Simple Steps for Effective Facial Acne Treatment

For people allergic to salicylic acid there are many other powerful treatment products that work well to fight acne.  

No one likes facial acne. But, unfortunately, it is a common occurrence.

Facial acne vulgaris - the most common type of acne - is seen as pimples, cysts, and blackheads. Often, the acne begins in the classic T-zone area of your face, but it eventually spreads to your entire face.

Salicylic acid is an effective acne treatment, but if you are allergic to this acne fighter, you still have options. Your ingredient options include benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid, which you can mix and match to fix your acne outbreaks.

Banish your facial acne - even with a salicylic acid allergy - using my four-step acne treatment outlined below.


Step One: Cleanse

Thoroughly wash your face once or twice a day and begin to treat your acne using my Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser and/or my Glytone Mild Gel Wash Cleanser. Consider a combination treatment using the benzoyl peroxide products at night and glycolic acid during the day. 

You can improve the success of your treatment by using either a Buf Puf Exfoliating Facial Sponge or Clarisonic Skin Cleansing Brush when cleaning your face.

Step Two: Correct

Once your face is clean, treat your acne and blackheads by correcting the problems with either Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream or Glytone Exfoliating Lotion. You can follow the same pattern of using benzoyl peroxide products at night and glycolic acid during the day.  


Step Three: Hydrate


After cleaning your face and treating your acne, apply Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin to places on your face that need a little more hydration. If you have areas that appear red, you can apply Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy twice a day before applying the Daily Moisturizing Face Cream.  

Step Four: Protect

After you complete the previous steps, be sure to protect your skin with daily sun protection. Sunscreen can prevent hyperpigmentation of acne scars and improve your overall anti-aging facial skin health. To best protect acne-prone skin, I recommend mineral zinc oxide sunscreen. The most popular products for my acne prone patients include Sheer Strength Pure Mineral Sunscreen, Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen and  EltaMD UV SPF 46

Start Your Acne Regimen Today

Don't let your facial acne control your life. Start your proper treatment today.

For more information on treating acne, check out my answers to the acne-related questions I most often receive. If you live in the Sonoma County area and wish to schedule an appointment for a professional treatment or if you have specific questions about one of my products, please contact my office today.

Learn More:

  1. Acne Tips: How to Get Rid of Pimples
  2. Facial Acne Vulgaris, if you tolerate most acne treatment products
  3. Facial Acne Vulgaris, if you are allergic to salicylic acid
  4. Facial Acne Vulgaris, if you are intolerant to benzoyl peroxide
  5. Back, Chest, Neck and Body Acne Treatment
  6. Facial Pityrosporum Folliculitis
  7. Acne and Anti-Aging Skin Problem Combination
  8. Acne-Related Frequently Asked Questions