Acne is caused by many different factors. Not only does dirty, oily skin cause outbreaks in people, but so does the normal maturity of an adolescent into adulthood. Also sometimes something as small as stress can cause a breakout of acne in an individual. Each reason for an acne breakout will call for a different form of treatment per the individual.
There is a wide array of medical treatments but one of the lesser known forms of treatment is simple exercise. When you exercise the body, you promote the blood flow through the body. This increased blood flow will assist the skin cells by bringing extra amounts of oxygen and necessary vitamins to the upper layers of the skin. The increased blood flow will also move waste from the skin cells which can cause acne outbreaks. Exercising can also reduce stress which is one of the main causes of acne breakouts.
Medicated treatments work just as well if not better but they do not solve the root of the problem, just treat the effects of the problem. Benzoyl peroxide is a cream which is rubbed onto the skin. This works by having the topical seep into the pores thus drying out the skin and pushing all the dirt to the surface. Sometimes there are some small side effects from using benzoyl peroxide such as redness of the skin and even peeling of the first layer of skin.
A second, commonly used treatment which works similar to benzoyl peroxide without all the side effects is simple alcohol. This dries out the skin, making it easier to push the 'black heads' to the surface. In some cases, people also steam their face which also tightens the pores.
Hormonal treatments are also popular. These treatments are most commonly used by women and not available within the United States. This treatment used an antiandrogen cyproterone in unison with estrogen, also called Diane 35. This effectively reduces the androgenic hormone levels. In some cases people have tried anti-inflammatories. These are made of Nicotinamide which is vitamin B3. This treatment is most commonly used by dermatologist.
However the best and easy way to treat a basic case of acne is to wash your face with warm, hot soapy water. This is the best way to clean the pores if the condition you are experiencing is not severe. It is wise to get the advice of a dermatologist if the acne persists or becomes worse.