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Pimples Treatment Overview

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Treating pimples

You can usually treat pimples yourself at home. Pimple treatments are available in a variety of types, including creams, gels, masks, pads, scrubs, soaps, and toners. Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids are some of the common ingredients.

The best pimple treatment for you depends on the type of pimples you have and how severe your acne is. Types of pimples include blind pimples (cysts), blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules. If your pimples are mild, a single treatment may be all that is needed. But if it’s moderate or worse, you may need to try a combination of pimple medications for up to 3 months.

Pimples treatment next steps

See a dermatologist (skin specialist) if you have severe or cystic acne or if your acne bothers you. You should see a dermatologist immediately if you have symptoms of severe acne, like large inflamed lumps, open cysts, or fever. A dermatologist can prescribe more effective topical and oral medications. Getting treated by a dermatologist can help prevent scarring and reduce skin inflammation.

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