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  1. Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids - Topic Overview

    Alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic acid,mandelic acid,and glycolic acid (for example,Alpha Hydrox) are often used in products to treat acne. These products work by drying up whiteheads,blackheads,and pimples and causing the top layer of your skin to peel. Skin care products that have AHAs are generally safe to use,but they may cause tingling and a mild redness of the skin. Use them less ...

  2. Acne: Treatment With Antibiotics - Topic Overview

    Doctors often prescribe antibiotics to treat severe acne or acne that is likely to leave scars. Antibiotics improve the look of your skin by killing bacteria that cause acne. This means you'll have fewer pimples and redness. Less acne means less acne scarring. You can put antibiotics directly on your skin (topically) or take them by mouth (orally). Topical antibiotics kill bacteria on your ...

  3. Acne: Tips for Keeping It Under Control - Topic Overview

    You can help prevent acne from getting worse by the way you wash your face:Gently wash your face once or twice a day with warm water and a mild soap or acne wash.Use gentle, circling motions rather than scrubbing your face.Always completely rinse your skin after you wash it, and gently pat it dry. Avoid rubbing your skin.If your face feels dry after washing it, use a moisturizing lotion. Look for skin care products that say noncomedogenic on the label.Other tips include the following:Shower as soon as you can after any activity that causes heavy sweating, especially sports.Try keeping your hair off your face. Having hair hanging in your face can cause a breakout. Washing your hair every day may help.Try not to scrub or pick at your pimples. This can make them worse and can cause scars.For mild acneMild acne, with a few pimples that clear up on their own, may not need any medical treatment. Try an acne cream with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These work best when used just the

  4. Types of Acne - Topic Overview

    The different types of acne include: 1,2 Newborn acne. About 20% of newborns develop mild acne. This may be because certain hormones are passed to them through the placenta by their mothers just before delivery. Or newborns may get acne because the stress of birth may cause the baby's body to release hormones. Newborns with acne usually only have whiteheads. And these go away without ...

  5. Acne - When To Call a Doctor

    Learn when to seek help for severe acne.

  6. Acne - Medications

    Information on drugs used to treat acne vulgaris.

  7. Acne - Symptoms

    Acne develops most often on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or back and can range from mild to severe. It can last for a few months, many years, or come and go your entire life.

  8. Baby Acne

    Pink pimples ("neonatal acne") are often caused by exposure in the womb to maternal hormones. No treatment is needed, just time.

  9. Acne

    The occasional pimple needs no treatment. Over-the-counter cover-up creams and cosmetics, if used at all, should be water based.

  10. Acne Causes

    Learn more from WebMD about the causes and treatment of acne.

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