Over-the-counter medications include products containing benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. Washing skin with a gentle cleanser and using oil-free moisturizer may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Fever
  • Weight loss

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Home remedies don't clear up skin
  • Spread over the body
  • Not healing
  • Color darkens

Last Updated May 25, 2018

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