Imagine yourself a few months from now with clearer skin. That’s what acne treatment can do – in time. There are no overnight cures. For today’s spots, there are ways to help these heal and you can cover them up with concealer.

shutterstock_55577629But the #1 goal of treatment is to control acne in order to prevent new spots from developing. That way you can have clearer skin in the near future.

There are many effective, safe therapies available for acne. Virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated. But it is YOU who play the biggest role in getting clearer skin. Watch out for these 3 major challenges to success:

#1. Expectations: Controlling acne takes time. It takes time to kill bacteria, re-balance hormones, normalize the shedding of skin cells or lessen the oil produced in the skin. See below – When will I see results?

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#2. Side effects: Not dealing with the side effects of most acne treatments – dry, red, irritated skin – may derail your treatment plan. Moisturizing, being gentle with your skin and cleansing only twice a day are some good ideas. See more on skincare here.

#3. Use of prescription treatments: As many as 17 studies show correct use of acne medications is strongly linked to improved effectiveness. Topical treatments (applied to the skin) in particular should be used as directed.