Acne is a common condition that may vary in severity. A number of topical and/or oral medications can be used for its treatment. Two to three months of consistent daily treatment is often needed to see maximal effect from a treatment regimen. That is how long it takes the skin layers to shed fully and recycle or “grow out.” Remember that acne medications are supposed to prevent acne, and the goal is maintaining clear skin.
Some lifestyle changes can be beneficial in helping acne. Stress is known to aggravate acne, so try to get enough sleep and daily exercise. It is also important to eat a balanced diet. If you find that a certain food seems to aggravate your acne, you may consider avoiding that food. The best thing you can do for your acne is to practice good skin hygiene.