Acne & Breakouts

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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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 Acne

Acne happens, and it can show up whether you're a teen or an adult who has never had so much as a date night pimple before. We reveal what causes acne and tell you how you can keep it under control with products that work instead of making matters worse!

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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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Blackheads

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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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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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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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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Mineral Oil

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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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 Retinoids

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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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 blemish 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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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 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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When to Add Prescription Products to Your Skin-Care Routine

The most frustrating aspect of topical prescription medications is preventing negative reactions. The other major concern is determining which skin-care products you can use and the order in which to use them. No matter which medication your doctor prescribed, you still need skin care as usual. We explain how you can combine the two for beautiful results!

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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 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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