How To Get Rid Of Pimples - Dermatologist Recommended Acne Products

Cynthia Bailey, MD|October 21, 2011

Dermatologist Recommended Acne Treatment ProductsAcne pimples are caused by bacteria and so to get rid of pimples you need acne skin care products that treat this germ. Not all acne products treat bacteria, some just treat blackheads. You can treat this acne causing bacteria without topical or oral antibiotic prescriptions, but you need to know the right ingredient to use. Using dermatologist recommended acne products means that you’re getting the right active ingredients to treat what actually causes your acne. The bacteria called proprionibacterium acnes causes the pimples seen in the most common form of acne called acne vulgaris.  To find the best skin care products to treat your acne pimples you need to find those products that contain the ingredient that kills this germ. 

To treat p. acnes you need acne skin care products with benzoyl peroxide.

Benzoyl peroxide is the single most effective topical medicine to kill the pimple causing p. acnes germ. It’s also available without a prescription! Believe it or not, benzoyl peroxide works better than most topical prescription antibiotics for treating p acnes.  This is because the clever pimple causing bacteria has gained resistance to prescription antibiotics, which is no surprise!  P. acnes, however, is still very susceptible to benzoyl peroxide.  Interestingly, pharmaceutical companies are now busily combining the old antibiotics with benzoyl peroxide to create expensive prescription acne skin care drugs to treat the new antibiotic resistant p. acnes.  You can use the benzoyl peroxide alone though, and without a prescription, to get great p. acnes treatment.  Plus, benzoyl peroxide is really affordable so it's good news for your acne all around! You have options for how you use benzoyl peroxide.  It comes in the form of an acne wash or a topical lotion or gel.  It comes in a range of strengths, most commonly 2.5%, 5% and 10%.  At these concentrations it's highly effective at treating both your pimples and blackheads.  My favorite benzoyl peroxide product for facial pimples is a water based lotion that you apply after washing.  For the back and chest I find it easiest to use a foaming benzoyl peroxide wash for these harder to reach areas that are often covered by clothing. As I mentioned above, dermatologist's and drug companies often combine benzoyl peroxide with prescription topical antibiotics to enhance the antibiotic's results.  It's also combined with some of the other important topical acne medicines that dermatologist’s use to treat acne (with your doctor’s supervision of course). You do need to know that benzoyl peroxide can be irritating to sensitive skin.  Use a lower concentration if you’re skin starts to sting or get irritated by benzoyl peroxide.  It can also bleach fabric so keep it off of colored towels, pillowcases and clothing.

What are the best acne skin care product combinations you can use without a prescription to get rid of your pimples fast?

OTB SKIN Acne Kits have the most effective ingredients to treat your acne without a prescription, including a benzoyl peroxide lotion to treat your pimples.

Dermatologist Recommended Acne Treatment Products KitClick here to read more about my OTB SKIN Acne Treatment Kits

My OTB SKIN Acne Kits have powerful amounts of my favorite acne treating ingredients to treat pimples and blackheads.

Each kit includes

  1. Oil-Off Cleanser: This medicated oil removing cleanser with salicylic acid and glycolic acid helps unclog your clogged pores and get rid of blackheads.
  2. Pore Cleaning Pads:  Medicated pore cleaning pads to lift dirt and debris from deep in your pores so that the benzoyl peroxide lotion can really get in there and do its job on your pimples.
  3. Bacteria Removing Lotion: Benzoyl peroxide lotion to treat pimples fast.

Pick your kit based on your skin type, click here for:

OTB SKIN Acne Treatment Kit for Tolerant skin

Perfect for you if you know you can tolerate powerful levels of these 3 active ingredients

OTB SKIN Acne Treatment Kit for Sensitive Skin

It’s the kit to start with if you’ve never combined these 3 ingredients before to treat your acne.

If you know that you’re allergic to the salicylic acid in my OTB SKIN Acne Kit then use

Glytone Gel Wash

To cleanse your skin, remove excess oil and treat balckheads.

Dermatologist Recommended Glycolic Acid AHA Cleanser for acne treatment

OTB SKIN Bacteria Removing Lotion

Apply this strong benzoyl peroxide lotion after washing with Glytone Cleanser to get all the p. acnes treatment benefits of benzoyl peroxide.

Dermatologist Recommended Acne Treatment Product with Benzoyl Peroxide

To get rid of pimples on your back and chest use my Back Acne Kit with all the ingredients that I've found to be the most effective for this type of acne.

Click here to see my OTB SKIN Back Acne Kit

Dermatologist recommended acne products for the back and chest

These are intelligent acne treatment regimens with ingredients targeted at the real causes of your acne - get the best results when you use the right products. References: Harper JC, Benzoyl peroxide development, pharmacology, formulation and clinical uses in topical fixed-combinations. J Drugs Dermatol. 2010 May;9(5):482-7. Tanghetti EA, Popp KF,  A current review of topical benzoyl peroxide: new perspectives on formulation and utilization. Dermatol Clin. 2009 Jan;27(1):17-24.

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