by Sue Bond
(San Diego, California, USA)
Acne is among the most common skin conditions and affects millions of people worldwide. It can have deep psychological consequences, affecting how you feel about yourself — specially among teenagers.
While there are several different types of acne treatment available, finding the right one for you can be a daunting task.
The ideal treatment for you depends on the severity of your acne problem. There are people with mild acne and there are those who suffer from severe acne.
Whether it’s mild or severe, acne can still make a person feel self conscious.
If there are small lesions like whiteheads and blackheads appearing on the surface of your skin, you have mild acne. You don’t need to worry because mild acne is easy to treat.
You can actually get rid of it naturally. Just wash the affected area using mild soap and warm water twice a day. This helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells.
Then, apply topical OTC acne treatment creams or solutions like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. In 6 to 8 weeks, you should be able to see improvements.
To ensure the best results in treating acne, it is advisable that you:
• Don’t squeeze, pop or pick acne as it can make them worse and last longer. It can also lead to permanent scarring.
• Avoid facial scrubs, abrasive soaps, astringents, toners and marks as these can irritate your skin. It becomes harder for your skin to tolerate your acne medication.
• Never scrub your skin clean because it can irritate acne-prone skin and lead to breakouts.
• Wait for 5 to 15 minutes after washing before you apply any acne medication.
• Only use oil-free skincare products because it can add to the clogging of the pores and lead to breakouts.
• Apply your acne medication before applying makeup.
• Cleanse the skin gently after sweating to prevent breakouts.
• Use acne treatment products exactly as prescribed.
Keep in mind that acne cannot disappear overnight. You need to give your acne treatment product enough time to work. It usually takes 6 to 8 week before you can see improvements on your skin.
Though it won’t be as blemish-free as you hoped it would be, there should still be a noticeable difference. To achieve clearer skin, it may take 6 months.
If you are not satisfied with the results, you can always see a dermatologist for a more appropriate therapy.
For those who suffer from severe acne conditions, on the other hand, it may be necessary more aggressive treatments. Those may be prescription medications or physical method.
Some treatment options for severe acne are: interlesional corticosteroid injection, oral antibiotics, isotrtinoin, drainage and surgical excision.