The First Step
First Cleanse Your Skin
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Normal to Oily Skin - 8 fl oz
This stuff is cheap, and according to my dermatologist is the very best cleanser. It doesn't have any treatment in it, it is simply the first step before applying the treatment. You don't want to cleanse your face with a cleanser with treatment in as it would overdry the skin if used in addition to the treatment below.
Step 2: Treatment
After 2 weeks at 5% strength my daughters skin was much, much better. The spots on her chin and cheeks were about 80-90% better, however she was still self conscious as she had a few red spots still on her forehead. Because of this we went out and bought the 10% cream. I used this on her forehead only, continuing to put the 5% on her chin and cheeks. About a week - ten days into this her skin was about 99% clear and has stayed that way since. She did get some very dry patches of skin when she first started using this, but as her skin adjusted they have settled down. Keep reading for the final step....
Peroxide Benzac 2.5% Benzoyl (60g.)
For mild to moderate spots start with this cream. For some people it's enough. I would also start with this cream for younger people being treated ( my daughter was only just 12 when we started with this)
Peroxide Benzac 5% Benzoyl (60g.)
If your skin is pretty oily or you have moderate to severe spots or acne start with this cream.
Benzac Ac Gel 10% 50g
This is the strongest version of Benzac cream and according to my dermatologist you should never start with this one, you should use the 2.5 or 5% versions and move up to this one if necessary. We use this one only on my daughter's forehead, and the 5% on her cheeks and chin
Be careful! Benzac cream bleaches fabric! My daughter has destroyed two bath towels by bleaching them. Make sure not to rub the cream on clothes or other fabrics.
Final Step- Moisturise
Yep, really! Even acne prone skin needs moisture
This regime takes all the oil from your skin (and the spots too, hurrah!) but can leave your skin feeling very dry and flaky if you aren't careful, especially at first. The dermatologist therefore told me to use this moisturiser from cetaphil. Luckily it is very cheap and oil free. We have found it makes a real difference in stopping dry and red patches when using the Benzac cream. (Incidentally, he told me that this is just as good as any moisturiser you'll buy anywhere so I use it now too!)
Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30, 4 Fluid Ounce
This moisturiser is especially designed for acne prone skin so won't cause you to have further breakouts. We have found that it really helps stop the dryness that you can get from the Benzac cream.
We found that this treatment doesn't work overnight, it takes around six weeks to get really clear skin. It's worth the wait though!
More Information About Acne and Teenage Spots
- Acne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Acne vulgaris
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- What is Acne? What Causes Acne? How to Get Rid of Acne
- A great article all about acne and how to get rid of it.
- Acne | Better Health Channel
- Better Health channel guide to acne