Small breakouts of blackheads, whiteheads and pustules are considered mild acne. Most of the global population has suffered from mild acne at one time or another throughout their lives.
Most mild acne can be held at bay by washing the affected area gently and using a topical defense - such as benzoyl peroxide - after your regular, twice daily, cleaning regimen. Drugs used to treat mild acne work by either killing bacteria or by unclogging and drying up the sebum and dirt from the pores.
Generally, when using any treatment for mild acne it will take four to eight weeks to see improvements. Once your acne clears, treatment must be continued diligently in order to prevent new pimples from forming.
Mild acne usually doesn't leave scars. However, squeezing, popping or picking at pimples increases skin inflammation, irritation and puts the skin at risk of scarring.
The most popular over-the-counter treatments for mild acne include the following: