The word 'acne' conjures up images of active, inflamed pimples. Very often oozing pus and making the unfortunate person self conscious and embarrassed ! More often than not the only avenue is to obtain medical advice from your G.P. and this definitely is advised. However, there are some things you could try yourself.
Firstly, hygiene is of the utmost importance, I recommend changing your pillow slip everyday. Long hair should be tied back away fom the face and try to resist touching your face where the spots are with your hands as you will spread the bacteria.
Calm the skin down, it is tempting to use exfoliants and products to remove excess oil. This just strips the skin of its protective barrier, so calm it down. Think of this - if anything is angry it is red and inflamed,do not aggravate the skin anymore but use a calming product such as Dermalogica's Ultra Calming Range.
Dermalogica has a fantastic range of products to calm and reduce Acne with varying strengths of products, we have used this with considerable success.
Intense Pulsating Light (IPL) really helps by zapping the small capillaries that cause the inflammation and reduces the bacteria.
Exfoliation, but only when the skin is not inflamed or broken . Microdermabrasion combined with blue and red light is a fantastic treatment if the condition is not too serious. The blue light kills the bacteria and the infra red light encourages healing and calming.
Remember, this all takes time. Find a reliable salon with a experienced skin therapist, a consultation is usually free and the professional products they use are much more powerful.