Acne - Topic Overview
If you have just a few
pimples to treat, you can get an acne cream without a prescription. Look for
one that has benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These work best when used just
the way the label says.
It can take time to get acne under
control. But if you haven't had good results with nonprescription products after trying them for 3 months, see your doctor. A prescription gel or skin cream may be all you need. If you are a woman, taking certain birth control pills may help.
you have acne cysts, your doctor may suggest a stronger medicine, such as isotretinoin. This medicine works very well for some kinds of acne.
There are many skin
treatments, such as laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, that can help acne scars look better and feel smoother. Ask your
doctor about them. The best treatment for you depends on how severe the
scarring is. Your doctor may refer you to a plastic surgeon.