Today, there are numerous and effective ways to treat acne. There are lasers, peels, facials, and prescribed oral and topical treatments. With all the different types of treatments how does one identify what works for them.
First off, the reason for the acne needs to be identified. There are numerous reasons why acne occurs.
• Food: Most people don’t understand that greasy food put into the body can cause an inflammatory response causing acne and oily skin. Some studies have even indicated that chocolate, milk, high carbs, and a poor diet can cause acne.
• Hormones: Some acne can be a hormonal issue, this can be due to the amount of testosterone in the body. This can be identified through the result of a blood draw.
• Dirt: Dirt on the skin can caused clogged pores and blackheads. Inconsistently washing your face thoroughly can cause acne. On the other hand, over-washing can irritate the skin and create even further acne.
• Stress: This is an issue that can flare up at any moment. People who are under stress can have acne flareups. In order to reduce the acne issues learn how to relax, live in the moment, and just appreciate life will help reduce stress. Also, learning how to identify what stresses you out and staying away will help reduce stress and possible acne flareups.
• Cosmetics: Most people don’t understand the ingredients in products that they are placing on their face. Most make-ups can cause acne due to the fact that an ingredient used to cover up are actually going deep into the skin. The way to reduce makeup related acne flareups is just allowing the face to breathe for a couple days without makeup. Searching for products that are non-comedo
genic will help reduce the flareups and not over doing with different layers of products on the face will help reduce. The face can be quite sensitive if numerous products are placed on the face simultaneously. Washing makeup brushes consistently, not over washing your face, washing pillow sheets, and not picking or touching your face will surely help.
• Sun: UV rays from the sun, tanning beds, and tanning oil can clog the skin causing acne.
The main ingredient in most acne fighting products consist of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These ingredients are not an overnight treatment but when used consistently have shown great results.
The best time to see a skin care specialist is when it’s out of control and your flareups are just too hard to handle. Your Doctor may prescribe you with some topical ingredients that can kill bacteria or something stronger that may take orally that will work from the inside out.
• Antibiotics: These can be taken topically or orally to help reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria that is creating the acne on your skin.
• Chemical Peels: There are many types of chemical peels such as a Salicylic, lactic, and glycolic peels. The right peel will depend on your skin type and skin reaction to the chemicals.
• Extraction: Some acne is too deep or too large and may need to be drained. Extracting and draining the bacteria will help reduce inflammation and heal properly.
• Steroid Injection: Large acne issues that are way too deep into the skin can be treated by injecting a steroid to help reduce the size.
• Birth Control: Some women can be prescribed birth control to help regulate hormones in the body and keep the skin clear.
• Isotretinoin: A prescribed oral treatment to help reduce nodular acne and cystic skin. This can be prescribed by a Doctor and can be taken from a month to 6 months. It will all depend on the severity of your skin.
• Acne Laser Treatment: High intense lasers work to remove the thin layer of the skin to reveal healthier skin. This allow the skin to breathe, reduce acne, inflammation, and scarring from previous acne.
Treatment prevention and consistent awareness of what causes your acne will help keep your skin clear in the long run. It may take multiple treatment combinations to maintain control of your acne.
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