Active Ingredient: Doxycycline
If it does not work, we try different medications or treatments. Anything you use will usually take at least a few weeks to work, sometimes longer.
Be patient! And some medications can make the acne look worse for a few weeks before things get better.
What not to do: Do NOT pick, scratch, pop, or squeeze pimples. This makes them more red, more swollen, and more likely to scar. It is hard to be patient, but the pimples will go away with time without touching them. Do NOT over wash your face.
Acne can become worse if you over scrub or over clean the areas where your acne breaks out.
It is best to wash once or twice a day with warm water and a mild cleaner. It is rarely helpful to use alcohol-based cleaners or to wash more frequently.
If you do try an astringent or alcohol pads, do not use more than once a day. Do NOT give up too quick on a treatment. Many treatments take 6-12 weeks to really help the acne.
This can make the acne look worse before things get better! Once you have gotten through this over 3-6 weeks, the skin often continues to look healthier with continuing the medication.
So be patient! For girls, do NOT wear too much make-up if you suffer from acne. Oil-free, water-based make-up and moisturizers should be used.
Remove your make-up each night with gentle washing. Oil-free foundation mixed with a little powder can act as a good cover-up.
What to do first: Clean the skin where the acne breaks out once or twice a day cleaning more often is rarely helpful and can worsen the acne with an acne wash, such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash.
The helpful acne washes have salicylic acid in them as this helps prevent future breakouts. Generic and store-brands of these cleansers usually work just as well as the name brand products. What to do next: Continue to do the cleaning as before.
Now add benzoyl peroxide.