Best Solutions for Acne When It Won’t Clear


When pesky spots become present, it feels like all the picking and prodding only makes things worse. When nothing seems to be helping, what can you do?

Below are some of the best ways to combat your acne, especially when it won’t clear on its own. The products you use in your skincare routine certainly matter, but there are also some lifestyle and habit changes that can make a positive influence as well. 

#1: Switch Your Face Wash

When your skin is out of sorts, reset your routine, starting with your face wash! When choosing a face wash, consider your type of skin. Is it dry, oily, or combination? The answer to this question will influence which products will be most beneficial for you. Remember that once you switch your face wash, your acne may get worse before it gets better during the purging stage, and will require patience to see significant improvement. 

Vitamin C

A vitamin C face wash is a powerful complexion booster for all skin types. This antioxidant-rich face wash removes excess dirt and grime, improving skin cell turnover, and brightening acne scars. Vitamin C antioxidant properties protect your skin from environmental stressors. It also is a well-known brightener to make your skin look youthful and glowing. 

Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal face wash is a great choice for those with oily skin. The charcoal acts like a magnet to absorb acne-causing impurities, deep clean pores, balance excess oils, and promote clear skin! The WOW Skin Science Activated Charcoal Face Wash features antibacterial tea tree oil to fight causes of acne, and nourishing aloe vera to replenish moisture and refine pores for a smooth appearance. If you have acne-prone skin, this face wash can tackle multiple concerns for healthier skin!

Aloe Vera

When you think of aloe you may imagine green or clear goop in a bottle perfect for use after you get a sunburn. Aloe vera’s benefits go beyond, to deliver soothing hydration (a necessity for sensitive and/or irritated skin), refine pores to combat acne-causing impurities, and even out skin tone. If you have dry, sensitive, and/or acne-prone skin, our Aloe Vera Foaming Face Wash with Brush is exactly what your skin needs to get soothing hydration without clogging. 

#2: Add a Serum

Contrary to common belief, oily skin types are not the only ones that struggle with acne. Facial serums are potent potions that can target areas of concern, like our Vitamin C Serum! It features concentrated oils and active ingredients to tackle problem areas on your skin. Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel are powerful actives that promote hydration and a balanced complexion. Always choose a serum with high-quality ingredients and without mineral oils or silicones, which can irritate the skin even further!

Spot Treatments

Sometimes your skin needs a little extra boost to target problem areas. Spot treatment is the perfect way to pinpoint and spot treat your pimples. Spot treatments are usually drying agents that pull out the grime in zits, removing the pore-clogging impurities. While spot treatments can be helpful, using one for your skin type will ensure it is not overly harsh and worsening your acne. There are many acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinol, vitamin C, and more! 

Drink More Water

Water may seem like just a part of everyday life but it actually plays a huge role in your skincare, including flushing out toxins. Without enough water, your body can hold on to toxins that can increase your affinity for acne. If you have found yourself with more acne than usual, consider whether or not you’ve been drinking enough water. Some indications that you are dehydrated include dark urine, hard stools, dry mucous membranes, and not going to the bathroom regularly. Drinking more water could be a simple but important fix to your acne problems, and can support better health overall!

Use a Toner

If your sebum levels are out of control, this promotes the buildup of sebum, dirt, and debris that leads to acne. A simple way to remove this oil is by swiping a skin toner across the face to balance pH levels, remove excess impurities, and reset your skin. Apple cider vinegar is a natural and effective toner, which is why we’ve used it in our 10-In-1 Apple Cider Vinegar Mist Tonic!

Wear Less Makeup

Wearing makeup can make you feel confident and bold, but when it starts irritating existing acne and causing new spots, it can become a vicious cycle of hiding up the acne it causes. Makeup can clog pores and exacerbate your acne, leaving you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. To combat this, look for non-comedogenic makeup that won’t clog your pores. Remove your makeup as soon as you get home, and give your skin a rest for a few days to repair. Beauty sleep is especially important to renew your skin overnight!


Just like your skin changes over time, we have new ways to get acne. Let me introduce, maskne. Mask acne is just what you think it is-- acne because of the constant wearing of a face-covering mask. Since it is essential to wear masks to help reduce the spread of COVID19, many of us are experiencing acne right around our mouths, noses, and chin area. 

Why is wearing a mask causing acne? The answer is in the friction caused by the mask rubbing on your skin. “Acne mechanica” is the type of acne that is caused by friction, tension, and even the heat from the mask rubbing onto your skin. Acne is not the only thing worsened by mask-wearing, as skin conditions can be exacerbated by the recycled hot, dry hair inside the mask. You can follow these tips to keep maskne at bay, like washing your mask regularly (or recycling disposable masks after 1-2 days of use), cleansing your skin upon removing the mask at home, avoiding makeup and pore-clogging ingredients, etc. Get the full maskne routine here!

See a Dermatologist

If all else fails and your acne truly will not clear, your best bet is to visit your doctor or a dermatologist. Dermatologists specialize in skin conditions, including acne. Your health care provider will be able to guide you to the best treatment for you and your skin needs. Let them know about everything you have tried and how it affected your skin. Seeing a dermatologist for your acne is nothing to be ashamed about, and can be a quick fix to something you’ve been struggling with for a while. 


There are so many acne remedies out there that promise to clear acne. When you have tried them all you may feel discouraged. Use this list as a guide to rid yourself of blemishes and work toward that clear even skin! Whether you switch up your face wash or decide to drink more water, it’s worth a try at least once. When your skin is radiant and glowing, you will be glad that you stuck with it and never gave up!


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