Rather not have to go to the dermatologist for a prescription acne treatment. What really works?
Best Non-prescription Acne Treatment?
Doctor Answers (1)
Check the ingredients of OTC acne treatments
Rather than name a product, let me suggest these ingredients:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic acid
- Antimicrobial peptides
- Glycolic acid
These products either kill acne-causing bacteria, help clear the plug in the pore, or act to decrease inflammation. Give any OTC product at least 4 weeks or up to 12 weeks to improve the acne. If regular use does not result in decreased blemishes, then it is time to see a dermatologist.
There are oral medications, presciption creams, and now lasers that can give dramatic improvement. Go to my link at the top right of this answer to see some typical results.