Did you know that acne comes in three different varieties?
Comedones are the skin-colored, small bumps (papules) frequently found on the forehead and chin of those with acne. Whiteheads are closed comedomes and blackheads are closed comedones. The third type of acne are red tender lesions which are inflammatory papules.
What is the Treatment for Acne?
You can start treating acne by trying the following:
- Make sure you are washing your face and other acne prone areas (chest, back) daily with a general acne facial wash not a bar soap. Generic products work just as well as brand names.
- Salicylic Acid is the best first line treatment for comedomal acne. This comes in different strengths over the counter. Start with a lower percentage because it can be drying. Do not go above 5% strength as there is no benefit in using a stronger product.
- If the above recommendations are not working well after consistent use for 4-6 weeks, consider using a facial wash with Salicylic Acid and adding a cream with Benzoyl Peroxide applied to areas that tend to break out. Apply this at bedtime and rinse it off in the morning.
When OTC treatments do not help, prescription medications can be added. Please make an appointment with your provider here at the Youth Clinic.