Many of us at one time or another have had to deal with acne, especially during our teen years. Upon noticing the first pimple on the face, many often turn to the Internet for advice.

Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to find an effective remedy without being sold every acne product in the book. Here, we give a few simple tips on how to help clear the skin of acne.

1) Sleep with a hand towel on your pillow case – Though this may sound like some sort of quack remedy, I can personally vouch for this technique. Every night, before you go to sleep, put a hand towel over your pillow and sleep on it. Doing so will gently absorb any excess oil from your face and help clear your skin. It may take several weeks for you to see results. Change the towel every night.

2) Facial Toner works wonders – Find a non-alcohol based facial toner. Personally I use Violet Rose Skin Toner by Rachel Perry, but many other brands work just as well I’m sure. Dab some on a cotton ball and wipe your face when you wake up and before you go to sleep. Clean especially around the ridges of the nose and around the upper lip area. Doing so will help keep your pores clear. You won’t believe the amount of dirt that will come off –even after a shower.

3) Face wash – When showering use a good scrubbing scrub. You may want to to try something more mild for moderate acne or something with a little more OOMPH. The are two major chemicals used in conventional acne face washes: Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. Both have been shown to be effective in drying up acne. The former can be found without a prescription at concentrations up to 10%. Be sure to use as directed, you don’t want to make your face too dry!

4) Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – As mentioned a lot of products advertised to treat acne can leave your skin feeling dry. Find a mild oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin feeling refreshed and moist. A moisturizer with a sunscreen (SPF) couldn’t hurt either!

5) Don’t mix and match – As much as it stinks, acne does not disappear overnight. Many people will use multiple treatment options i.e. mixing benzoyl peroxide with salicylic acid and expect to double the potency of their treatment. Unfortunately, this will only irritate your skin and make you feel more uncomfortable. Be patient! Nothing is forever.