Acne: your skin requires appropriate care & treatment
Date Added: November 22, 2009
In a recent poll, breakouts topped the list of beauty calamities, distressing interviewees more than lines and wrinkles, or even a haircut gone badly.
Acne, although largely affecting teens, may happen at any age. Apart from the face, it can also happen on other parts of the body, such as the neck and back.
What can be done to cure it? First, try out over-the-counter acne solutions that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
Benzoyl peroxide is the most commonly used acne treatment and is regarded as one of the most potent ones available on the market. If you are suffering from mild forms of acne that is non-inflammatory, benzoyl peroxide is known as very potent. Because it is safe for application on both adults and children, it is preferable to other acne soultions.
Still, there are a few minor side effects. It can bring on dry skin. If you think your skin is too dry, give some recovery time to your skin and then, using a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide, try out again.
Salicylic acid works best of all on acne that is non-inflamed and it begins by removing the dead skin, thereby keeping the pores of the skin pour and forestalling clogging. When nothing clogs the pores, your chances of getting whiteheads and blackheads fall drastically. But skin irritation is possible. Patients have complained of dryness, stinging or burning feeling, and flaking and peeling of the skin.
If the treatment does not work on you, talk to your family physician about prescription acne solutions, such as antibiotics, retinoids (Avita, Retin-A) and adapalene (Differin).
There are a few antibiotics that are advised by doctors as acne solutions for patients with moderate or severe cases of ance. Antibiotics stop bacteria from growing and spreading in the body. Although they demonstate results quicker, antibiotics are commonly not preferred by patients, as they result in side effects, such as upset stomach, discoloration of the skin, giddiness and photosensitivity.
For severe cases of cystic acne, your family doctor may recommend isotretinoin (Accutane) or may send you to a dermatologist. Because serious side effects are possible, males and females taking Accutane should be carefully monitored by their doctors. If other acne solutions appear ineffective, laser or light therapy may be used.