How to End Male Bacne

Treatment Options

To treat bacne, you need to attack one or more of the underlying problems or factors. In order for a treatment to be effective, it needs to do one or more of the following:
  • Kill or reduce P. acnes bacteria
  • Reduce sebum production
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Normalize keratinocyte production and function.
Benzoyl peroxide is a popular acne treatment available both over-the-counter (OTC) and in some prescription medications. It works by killing P. acnes bacteria and by reducing sebum production. As a result, it can be quite drying. Also, benzoyl peroxide bleaches fabric. So unless you're willing to restrict yourself to white sheets, towels, and clothing, it might not be an option for bacne treatment.
Another commonly used ingredient in acne products is salicylic acid. The exact mechanism of action of salicylic acid is unknown, but it's thought that it might work by decreasing inflammation and preventing plugging of the follicles. Salicylic acid doesn't bleach fabrics, so it's a great choice for bacne. It's fairly mild, though. It's best used every day to help keep things under control.
Antibiotics (either taken by mouth or applied to the skin) are prescription-only options. They work by killing the bacteria and (for some antibiotics) by decreasing inflammation. However, they can be expensive.
Retinoids (also available by prescription only) are another treatment option. They work largely by normalizing keratinocyte production and function. They are fairly expensive, but they don't bleach fabrics and are usually very effective.
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