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 target your enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and stubborn breakouts (all before summer)!

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Acne & Wrinkles at the Same Time

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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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 Skin Care: 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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Breakouts Along the Hairline

A quick fix for a bad hair day can be as easy as putting on a hat, but acne at the hairline can be more frustrating and much more difficult to hide. Covering these breakouts with hairstyles that cover your face doesn't help, and can even make breakouts worse!

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Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is one of the most difficult types of acne to treat. Though it is most likely caused by the same bacteria (p. acnes) as regular acne, cystic acne lesions are far more painful and have more risk of scarring compared to mild or moderate acne.

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Does a BHA Exfoliant Make Skin Worse Before it Gets Better?

BHA (salicylic acid) is a powerful ingredient for combating breakouts and clogged pores, but does your skin have to go through a purging phase before it begins to clear things up? Find out the answer, and more!

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Help for Oily Skin

Before you find out how to take the best possible care of oily skin, you need to forget much of what you think is true about what causes it and how to improve it. If you're like most people, you've likely made some common mistakes trying to get your oily skin under control. With the right information, you can help oily skin without making matters worse!

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How to Minimize Enlarged Pores

You may think you've tried everything to reduce enlarged pores and get rid of blackheads, but before you give up, check out the research-proven tips you might have overlooked, or simply didn't know about. This advice could get you the trouble-free complexion you've always wanted!

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How to Pop, Treat, & Conceal a Pimple

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 Use Over-the-Counter & Prescription Retinol Products

Retinol (more commonly known as Vitamin A) is great for your skin, no question. But because there are several forms of retinol it is hard to know which one to use. Not to worry, The Paula's Choice Research Team can help you figure all this out based on the most up-to-date research!

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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 It a Pimple, Blackhead, Whitehead, or Something Else?

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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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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Light Therapy for Acne and Wrinkles

The hunt for solutions to banish skin problems like acne and wrinkles is seemingly endless. Could light and laser therapy be the answer? Potentially, yes! Learn the pros and cons of these high-tech sounding treatments—and what should be your first line of defense!

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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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Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments

In the battle against acne, the first line of defense usually comes from the drugstore or department store. But how do you know which products to choose? Here are the ingredients you need to look for to make sure the anti-acne products you choose are the best!

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS arises from a dramatic, ongoing, abnormal shift in a woman's hormonal balance. This hormone imbalance causes a cascade of negative effects, such as the growth of painful cysts on the ovaries, difficult periods, trouble getting pregnant, diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues.

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Prescription Acne Medications

When treating acne, there are a number of effective options at the drugstore. But what if they don't work? We take a look at the prescription acne medications that could help, along with their pros and cons.

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Red Marks & Acne Scars

Acne breakouts are one of the most frustrating skin-care problems. What’s worse is that acne can make its presence known long after the breakout has healed. Once a breakout goes away, you're left with a red or brown mark that seems to last forever. Learn the difference between a red mark and true acne scar, and how to get rid of them!

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Supplements for Better Skin: Fact or Fad?

The Paula's Choice Research Team gets a lot of questions about taking supplements for their skin. Is there any truth to the idea that oral supplements can fight skin problems, or is this just another fad? Time to separate fact from fiction!

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Tea Tree Oil for Acne and Other Alternative Treatments

For many, finding the right acne treatment can be a long and painful process. So what do you do if all the drugstore and prescription options you've tried haven't helped? It might be time to look into alternative treatments. Here's a look at some of the most popular, and how they work!

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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 helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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