What Is Acne and What Can You Do To Help Clear It Up?

There’s no doubt that our relationship to our acne is complicated and borderline toxic. Like a bad breakup, acne often comes crawling back into our lives just as you think you’ve moved on. This time though – we mean it. It’s time to say goodbye to acne and hello to our newest zit-zapping line of St. Ives Acne Control Cleanser and spot treatment with salicylic acid to treat and prevent breakouts and our Clear Skin toner and SPF moisturizer to help keep skin clear. Plus, we don’t test on animals anywhere in the world, and we’re PETA approved!

What causes acne?
Acne happens when your pores gets clogged from oil, dead skin or bacteria. Everyone experiences acne differently – you might get it often while friends are #blessed and breaking every rule in the book but still strutting around with blemish-free skin. If that’s the case, you might have what is known as acne prone skin. Don’t get mad at your parents, but things like larger pores or overactive oil glands are considered genetic and may leave you battling acne more than others. Don’t fret though, we know acne can zap away your confidence, but you can always clap back.

How do you prevent acne?
Maintaining healthy skin habits starts at home. Stick to a healthy diet that’s rich in anti-oxidants like fresh fruits and vegetables. Exercise regularly, do your best to keep your hands off your face, avoid wearing makeup to bed and regularly wash your pillowcases and bed sheets to help stop acne in its tracks. Most importantly? Cleanse your face!

What is good for acne?
Ghosting acne is serious business, so you’ll want a regular skincare regimen using products that are specially designed to treat and prevent acne. Choose products like our St. Ives Acne Control Cleanser that’s made with 100% natural tea tree extract and max strength 2% salicylic acid to cleanse, remove dirt, oil, and make-up to clear and prevent new blemishes from forming. Pair it with St. Ives Clear Skin Toner, a 3-in-1 multi-tasker that’ll help brighten, cleanse and even the tone of post-acne marks, so it’ll look like it was never there in the first place.

How can you clear acne fast
When acne rears its annoying face on your face, it’s time to bust out a solution that’ll clear blemishes fast. This will be your easiest break-up to date. St. Ives Acne Control Spot Treatment is clinically-proven to reduce redness in two hours without over-drying. It’s made with 100% natural tea tree extract, 2% salicylic acid and cooling menthol, so you can feel it do its work as soon as you apply it to the affected area. Finish your routine with our SPF Moisturizer, which will help hydrate, balance, and protect your skin against UV damage.

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We spend most of our time down here talking about what inspires our skincare. Oh, and how to get glowing skin—specifically, how to make your skin glow. So let’s get started, shall we?

Our products were all made to bring the joy of nature to your skin while making it glow—all without crossing into shiny skin territory (not cute). That’s why our entire lineup features 100% natural moisturizers, exfoliants, and extracts! We also just really, really love apricots.

Think of St. Ives as your go-to for great-smelling cleansers, lotions, masks, and body washes you can use on the daily to get glowing skin that feels super-hydrated and oh-so-silky smooth. Did we mention we’re America’s #1 Scrub brand*?

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