4 Tips – How to use over-the-counter treatments
- To avoid irritation, don’t use too much of the product or apply too often.
- Introduce leave-on treatments gradually to lessen irritation. Start with leaving the product on your skin for 30 minutes to an hour a day for 1 week, then double the time every week until you can leave it on all day or all night, or can use it more often such as twice a day.
- Don’t spot treat. Applying treatment to all the areas where you get acne spots is key to preventing new spots from developing. Early acne spots are not visible. These take around 1-2 weeks to develop.
- You may need to continue treatment to maintain improvement.