Acne can be one of those persistent problems that always seem to pop up at the worst time. We've all had these flare-ups before a big party or an important date. The best at-home treatment for acne is a warm compress: a simple washcloth soaked in some warm water.
Then follow these steps:
1. Apply the compress to the pimple or acne-prone area and hold on for 3 to 5 minutes, warming it up as necessary to maintain a warm feeling on your skin. Be sure not to use water that is too hot. Not only will it burn you, it won't do any good in treating the acne.
2. Repeat the compress every 2 to 4 hours until the acne disappears. Depending on where you are in the breakout, your skin should clear up within 24 to 36 hours.
For an inexpensive product that can be used in conjunction with this remedy, I suggest any acne treatment that contains salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and/or resorcinol (like this Murad Acne Spot Treatment).
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