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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my acne until I can see a doctor?
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Many choices
Begin with benzoyl peroxide.
It's effective and well tolerated for most people. Start with a low strength and increase if needed. With stubborn acne, add a second product with a different active ingredient, such as salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, or sulfur. But do see a dermatologist; in the long run it's way cheaper than trying all those "miracle" non-prescription concoctions.

In brief: Many choices
Begin with benzoyl peroxide.
It's effective and well tolerated for most people. Start with a low strength and increase if needed. With stubborn acne, add a second product with a different active ingredient, such as salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, or sulfur. But do see a dermatologist; in the long run it's way cheaper than trying all those "miracle" non-prescription concoctions.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
I agree. And one thing I tell my patients about benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is that is can bleach colored clothing. So be careful if you do a BPO face wash in the sink. You would hate to have bleaching stains on your nice black Led Zeppelin concert t-shirt. BPO is always a good first at-home step in trying to get you acne under some control.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: OTC Acne Care
Try a 2% salicylic acid facial cleanser for twice daily use , along with a benzoyl peroxide treatment lotion and daily sunscreen of spf 30.
See your primary provider or dermatologist for definitive care.

In brief: OTC Acne Care
Try a 2% salicylic acid facial cleanser for twice daily use , along with a benzoyl peroxide treatment lotion and daily sunscreen of spf 30.
See your primary provider or dermatologist for definitive care.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dr. Balogun is 100% correct. Things like salicylic acid washes and benzoyl peroxide can help some people well. And some patients may not even need to see a dermatologist depending on their response. And I would of course agree to the SPF 30 or greater sunscreen use.
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