Treating Teenage Acne

02/17/2010 12:00 PM

11/18/2010 12:12 PM

My teenage daughter is beginning to have occasional pimples.  I do not feel like that it is severe enough to see a dermatologist.  What is the best over-the-counter treatment for her mild acne?

 

There are 3 components of acne: increased oil production, bacteria, and keratin plugs.  In order to treat acne, all three of these areas must be targeted.  She should wash her face with a mild cleanser such as Cetaphil.  Then, apply a pea-sized amount of benzoyl peroxide cream or gel.  As a final step, I would recommend an oil-free moisturizer that contains salicylic acid.  She should only wear makeup that is labeled non-comedogenic.  If your child is experiencing acne that is not responding to over-the-counter medications, she should see her healthcare provider for consultation. 

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