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Over the Counter Acne Treatments

Many patients are looking for over the counter acne treatments that they can try while they are waiting to see their dermatologist.  Here are a few of the most common acne treatments and what you should know about them: Benzoyl peroxide NYCBenzoyl peroxide – Benzoyl peroxide is very effective in the treatment of acne.  It is found in both OTC (over the counter) and prescription medications.  Benzoyl peroxide works in a few different ways.  It kills the p. acnes bacteria that causes acne, helps to remove oil from the skin and helps to unclog pores.  It is available in many concentrations between 2.5% and 10%.  If you have sensitive skin, be cause to use it sparingly, as benzoyl peroxide can cause excessive dryness, redness and burning.  It is important to note that benzoyl peroxide can bleach clothing if it comes in contact with the fabric before it dries. Common brand names containing Benzoyl Peroxide are Proactiv, Neutrogena, Clearasil and Oxy-10. Salicylic acid – Salicylic acid is found in many OTC face washes and spot treatments.  It is available in strengths between 0.5% and 2%.  Salicylic acid works by preventing the pores from clogging and breaking down whiteheads and blackheads.  Salicylic acid may cause mild stinging and irritation of the skin with use. Common brand names containing Salicylic Acid are Neutrogena, Olay, Stridex and Noxzema. Alpha hydroxy acids (ex. Glycolic acid and Lactic acid) – Alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic and lactic acid, treat acne by removing dead skin cells and reducing inflammation.  Alpha hydroxy acids can help to make your skin smoother. Common brand names containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids are MD Skincare, Neutrogena Completel Acne System, Bliss and Murad. Sulfur – Products containing sulfur help to remove dead skin cells the clog pores and remove excess oil.  These sulfur-containing products may cause the skin to become dry. Common brand names containing Sulfur are Clearasil, Mario Badescu and Glytone. What new OTC products are there? New acne treatments are emerging for over-the-counter use.  Products such as the Tria (blue light) and the Clarisonic cleansing brush are helpful tools that can be added to any over the counter regimen. When should I see a dermatologist?  It is important to see a dermatologist for treatment of acne when it does not respond to over the counter medications, or when it is leaving scars behind.  A dermatologist can give you medications that are more effective than the OTC options and may suggest treatments to be performed in the office to address acne and acne scarring. Click here to schedule a consultation for acne treatment at Schweiger Dermatology in Midtown Manhattan.

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    Tips on what causes acne and how to prevent it! Could your diet be causing your break out? Find out in our comprehensive guide!


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