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Breakouts can happen any time, at any age. Find out how to treat them and how to keep them from coming back—with minimal dryness, irritation, and frustration.

  • 3 Targeted Solutions for Enlarged Pores, Breakouts, and Post-Zit Marks

    3 Targeted Solutions for Enlarged Pores, Breakouts, and Post-Zit Marks

    If you’re dealing with breakouts, enlarged pores, and/or leftover red marks from past zits, these powerful, research-backed ingredients and skincare steps will lead to dramatically clearer skin!

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  • Severe Acne

    Severe Acne

    Severe acne can be one of the most frustrating skin conditions, but there are ways to make a huge improvement you will feel and see in the mirror. Here are the best skincare solutions that will get you on the road to clearer skin!

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  • Acne & Ageing Skin

    Acne & Ageing Skin

    Signs of ageing and having acne or clogged pores is a skincare challenge, but with the right mix of anti-acne products and anti-ageing products you can solve the problem. The right balance is all it takes.

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  • What Are These Tiny White Bumps on My Face?

    What Are These Tiny White Bumps on My Face?

    Stubborn small, hard, white bumps need special care. There are products that can work to diminish those bumps in record time! Here’s what you need to know…

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  • Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

    Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne

    If you haven’t yet tried benzoyl peroxide for your breakouts, you might be surprised at the remarkable results when you do. Learn how this powerhouse ingredient helps tackle acne right at the source—for clearer skin, fast.

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  • How to Minimise Enlarged Pores and Blackheads

    How to Minimise Enlarged Pores and Blackheads

    You may think you've tried everything to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and blackheads, but before you give up, check out the research-proven advice you might have overlooked.

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  • Home Remedies for Acne: The Facts

    Home Remedies for Acne: The Facts

    Battling acne can make you want to throw your hands up in frustration. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just whip something up at home to fix it? Here we look at some popular do-it-yourself acne remedies and let you know what really works.

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  • Bye, Bye Blackheads!

    Bye, Bye Blackheads!

    We understand the frustration of dealing with stubborn blackheads—no amount of scrubbing gets rid of them (if anything that often makes it worse). We’ll use our research-backed information to reveal effective ways to banish blackheads as best as possible.

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  • Alcohol in Skincare: The Facts

    Alcohol in Skincare: The Facts

    It's tempting to think alcohol-based moisturizers, serums and toners aren't really that bad for skin, and there is no shortage of debate on the topic. We're here to stage an intervention with the sobering truth revealed by the latest research: alcohol is one skin-damaging ingredient you should avoid!

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  • How to Treat Teen Acne

    How to Treat Teen Acne

    It’s so unfair; just when you get into your teens, when you’re hypersensitive about your appearance, acne shows up, sending your self-esteem south. But, breakouts don’t have to be part of the teenage experience. We’ll share exactly what you can do (and what not to do) to get your skin in the clear! Read More
  • The Best Diet for Your Skin, from the Outside In

    The Best Diet for Your Skin, from the Outside In

    When it comes to being healthy, we are what we eat! The same is true for skin. Find out how the nutrients you apply to your skin can give you an unbelievably glowing, healthy complexion.

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  • How to Manage Dehydrated, Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

    How to Manage Dehydrated, Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

    Having dehydrated, dry and oily skin and breakouts all at that same time is one of the trickiest combinations of skin concerns to treat. We’ll explain how your current regimen might be making the problem worse and how you can fine-tune your skincare routine for skin-changing results!

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  • How to Minimize the Look of Post-Acne Marks

    How to Minimize the Look of Post-Acne Marks

    When a zit goes away, it’s often replaced by an unsightly red or brown mark. Use our tips to fade post-acne marks for a visibly even skin tone.

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  • How to Pop a Pimple

    How to Pop a Pimple

    It’s gross, but we’re all going to do it (almost no one follows the recommendation to not pop a pimple). Since you’re going to do it, we want you to do it right so you don’t end up with a lingering scab that turns into a red mark—or worse!

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  • How to Prevent Acne

    How to Prevent Acne

    If you suffer from acne breakouts, you've probably felt like throwing up your hands at least once because you've felt that nothing works. We're here to tell you you're not powerless in the matter! Our tried-and-true advice will have you saying bye-bye breakouts, and hello clear skin!

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  • How to Use Retinol Products

    How to Use Retinol Products

    Which retinol product is right for your skin? We'll help you decide and explain what results you can expect, plus share usage tips.

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  • Infographic: Acne Doesn't Care Who You Are

    Infographic: Acne Doesn't Care Who You Are

    Been through the wringer with one ineffective acne approach after another? Some quick tips and busted myths can make a big difference on your quest for blemish-free skin.

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  • Say Goodbye to Back and Body Acne

    Say Goodbye to Back and Body Acne

    It’s safe to say that if you’re dealing with breakouts, you’ve probably tried everything you can to keep them under control—but there are more than a few sabotaging skincare habits that could be getting in your way. We’re sharing our best advice to get a clear, radiant complexion (above and below the neck).

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  • Six Acne Myths

    Six Acne Myths

    Dealing with breakouts is bad enough, but believing the myths you run into about acne will makes matters worse. Great skincare is about facts, so we’re busting these six major acne myths so you can see clearer skin, sooner!

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  • The Best Makeup & Foundation for Acne-Prone Skin

    The Best Makeup & Foundation for Acne-Prone Skin

    Learn about the best makeup and foundations for acne-prone skin.

