Wash up. In order to clear up acne, you need to start by giving your face a nice wash. Acne consists of bacteria that have invaded your pores, and the first step is to fight back with a gentle, but effective acne wash.
Some people use a washcloth when washing their face, but hands are just as effective, if not less irritating. Take the directed amount of acne wash, mix it with warm water, and gently rub it into your face in a circular motion.
Exfoliate your skin. Get into the habit of exfoliating with an acne scrub every week, literally every week. Exfoliating means gently wiping away the top layer of dead skin cells that accumulate on the epidermis, clearing the way for a nice new layer of vibrant, acne-free skin. When you wash your face with a gentle exfoliant, take care not to rub too hard.
Rinse well. Get some cool water going and rinse your face well, gently scrubbing as you do.
Where warm water opens your pores and allows the acne wash to properly clean the pores, cold water constricts the blood vessels and causes the pores, and surrounding skin, to tighten.
Use astringents on the affected areas. Astringents are agents that cause the skin to contract or get smaller. Some commercial acne treatments use a variety of antibacterial, antimicrobial, and astringent compounds to fight acne and clean the skin. Whatever you plan on using to clean up your skin, astringents are the quickest and most effective way of doing so if you’ve got a limited amount of time