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The Best Treatment for Blackheads, Whiteheads, and Mild Acne

Updated on August 16, 2007

The Best Treatment for Blackheads, Whiteheads, and Mild Cases of Acne

Topical treatments are often the best treatment for blackheads, whiteheads, and mild acne. Also, the treatment most often prescribed by doctors for mild cases of acne is topical medicine. These are applied externally, directly on the affected skin surface or simply on each pimple or blemish. There are several ingredients common to the best topical treatments:

  • Benzoyl peroxide – effective against acne by reducing oil production
  • Resorcinol – an anteseptic that works well against acne
  • Sulfur – helps to wipe out blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Salicylic acid – Either alone or in combination with SD alcohol 40, salicylic acid is a very effective treatment against blackheads and whiteheads. In addition, this acid also serves to decrease the shedding of cells around pores and hair follicles thereby acting pre-emptively against one of the primary causes of acne.

Because they are applied externally, topical treatments can come in many forms. Any pharmacy or drugstore will have a wide range of anti-acne creams, soaps, gels, and lotions. These products can be very effective against mild acne, but they do require sustained use for several months for maximum effectiveness.

If you happen to notice any unpleasant side-effects when using topical treatments, you should stop using it and pay a visit to a doctor as soon as possible. Side effects like irritation, swelling, or burning can be quite common, especially among people with delicate skin.

Topical treatments can be an effective treatment for blackheads, whiteheads, and mild acne, So if you're trying to treat mild acne, there are easy solutions available.

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