This post is brought to you in partnership with Johnson & Johnson and Rite Aid. All opinions are my own. 


Now that Summer is nearly over, and folks are going back to school or work, it’s a great time to renew our skin for Fall. Because beauty and wellness go hand-in-hand, having an effective skincare regimen and taking a proactive approach to detoxing our skin not only makes us look better, it also boosts our self-confidence. 

As a long-time skincare devotee, for the past 20 years, I’ve tried all types of products and have learned extensively about the most effective and powerful skincare ingredients that we need to prevent and treat breakouts. Whether you’re 20 or 40, breakouts can happen at any age. From stress-induced breakouts to blemishes resulting from hormonal cycles or poor diets, acne is often one of the most common (and embarrassing) skincare problems to have.

Having dealt with acne flare-ups since my teens, I now know which types of skincare products to use to treat and prevent breakouts. To help you look your best this Fall (whether you’re starting a new job or earning your degree), in collaboration with Rite Aid, today’s skincare guide shares 3 simple steps to treating and preventing breakouts.

How To Prevent and Treat Breakouts in 3 Simple Steps

Step 1: Cleanse Skin Each Morning

To revitalize and brighten your skin, start your day by using an oil-free face cleanser (such as Clean & Clear® Cleansers Morning Burst® Facial Cleanser) containing Vitamin C and Ginseng. Vitamin C is a natural skin brightener, so it helps to lighten any sun spots or hyperpigmentation (caused by acne). Plus, Ginseng helps to energize your skin, giving you a refreshed, awake appearance.

By cleansing your skin, you remove any traces of dirt, oil, or impurities. In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, drinking lots of water, and getting a good night’s sleep, one of the main keys to preventing breakouts is to keep your pores clean and clear of toxins. That’s why cleansing your skin each day is a must.

How To Prevent and Treat Breakouts in 3 Simple Steps

Step 2: Exfoliate Regularly

Our skin undergoes a natural shedding process, which is referred to a cellular renewal. To help reveal healthy, radiant skin, it’s imperative that we exfoliate regularly by using a purifying scrub (such as Neutrogena® Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub). This sloughs away dead skin cells (which can cause acne due to blocking sebum in the pores), while drawing out trapped dirt, oil, and makeup.

To help prevent and treat breakouts, the process of exfoliating encourages your body to naturally increase new cell production. In addition, since this particular product contains salicylic acid (which is a powerful anti-acne ingredient that unclogs pores), it makes it especially effective at preventing and treating breakouts.

How To Prevent and Treat Breakouts in 3 Simple Steps

Step 3: Remove Makeup Nightly

After a long day at work or school, we’re often so exhausted that we’re more apt to hop into bed without washing our face. But, this is one of the fastest ways to cause breakouts. During our sleep, our skin cells undergo a natural rejuvenation process, which is why we must make sure to go to bed with clean skin if we hope to have a clear complexion.

How To Prevent and Treat Breakouts in 3 Simple Steps

That’s why an easy, effective way to remove makeup nightly is by using cleansing towelettes (such as Neutrogena® Cleansing Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Night Calming). A soft face wipe is a convenient way to gently and effectively remove makeup, dirt, and oil from your face without requiring a trip to the bathroom. Plus, these particular wipes contain a lavender fragrance which acts as a calming aromatherapy treatment, helping you relax and get off to sleep easier.

When you get a deep, restful sleep, you not only wake up feeling refreshed and energized, it also helps your body create clear, more radiant skin. That’s why they call it “beauty rest” because a good night’s sleep truly helps you look more beautiful.

How To Prevent and Treat Breakouts in 3 Simple Steps

From revitalizing face cleansers to anti-acne exfoliating products, Rite Aid is a great place to shop for all your skincare needs. Devoted to becoming your go-to destination for all things related to Wellness + Beauty, Rite Aid carries a wide variety of affordable and effective products, ranging from skincare and makeup to vitamins and supplements.

To make your Wellness + Beauty shopping experience even more enjoyable this season, Inspirations & Celebrations is giving away a $50 Rite Aid Gift Card to one lucky I&C reader. For a chance to win, enter the Rite Aid Giveaway below. To be eligible to win, entrants must be USA Residents age 18+. A random winner will be drawn on September 28, 2018, and contacted by email. 

Rite Aid Giveaway

How To Prevent and Treat Breakouts in 3 Simple Steps

For more skin care and beauty tips and tutorials, check out the Skincare and Health & Beauty sections on Inspirations & Celebrations.

  1. Thank you for providing useful information about acne that is a guide that a person can actually use. Rite Aid is practical, and they have great skincare products that other stores charge entirely too much or promise too many “miracle cures.” The only thing you did not mention from one acne sufferer to another is drinking water. It’s nearly free, it’s so good for your skin, and it also is so great for your body. Just as sleep is essential for good everything, so is water. There’s a reason they say “water is life.” Thank you for this incredible down to earth, relatable guide to great skin! And a giveaway never hurts!

  2. I would love to try the Neutrogena makeup remover. I had decided to start taking off my make up every night, and I just realized I forgot again. It would be so nice to use these, I don’t think I’d ever forget. It would feel like pampering and it would be my favorite bedtime routine.

