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9 things to try when acne won't clear

Your look matters! No matter where you go! Pimples and blemishes sometimes ruin experiences. It might not affect physically, but mentally, it has a deep impact as, at some level, it lowers confidence. So, let’s look at the types, causes, and ways to prevent pimples.

Acne can occur on the face, neck, back, and chest. There are several reasons, including poor diet, lifestyle, habits, hormonal imbalances, and genetics.

But how can they be cured and prevented?

Well, there are several ways to treat mild to severe acne without costly treatments.
First, let’s look at various types of acne.

Types of Acne:

Blackheads and  Whiteheads

These types of acnes are noninflammatory and easy to control.

Papules and Pustules

Papules and pustules are types of inflammatory pimples. They get inflamed and cause redness on the skin. This type of acne does not necessarily be severe and can be cured with proper care.

Cysts and nodules

Pimples are severe when they affect the deeper layer of the skin and become largely inflamed. They may also appear on other body parts, like the neck, chest, and back. If one has more than 30, red, visible pimples at a time, it is severe.

How these pimples are caused?

Pimples are the result of gathered oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on the skin. These impurities on the skin, cause clogged pores and triggers blackheads, whiteheads, nodules, pimples or cysts.

9 ways to reduce and prevent pimples:

There are several ways to treat pimples, including several home remedies, over-the-counter medications, treatment products, and cosmetic surgeries. In this article, we are going to talk about the most easy and convenient way to prevent pimples.

1. Clean your face properly:

Your skin accumulates pollutants, sweat, and oil throughout the day and stays on the top of the skin, which blocks skin pores and fosters bacterial growth. If you wash your face frequently, all the excess oil and impurities are washed away from the skin, which reduces the risk of bacterial growth and pimples.

Lely’s Acne Squash Wash works best to remove impurities, excess oil, and dirt from the skin. It is crafted with Salicylic acid, silver nanoparticles, glycolic acid, and tea tree oil, which exfoliates the skin, regulates oil production, and aids in healing pimples.

Furthermore, clean and dirt-free skin allows the maximum absorption of skincare products, which allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin and give the best results.

2. Stay hydrated:

Proper hydration helps flush out toxins and impurities from the body, which could damage the system and cause various skin issues. Moreover, water carries nutrients throughout the body which helps the skin for a natural glow.

Drinking plenty of water keeps skin moisturised, reduces excessive dryness, and keeps your skin clear, balanced, and radiant. It is a powerful addition to your daily skincare routine.

3. Use over-the-counter treatments:

Over-the-counter treatments include various products that cleanse the skin and help heal and prevent pimples. Various non-comedogenic products are available, which use salicylic and glycolic acids to help clear excess oil, exfoliate the skin, reduce swelling and inflammation, and ensure a speedy healing process.

At Lely’s, we have a few products for the acne range that contain salicylic and/or glycolic acids.

Lely’s Acne Sensor Gel: targets active breakouts by penetrating deep into pores to clear oil and bacteria while reducing inflammation.

Lely’s Acne Squash Wash: is a gentle yet effective cleanser that exfoliates dead skin cells, clears impurities, and regulates oil production, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and balanced.

Lely’s Acne Wipe Out: is an on-the-go solution for acne-prone skin. These four-in-one wipes can be used as a cleanser, makeup remover, oil and acne controller, and skin lightener.

These skincare products, designed specifically for clear and acne-free skin, are a powerful solution that delivers the best results. They work by penetrating deep into pores, clearing oil and bacteria, reducing inflammation, and balancing the skin. With these products, you can experience a noticeable improvement in your skin’s health and appearance.

4. Use oil-free skin care products:

Another effective way to reduce and prevent pimples is by using oil-free skincare products. These products are designed to minimise clogging pores on the skin.

You can check the labels on products mentioning “non-comedogenic.” These products typically contain ingredients that gently cleanse, moisturise and treat your skin without leaving a greasy residue. They help regulate sebum production, prevent new pimples, and maintain clear and healthy skin.

Going for oil-free formulas for cleansers, moisturisers, and makeup can significantly reduce the risk of acne flare-ups and keep your complexion looking fresh and balanced.

5. Avoid touching your face:

To prevent pimples, it is necessary to avoid touching your face. Our hands come into contact with countless surfaces and collect bacteria and dirt throughout the day. When you touch your face, these impurities transfer to your skin, clogging pores and leading to new pimples.

When you touch or poke a pimple, it causes swelling, redness, and inflammation. So, it is very important to resist the urge to touch or pick the blemishes. It is best to keep your hands clean and avoid touching your face to see a noticeable difference in preventing and promoting healthy and acne-free skin.

6. Limit the sun exposure:

Moderate sun exposure has benefits, like boosting the required vitamin D level. However, too much sun exposure can be harmful to acne-prone skin. If your skin is sensitive and acne-prone, UV rays can increase redness and inflammation, accelerating breakouts.

It is best to avoid sun exposure during peak hours and wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, protective clothing, and sunscreen that protects your skin from sunburn and prevents pimples.

Lely’s Physical Sunscreen, with an SPF 50+ and PA+++ rating, protects your skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays. It is non-comedogenic and non-greasy and works immediately upon application.

7. Avoid certain foods:

Certain foods, such as sugary foods, dairy products, processed food, and greasy and fried foods, will increase oil production and worsen acne. It is best to avoid intake of these foods and adopt the anti-acne diet to prevent pimples.

You can also go for the “Elimination Diet”, in which you are suggested to omit certain foods like dairy, gluten, oily, soy, eggs, alcohol, and fast food for 23 days and then reintroduce them again one by one under the guidance of healthcare expert to know which food is causing the breakouts.

It is best to focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats. Drinking plenty of water also helps you stay hydrated. By paying little attention to diet plans and eating habits, you can promote healthy and acne-free skin.

8. Cleanse makeup before going to bed:

Leaving makeup on overnight causes clogged pores on the skin, which promotes bacterial growth, traps oil, makeup, and dirt on the skin surface, and leads to breakouts. So make sure to remove all your makeup before going to bed.

Lely’s Acne Wipe Out is best for removing makeup from the skin and preventing the generation of new pimples. You will notice that even after washing your face with facewash, some amount of dirt or makeup still remains on the skin’s surface. Once you clean your face with these wipes, they will remove all the dirt from the skin and leave your skin clear and refreshed, which will heal and prevent future acne.

9. Contact dermatologist:

If you are struggling with persistent acne and your skin condition does not improve even after trying in-home remedies, lifestyle changes, and over-the-counter products, it is time to consult a dermatologist.

A dermatologist will provide detailed guidance that best suits your skin’s unique requirements, create personalised treatment plans, and recommend prescription medications or procedures to help you get clear and acne-free skin.


Most people get pimples every now and then. Various factors like hormones, stress, genetics, and diet can contribute to breakouts, and some medications might also lead to pimples.

However, there are many ways to heal and prevent pimples. It is best to be persistent and patient nothing works overnight. Most treatments take a few days to weeks to notice the visible improvements.

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