You can help prevent acne from getting worse by the way you wash your face:
Other tips include the following:
For mild acne
Mild acne, with a few pimples that clear up on their own, may not need any medical treatment. Try an acne cream or gel that contains adapalene, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid. These work best when used just the way the label says.
It can take time to get acne under control. But if you haven't had good results with nonprescription products after trying them for 3 months, see your doctor. A prescription gel or skin cream may be all you need.
For moderate or severe acne
Moderate acne can mean more pimples or skin that always has breakouts. Severe acne can mean hundreds of pimples that cover the face, neck, chest, and back, or bigger, solid red lumps that are painful (cysts). For moderate or severe acne, call your doctor. There are medical treatments that can help get acne under control. And getting treatment early may prevent acne from getting worse or from causing scars.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofOctober 5, 2017
Current as of:
October 5, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
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