The best kind of acne treatment is the one that works quickly. After all, no one wants to wait around for their acne treatment to start working. No matter what, you won’t experience an overnight elimination of your acne, but you can greatly reduce your number of breakouts and pimples within a few weeks by taking a few conscientious steps to take better care of your skin.
Wash your face with a very gentle cleanser. It should be oil free and formulated for sensitive skin. After wetting the skin with warm water, massage the cleanser into your face in a circular motion with the pads of your fingers. This will remove dirt, oil and makeup. Then rinse well with warm water. Repeat in the morning and evening and after intense workouts.
Apply a topical pimple cream to your blemishes. Do this each morning and night after cleansing. You can obtain this cream over the counter. Once your skin is dry, apply the cream to your individual blemishes or all over the skin, depending on the severity of your breakouts. Pick a product containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for the best results.
Obtain a prescription for an antibiotic from your dermatologist to kill the bacteria that’s causing your pimples. A topical antibiotic may work at eliminating small breakouts, but for cystic or highly inflamed acne, you may need an oral antibiotic to heal your skin from the inside out. For best results, use the antibiotics in conjunction with an acne cream.