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Home Remedies: OTC Acne Creams

February 16, 2013

Creams or gels as acne home remedies

If you are (or your teen is) still getting acne or pimples despite following the steps suggested in the Home Acne Care for Teenagers section, the next stage is to use over-the-counter acne gels or acne creams.

Types of OTC acne gels and acne creams

There are several types of common acne gels or creams that can be purchased from a pharmacy, chemist, or drug store which can be used as acne home remedies:

  • Benzoyl peroxide. Destroys P. acnes and may also reduce oil production.
  • Resorcinol. It can help break down blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Salicylic acid. It helps break down blackheads and whiteheads. It also helps cut down the shedding of cells lining the hair follicles.
  • Sulfur. It helps break down blackheads and whiteheads.

This acne medication also comes in other forms apart from gel or cream. They can come in lotions, soaps, or pads. Types of acne products that contain acne medication and which may be used by teens with acne or pimples or to prevent acne and pimples from forming may be found online or at various pharmacies, chemists and drugstores.

OTC acne gels and acne creams – suitable for?

OTC acne gels or creams that can be used as acne home remedies are suitable for teens with only mild signs of acne. The gel or cream is applied directly to the acne lesion or to the affected skin.

Side effects of OTC acne gels and acne creams

Side effects in some people who use acne gels or creams as acne home remedies include:

  • skin irritation;
  • skin burning or redness;
  • skin peeling; and
  • dry skin.

The side effects usually disappear with continued use of the acne gel or cream. Severe or prolonged side effects should be reported to your health care provider or doctor.