How to Get Rid of Acne – The Basics
No matter what fancy name doctors give it, acne is for most sufferers a curse. Not only does in look unsightly when you have an outbreak, but it can also leave you with permanent scarring, both physically and psychologically. It’s hardly surprising then that those who suffer from the condition want to get rid of it as soon as possible, and at any cost.
Fortunately, curing acne is totally possible. In fact, there are several ways by which it can be removed and prevented, irrespective of which part of your body usually comes under attack. Practically all these treatments are designed to reduce oil production, fight bacterial infections, stimulate the turnover of skin cells, and reduce inflammation. You must remember however that patience is crucial when it comes to acne removal because it will take 4 to 8 weeks before any noticeable results can be seen.
Once an outbreak has started, dermatologists usually prescribe various medications. Some will be for reducing the appearance of your acne, while others will be aimed at bringing your condition under control. The nature and strength of the drugs you receive will depend on your skin type, and also on the severity of your condition.
First, topical treatments, whether they’re available over-the-counter or whether they are available only by prescription, are generally considered to be your first line of defense. Most of these treatments contain substances such as benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, lactic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, adapalene and tazarotene. These substances work by keeping skin pores open, killing bacteria, and by promoting cell turnover. The most common side effects of these treatments include redness, and sometimes a burning sensation, although effects can of course be dealt with accordingly.
Second, antibiotics may be prescribed to fight off the infection and inflammation present in breakouts. However, too much antibiotics in their oral and topical forms can build immunity against these medications, thus, doctors will be cautious in their prescriptions of antibiotics.
Third, isotretinoin is typically prescribed for patients with deep cysts, which represents the most severe form of the skin condition. Although it is a very effective treatment of acne, its side effects can be severe as well so much so that a dermatologist must closely monitor the patient.
Fourth, oral contraceptives can help women but not in all cases. In fact, birth control pills can cause acne in many individuals. Dermatologists will prescribe oral contraceptives like Ortho-Cyclen to see what effects it may have on the skin.
Fifth, medical applications like laser therapy and cosmetic procedures (microdermabrasion and chemical peels, for example) are used in combination with other removal methods. Only a dermatologist can determine if an individual will benefit from these procedures.
Medical science has the answers. But there are things that an individual can do to prevent a breakout in the first place.
Prevention Down the Road
Taking proper care of your skin is the key to staying acne-free, so here are a few tips you can follow if you’d prefer to never have an outbreak
- Use only a gentle cleanser to wash the affected areas while avoiding scrubs, masks and astringents.
- If at all possible, avoid using makeup altogether, and if you really must paint your face, only use hypoallergenic products.
- Dirty objects need to stay far away from your face, and this includes your fingers, your mobile phone, and even your caps.
Lastly, those people who suffer from acne must stop from popping their pimples. Not only does it make the condition worse, but it also causes scarring. It is also advisable to see your doctor or a dermatologist if your condition appears to worsen even when over-the-counter medications are being used.