How to Treat Your Mild Acne

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Acne sufferers in the United States spend over $100 million annually on over-the-counter treatments for this skin condition. Most of these treatments have proven very successful in managing mild acne. These treatments come in several different forms, including ointments, scrubs and cleansers. They can all be obtained from your neighborhood pharmacy.

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In order to find the best acne treatment for your particular condition or skin type, however, you need to read the labels carefully. Basically, there are five compounds that have proven themselves effective in combating acne. Of these five, salicylic acid has the effect of drawing the oil from whiteheads and blackheads and of unblocking the pores of the skin cells that are instrumental in causing the problem in the first place. Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter skin products, including cleansers and scrubs such as Neutrogena’s oil-free makeup and Stridex wipes.

Another effective ingredient in acne treatment products is benzoyl peroxide, which serves as a cleanser or lotion. ProActive is one such product. Benzoyl peroxide is very effective in killing harmful bacteria trapped in your pores. It’s important to note that this ingredient can bleach fabric so handle it cautiously. It is also important to note that every individual reacts differently to these various treatment products, so what may work well for one person may not be as effective for another.

Resorcinol is an effective ingredient which also works to break down blackheads and whiteheads and remove excess oil in the pores. You will find this an active ingredient in Clearasil, among other skin products. Sulfur also helps break down the buildup that causes acne. In addition, alcohol and acetone fight off bad bacteria and together are a very effective astringent that is contained in such facial washes as Clean and Clear.

Getting rid of acne sometimes requires persistence and the use of strong measures. Some of the above ingredients may irritate your tender facial skin, leaving you with some redness at first. This should ease up after several days of treatment, but, if not, it is recommended that you discontinue use and try a different product. If you use these acne treatments in all areas prone to acne rather than just on visible blemishes, in time you will find fewer and fewer new blemishes forming. Even after your face has cleared up, however, it would be wise to continue use on a daily basis. If not, eventually you may find these undesirable blemishes reappearing on your face.

As stated earlier, there are many effective over-the-counter treatments for those who have acne problems. If you find your skin issues persist after a period of four to six weeks, you may want to call your dermatologist to explore other options, including prescription medications.

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