Do Over the Counter Acne Medications Really Work?

Acne Phoenix, AZWhen you have severe acne, it can feel like you’ll never see clear skin again. With so many different over-the-counter acne products claiming to give you clear skin, you may be wondering if they really work. To help you decide whether or not these products are worth investing in, Dr. Toni Stockton has created a list of a few things to consider.

Topical Creams and Ointments

Usually, over-the-counter acne creams and ointments contain ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Even though both of these ingredients can help fight off acne, over the counter creams can only legally contain so much which means that they may not be able to fight off severe acne. Dr. Stockton will be able to tell you if she thinks that any over-the-counter ointments will be able to fight off your specific type of acne.

Face Wash

When it comes to acne fighting face wash, it’s kind of the same thing as topical creams and ointments. For the most part, over the counter face washes are only going to be able to fight off a slight amount of acne but because they don’t contain high amounts of acne fighting ingredients they may not be able to get the work done on their own. That being said, however, acne face wash can be extremely effective at fighting bacteria and keeping your face clean. Dr. Stockton will be able to give you a better idea of specific brands that she recommends.

Prescription Medications

Whether you are suffering from hormonal acne or bacterial acne, it’s usually better to get prescription strength topical and oral medications to help fight it off. During your initial acne appointment with Dr. Toni Stockton, she will better be able to pinpoint what types of medications or treatments are going to be able to give you the best results.

Are you ready to get control over your acne? Contact our Phoenix office today and call us at (480) 610-6366.

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