There is plenty of misinformation and perhaps even maliciously bad advice floating around, and I hear of people repeating the same basic mistakes in acne home treatment. Here are three of them

First is good old fashioned denial: just cover up the acne and let it go away on its own. If you do nothing to tend to your acne, then sure the current cycle will passbut even as that heals another will start. Acne runs in a two to three week cycle, where it takes up to a couple weeks for a clogged pore to become infected, followed by however long it takes for the skin to heal.   So if you trust in the cycle to expire on its own, chances are very good it will flare up again just as the last wave ends.

The second common mistake is pinning all hopes for treatment on a single approach.  For example, someone may have heard the benzyl peroxide is effectiveand they had good results on the first pimples they used it on.  From there, they use it anytime the acne gets bad without supplementing other treatments.

The problem with this approach is that it never transitions to prevention.  By just dealing with one part of the acne problemin this case, by treating active infectionsthe person dooms him or herself to ongoing acne problems.   Mixing-and-matching results would work far better.

The third common error is failing to get into a consistent routine.   By choosing to use the same acne treatments at the same time on a regular basis, you can figure out how much acne home treatmentand at what rhythmyou need for optimum health. Given how long the acne cycle lasts, this means you will need to test your treatment routine for at least one to two months to get a reliable idea of effectiveness.   During this test period, choose a few products, and get in the habit of applying them X times per day.

Depending on how sensitive your skin is, and how bad the acne, you may be able to get away with more or less treatments.  In particular, be careful of over drying your skin if it isnt used to acne treatment.  For an example of my routine, check out this post on acne treatment products.

Bringing it back together, weve identified three common mistakes of home acne treatment.  The first is inaction, which is more common than you might think.   The second is starting treatmentbut only using a single product that deals with one part of the problem, rather than a balanced approach.   The final common mistake is not settling into a regular pattern of treatment, which is essential for prevention and will make handling acute infections easier.