Thankfully, there is a lot you can do about your pimples, but you need to be patient. It can take six to eight weeks for treatment to work. Stick with it. If your face doesn't look better after 10 weeks, try something new.
Check out the labels on acne medicine. You'll probably see these big words on some of them. Here's what a few of them mean:
- Benzoyl peroxide: This is the most common pimple medicine and comes in lotions, gels, cleansers, creams and washes. It kills bacteria and gets rid of some of the oil and dead skin cells. Be careful where you apply it. It can take the color out of your clothes and hair.
- Salicylic acid: It helps unplug pores.
There's also other stuff out there to treat your pimples that might work. You might hear about herbal and natural treatments, but so far there's no proof that they work.