If your pimple breakouts are limited to mainly whiteheads and blackheads, you probably have mild acne – especially if your acne doesn’t cover large areas of your face or body.
A whitehead happens when the opening to the pore is closed off and the hair follicle fills with oil and dead skin cells.
A blackhead occurs if the opening to the pore is blocked by a dark plug of oil and dead skin cells. A chemical reaction causes the surface to darken and form a blackhead.
Early treatment and a simple, regular skin care routine can help reduce mild acne.
Importantly, there’s no need to spend a fortune on expensive skin care.
You can get many quality acne-improving treatments without a prescription at pharmacies or on supermarket shelves that will help you control mild acne.
Managing Mild Acne
Here are some steps to follow if you’re managing mild acne:
Speak to your pharmacist about recommending some over-the-counter treatments for your skin type
Follow the instructions carefully to help clear existing pimples and prevent new ones from forming
Stick with your recommended treatment
Use a gentle cleanser and mild moisturiser
Try not to use a lot of makeup and avoid oil-based products, which may clog your pores
If you’re still concerned about your acne after eight weeks, make an appointment to visit your GP
If you have mild acne, just changing to a non-acnegenic topical product may make a big difference to your acne control.
Non-acnegenic means the product is less likely to cause acne or make it worse.
Topical skin care products that have ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and nicatinamide (also called niacinamide) can be effective for people with mild acne and are widely available without a prescription. Examples include Benzac products.
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