Over-the-counter pore cleansing treatments with benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid are highly rated for mild acne, while prescription medications that contain minocycline are highly recommended for more severe acne. Zeno, an acne clearing device that uses heat to kill bacteria, also proves to be effective for minor breakouts.
Pore cleansers control acne by ridding the pores of trapped dirt and debris to keep pores clear of clogs. Good pore cleansers include Neutrogena On-the-Spot with benzyl peroxide and Clean & Clear's treatment containing salicylic acid.
Minocycline is now available in a new extended release low-dose form called Solodyn. MinocinPac combines minocycline with calming topical products.
Zeno requires only a few 2 1/2-minute treatments over 24 hours and is effective for 60 to 70 percent of users with mild acne.