counter treatment options. From the beginning, Facing Acne has supported Exposed Skin Care in particular as the best acne treatment for most people. The best way to get clear skin is to use the right ingredients at the right concentrations, for a price that won’t break the bank, and Exposed hits the nail on the head on all three. They limit their scientific, lab-made ingredients to only those that have been proven to work, like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur, and they are careful to use them in amounts that won’t harm the skin. Even better, Exposed also incorporates well-researched natural ingredients into their products, like tea tree oil, green tea extract, and aloe vera. Still, the best ingredients in the world are of no use if the product is too expensive for anyone to actually buy, but that’s not a problem with Exposed either. At only $60 for a 60-day supply of all the products you’ll need to get clear skin, Exposed offers a relatively affordable treatment option. Plus, they clearly have faith in their product, because they offer a year-long money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied.
Although we believe Exposed Skin Care to be the best treatment option out there right now based on its safety, price, risk level, and results, we are always looking out for other options that work as well. On Facing Acne, you’ll find a variety of articles exploring all-natural acne treatments, acne prescriptions, and everything in between. All of our content supports our scientific approach to treating acne with consistent, gentle, precise care.
First and foremost, acne care must be consistent. If you’re only using an acne treatment product once or twice a week instead of every day, it’s very unlikely that your skin will improve. When choosing an acne treatment routine, it’s important to consider what routine you can reasonably maintain and perform every single day. Inconsistent acne treatment or switching products every two weeks can actually make skin worse, so even though it’s hard, it’s best to be patient.
Second, acne care should be gentle. It’s just not possible to wash, smash, squeeze, lance, pick, probe, rub, or scrub acne out of your skin. Harsh products only serve to irritate and inflame the skin, which eventually leads to more acne, not less. Gentle treatments let your skin take charge of repairing itself.
Finally, the best acne treatment is precise. More is not necessarily better. A 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel you use once a day may clear up your skin, while a 10% benzoyl peroxide gel you use twice a day may make your skin break out. Simple remedies made with trusted ingredients will always get you the best results.
Everything published on Facing Acne reflects these skin care values because they are the best way to get long-lasting clear skin. Although miracle cures and quick fixes sound great, the truth is real improvement is often slow and frustrating, but rewarding in the end. It may take time, but clear skin is possible for everyone.
Want to learn more about the people behind Facing Acne? Meet our team of writers, researchers, and our resident medical professional below.
Martin is the founder and managing director of Facing Acne, and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Copenhagen in Biophysics. After graduating with his Master’s, Martin worked a few odd jobs before starting Facing Acne. Like most of us, he had acne growing up and found it incredibly annoying. When he got older and it faded away, he realized many others didn’t have that same experience. Lots of other people had acne that was worse than just annoying, and it didn’t go away once puberty came to a close. Using his research and organizational skills, he decided to found Facing Acne as a source for those in need. His hope for the site is that it can provide information, comfort, and most importantly, useful advice for all kinds of people with all kinds of acne. He works hard to make sure Facing Acne covers everything acne-related, from the basics like what causes acne to the highly specific, like what to do about chest acne.
In his limited free time, Martin plays a lot of chess and watches a lot of movies. He is a self-described “chess addict,” playing at any given opportunity, and he also describes himself as an official movie buff.
Dr. Rao is Facing Acne’s official acne expert, and for good reason. He is a certified dermatologist in both Canada and the USA, and he is a leading expert in the treatment of acne specifically. His practice in Alberta, Canada offers top of the line acne treatments, from systemic and topical medications to light and laser treatments, but Dr. Rao is dedicated to helping everyone with acne, not just those who come to see him. He shares his knowledge of acne and other skin conditions as an award-winning professor at the University of Alberta, and he has published over 50 scientific papers and textbook chapters and spoken at over 500 lectures. Now, he also shares his expertise online, here at Facing Acne. He does this by reading through every article published on Facing Acne to check it for medical accuracy, so you can trust that everything on this site is reliable and up-to-date.
Dr. Rao follows a simple but highly effective method for dealing with acne: prevent, treat, maintain. Each step requires patience, since everyone’s skin is different and finding the best prevention, treatment, and maintenance routine for you might take a while, but it works a thousand times better than any quick fix or miracle cure. We trust Dr. Rao not only because of his awards, accolades, and certifications, but because his advice helps people with acne get clear skin long-term, not just for a few weeks.
Megan is Facing Acne’s resident copywriter. Between her professional research skills and her personal experience with acne, both as a teenager and as an adult, she knows (or can find out) everything you could ever want to know about acne. She earned her Master’s in Creative Writing in May of 2018 and her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders in April of 2016, and together her educational experiences have made her an excellent researcher and writer. She loves writing for Facing Acne because she wants to improve the way we as a society talk about acne. Too often, media about acne treats it as a horrible, shameful disease, when in reality, acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, and should be nothing to be ashamed of. Megan hopes that Facing Acne can break the cycle of acne negativity and instead provide the helpful, accepting information she needed but couldn’t find as a teen.
When she’s not writing for Facing Acne, Megan is usually playing cars with her 2-year-old nephew, dyeing her hair some crazy color, or eating ice cream. She also runs her own blog at meganwriteseverything.com, where she writes about mental health, Dungeons and Dragons, and more.
Eunice is a key player in Facing Acne’s marketing team, working primarily with content promotion, social media management, and relationship-building with other sites. Eunice graduated with a major in Biology, and uses her knowledge and love for science to help ensure that the site is as accurate and scientific as possible. She enjoys reading through long, complicated studies and translating them into interesting information about acne that anyone can understand, regardless of educational background. Eunice hopes to make Facing Acne one of the best sources of reliable information on acne treatment available online so that others will have the resources she didn’t have back when she had persistent acne. In her free time, Eunice loves to read and explore the world of interior design.
Maelyn is a vital member of the Facing Acne marketing team. She specializes in online community outreach, but she also works with Eunice to promote content and maintain Facing Acne’s social media presence. Maelyn has her Bachelor’s in Education, specifically majoring in English, and she’s found her background to be quite helpful in her work at Facing Acne. Her writing and analytical skills come in handy whenever she’s trying to reach out to other websites or craft the perfect blurb for social media. Her personal experience with acne also gives her a lot of inspiration and motivation to make Facing Acne the authoritative site it is today. In her time working with the Facing Acne team, she has learned some invaluable information about how to manage her oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin, and she wants to spread that information to others who may be struggling the way she did. Maelyn wants everyone to know that they should invest in themselves by taking care of their skin, and that Facing Acne can help. In addition to working, Maelyn also enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, and creative writing.
Strahinja is Facing Acne’s resident web designer and graphic designer. He is self-taught and learned everything he knows about design through 6 years of freelance work in a wide variety of industries. Now, he keeps everything on Facing Acne looking nice and running smoothly. Strahinja creates all of our most helpful infographics, and he makes sure the site is constantly up-to-date and functional. He hopes he can utilize his skills to make the website look its best and be easier for visitors to navigate. When he isn’t designing for Facing Acne, Strahinja enjoys watching movies and TV, spending time with his friends, and reading.
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