The ITG Guide To Everything Acne


Have you ever fallen down an internet rabbit hole? It always starts with an innocent-enough Google search, progresses with a few link clicks, and the next thing you know you’re inches away from your computer screen trying to figure out how old Lucky Blue Smith’s mother is. (30? 50?) As fate and SEO would have it, there’s a good chance you're wondering how to get rid of a conspicuous zit. We’re all looking for the one thing that will stop breakouts, unclog pores, erase dark marks, keep houseplants alive, reunite the Spice Girls, and give us infinite money. It’s really not that much to ask! But the thing about acne is that there’s never one across-the-board magic answer—it’s why we’ve written so much on the topic. So before you go any deeper in your search, here’s a hand. We’ve corralled every story we’ve ever published on preventing, treating, and covering up acne, so you don’t have to go looking for it. In all the time you'll have saved looking for them yourself, you could build a chair! Just don't Google how to do it.

Before You Break Out

If skin karma says you’re due for a zit:

The Emergency No-Breakout Routine

If you always break out in-flight:

The One Product That Fights In-Flight Breakouts

If you always break out after a flight:

How To Avoid The Dreaded Post-Flight Breakout

If your Linkedin-endorsed skill is turning a molehill into a mountain:

How To Stop Picking At Your Skin

Aesthetician Advice

The naturalists:

Annee de Mamiel, Athena Hewett, Kristina Holey, and Su-Man Hsu

The acne specialists:

Renée Rouleau and Jordana Mattioli

The cult favorites:

Melanie Simon, Shani Darden, and Aida Bicaj

Acne Guides

Know what you're dealing with:

Six Different Types Of Pimples

Your best tools:

Every Ingredient That Can Help Fight Acne

The acne-fighting ingredient you might be missing:

Ingredient To Know: Benzoyl Peroxide

When your favorite facialist is OOO:

How To Pop A Pimple

All the best spot treatments:

How To Fix A Pimple, Fast

And a word to the wise:

What’s The Deal With Skin Purging?

How To Treat It

With a mask:

The Best Masks For Acne

With pimple patches:

How Did I Only Just Get Into Pimple Patches?!?

With spunkier pimple patches:

Testing The Next Generation Of Pimple Patches

With manuka honey:

I Bought My Favorite Face Mask At Trader Joe’s

With a redness-relieving hero product:

Visine To The Rescue

With everything in the Walgreens skincare aisle:

Drugstore Acne Solutions

With some zappy gadgets:

The Best Beauty Tools On Amazon

While in bed:

Acne Treatments To Sleep In

When it’s on our backs:

Conquering Bacne

And the rest of our bodies:

Treating Body Acne Is As Easy As Taking A Shower

The Korean method:

The Korean Skincare Answer To Acne

The French approach:

Beat Acne The French Way


How To Treat Acne Naturally

And with tea tree oil:

Got Acne? Put Oil On It

What To Do When It Leaves A Scar

When it’s not actually a scar:

How To Deal: Hyperpigmentation

How to heal them:

How To Deal: Acne Scars

And how to get rid of them for good:

How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars

Or You Want To Cover It Up

What to use all over:

The Best Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin

Plus this concealer:

The Best Concealer for Acne-Prone Skin

With this technique:

The Right Way To Cover Up Pimples

And Everything Else

Profiles In Pimples
“Is This Gonna Make Me Break Out?” An Anecdote
How Far Would You Go To Get Rid Of A Pimple?
What’s The Craziest Thing You’ve Done To A Pimple?

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