How to Create an OTC Acne Treatment Regimen

4. Add a Mask (optional, but a great idea)

A bonus treatment, and one that can help speed things along, is a medicated mask. Some of the most helpful: glycolic acid, sulfur, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide.

Masks can help exfoliate (a necessity for keeping pores from becoming clogged), reduce oiliness, deep cleanse, and make the skin feel softer and smoother. Think of it as intensive therapy for your skin.

Don’t go overboard with masks and scrubs though, or you can make things worse by irritating your skin. A few times a week is good; every day is probably overkill.

Use your mask one to three times per week, according to the directions on your product.

That’s all there is to it! Remember, don’t worry about the brand name; focus on the active ingredients. You can use whatever brand you like, and you can even mix-and-match products from different brands to create your own personal acne skin care line.

The main thing is to use your OTC treatment routine consistently. Do see a dermatologist if your treatment isn’t working after 3-4 months, but with luck your OTC acne treatment routine will be just what your skin needed.

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