  3. I’ve always had a problem with large pores and now wrinkles and sagging skin. I’m always looking for a product for those issues. I like the Neutrogena® Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub

  4. I’ve used many of the Neutrogena products in the past and they are great! I’d love to win so I can keep my skin looking younger, as I am about to turn 50 next year! 🙂

  5. I have been using Neutrogena products for years and really like them. Am looking forward to trying the Cleansing Towelettes Night Calming. Would be great for my aging skin.

  6. Natalie Schilla says:

    I use and love all these products, since having my second baby I have been neglecting my skin and could use this to start actually taking care of myself again

  7. Judy Schechter says:

    I’d love to win so I can buy all of those products! I definitely need a morning cleanser and the exfoliating scrub! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. Beverly Johnson says:

    I haven’t had any breakouts for a long time (knock on wood), but my 28-year-old daughter is plagued with breakouts. Her skin is beautiful, except for the big, red places on her face. Hopefully, it will start clearing up after following the skincare tips and using the Neutrogena products..

  9. I would love to WIN! I actually need to buy some things at rite aid but my funds are dry so this would be a blessing. Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. Nicole Lancaster says:

    I would love to win this giveaway because I need to stock up on all of my favorite winter skin care products at Rite Aid.

  11. Neutrogena and Clean & Clear have always been staples in my beauty cabinet. I love seeing their new products and look forward to trying them out!

  12. I would love to win this giveaway because I love Neutrogena products and have used them for years. I love Rite Aid. It is a regular stop for me when shopping.

  13. Mya Jo Murphy says:

    I have periodic pimples that are getting worse now in my 40s.. I would love some skin care products that actually work!! I’m tired of always being embarrassed about my face.. Thanks for the opportunity.

  14. Having some adult acne issues lately. I also love Neutrogena products. I would be most excited about the Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They are my absolute favorite!

  15. i would love to winWellness + Beauty, Rite Aid carries a wide variety of affordable and effective products, ranging from skincare and makeup to vitamins and supplements.

  16. I would love to win because Rite-Aid has been my go-to for skincare products and I need to try different products to heal my skin.

  17. I would love to try the clean & clear morning burst. Being a Johnston & Johnston product I am sure it would be gentle and I am a senior and could use a burst to my day!! Also I shop at Rite Aid and it would help out a lot to win. GLTA

  18. Nicole Cannon says:

    I want to win because rite aid a a huge variety of skin care products I love like anti aging products and clearicel for my daughter THANKS for the chance to win.and good luck everyone!

  19. Jamie Johnson says:

    I have struggled with acne for over 20 years now. It was not until I discovered Neutrogena and Clean and Clear that I was able to get my face under control. Now, it’s not perfect, but it’s SO much better! I used to not even be able to leave my house I was so embarrassed of my face. A clerk at Rite Aid was the one who first suggested the products to me, and for that, I will be forever grateful AND a loyal customer! I want to win this giveaway because it was made for me! You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on over priced products to get radiant skin! You just need the right guide, thanks Raymond, and the right place that sells your products to achieve better skin! Thanks for doing this giveaway! It makes people like me that work 2 jobs, husband works 3, able to possibly win some money at our favorite places and on my essential face products!

  20. Ebonie Rodriguez says:

    Thank you! My skin has been horrible lately and my breakouts are always there plus I’d like to have a skincare routine 🙂

  21. I NEED this in my life. I am turning 49 on sunday and my face has been breaking out like crazy the last couple of months. I am beside myself trying to get it cleared up. It’s probably due to stress, since my youngest (and only daughter) is moving out and a couple states away. And after being a stay at home mom since 1989, I finally have to go out and get a “real” job. UGH!!!!

  22. I would love to win, my teenager & I both have larger pores& problems with blackheads. & its about time to switch up cleansing routines now that winter is comming& our skin tends to get drier& flaky!

  23. I would love to try all these products! I need to get better at washing my face in the morning, I take my makeup off every night, but I rarely wash my face in the morning!

  24. Diane Thacker says:

    I love the Neutrogena skin care line especially the cleansing products. I shop at rite aid weekly so this is a perfect pair!

  25. JACKIE GODBOUT says:

    I would love to win because there is a RiteAid right up the street from my house, but I never go in because there is a CVS on the side of the street that is closer to me. This would give me a reason to play frogger and explore the unexplored.

  26. I would love to win this giveaway because I need it and rite aid is close to my house😘😙😚😗😬😂😎🙋🙏💆💇💅💋👍✌💖☝🌼

  27. Kayte CookWatts says:

    Neutrogena makes a great sunscreen and I am also a huge fan of their Ultra Gentle cleanser, because it has a perfectly balanced PH level, which is essential for protecting your skin’s moisture barrier.

  28. I am 65 and my face is changing. I need to learn how to keep myself young on the inside and outside. I know these products could help me!

  29. I’d like to win because I go to RiteAid quite often. I’d be able to pic up a variety of things including facial cleansers, candy, chips, etc! Awesome!

  30. Darlene Jilks says:

    I have very oily skin and still have breakout with pimples-I know these products would make my skin feel so much better. Thank you for the chance.

  31. Kathleen Robbins says:

    I’d love to win this because I’ve been stuck in a “beauty routine rut” for a long time and these look like great products to try. I wouldn’t have any more excuses to stick with my same old routine!

  32. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I love Neutrogena products and I love shopping at Rite Aid. I want to try the Neutrogena® Cleansing Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Night Calming. They sound really nice.

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