There are many different ways to go about treating acne. Looking at over-the-counter products is a great first step for easy and mild treatment of acne.
Benzoyl Peroxide: an over-the-counter (OTC) agent that comes in cream, gel, and wash form. It kills P. acnes, helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells that clog pore. It’s available in strengths varying from 2.5 to 10 percent. It may take up to 4-6 weeks to see the full effects of this medication. Commonly used brand names include: Clearasil, Oxy-10, Fostex, Persa-Gel
Salicylic Acid: This treatment slows the shedding of cells inside hair follicles, preventing pores from clogging it. It also breaks down whiteheads and blackheads. This OTC product comes in strengths 0.5 to 2 percent most commonly seen in pad applicator forms. Commonly used brand names include: Stri-dex, Clearasil Clearstick, Oxy Night Watch, BenzaClin, Retin-A
Sulfur: This OTC removes dead skin cells that clog pores and helps remove excess oil. It comes in various washes, soaps, and creams and generally peels and dries the skin. Some side effects include an unpleasant odor, skin discoloring, and redness. Sulfur is often combined with other ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or resorcinol. Commonly used brand names include: Clearasil Adult Care
Resorcinol: this OTC product is used to treat acne, eczema and psoriasis among other skin conditions. It’s generally combined with other acne medications and rarely stands alone. Resorcinol helps break down hard, rough skin that causes black and whiteheads. Resorcinol can cause skin irritation, redness and peeling because of its harsh nature. Commonly used brand names include: Clearsil Adult Care, DiebetAid Anti-Itch