Acne Care

Dr. Aouthmany, MD, FAAD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Acne Care

There are different types of acne.  Comedonal, inflammatory, cystic, mixed, etc.  This section is focused on mild acne and assisting with the side effects of medications that treat complex acne.  There is no cure for acne and no overnight treatment.  It takes about 2 months to appreciate any improvement.  

  • Do not do dermabrasion or planning or peels without consulting your Board Certified Dermatologist first as this could make your acne worse!!! 
  • With any acne medications, make sure to follow strict sun protection as the treatments will make your skin more sensitive to ultraviolet rays and not help resolve old acne.
  • If pregnancy occurs, STOP all medications unless approved by your dermatologist 
  • Do not use biore pore strips or toners or peels or any other product unless instructed. This is short lived and makes skin extra sensitive.
In the morning, wash with a mild cleanser listed below.  Then apply your medication if instructed by your dermatologist, then your sun protection cream.  (Your medication in the AM should never be a retinoid as this will get deactivated by the sun and may cause a rash)
At night or after school/work, wash with a mild cleanser listed below. Then apply your medication if instructed by your dermatologist, then moisturizer.  If skin is dry/sensitive, after washing, immediately apply the moisturizer, wait 10-30 minutes, then apply the medication if any prescribed by your dermatologist.  May also mix the medication and the moisturizer and apply.  The medication will still work!!
Mild cleansers
  • Dove unscented bar soap 
  • Vanicream z-bar *** 
  • Noble Formula Zinc soap 
  • EltaMD facial cleanser 
  • La Roche-Posay effaclar (sensitive) 
  • La Roche-Posay Toleriane foaming cleanser 
    • prescription tretinoin from your dermatologist.
    • Neutrogena Hydroboost gel or cream *** 
    • CeraVe moisturizing cream 
    • Vanicream (especially good for sensitive skin) 
    • CeraVe moisturizing cream 
    • Avène Recovery Cream *** 
    • Cetaphil Cream 
    • La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ *** 
    Sunscreen (chemical) and Sunblock (mineral) and mixed:
    • Trader Joes sunscreen spray SPF 50+ 
    • EltaMD products *** especially the UV Clear tinted 
    • Skinmedica SPF 50+ 
    • Blue Lizard 
    • Neutrogena 
    • Vanicream 
    • Cerave 
    • La Roche-Posay products *** 
    • Eau thermale Avene mineral SPF 50+ 

    Sun clothing:

    • Coolibar 
    • Mott50 

    Leave in for hair volume and noncomedogenic:

    • American crew forming cream