Treatment of Acne
Doctors suggest the following to clear up mild acne:
• Get a nonprescription acne medicine and apply regularly. Over-the-counter drugs containing sulfur, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, are all effective for treating mild acne.
• Use ordinary hygiene on affected areas, washing your face once or twice daily with your usual soap or cleanser. Deodorant soaps may be used, but they are of no particular value for acne.
• Do not scrub or use a loofa. Friction makes acne worse.
• Do not pick or squeeze. This may worsen scarring.
If home treatments do not work, acne can be treated effectively by your dermatologist. Options may include:
• Topical treatments such as retinoids (tretinoin, tazarotene, or adapalene) or antibiotics (benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin)
• Oral antibiotics
• Hormonal medications like oral contraceptives