How to treat mild acne
Acne is a skin condition that can affect anyone at any age, though many teenagers struggle with it when they start puberty. Puberty can cause a dramatic shift in hormones that can contribute to the development of acne, especially in teenagers who have parents that struggled with acne as well. However, mild acne is often easy to address without having to visit a dermatologist.
How can I treat mild acne?
Mild cases of acne, such as small red bumps or pustules that typically occur on the face or sometimes the rest of the body (such as the back or chest), are typically handled with the use of over-the-counter products. Local drugstores have a wide range of topical creams that can be used daily to manage mild acne and keep pimples from popping up. However, it can be overwhelming, and many patients are unsure of the products they should be using to manage acne while taking care of their skin’s health and appearance. Below are a few products to look for:
- Mild, gentle cleansers formulated for patients with acne-prone skin
- A water-based moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and balance skin oils
- Topical creams with active ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid
- Masks and medications that can be used for routine treatment or spot treatment
With over-the-counter products, many patients have the opportunity to manage their acne at home with affordable solutions. However, if acne continues to persist, or worsens, it may be time to talk to a professional. Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his team at the Florida Academic Dermatology Center strongly encourage patients in the community to connect with him and his staff for an initial evaluation and determine if more prescription-strength products can help.
Are you struggling with maintaining your acne?
If your condition is relatively mild and cannot be successfully treated with the use of over-the-counter products, it is vital that you book a consultation appointment with Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his associates at the Florida Academic Dermatology Center in Coral Gables, FL. New patients can call (305) 324-2110 to request a consultation visit with our team at 475 Biltmore Way, Suite #207.