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How is mild adult acne treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Mild acne in adults can be improved with over-the-counter (OTC) acne medications. People with mild acne usually have fewer than 20 whiteheads, blackheads, or pustules (small eruptions that may or may not be infected with bacteria). Treatment options include creams, lotions, gels, pads, and washes that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, resorcinol, and sulfur. People with mild acne should follow a good skincare routine to keep oil in check. Washing once in the morning, once before bed, and after sweating, using a mild cleanser, is usually enough. But don't overdo it, because scrubbing and overusing these products can make skin dry and irritated, and this can worsen acne in the long run. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

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