How to Treat Stubborn Acne

Let me set the scene: you wake up one bright and blue morning, eat your breakfast, get dressed, and then walk to the mirror to brush your teeth. Gah! Acne covers your face, and all you can do is panic. I’ve been there. You’ve been there. We’ve all been there.

So what do you do now? You’re in this situation, you’re not sure how you got here or got out of it before, and your go-to acne wash isn’t anywhere to be found. Don’t panic! We have a few tips and tricks to give you on how to treat stubborn acne… fast!


If you’re up for a quick trip to the store, going to get a medication can help calm the acne the next day as well as sometimes soothe your skin so that you aren’t in pain. Some useful medications include: benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, sulfur, and spironolactone, some of which can even be bought without a prescription.

General Health

If you’re switching washes every few days, your skin might be acting up to tell you to cut it out. Changing your skin care is great every year or so, but if you’re doing it too much your skin can flare up and act out. Make sure to stick to a consistent routine.

Washing is another important step of your process. Make sure you’re washing your face twice a day, and you’re not scrubbing or using harsh chemical-ridden soaps. In addition, don’t use oily makeup, sunscreen, or hair products. Keep your hands, hair, and phone away from your face to prevent unwanted oils, and keep up on your showers so that your skin stays replenished and clean.


You should always be sure to keep your bedding, clothes, hats, etc. clean just in case your dead skin cells and oils are getting on them. This can cause your acne to act up. You should be washing your bedding once a week and your clothes and hats once after each wear to prevent acne spurts.


If you have done all of the things above and are still struggling with your acne, you might have a type of acne or severe acne in which you want a dermatologist’s help. They can prescribe antibiotics, give advice, and even perform certain surgeries to remove acne and the scars they leave behind.

A lot of the time, your dermatologist will start you on an ointment or other similar medication that is easy on your skin but harsh on your acne. If that doesn’t work, he or she might switch you over to an antibiotic. If that doesn’t end up working, they will double up on both an ointment and an antibiotic so that your skin is getting twice the dosage of medication.


Don’t be embarrassed about acne- it happens to everyone! If anything, trust yourself and your knowledge of your own skin to make the best judgement for your health and well-being. You are the only one who has lived with your skin your whole life.

You should also be aware that we are not doctors, and therefore if you’re in pain you should seek medical help.