Treatment for Mild Acne
Treatment for Blackheads, Whiteheads, and Mild
Doctors usually recommend an OTC
(over the counter) or prescription topical medicine for
people with mild signs of acne. Topical medicine is applied
directly to the acne lesions or to the entire area of
There are several OTC topical
medicines used for mild acne. Each works a little
differently. Following are the most common ones:
– destroys P. acnes, and may also reduce oil
Resorcinol – can
help break down blackheads and whiteheads
Salicylic acid –
helps break down blackheads and whiteheads. Also helps
cut down the shedding of cells lining the hair follicles
Sulphur – helps
break down blackheads and whiteheads.
Topical OTC medicines are available
in many forms, such as gels, lotions, creams, soaps, or
pads. In some people, OTC acne medicines may cause side
effects such as skin irritation, burning, or redness, which
often get better or go away with continued use of the
medicine. If you experience severe or prolonged side
effects, you should report them to your doctor.
OTC topical medicines are somewhat
effective in treating acne when used regularly; however, it
may take up to 8 weeks before you see noticeable
Part 1: What is acne?
Part 2: What is acne? ...continued
Part 3: What causes acne?
Part 4: How is acne treated?
Part 5: How should I care for my skin?
Part 6: Current research for acne?
Source: Adapted from National
Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases