Acne is the result of pores clogged with dirt and sebum and the resulting inflammation of the pores from them. Acne can range from mild to severe and there are several treatments for each degree.
To prevent acne there are certain steps that you can take. Use a stretchable hair band to pull your hair off your face so that oils and products from your hair do not rub in to your skin. Use anti-acne creams on only those areas that are prone to pimples like the T-zone or maybe just your cheeks. Using products on those areas that are healthy can throw the oil balance of your skin making you break out more. Use products that are part of the same like (such as Clean and Clear or Proactive). Using the cleanser, toner and moisturizer from the same line works well to fight acne as they are formulated to work with each other. Use them consistently over a month as the skin turns over every 28 days.
Those with light acne can identify their skin by blackheads, whiteheads and a few red bumps. They should adopt a routine where they cleanse their faces with a cleanser which has warming salicylic acid. The warmth will open up the pores enabling the acid to cleanse from deep within. For a weekly treatment, use a mask that you can use in the shower. The steam from the water and will work to clear out the dirt and blackheads from the pores.
Moderate acne is characterized by red pimples that have come to a head (meaning a yellow or white head has formed on top of them). A face wash with glycolic acid will work to kill bacteria that have formed overnight. It is a fruit extract that also has exfoliating properties. A scrubbing routine has to be followed once a week to clear out loose, flaky skin, dirt and oil.
Those with severe acne have clusters of red pimples that are swollen and painful. While they may be seeking medical treatment from a dermatologist, they can extend the treatment by using a medicated wash with 2% beta hydroxy acid. This will target your specific type of bacteria. For a weekly treatment use an overnight treatment with a powder formula. The strong spot treatment will not rub off when you sleep.
If your skin is severely damaged, seek medical help. Processes like dermabrasion and laser treatment will treat the problem from root level and eliminate the cause. Your dermatologist can you all the information regarding these processes.