Over the Counter (OTC) Treatments

Just about everyone purchases an over the counter treatment and many people have varying success. If acne is mild and infrequent then these products will usually work. Those people with sever problems usually do not find much help from these products.

When choosing an over the counter treatment you will need to look at the active ingredient. Not all products will work in the same manner because of their ingredients. One of the most common active ingredients is Benzoyl peroxide. This treatment has been deemed the “wonder drug” in the acne treatment industry. This product aids in reducing the P. acnes bacteria and reduces the number of dead skin cells. This product helps lessen the effects of the two main causes of comedones and pimples. This product has been used for several years. When it is over used, it will often dry out the skin.

Resorcinol is another ingredient that works best on small acne blemishes. It is often combined with sulfur. Sulfur itself has often been found to be an effective acne treatment for some people, it does not seem to be known why it helps to clear up acne.

Salicylic acid is found in many products and works on blemishes that are free of inflammation. It aids in unclogging pores and reduces the number of blemishes that appear. It is able to do this by minimizing dead skin cells. It does not seem to have an effect on the production of sebum or P. acnes bacteria. This product does cause some irritation in some people.

Remember to keep your skin type in mind. If you have sensitive skin, then you will want to take it easy with strong acne medication. This medication can easily make your problems worse rather than fix them. If your acne seems too hard to control yourself, then you need to see a doctor.