• Bluebonnet Dermatology


Updated: Jan 17


  • It takes patience, time and correct & consistent use of your acne treatment plan to achieve treatment success!

  • Acne can be stubborn and may take up to 3 months to improve. While some medications target the acne you currently have, others are designed to prevent new acne from forming in the future.

  • Do not switch or combine your morning and night regimen. Some acne medications should not be mixed together or do not work once exposed to sunlight.

  • Topical acne medications can cause irritation, especially in the first weeks of use. If this occurs, skip your topical medications for 1-2 days and use extra moisturizer. If irritation is severe or persists, please call our office.

  • Regular follow-up visits may be scheduled to monitor your treatment progress and/or tailor your acne treatment plan as needed.

Side Effects and Use of Common Acne Medications

  • Benzoyl peroxide: Over-the-counter: Panoxyl 4% Creamy Acne Wash, Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask, CVS Creamy Acne Wash. Prescription: Benzoyl peroxide-clindamycin

  • Note: This will bleach towels and linens. Use white towels, if possible

  • Topical Retinoids: Over-the-counter: Differin. Prescription: tretinoin

  • Skin dryness & irritation. Use a green pea-sized amount of the medication to create a thin film on the face. Avoid applying near your eyes or lips. Start by using 3 times a week and increase to daily use as tolerated. Use moisturizer generously on top of medications.

  • Sensitivity to the sun. Wear daily sunscreen as directed.

  • Spironolactone: Prescription.

  • Start with ½ pill at night, increase to 1 tab at night as tolerated. Stay hydrated while on this medication.

  • Avoid excessive intake of potassium-rich foods (bananas, spinach, coconut water) or supplements.

*IMPORTANT (for females): Stop all acne medications 1 month before attempting to become pregnant. In the event of an unplanned pregnancy, stop all acne medications and notify our office as well as your OB/GYN.

Gentle Cleansers

  • Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser

  • Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Facial Moisturizers

  • Cerave PM Moisturizing Lotion

  • Vanicream Lotion

  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer

Facial Sunscreens

  • Cerave AM Moisturizing Lotion

  • Neutrogena Clear Face

Make up

  • Almay

  • Neutrogena

  • IT Cosmetics CC

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