Myth: To clear acne fast, use lots and lots of topical medication.
Reality: It’s tempting to slather on acne medications at every opportunity, but it won’t heal acne any faster. In fact, using too many acne medications, using them too often, or using too much at one time can actually harm your skin. The results can be excessive dryness, peeling, redness, and/or irritation.
Always follow usage directions on all acne medications carefully. Remember, it will take time to see results, so try to be patient. If after using over-the-counter treatments for several months there is no visible improvement of the skin, talk to your doctor.