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How is mild acne treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Mild acne may benefit from a good, daily skincare regimen, which includes mild cleansing and moisturizing. If that doesn't seem to do the trick, topical treatments found over-the-counter may also help. You should consult a dermatologist for more information.

There are many treatments for mild acne. Mild acne can consist of whiteheads, blackheads and small pustules. At home, you can wash your face twice per day with warm water and a gentle cleanser or soap. Your doctor may suggest you also try an over-the-counter lotion or cream. These medicines may make your skin dry if you use them too much. Be sure to follow the directions.

If these medicines do not work, your doctor may prescribe a cream or lotion with benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, or sulfur. Benzoyl peroxide works to reduce oil made by the glands. Resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur help breakdown whiteheads and blackheads. If your acne does not get better after six to eight weeks, talk with your doctor about changing your treatment.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

Patricia Farris, MD
Dermatology

Mild acne can usually be treated effectively with over the counter remedies. Choose a gentle cleanser with glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Glycolic and salicylic acid are exfoliants and will help keep pores open. Try a topical gel or cream with benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is a potent anti-bacterial medication and is an excellent choice for mild forms of acne. If this one two punch doesn't work I suggest you see your dermatologist for prescription regimen.

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