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How to Use Your Acne Prescription Regimen

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Here, we will go into detail on exactly how to use your custom Derm to Door acne prescription regimen.

Table Of Contents:

  1. About Your Acne
  2. Morning Acne Treatment Regimen
  3. Evening Acne Treatment Regimen
  4. Dr. Lily's Recommended Skincare Products for Acne
  5. Tips to Prevent Acne

Acne is a condition that can occur in all ages and can develop in many different forms — mainly from the buildup of oil, bacteria, and skin cells that clog pores — cause inflammation, and generate pus. Your Derm to Door acne prescription includes an AM treatment that helps decrease the oil and bacterial content of the skin, and a PM treatment that helps clear inflammation, scarring, bacteria, and yeast build-up.

More: Get a Prescription for Your Acne

Morning Acne Treatment Regimen

  1. Rinse face with room-temperature water
  2. On dry skin, apply your AM acne medication
  3. Apply a gentle moisturizer
  4. Apply 1/2 teaspoon of sunscreen SPF 30+ (an SPF 50 is best, and a tinted sunscreen increases your protection, too) to your face/neck EVERY morning and reapply every 2 hours

Evening Acne Treatment Regimen

  1. Wash face with a gentle cleanser
  2. On dry skin apply your PM acne medication
  3. Apply a simple moisturizer

Dr. Lily’s Favorite Skincare Products for Acne

Dr. Lily has hand-selected the following skincare products specifically for your acne-prone skin. Using these products in conjunction with your Derm to Door acne prescription will help you achieve the best possible results.

Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin

Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin

Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin

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iS Clinical Cleansing Complex
Avène Tolerance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Cream


Some tips when using these powerful acne medications

  • Avoid eyes and lips when applying medication (using a petrolatum-based product like vaseline, Aquaphor, or CeraVe healing ointment on lips prior is advised)
  • If dryness or irritation is experienced, reduce frequency to every other day, reduce quantity to half a pump, and/or, buffer medication by mixing into moisturizer
  • If a dose of medication must be skipped, complete the same skincare regimen, excluding the medication. DO NOT “double-up” days or mix medications
  • Do not mix these medications with any additional toners, acids, exfoliants, serums, or retinols. If you have any questions about the safety of any product or practice, please reach out to our customer service team at or text our skin success team at 703-215-3087

Tips to Prevent Acne

Acne can develop as small bumps, pustules, or cysts under the skin. Environmental triggers include hormones, sweat, skincare, makeup, and diet. Avoid dairy, whey protein and sugars in the diet. Makeup should be light, while avoiding primers, BB/CC creams, and makeup setting sprays. Leave-in hair care can also trigger acne flares. If painful cysts develop, an oral medication may be necessary; Please inform your physician if painful cysts develop. Over-drying the skin can often cause acne breakouts. Keep the skin hydrated with moisturizers and try not to over-wash the skin, which makes it sensitive to breaking out.

In addition to your acne prescription and skincare routine, here are some Dermatologist tips for preventing acne and maintaining clear skin. Remember: the more wholistic your approach to acne treatment, the better your results will be!

  • Use non-comedogenic products
  • Use products without fragrance or essential oils (shop our fragrance free skincare products)
  • Swap your pillowcase to a fresh one every other night
  • Avoid dairy, added sugar, whey, and alcohol
  • NEVER squeeze, pop, pick, or touch blemishes of any kind, this only causes permanent scarring and bacteria spread

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