Acne has a wide range of treatments and is a common problem for both teenagers and adults. It’s likely that everyone you know has or has had a problem with acne, so take heart because you aren’t alone. Many people have found ways to cure and prevent their acne and you can do the same.
Acne can affect dry, oily and normal skin types. It is caused by bacterial growth in your skins’ pores and can be further developed by hormonal imbalances, environmental irritants, certain medications, and your diet.
There are many over-the-counter and prescription acne treatments available. New procedures are also becoming popular for effectively treating acne.
Depending on the severity and cause of your acne, you may be able to find a solution easily and inexpensively. Different kinds of over-the-counter treatments include astringent cleansers, creams, special soaps, pore strips, and assorted combinations of botanical oils.
It usually isn’t recommended to use a variety of products at the same time. Try one acne treatment for a few weeks and see if it works for you. Stop using the product if you have unsatisfactory results. Allow a couple of days for your skin to return to normal before trying a different kind of over the counter product.
This method of treating your acne can be tedious and ineffective. Visiting a professional will give you more information about your specific case of acne and access to stronger acne medications.
Your doctor or dermatologist will be better equipped to diagnose the specific cause of your acne. They may be able to recommend the right over-the-counter product for your acne or may recommend a prescription acne treatment. Prescription products that treat acne include oral and topical antibiotics, oral and topical retinoids, and extra-strength benzoyl peroxide creams.
Recent technologies are becoming more common in the treatment of acne. Many of these skin therapies are used for multiple skin conditions in addition to acne. Microderm abrasion, chemical peels, laser therapy, and infrared light therapy are just a few of the procedures being used for acne prevention and treatment.
If you have severe acne or if nothing you are trying is working it may be time to seek the advice of professional specialists. Your doctor may even refer you to a specialized acne clinic to treat your skin.
To find a clinic without enlisting the help of your doctor, you might try turning to one of the social media websites that you use every day. Many acne clinics have pages on social media sites. This allows you to both find a clinic and see who uses their services. The pictures displayed on social media sites will allow you to see how well the treatments at the clinic work on real people, maybe even people you know. Many acne clinics also offer free consultations.
Between over-the-counter and prescription medications and all of the procedures offered to treat your skin, you should be able to find a method that works for you. In the end, you will probably find that seeking professional advice is less costly and tedious than trying to find an over the counter method on your own through trial and error.