The most important step in treating acne is good skin care.
- Do not pick or squeeze the pimples.
- Try not to touch your face. Do not lean your face on your hands.
- Do not use hair grease or other greasy products near your face.
- Some acne medicines may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so don’t forget to use sunscreen.
Tight caps and hats may also make your acne worse.
Most acne can be treated with topical (skin) medicines, although sometimes you may need oral (by mouth) medicines. Severe acne may not respond to typical treatments. You may need to get a special medicine from your dermatologist in this case.
It usually takes six to eight weeks before you will see a change in your skin. If you do not use your medications correctly, your acne will not get better. Follow-up visits are very important. During these visits the doctor will:
- See how the medications are working
- Check to see if you are having any side effects from the medications
Not every patient’s acne will get better with the same medicine. Your doctor may need to adjust the medicine several times, and you may need to use more than one medication. You may still have occasional breakouts even while taking your medicine; this is normal.