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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 Alpha Hydroxy Acids - Topic Overview

      Salicylic acid is an active ingredient in some nonprescription acne treatments. When you apply it to your skin,it dries up whiteheads,blackheads,and pimples. It also causes the top layer of your skin to peel. Products that contain salicylic acid may cause tingling and a mild redness of the skin. Use them less often if you notice that your skin becomes very red or very dry. You'll find ...

    3. 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 ...

    4. Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Acne: Should I See My Doctor?

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

      Benzoyl peroxide is a medicine you use to treat acne. It comes in different strengths in lotions,gels,soaps,and liquids. How does benzoyl peroxide treat acne? Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores. It also helps stop bacteria from growing and causing acne pimples and cystic lesions. At first,acne may get worse. Your skin may get red and peel. It’s not a quick fix. You may need to use the ...

    6. Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids - 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

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