Acne Management

Most patients with mild acne can be treated with topical treatment (gels, solutions and lotions) that can be obtained over-the-counter in New Zealand without prescription. Most people just use topical agents for facial skin as they can be difficult to apply to one’s back. Extra vitamins and minerals have not been proved to help.
Wash affected areas twice daily with a mild cleanser and water or an antiseptic wash.
Acne products should be applied to all areas affected by acne, rather than just put on individual spots.
A thin smear should only be applied to dry clean skin at nighttime.
Acne products may work better if applied in the morning as well.
They often cause dryness particularly in the first 2–4 weeks of use. This is partly how they work. The skin usually adjusts to this.
Apply an oil-free moisturiser only if the affected skin is obviously peeling.
Avoid applying oily cosmetics such as foundation or sunscreen.
It may take several weeks or even months to see convincing improvement.
Discontinue using product if severe irritation results.