Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation, affecting the hormonal component or doing all four. With most prescription Acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better.
- Skin Care: Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments are generally mild and contain Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid as their active ingredient. These products can be helpful for very mild Acne, but may cause initial side effects such as skin irritation, dryness and flaking
- Chemical Peels: can help jump start an Acne treatment routine
- Prescriptions: retinoids, antibiotics and other effective options are available depending on the type and severity of your Acne
- Clarisonic: Sonic Skin Cleansing System
- Photodynamic Therapy: is an effective treatment options for people who do not want to be on long term oral or topical medication
- Laser Treatments: such as Fraxel Dual and Fractional CO2 for Acne scarring
You can also prevent new Acne breakouts with self-care measures, such as washing your skin with a gentle cleanser and avoiding touching or picking at the problem areas. Other Acne-prevention tips include:
- Wash Acne prone areas only twice a day. Washing removes excess oil and dead skin cells. But too much washing can irritate the skin. Wash areas with a gentle cleanser and use oil-free, water-based skin care products.
- Use either an over-the-counter Acne cream or gel to help dry excess oil. Look for products containing Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid as the active ingredient if looking over the counter.
- Allow your physician to choose the right prescription regimen for your skin, which may include topical and/or oral antibiotics or retinoids.
- Avoid heavy foundation makeup. Choose mineral make-up (ie: glo minerals) powder cosmetics over cream products.
- Remove makeup before going to bed. Going to sleep with cosmetics on your skin can clog tiny openings of the hair follicles (pores). Also, be sure to throw out old makeup and clean your cosmetic brushes and applicators regularly with soapy water.
- Shower after exercising or doing strenuous work. Oil and sweat on your skin can trap dirt and bacteria. Sometimes OTC or prescription wipes can help with this.