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  • Help for Oily Skin

    Help for Oily Skin

    If you're like most people, you've probably made some common mistakes trying to get your oily skin under control. With the right information, we can help get you back on the right track for the shine-free results you want.

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  • What to Do When You Have Acne and Dry Skin

    What to Do When You Have Acne and Dry Skin

    Acne is frustrating and embarrassing all by itself, but when you add dry skin to the mix, choosing the best products to treat both issues can become confusing. Learn how to manage acne and dry skin—and find out whether the dryness may be due to the products you're using!

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  • Will It Make Me Break Out?

    Will It Make Me Break Out?

    Most people find it difficult, if not impossible, to differentiate between the products or ingredients that increase breakouts and those that don’t. This is certainly an area we know a lot about and we’re sharing what we know so you don’t have to go through this again!

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  • How to Get Rid of Bacne

    How to Get Rid of Bacne

    Acne on the back—the so-called “bacne”—can be extra stubborn and embarrassing. We’ve got research-proven tips to get your bacne under control, and the same tips apply to acne on the chest, too.

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  • Do Blackhead Strips Really Work?

    Do Blackhead Strips Really Work?

    Using blackhead-removing pore strips can be satisfying—but are they really getting rid of the problem? We’ll explain how they work, and what you can do to banish blackheads long-term.

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  • Teen Acne Versus Adult Acne

    Teen Acne Versus Adult Acne

    Despite what pop culture tell us, acne isn’t something that only teens have to deal with; there are plenty of adults struggling with breakouts, too. We explain the differences between teen acne and adult acne, and reveal how to get clear skin at any age! Read More
  • Is My Skin Purging or Breaking Out?

    Is My Skin Purging or Breaking Out?

    What’s the deal with skin purging? Does it really happen, and is that a good or bad thing? We pull back the curtain to reveal the truth about skin purging—once and for all! Read More
  • Types of Acne Breakouts

    Types of Acne Breakouts

    What’s the difference between a papule and a blackhead? Are both acne—and how do you get rid of them? This is your step-by-step guide to the different types of acne and clogged pores. Read More
  • Does Coconut Oil Help  Acne?

    Does Coconut Oil Help Acne?

    Coconut oil is sometimes touted as a natural way to treat acne but this ingredient presents its share of issues when left on breakout-prone skin. Find out if you should try coconut oil for your acne or just save this oil for cooking. Read More
  • Does Birth Control Help Acne?

    Does Birth Control Help Acne?

    If you’ve heard that birth control pills can clear up acne and wondered if that’s actually true, the answer is … quite possibly. We delve into what the research has to say. Read More
  • The Anti-Acne Diet

    The Anti-Acne Diet

    You’ve probably heard that eating certain foods can make acne breakouts worse. Is there any truth to this, and, if so, what should you avoid? We consulted the latest research to determine which foods are in the clear, and which you might want to eliminate from your diet. Read More
  • What Causes Blackheads?

    What Causes Blackheads?

    Blackheads seem to pop up out of nowhere, dotting your nose, cheeks, and chin. Knowing what causes then means you’ll understand how to get rid of blackheads so you can start seeing clear skin again. Read More
  • How to Get Rid of Blackheads

    How to Get Rid of Blackheads

    Getting rid of blackheads can seem impossible, but with consistent use of the right products—and knowing how to remove blackheads—you can quickly get those irksome marks under control. Read More
  • Blackheads, or Something Else?

    Blackheads, or Something Else?

    You notice tiny dark spots on your face—but are they blackheads, or something else? We’ll explain why what you’re seeing might not be blackheads, and how you can easily make them less noticeable.

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  • What Causes Bacne

    What Causes Bacne

    Bacne (acne on the back) can seem different than acne on the face, but is it? We explain how it differs and what causes bacne so you’ll know how to best deal with it.

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  • Adult Acne

    Adult Acne

    Severe to mild acne can show up at any age but when you’re older, anti-aging concerns need to be cared for, too. You really can address both with little effort and near-flawless results.

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  • How to Get Rid of Acne

    How to Get Rid of Acne

    One thing is certain if you have acne: You want it gone as soon as possible. Here are the tips you need to clear up your skin quickly, and how to know when it’s time to get medical help. Read More
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for Acne

    Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for Acne

    Should you use apple cider vinegar for acne? We reveal if this pantry staple can help acne or make it worse. Read More
  • Treating Breakouts at the Hairline

    Treating Breakouts at the Hairline

    A quick fix for a bad hair day can be as easy as putting on a hat, but acne at the hairline can be more frustrating and much more difficult to hide. Covering these breakouts with hairstyles that cover your face doesn't help, and can even make breakouts worse!

    The good news is that with The Paula's Choice Research Team’s help, these frustrating blemishes don't have to get in the way of a good hair day.

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  • Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments

    Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments

    When you’re battling acne breakouts, the first line of defense is usually found at the drugstore or department store. The shelves are lined with products promising to banish blemishes (in some drugstores, there are entire aisles dedicated to anti-acne products). But which ones truly work?

    No doubt you’ve tried a few (perhaps a lot) that haven’t made any difference, or that even made things worse. So, how do you know, before you’ve spent time and money on a product, if it’s going to be effective? Will anything work to keep your breakouts away?

    The key is to look for ingredients that are proven to combat acne effectively, yet gently. In that regard, there are two “superstar” ingredients that stand out above the rest: beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) and benzoyl peroxide. Below we describe them and their effects so you’re armed with the knowledge you need to make the best choice for your skin.


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About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!