Acne treatment expectations

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-26-2001
Acne treatment expectations
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Fri, 08-09-2013 - 1:30pm

Something I've always wondered: every single spot-treatment for acne I've ever tried has brought my zits to the point where they're white at the tip faster. Is this what they're supposed to do? I always got the impression that treatments were supposed to kill the bacteria/yucky stuff inside, not bring it to the surface.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Fri, 08-09-2013 - 3:33pm

I think most acne medications (over the counter) are drying not antibiotic or bacteria killing in nature.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-18-2012
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 12:34pm

Out of curiosity- how long have you been using the treatments?  It has been my experience that my face always gets worse before it gets better once I've started a new treatment.  Are you giving it long enough time to kick in, per se?