- 8 years ago
Honestly – I agree with PPs and really think you should make an appointment with a dermatologist if at all possible. As someone with acne-prone skin, I think most OTC acne treatments are not worth the money. They almost all have the exact same weak ingredients (diluted benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid) in colorful packaging to make us THINK it’s some kind of new technology, but it’s all marketing and fragrance. A dermatologist can suggest what kind of products will help with your type of acne, so you don’t spend money on things that don’t work for you. Plus, they usually give you free samples to try before you have to buy anything, so that helps save money – and if you do get a prescription, it should last you for a long time, because you’ll only need it once a month 🙂
For emergencies, you can try putting a little hydrocortisone cream on the pimple (they say only to do this if it hasn’t popped), and it helps reduce swelling/inflammation. You aren’t supposed to do this too often, though. I do it occasionally before covering a zit with makeup.
FYI – Persa-Gel and Proactiv have the same active ingredient (benzoyl peroxide), and as I understand it, it isn’t a good spot treatment. I use the equivalent of Persa-Gel every day all over my face, because it’s great for preventing zits before they happen. This website has some info on how it works: http://www.acne.org