What topical products can help treat acne blemishes?

Roshini C. Rajapaksa, MD

There are two topical ingredients that work well for treating acne, says internist Dr. Roshini Raj. Learn what they are and which to use by watching this video.

Audrey Kunin, MD
Topical vitamin A creams and gels can both prevent and clear blemishes before they lead to scar formation, making them an important tool in acne therapy. Many excellent prescription options are available. While not recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for acne therapy, over-the-counter retinol in the 0.4-1.0% range can have a beneficial effect by helping to clean out debris from clogged pores.

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