Acne is a skin condition that typically causes one or more of the following:
blackheads (comedones) 2,3
whiteheads2,3
red or yellow spots2,3
greasy skin2,3
scars2,3

home treatment

it is important to keep spot-prone areas clean, so wash the affected area twice a day with an unperfumed cleanser.1,6 the skin needs a certain amount of oil to maintain its natural condition, so avoid aggressive washing with strong soaps.

There are a number of over-the-counter remedies available from pharmacies to treat mild acne. These usually contain antibacterial agents such as benzoyl peroxide (eg oxy and clearasil max).

As well as its antibacterial effects, benzoyl peroxide can dry out the skin and encourage it to shed the surface layer of dead skin. Together, these effects make it harder for pores to become blocked and for infection to develop.

Benzoyl peroxide can cause redness and peeling, especially to start with. This tends to settle down if you reduce the number of times you use it. You can then build up your use gradually.7
no home treatments for acne will work immediately. It can take weeks, if not months, for significant effects to be noticeable. If home treatments have not worked after two months, or you have severe acne, you should visit your gp.7


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