Treatment at home can help reduce
- Wash your face (or other affected skin) gently one or
two times a day.
- Do not squeeze pimples, because that often leads
to infections, worse acne, and scars.
- Use a moisturizer to keep your skin from drying out. Choose one that says "noncomedogenic" on the label.
over-the-counter medicated creams, soaps, lotions, and
gels to treat your acne. Always read the label carefully to make sure you are
using the product correctly.
Examples of some over-the-counter products used to treat
- Benzoyl peroxide (such as Brevoxyl or
Triaz), which unplugs pores.
- Alpha hydroxy acid, which dries up blemishes and
causes the top skin layer to peel. You'll find alpha hydroxy acid in some
moisturizers, cleansers, eye creams, and sunscreens.
- Salicylic acid (such as Propa pH or Stridex), which dries up
blemishes and causes the top skin layer to peel.
- Tea tree oil, which kills bacteria. You'll find tea tree oil in some gels,
creams, and oils.
Some skin care products, such as those with alpha hydroxy acid, will make your skin very sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light. Protect your skin from the sun and other sources of UV light.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
January 23, 2013
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