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?
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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.