Acne Treatment Options
Whatever The Type of Acne, It Can Be Controlled By The Right Treatment..
Acne can be a real source of upset and misery for sufferers, but with the right treatment, most if not all cases of acne can be controlled, and usually got rid of..
There is no total “cure” for acne, so in order to keep on top of it and stop outbreaks from re-emerging it does take a good skin care regime and constant maintenance to keep it at bay..
That said, many people have managed to make their acne breakouts a thing of the past, its just about choosing the right treatment for you and your skin, and your doctor can often help..
Topical Acne Creams and Lotions
These kinds of preparations help by unblocking pores, killing the bacteria and calming any redness and inflammation,, commonly available to buy over the counter without prescription and come in many guises including creams, gels, washes and scrubs..
Common ingredients found in these kinds of products include Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, Tea Tree oil, Green tea, Liquorice and Azeliac acid..
They can be highly effective but can sometimes cause some mild side effects including dryness and possibly redness of the skin… the good thing is that these are generally short-lived and the skin generally settles down quite quickly
Some topical creams are stronger than others and these tend to be available from your doctor on prescription only
Antibiotics are often used by Doctors when treating more serious bouts of acne… these can be in both topical and oral form.. they work by killing the bacteria and reduce the redness and inflammation, but they are less effective at actually unblocking pores. Antibiotics are less likely to cause any associated skin problems, but can sometimes still have side effects
Erythromycin is a commonly used antibiotic that has shown great effect in treating acne, but its well known to cause stomach aches especially during the early days of treatment
Tetracycline is another commonly used antibiotic, but it should not be used by women who are pregnant, or breastfeeding and also children under 12 years old should also avoid
Antibiotics are usually only used for short term treatment.. as their continued use over lengthy periods of time can eventually build up a resistance to the drug in the body, and they stop working
Retinoids are generally more effective at clearing blocked pores and reducing the redness and inflammation associated with acne, generally more potent than OTC bought creams and lotions, Retinoids require a lot more care when using them.
A popular Retinoid is Adapalene.
Retinoids do have some side effects, especially in the first stages of treatment, this can include, burning and increased stinging sensations in the skin, along with redness and peeling, this is quite normal, it’s actually a sign that the product is working and will usually reduce as the skins appearance improves.
Retinoids can also make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so its crucial to always use a good sunscreen while using or taking them. Retinoids should also be avoided if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, they can in isolated cases harm unborn babies.
The Contraceptive Pill
The use of oestrogen based contraceptive pills are another common method used by doctors to treat acne in women, they help to regulate the levels of the androgen hormones that can trigger acne breakouts.
One commonly used pill is called Dianette (Co-Cyprindiol)
How Long Does Treatment Take
This will vary from case to case, usually you need to allow at least 4 weeks before you start to see any improvements, usually by 6 weeks a significant improvement should be seen…
To be successful, you need patience and ensure that you use the treatment regularly and maintain a good skin care regime
If tablets, creams and lotions aren’t working for you, you could also check out other options such as skin peels, laser therapy and even collagen injections… just discuss any of these with a trained dermatologist before undergoing any intensive skin treatments.