Whiteheads and blackheads are symptoms of mild acne. However, if acne covers your face and other parts of your body, and if it leaves light but visible scarring, papules and pustules, you probably suffer from moderate acne.
Treatments for moderate acne can include:
Oral acne treatments can include antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, adapalene and azelaic acid. Some of these help slow the growth of bacteria and decrease inflammation; while others stop the development of new comedones and, when used in conjunction with topical acne creams, make their application more effective. Topical medicines for treating moderate acne are available in creams, gels, lotions and cleansing solutions.
Depending on your skin type, your doctor will choose the proper one for you. In general, creams and lotions are prescribed to those with sensitive skin as they combine mild acne-fighting properties with keeping the skin moisturized. On the other hand for those with extremely oily skin, alcohol-based gels and solutions are prescribed to help dry the skin.
Prescription medicines can sometimes cause side affects. So make sure to seek the advice of a doctor and follow their instructions carefully before you decide which acne treatment to use.