What over-the-counter treatments should I begin using before my visit with the Dermatologist?
1. Neutrogena benzoyl peroxide wash alternating with a salicyclic acid wash: Use daily as tolerated.
Price: $5-10 can vary based on brand names. Can be found at most drug or grocery stores.
2. Differin (Adapalene): Use a PEA-SIZE amount nightly or every other night as tolerated. Dryness is a common side effect.
You may use with fragrance free moisturizers (cetaphil, cerave, aveeno) if your skin becomes too dry.
Price: $12-13 for 15g tube, $29 for 45g tube. Can be found on Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, and other drug stores.
Disclaimer: Most people who have acne will get better from these over the counter products. However, these recommendations are not intended to be a substitute for individualized medical advice, diagnosis or treatment by a physician who is aware of your medical history and has had an opportunity to examine you. Do not rely on this advice in place of seeking professional medical advice especially if you are unsure if you have acne.If you have any questions, please contact our office or we can address them at your upcoming appointment! 330-535-7100.
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