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Is There Such Thing As An Acne Remover?

By Megan Griffith

Reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Jaggi Rao,
MD, FRCPC Double board-certified dermatologist

You can’t rub, scrub, squeeze, tweeze, or wash acne away. Your skin has to remove acne from the inside out. The best acne remover is a system that opens pores, limits inflammation, and keeps acne bacteria in check to clear your skin fast and keep acne gone for good1.

scrubbing can make acne worse
Don’t try to remove blemishes by scrubbing your face.


  • You can’t remove acne by rubbing or scrubbing it away. The best ways to get rid of acne for good are gentle on your skin.
  • A good facial cleanser does all the work of cleaning your skin. You just put it on your skin, leave it there up to 30 seconds, and rinse it away.
  • A clearing tonic removes the oils and cellular debris that can keep pores clogged. Salicylic acid in a clearing tonic also relieves inflammation in the skin.
  • Anti-acne serums use herbs such as green tea, tea tree oil, and gotu kola to stop excess sebum production, kill acne bacteria, and relieve puffiness in the skin.
  • Microdermabrasion is a gentle, low-cost way to remove scars and brown spots where acne has healed.
  • When you peel off a clarifying mask you peel dead skin off your pores.
  • Probiotic supplements help train your immune system to respond to acne bacteria with less inflammation.
  • All of the acne removal products you need are available as a complete acne treatment system from Exposed Skin Care.

Remove Excess Oil and Grime with a Facial Cleanser

Your first step in getting rid of acne is using2 the right facial cleanser. A facial cleanser is not a product you rub into or across your skin to get rid of blemishes. A facial cleanser is a product you place on your skin and leave there to do all the work of getting excess oil, dirt, and makeup off your skin without rubbing, scrubbing, or working your skin.

A facial cleanser does not have to make you feel like its working. In fact, anything that leaves your face feeling warm, cool, or tingly probably has irritated your skin, and irritation is what causes acne. The best skin cleansers just leave you skin feeling clean3.

Remove Hardened Skin Oils with a Clearing Tonic

Clearing tonics loosen the “glue” that holds dead cells to the surface of the skin. This takes tension off the skin, and allows pores to drain. The best clearing tonic for use on all skin types is4 salicylic acid, which doesn’t just loosen dead skin, but also, because it is chemically similar to aspirin, relieves inflammation and redness in the skin.

Stop Excess Sebum Production with an Acne Treatment Serum

A serum is not just an anti-acne product that costs more than products labeled as gels, creams, and lotions. A serum is a light liquid that is easy to spread over your face, and it contains specific healing ingredients such as green tea extract and tea tree oil5. Green tea extract reduces sebum production while relieving inflammation on the skin. Tea tree oil kills not just acne bacteria but also the staph bacteria that can cause enlarged pimples and impetigo. Some of the best serums also contain the Ayurvedic herb gotu kola, which stimulates circulation in the skin, deepening natural color and relieving puffiness and inflammation.

Rejuvenate Your Face with Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion is the process of stripping away the top 25 layers of cells in the skin down to the bloodstream to force the regrowth of healthy skin. Microdermabrasion is the process of wearing away the top 1 or 2 layers of cells in the skin to remove spots of excess brown or black pigment, or to stimulate the growth of collagen beneath the skin to fill in pores. There are two ways to do microdermabrasion.

One method of microdermabrasion is rubbing crystals on your skin. Aluminum hydroxide crystals can irritate your skin unless you have a vacuum wand to suck them off your skin when you are finished with the treatment. Corundum crystals are easier to remove with a simple rinse of water and don’t cause irritation of the skin.

Another way to do microdermabrasion is with a microdermabrasion cloth. These cloths are made from polyethylene plastic. They are not as scratchy as a regular washcloth, but they are made with a fine weave that can capture dead skin cells to stimulate growth in the skin from the basal layers to the surface.

Either kind of dermabrasion can produce noticeable results in minutes6. You may notice that blackheads have become whiteheads. You may see fine lines and wrinkles smoothed away as your skin becomes more flexible. You may notice more color in your skin.

The effects of microdermabrasion on spots and scars7 take longer, usually several weeks to several months. But microdermabrasion is an inexpensive and painless process you can do every day as long as you do not have open wounds or obvious irritation on the skin you wish to treat.

Remove Acne with a Clarifying Mask

Even in the twenty-first century, there are spas built around hot springs that contain special mud for rejuvenating the skin8. If you have acne, however, you will get better results from using packaged, sanitary products made with kaolin, bentonite, and water for masks intended to improve your skin.

Kaolin is a white, chalky clay formed by the weathering of rocks in humid climates. It consists of layers of crystals that stick together and slip over each other as the clay dries out. This property helps it pull dead cells off the surface of the skin as it dries.

Bentonite is a component of the soil that has the unusual property of dissolving proteins. When kaolin pulls dead skin off the face, bentonite liquifies it so it is easily rinsed off the face.

To use a clarifying mask9, just cover your face with a thin layer of the “mud” you squeeze from a tube. Allow to dry, and then rinse it off with warm water. When you rinse off the clarifying mask, you will also remove the major components of clogged pores that keep acne coming back again and again.

Defeat Inflammation with Probiotics

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help you fight inflammation from the inside out. Probiotic bacteria are found in fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and even salami. When you eat these foods on a regular basis, or you take probiotic supplements, you help maintain the numbers of friendly bacteria in your colon.

The way probiotic bacteria help fight acne inflammation10 is by training the immune system to respond to bacteria with less inflammation. Probiotics live in tiny pockets of the intestine called villi. The bloodstream sends white blood cells to the base of these pockets to prevent the entry of pathogenic bacteria into the bloodstream.

Probiotic bacteria are not pathogenic11. That is, they do not cause disease. As the immune system “learns” that it not necessary to destroy bacteria to keep the lining of the colon healthy, it transfers this information to white blood cells that are active in the skin. Probiotics help prevent pimples.

You can spend a lot of time and money searching for these acne removers individually. Or you can spend a lot less time and money getting all of your acne removal products from Exposed Skin Care.


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