All About Acne - “Skincare-News” Presents First Comprehensive Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook – Part 2: Acne

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Need help battling those pesky breakouts? Part 2 of’s FAQ Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to acne concerns. Find out how to treat acne according to skin type, key ingredients to look for, how to diminish scars, and special considerations for adult and hormonal acne.

Looking for answers on effective ways to fight acne? With this Beauty & Skincare FAQ Handbook, anyone can learn the ins and outs of healthy skincare from head to toe. From finding a gentle acne treatment for dry skin to banishing back acne for good, use these FAQs to create a personalized skincare regimen.

In the chapter excerpt below, people can find sample FAQs from’s latest guide, “Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook – Part 2: Acne.”

Acne & skin type

» Q: Is it safe to exfoliate if a person has dry/sensitive skin and acne?

A: Sloughing off dead skin cells is crucial for people who have acneic skin, but harsh scrubs can actually increase irritation and cause more acne. People should make sure they’re using a gentle facial scrub like a gommage, which is a super-refined exfoliator that gently loosens dead skin cells without causing further dryness and sensitivity.

Treating acne

» Q: Are there any DIY concoctions to help a zit?

A: Try an aspirin tablet, which contains salicylic acid and will exfoliate dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to acne, as well as reduce inflammation. Simply let a few tablets dissolve in water and mash until creating a paste, then apply to the breakout and let sit for three minutes. But people who have sensitive skin or are allergic to aspirin shouldn’t try this treatment.

Acne treatment ingredients

» Q: Some dermatologists recommend products formulated with benzoyl peroxide to help clear up acne. How does this ingredient work?

A: When it penetrates pores, benzoyl peroxide stops acne in two ways. First, it delivers oxygen to kill acne-causing bacteria. Second, benzoyl peroxide clears the follicle of dead skin cells, unblocking pores to prevent the formation of new blemishes.

Blackheads & body acne

» Q: What are blackheads and how can people get rid of them?

A: Blackheads are a build-up of dead skin cells and sebum that clog pore openings. To get rid of these clogs and keep pores clear, people can use a gentle exfoliating product. In addition, blackhead sufferers can try salicylic acid or retinoids. Remember that retinoids are only available by prescription, so it’s necessary to consult a dermatologist first. Also, a trained esthetician can extract blackheads using a special tool, but don’t attempt this at home.

Acne marks/scars

» Q: What is the difference between a cystic acne scar and a regular scar?

A: While regular acne can scar if it’s deep enough or if it’s picked at too much, cystic acne is much more likely to cause raised or indented scars that won’t go away on their own. These can look like: icepick scars, which are narrow and deep; rolling scars, which look like waves; boxcar scars, which resemble chicken pox scars; or keloid scars, which are raised because of an overgrowth of tissue.

Adult/hormonal acne & birth control

» Q: How different is adult acne from teen acne?

A: People may notice a few differences. For instance, typically for adults the worst acne spots are located along the chin, jaw and neck, whereas in teens, it’s more common to have acne primarily around the forehead and nose. Another difference is that as an adult, acne may be less severe, but it is often chronic. Similar to the teenage years, however, women often notice that their acne becomes worse before their period because hormones are responsible for flare-ups.

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