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Mild Acne Got You Down? Here’s How to Treat It

Mild acne is common – the key is to map out a plan of attack sooner rather than later
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01 What is mild acne?02 5 mild acne treatments to try, stat03 Next steps

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Acne is a diverse skin condition that ranges from severe to mild. If you’re lucky enough to be on the latter end of the spectrum, we have good news. Mild acne is very common. All ages and skin types are susceptible to it, and typically, it’s easier to treat with some good old over-the-counter products.

What is mild acne?

But, backing up for a second, how do you know if you have mild acne on your hands (er, face)? Mild acne usually features a mix of small pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads that can pop up on different parts of your face (chin, nose, forehead) and body (back, neck, shoulders, chest).

So you’ll see a minor breakout here and there on the surface of your skin. Nothing drastic, for sure, but definitely enough to put a damper on your confidence. On the other hand, severe acne, or cystic acne, takes up a larger area, goes deeper into the skin, and can get red, inflamed, and sometimes painful.

Like with all acne types, minor acne can be caused by several things, including hormonal changes, stress, poor diet, dairy consumption, or pore-clogging products. The most important thing to note about mild acne is that if left untreated, it can potentially progress to more severe acne. So it’s best to map out your plan of attack sooner rather than later. 🦸‍♀️ To help with that, here we’ve outlined some of the best mild acne treatments.

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5 mild acne treatments to try, stat

1. Shake up your skincare routine

Your mild acne culprit might be hanging out in your beauty drawer. Do an audit of the products you’ve been using and switch to oil-free and non-comedogenic products, which won’t clog your pores and lead to breakouts.

2. Schedule some chill time

Stress = equals acne. So if you’ve been feeling particularly tense lately, make it a priority to do things that relax you. Meditation, exercise, journaling, watching Netflix—do whatever helps you de-stress.

RELATED READ: Meditation For Your Mind, Body, and Acne

3. Clean up your diet

Food can also impact your skin. Foods known to trigger acne include sugar and dairy products. If you have a suspicion that they may be causing more breakouts, lay off of them for a few weeks and see how your skin reacts.

4. Up your acne-fighting ingredients

There are tons of topical acne treatments on the market, which can be overwhelming. We suggest focusing on the ones that have key acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid helps remove excess oil, exfoliate the skin, and keep your pores squeaky clean. Benzoyl peroxide helps kill bacteria underneath the skin. Whatever product you use, know that they take time. Stick to it for at least 12 weeks for optimal results.

5. Get your Mighty Patch on, literally

If you’re impatient when it comes to clearing out breakouts (us too), let us introduce you to our, dare we say, epic Mighty Patch. The easy and effective acne treatment pulls out all the gunk inside the pimple overnight. Just pop the acne patch on the blemish before your head hits the pillow and voila! You’ll have clear skin in the AM.

Next steps

Like we said earlier, most mild acne cases are easily treatable with the lifestyle changes and topical treatments we mentioned above. However, if the mild acne doesn’t improve or gets worse, it may be time for a new course of action. Visit your dermatologist for support. They may prescribe you mild acne medication like antibiotics or birth control pills. There are also in-office procedures you can try, such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Whatever acne-fighting route you take, we’re confident that you’ve got this. 👊

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