First of all, there is no real cure for acne. If you do not treat it, it can take years; However, it will disappear normally as you get older. But by using the following acne treatments, you should be able to maintain control.
# 1. Benzoyl peroxide, as a gel or lotion, will help kill bacteria in your skin, unclog pores and heal acne. This is probably the best acne treatment over-the-counter you can buy. You can get it in different levels of strength, between 2.5% and 10%. Be sure to read the instructions before using it.
# 2. If benzoyl peroxide does not work for you, consult your doctor. If your doctor deems it necessary, he may prescribe more powerful treatments. He will probably recommend one of three different acne medications.
1. Topical antibiotic solutions can be used with other acne medications for pustular acne.
2. Tretinoin (Retin-A) in the form of gel or cream will help unclog pores, but you must follow the instructions exactly. Some people who take this medication may experience increased redness as a result of sun exposure or tanning beds.
3. Oral antibiotic pills can be used next to gels, creams or lotions if topical treatments are not enough on their own.
# 3. Isotretinoin (Accutane). It is a very strong chemical that is only used for severe cystic acne that has failed to respond to other types of acne treatments. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, NEVER take Accutane. It is possible that the unborn child suffers from very serious and even fatal deformities. For the reasons above, do not have unprotected sex while you are taking Accutane.
If you have acne problems, consult your doctor. And when you undergo treatment, remember these 5 tips:
1. To be patient. It usually takes at least three weeks to see an improvement. You must give the treatment time to the job.
2. Follow the indications. Not following the instructions is the most common reason why acne treatment does not work.
3. Do not use acne medications prescribed by anyone else. This is particularly true for Accutane. Using an acne medication prescribed for someone else will do you more harm than good.
And finally, do not overdo it. Rubbing your skin too much will make your acne worse. Too much of an oral antibiotic can cause harmful side effects. Taking too much Retin-A or benzoyl peroxide will make your face red and scaly.