Everyone who is suffering from acne, facial acne in particular, is looking for a quick solution - whatever it is. If people could stand upside down on their heads and recite poetry while someone punches them in the stomach, they'd do it - as long as the pimples disappear. There are all sorts of home remedies and treatments for acne, but when it comes down to it, what really works? Acne cream works. It's as simple as that. There's more to the story, though, when using it - tips and tricks as well as some precautions to make sure you observe to get the quickest and most effective results.

Not everyone has the same skin type - that's why there are so many different kinds of facial cleansers, soaps, makeups, and any other skin product you can think of. It's the same way with acne creams too - there's no such thing as "one size fits all" in this arena, as much as we'd like to have it. Whatever you use, it may cause some temporary acne flareups or other side effects - many people get scared and stop using a new treatment without giving it time to reach optimal efficacy. Stay the course, and things will clear up soon enough. Common side effects include redness, dryness, peeling, irritation, and burning. As anyone who has been through acne before will know, these are common place when it comes to treatments. Keep your dermatologist informed of your progress, but don't sweat it too much.

Before you start any regimen, or start any particular application, make sure you dry your face. Moist skin absorbs things applied to it more quickly, and there's a chance if your face is wet, the cream won't be on the surface of the skin long enough to have any meaningful effect, and if you're going through this process, you might as well get to the end as fast as possible! If your skin is wet and just washed, prescription medications may raise additional redness or irritation, so if you dry up first, you can minimize the discomfort. The best solution is to wait 25-35 minutes from when you shower or wash your face to apply any medications to your skin.

People rush into acne treatment, because, well, when you have a pimple it's impossible not to notice it on yourself, and then once you begin wondering "can they see it?" you're in a spiral that's no fun at all. The problem is, you don't want to drown yourself in the stuff – it's definitely possible to use too much at once and lose usefulness or perhaps even further irritate your skin. However, most of the time you can safely use acne creams more often – 1-2 times a day at maximum. Every time you apply, though, make sure the amount of cream you use is the prescribed amount. Good acne creams can be expensive, so this shouldn't be a problem for the frugal. Just remember – it's fine to want to get rid of your acne quickly, but you have to do it right or you risk making the problem worse.