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How to Get Rid of Red Acne Bumps

Step 1

Wash your face daily with a cleanser that contains an acne-fighting ingredient -- the most common one is salicylic acid. If you use a daily moisturizer, you can also try switching to an acne-fighting brand.

Step 2

Dab an acne cream on individual blemishes. These usually contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide; the latter has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help soothe red acne bumps.

Step 3

Keep your hands off your face unless absolutely necessary, and don't even think about popping those pimples. The bacteria can get pushed even further under the skin, increasing the chance of infection and making the redness and inflammation even worse.

Step 4

See a doctor or dermatologist if your zits don't clear up on their own or become very painful. Prescription options include a retinoid cream, antibiotics like tetracycline, prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide and more.

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