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									Home Acne Treatments
Using home treatments for mild cases of acne can easily be done if you
follow a few guidelines. First off, though, it is important to keep in
mind that for more severe cases like cystic acne, a consultation with a
dermatologist is advised before beginning an at home regimen. However,
home treatment of mild to moderate acne can dramatically reduce the
appearance of acne on your face, giving you clearer skin and more
confidence in your appearance.

After you decide that you want to treat your acne at home, it is
essential that you are patient for the first couple of weeks. Acne
medications do not work in a matter of days, as they need to fight deep
below the surface to balance your skin, but after a couple of weeks you
should start to see results. The same rule holds for prescription
medications, as noticeable results will occur after a couple weeks. One
of the first steps to improving your complexion is washing your face
thoroughly two to three times a day. Wash your hands with an anti
bacterial soap and, using a mild bar soap or acne scrub, thoroughly wash
your face for about thirty seconds. Make sure that your bar soap is
fragrance and color free as these can clog your pores and irritate your
skin, causing inflammation and increased redness of your face.

If washing your face is not enough, further measures can be taken for
home acne treatment. One of the most common is the use of benzoyl
peroxide, which can be found in face wash, bar soap, topical cream or
gel. Benzoyl peroxide is typically used once or twice daily, but
initially most people should only apply it once a day or every other day
to avoid redness and excessive drying. Generally, results will be evident
after a few weeks, but if you do not notice a difference by then you
should consult your dermatologist for advice.

Another popular home acne treatment is salicylic acid. You can usually
find this in medicated facial pads and also in some face washes.
Salicylic acid prevents your hair follicles from shedding excess skin and
clogging your pores, thereby fighting the cause of most acne and
blackheads.

Whichever home treatment you believe to be best for your acne, always
keep in mind that the results are gradual and will be noticeable in a
couple weeks. Follow the directions for your product and only use it the
specified number of times per day. Also, combining treatments at the same
time may cause irritation and excessive dryness to your face, so benzoyl
peroxide and salicylic acid should only be used one at a time. If you do
not notice results for your home acne treatment after several weeks,
contact your doctor for further advice.

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