Best Acne Fighting Tips

By Marc Peterson

Best Acne Fighting Tips

Top 16 Dermatologists Give Best Fighting Acne Tips 

The battle for clear skin is never finished, and finding the methods that work best for you is crucial. When you’re on the hunt for skin care advice, go straight to the source—who knows the secrets to a clear complexion better than a skin care professional? Read on to discover the tips and tricks dermatologists and skin care experts swear by!

1. San Diego Botox Inc.

Dr. Alex Roher

"Moisturizing is a key component in keeping your breakouts at bay. Most acne products contain ingredients that dry out the skin; thus, moisturizing immediately after is critical. Make sure you hydrate your skin with water before applying the moisturizer. Daily moisturizing is an essential part of keeping acne at bay by clearing away excess oils, dirt, and makeup that collect on your skin day and night."

Back to top

2. Concept Medical

Dr. Samuel Hetz

"My best acne fighting tip? Don’t overdo it. I see many patients go overboard with daily scrubs and harsh cleansers in an attempt to clear their acne. This unfortunately leads to skin irritation that actually worsens acne. I always recommend a gentle, non-soap based cleaner that can effectively remove dirt and oil, without causing excess dryness and irritation."

Back to top

3. Dr. Kate Klein, Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Kate Klein, ND

"For patients struggling with acne I recommend consistent hygiene practices using a gentle natural cleanser followed by a small amount of tea tree oil and coconut oil applied topically to the problem area. Both tea tree oil and coconut oil are antimicrobial. I also recommend pillow cases be changed regularly and that patients drink at least 2 liters of water daily. A key part of treating any skin condition, including acne, is that skin is often a reflection of something going on inside our bodies. There are only so many ways toxins can be eliminated from the body, with the skin being our largest organ—it often becomes a source of elimination. It is important to assess for adequate nutrition, sources of inflammation, food allergies or sensitivities, stress, and to ensure that the body’s sources of detoxifying and eliminating are functioning optimally."

Back to top

4. Elysium, Clinic of Natural Medicine

Amie Skilton

"Topically, anything that increases cell turnover and unblocks pores is a good idea. The trick is to avoid using harsh cleaners that dry the skin out too much (and then try and compensate with moisturizers that are too heavy!). Internally, using therapeutic doses of zinc and vitamin A will increase cell turnover, and vitamin E will help unblock pores. Avoiding the usual dietary and lifestyle triggers like sugar, dairy, gluten and stress also make a huge difference. Ultimately you have to treat the gut-skin axis to clear the liver and balance hormones, but 200mg Lactoferrin daily will clear up the skin quick as you’re doing the inner work!"

Back to top

5. Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute

Dr. Robert Strimling

"Wash your face gently twice per day with a gentle or acne-formulated skin cleanser. Additionally, using water, rinse sweat off acne-prone skin after exercise or related activities as soon as is possible. Avoid greasy or oily hair-care products that can clog pores and promote acne. Also, shampoo your scalp daily if your hair is oily. Do not pick, pop or squeeze acne, as this causes irritation or inflammation, worsens acne, prolongs healing and increases your risk of scarring."

Back to top

6. Torrey Pines Dermatology

Dr. Timothy Chang

"Washing your face twice a day with a gentle facial wash is a must. Remember to wash your face and shower directly after sporting activities. After washing your face in the evening, I'd recommend applying a topical medication. Start every other night for one to two weeks before going to every night to avoid irritation and flaking."

Back to top

7. Skincarisma

Kevin Chen

"For dealing with recently popped pimples, my favorite go-to method is using hydrocolloid bandages that help absorb the remaining gunk out of the pimples. After 1 to 2 days of using them, move onto covering the area with Vaseline at night. This moist healing environment can dramatically speed up the wound healing process—minimizing potential scarring. Stick to a PH balanced cleanser (4-6) that doesn't disrupt your skin's acid mantle."

Back to top

8. Dr. Kormeili Dermatology

Dr. Tanya Kormeli

"Always use non-comedogenic make-up and always wash it off before going to bed. If you work out in a gym (studio or anywhere public) you are sharing bacteria with others. Always clean your face and hands immediately after the work out—even if it means carrying hand sanitizer in your bag! Try cleaning the cellphone face and covers with a little bit of an alcohol swab to kill any bacteria that might get on your face."

Back to top


Rebecca Lee

"Watch what you eat. What you put in your body is just as important as what you on your body. Try to stay away from foods that are processed or contain chemicals, toxins, GMO (genetically modified), MSG (monosodium glutamate), and gluten (if you have sensitivities). Don’t pick your face; picking can spread the infections from your pimples to other parts of your face and can also lead to scarring and dark spots."

Back to top

10. Peak 10 Skin

Connie Elder

"Sleep on a different side of your pillow each night, and change the pillowcase after the second night. Use salicylic acid on areas of your face after activities that include wearing a helmet or hat where you might sweat. Use a different wash cloth each time you wash your face and your make up brushes frequently—and do not share!"

Back to top

11. Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse

"Painful, tender, inflamed, indurated subcutaneous nodules that pop up can be treated with a tiny injection of dilute steroid. The steroid reduces the inflammation within a day, to help speed the healing of the acne lesion/cyst. Note: Intralesional steroid injections must be performed by a qualified dermatologist."

Back to top

12. Skin Studio LA

Paula Mauter

"Don't pick, squeeze, scrape or use any type of 'tools' on your face at home. If you have a painful, swollen pimple, ice it down to reduce inflammation. Wrap ice in a clean cloth and apply to the skin for about 15 minutes. (Bonus, acne bacteria doesn't like to be cold, so you may even kill some of them.)"

Back to top

13. Viriditas Beautiful Skin Therapies

Laurie Neronha LE

"Cut the sweet stuff! Sugar is not your friend, and raises insulin levels. In a nutshell, insulin stimulates cellular proliferation, particularly in the skin. This leads to increased retention hyperkeratosis, which is a major factor in acne formation."

Back to top

14. Michele Green, M.D – Cosmetic Dermatologist in NYC

Dr. Michele Green

"Foods rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A, E and C are great for overall health but also help with your skin. Some skin-friendly super foods include salmon, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, and blueberries."

Back to top

15. ATMA Beauty

Holly Hensington

"I love IPL laser for keeping acne at bay. It’s great for killing bacteria and reducing redness as part of a maintenance regimen and fights aging as a bonus. I also recommend those with acne-prone skin to get monthly facials from someone well-versed in treating acne to keep skin healthy and avoid scarring. Number one tip—do not pick!"

Back to top

16. Aglow Dermatology

Dr. Dina Strachan

"My favorite method for treating acne is combining a topical retinoid with chemical peels. It provides great results for patients of all skin types. It’s important to be consistent with treatment and treat the entire area, rather than just spot treating—this is my favorite acne fighting tip.  If you spot treat, you are just chasing lesions."

Back to top