Over-The-Counter Acne Skin Care Treatments


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Do you suffer from acne? You might have thought about getting one of the many convenient over-the-counter methods for treating your acne. If this is the case, you’re not alone, as most acne sufferers will visit their local pharmacy store and buy over-the-counter medication based on whatever knowledge or information they may have gotten it from. Perhaps, it may have been a recommendation from a family for friend, a convincing advertisement on a magazine, or that television commercial that impressed you so much.

However, the best thing you could do is to consult with a qualified physician before you use any type of over the counter acne treatment products. Your dermatologist will be able to provide you with his professional opinion on the best and most suitable treatment for your individual case.

If you still decide to get any over the counter acne treatments on your own, keep in mind that there is a great amount of acne skin care products hitting the shelves and deciding which work best for you could be a difficult task.  Maybe you were influenced by your friends or family.  However, what might have worked great for them could have a negative effect on you.  Your friends or family could have different levels of complexity of their skin condition, so it becomes difficult to judge.  The best thing you can do is to do your own research on the active ingredients in the different acne skin care treatment medications on the market.  In here, we will discuss two of the most popular and effective ingredients in acne treatments.

Benzoyl Peroxide

At this point, you may have already heard of benzoyl peroxide, as it is the most popular active ingredient in acne treatment medications.  Usually found in ointments and topical gels, benzoyl peroxide has been proven to do a good job when fighting the bacteria that causes your acne.  Another great thing about this major active ingredient is that it will also remove dead skin cells that collect on the outer layers of the skin.  What about the skin cell? You may ask.  Well, when these skin cells are combined with sebum, they create the unpleasant blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.

Benzoyl peroxide has been proven to be a safe and effective ingredient.  You may also use it as an after-care solution to keep the skin free from the bacteria that causes acne.  Like most ingredients out there, benzoyl peroxide has one side effect.  Using high levels of this ingredient can dry your skin.  To avoid this, you should test the product the first week by using it only every other day and if it doesn’t dry your skin, you may increase the application level a little more.  As you gradually increase the usage, if your skin becomes too dry, then decrease the frequency of the ingredient that is applied to your skin.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is another popular ingredient that is used in medications to fight against acne.  What this ingredient does is to particularly clear up the dead skin cells that accumulate too quickly, clogging up the pores as a result.  You should continue to use salicylic acid even after your skin has cleared from acne, to prevent any future outbreaks.  Just like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid will cause dryness and irritation of the skin.

In this battle against acne, it could be safe to say that benzoyl peroxide is the most versatile ingredient.  It can be used in cleansers, lotion, cream and gels which could be applied directly onto your skin.  The creams and lotions can be applied to your skin as needed, while the cleansing products are normally applied once or twice a daily.  When you apply your medication, be very careful not to get benzoyl peroxide into your eyes, mouth or nose, as it can cause inflammation and irritation.


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