Wash Acne Away
I'm going to admit right off the bat that acne has never been a big problem for me. Of the many problems I had in during my teens and early 20s, acne was not at the top of my list and it did not need to be. That being said, I still suffered from the occasional pimple and use a cheap and easy way to help them clear up faster on the rare instances I get them now and to help prevent them from occurring.
First, we have to understand what acne is. When oil or dead skin cells clog up your pores, bacteria that causes acne begins to grow. At least that's the simple version. Some key elements to take from this: oil and bacteria.
How do you combat this issue? Simple: a good antibacterial soap. The antibacterial element in the soap will kill the bacteria and the actual soap part will break down the oils and wash away any debris that may be clogging your pores. I like to use something as simple as antibacterial hand soap to wash away all the gunk and then use a face cleanser for whatever dirt might be remaining. I use this cheap one from Softsoap.
As someone who works in healthcare, it has been drilled into me that the best way to combat infection or contamination is good hand hygiene. Those antibacterial gels will never be as effective as hand washing. This same theory can be applied to washing your face. Whatever topical ointment you may have, they will never be as effective if you don't have a clean face to work with.
Something to keep in mind though is that antibacterial hand soap is quite strong so it will dry out your skin. This is an added bonus if you already have oily skin but may be a con if you're lacking moisture. Make sure to use a good moisturizer afterwards to help with hydration. I'm open to recommendations for a good moisturizer but check out my this post for what I'm currently using.
I'm curious what other people use to wash their face. Let me know what products you've tried in the comments section below!