But you can kick its butt!
1 Switch up your cleansing routine
The specialists agree: scratchy scrubs can spread bacteria. Rather use a gentler peel with enzymes and fruit acids, like  Theravine Pinotage Exfoliating Enzyme (R335). Or, draw out impurities with a deep-cleansing charcoal mask. We like  Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque (R790). For the rest of your regime: “Go for products with pore-clearing salicylic acid, tea tree oil and witch hazel,” suggests dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon Dr Dennis Gross. TRY  Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Pore Minimizing Toner (R395) or  Gatineau Clear & Perfect Purifying Powder Emulsion (R495).
2 Choose the correct facial
“A medical facial is best for severe acne, which is inflamed,” says Dr Gross. “It needs to cleanse, open pores, extract spots and exfoliate with a peel.” TRY the Azelan peel (from R575) at Skin Renewal (skinrenewal.co.za). “If a facial is drying, skin overcompensates, causing more spots.” TRY Signature Cinderella Facial (R900) at The Laser Beautique (thelaserbeautique.co.za).
3 Think long term
“Maintain your zinc levels, as this seems to help combat acne,” recommends Dr Gross. “Eat a diet rich in fruit and veg. The more colour you eat, the better your skin will behave!” Dr Gross adds.
Remember that layering on foundation creates a build-up of oil. Cream blushers with heavy red dyes can also block pores. Use mineral powders instead.
Take daily vitamins and minerals to clean your skin from the inside.
Upper lip and chin
Hormonal. Don’t use petroleum lip balms, as they can also clog pores. Forehead spots Poor diet and stress.
Cheeks Respiratory issues – common in smokers.
What does your acne mean?