There are a few ways we treat acne, but effective treatment depends on what the cause of your acne is. If you are having a bad reaction to low-fat milk, simply washing your face obsessively or applying antibacterials won’t help. You can’t wash acne away.
Finding the cause of your acne
It’s important to investigate acne thoroughly so that the true cause can be treated. For example, you may have a hormonal imbalance that needs addressing like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or excess testosterone.
Taking the time to clearly understand your problem is key. Acne tends to be more of an inside problem that is manifesting on the outside, rather than a skin problem per se. Finding and solving the issue is the first and foremost goal of acne treatment, so work with your doctors and other health practitioners with this in mind. In the meantime, there are definitely ways you can help keep acne in check.
Gentle cleansing is important
But over-washing is bad, because it can dry the skin out and irritate the inflamed pimples that already exist. This can result in life getting really uncomfortable really quickly, and maybe even worsening of the problem. Because the problem is dead skin cells and oil, gentle, regular cleansing helps keep acne from getting worse. Cleansing by itself, however, will not save you.
Specialist dermatological cosmetics
Having high-quality cosmetics also helps, so talk to your dermatologist about specialist products that won’t make your problem worse, or that can help improve your skin. Many products claim to help pimples or acne, but not all of them do, so talk to a specialist for recommendations.
Medicated creams or lotions
- Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria, and can help unplug the hair follicles. This can be used in conjunction with other treatments as per the instructions of your dermatologist.
- Retinoic acid is a prescription or over-the-counter medicated cream that causes skin cells to regenerate themselves. It can cause peeling or dry skin. You should only use this medicine under the guidance of your dermatologist, as there may be better treatments available.
- A very powerful prescription-only medication that is intended for severe acne that cannot be controlled in other ways. This medicine is not to be taken lightly and can cause side-effects. It’s not for everyone. People who can’t or don’t want to take strong acne drugs may consider Kleresca program, which has been proven very effective without the side-effects of strong drugs.
Radiofrequency, laser, and Kleresca
Acne and acne scarring can be treated using radiofrequency, lasers, and other wave- or light-based devices that target the skin cells at deeper layers. These machines have a variety of different actions, including increasing collagen production, killing bacteria, and improving the skin surface.
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