Acne & Breakouts

4 Essential Tips for Clearer Skin + Smaller Pores by Summer

Wishing for a radiant complexion won’t make it so—we’re sharing the beauty fixes that will minimize your enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, and stubborn breakouts, all before summer!

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Acne Myths

Acne breakouts are bad enough on their own, but can be made even worse by the amount of information out there about how to treat breakouts, and what causes them. The Paula's Choice Research Team does some good old-fashioned mythbusting to figure out what's true and what isn't, so you can get clearer skin, faster!

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Alcohol in Skincare: The Facts

It's tempting to think alcohol-based moisturizers, serums and toners aren't really that bad for skin, and there is no shortage of debate on the topic. We're here to stage an intervention with the sobering truth revealed by the latest research: alcohol is one skin-damaging ingredient you should avoid!

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All About BB Creams, CC Creams, & Blemish Balms

Curious about the BB Creams and CC Creams you've seen advertised? We'll explain what BB and CC Creams (and Blemish Balms) are and help you decide whether they're right for you—or are a beauty trend you can skip. Find out the real deal about these products and learn what they really can do to improve your skin!

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The Paula's Choice Research Team truly understands the struggle of dealing with those persistent, yucky blackheads. Although a blackhead may look like a large speck of black dirt, it has nothing to do with your skin being dirty, so you can't scrub them away. However, there are things you can do to effectively elimate them!

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Help for Oily Skin

If you're like most people, you've probably made some common mistakes trying to get your oily skin under control. With the right information, we can help get you back on the right track for the shine-free results you want.

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How Paula's Choice BHA Exfoliants Work

Curious about how beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliants work? In this article, we explain how they work, who they're best for, and why it's such a powerful skincare ingredient for smoother, radiant and more younger-looking skin.

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How to Fade Post-Acne Marks

Wondering how post-acne marks and acne scars develop? What about how to tell the difference between the two? You’ll find the answers here and be one step closer to having the clear, spot-free skin you want!

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How to Get Clear Skin (From Head to Toe)

It’s safe to say that if you’re dealing with breakouts, you’ve probably tried everything you can to keep them under control—but there are more than a few sabotaging skincare habits that could be getting in your way. We’re sharing the top tips to get a clear, radiant complexion (above and below the neck).

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How to Minimize Enlarged Pores and Blackheads

You may think you've tried everything to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and blackheads, but before you give up, check out the research-proven advice you might have overlooked.

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How to Pop a Pimple (+ Treat & Conceal it!)

Here's everything you need to know about dealing with a pimple: From popping (yes, you can!) to concealing, let us be your guide the next time a blemish rears its ugly head and you want it gone, fast!

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How to Prevent Acne

If you suffer from acne breakouts, you've probably felt like throwing up your hands at least once because you've felt that nothing works. We're here to tell you you're not powerless in the matter! These tried-and-true skin tips will have you saying bye-bye breakouts, and hello clear skin!

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How to Treat Acne & Wrinkles

Many believe acne should be gone by the time wrinkles start showing, but that is often not the case. Having acne and wrinkles at the same time is an all-too-common problem. We can help you fight wrinkles and breakouts at the same time so you'll start seeing your skin looking radiant, clear, and smooth in just a few days—really!

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How to Treat Dehydrated Skin & Acne

Having dehydrated, dry and oily skin and breakouts all at that same time is one of the trickiest combinations of skin concerns to treat. We’ll explain how your current regimen might be making the problem worse and how you can fine-tune your skincare routine for skin-changing results!

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How to Treat Red Marks & Acne Scars

Acne can make its presence known long after breakouts have healed, leaving you with a red or brown mark that seems to last forever. You don’t have to suffer: Our info will set you on the path to treating these marks plus indented acne scars!

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How to Use Retinol Products

Retinol has many benefits, but it can be a challenge to decide which retinol product is right for your skin. We'll explain how to choose a retinol product and what results you can expect to see when you begin using one!

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Infographic: Acne, You Have Some Explaining To Do

Been through the wringer with one ineffective acne treatment after another? Some quick tips and busted myths can make a big difference on your quest for blemish-free skin.

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Is Mineral Oil Bad for Skin?

Is mineral oil the "Boo Radley" of the cosmetics industry? Find out why the spooky tales about cosmetic mineral oil aren't true (and what makes it such a fab skin-care ingredient)!

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Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin

Acne prone and wanting to cover it up? You’ll love these tips on what you should look for (or avoid) when shopping for makeup, as well as a little myth-busting along the way!

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Teen Skin Care

For young people especially, the benefits of clear skin are undeniable. Unfortunately, acne is one of the trickiest skin disorders to treat. But, if you have all the facts and research-supported options, you can help your teenager greatly reduce or even eliminate breakouts.

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What Causes Acne?

If you've ever suffered from an acne breakout, you've probably wondered, "Why me?" We take a look at the root causes of acne to help you better understand what might be going on with your skin!

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What Is Acne?

Acne is one of the most troublesome, frustrating - and common - skin-care problems for people around the world. Here we'll identify this self-esteem-crushing problem and the different ways it shows up. Knowing what causes it can be the first step to taking control and getting rid of breakouts!

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What to Do When You Have Acne and Dry Skin

Acne is frustrating and embarrassing all by itself, but when you add dry skin to the mix, choosing the best products to treat both issues can become confusing. Learn how to manage acne and dry skin—and find out whether the dryness may be due to the products you're using!

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What Type of Acne Breakout Do You Have?

Regardless of what it is or how you describe it, any breakout on your face is unwanted. Whether your skin erupts in white or red bumps or is dotted with blackheads, the objective is to get rid of them, and fast! Knowing what kind of breakout you have is the first step to clearer skin.

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Will It Make Me Break Out?

How can you tell if a product will cause your skin to break out with pimples, white bumps, or blackheads? Unfortunately, most people find it difficult, if not impossible, to differentiate between the products or ingredients that increase blemishes and those that do not. That's where we can help you save your skin and your money!

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About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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