Today, there are many effective acne treatments. This does not mean that every acne treatment works for everyone who has acne, but it does mean that virtually every case of acne can be controlled. People who have mild acne have a few blemishes. They may have whiteheads, blackheads, papules, and/or pustules (aka pimples). Many people can treat mild acne with products that you can buy without a prescription. This does not mean that the acne will clear overnight. Despite the claims by over-the-counter treatments, acne treatment does not work overnight. At-home treatment with some products can require 4-8 weeks to see improvement, and once the acne clears, you must continue to treat the skin to prevent breakouts. Traditional Chinese medicine offers a wide-variety of treatments for acne that provide quick relief from unsightly pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes. However, those seeking treatment must be patient, as it can take 2 weeks for the acne to clear up and longer for acne scarring to deminish. Below are several excellent treatments with a long history of successfully treating acne. For best results long-term (or continuous) use is highly recommended.