Antibiotic + medicine you apply to the acne: This is often the first treatment recommended for severe acne. Taking an antibiotic can reduce the redness and swelling of acne. The medicine you apply to your skin works on reducing bacteria and clogged pores.
The first and most important rule isn’t groundbreaking: remember to wash your face! Cleansing and treating your skin twice a day is the best way to keep breakouts away. For those emergencies when you’re just too tired to wash your face, keep a stash of face wipes in the drawer of your nightstand. This way if you get home super late and don’t feel like going all the way to the sink, you can still stick go to bed with clean skin!
Washing your face everyday using face scrubs and face washes twice a day really help. I’ve seen a massive difference. I love using ‘Neem’ (tee tree herbal face wash) and it works quickly. About less than a month or 2 weeks. (for me)
Cystic Acne: The most severe type of acne, cystic acne requires dermatological care and prescription acne medication to treat. Even the best acne products available over the counter are no match for this painful condition in which the area of the outbreak becomes inflamed, but not infected. Cystic acne can result in permanent scarring. However, it’s important to know that all acne lesions can scar. Scarring is related to size, amount of inflammation, genetics and delay in therapy.
Fractional laser treatment is less invasive than ablative laser treatment, as it targets only a fraction of the skin at a time. Fractional lasers penetrate the top skin layers, where its light energy stimulates collagen production and resurfaces the top layer of the epidermis. Treatments typically last between 15 and 45 minutes and effects become visible in 1 to 3 weeks.
Ask your doctor about starting with a milder formula of benzoyl peroxide, as low as 2 to 2.5%. These products are much less likely to cause side effects that make you want to stop treatment. Save stronger benzoyl peroxide products for spot treatments—but be forewarned that a stronger produce may make the pimple even redder before it heals.
I hope you’ve learned more today about how getting to the roots of illness via the 7 Key to UltraWellness can help you uncover the source of your health problem, wherever you may find it — even in a pimple on your nose!!
You don’t have to put up with severe acne and run the risk of getting scars on your face. There are lots of treatments that can bring your breakouts under control. The key is to work with your dermatologist to tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs.
On this subject, Renée is most clear: “Whenever a blemish appears, the goal is to get it to heal quickly. Most people have a myriad of zit-zapping spot treatments in
bathroom and will apply these generously the moment a blemish pops up in hopes of drying it out to get it to go away more rapidly. But most spot treatments actually make the blemish stick around longer when used in this way. It will also lead to a prolonged recovery time with scarring.” The reason is that when used too early, the drying lotion will dry out the skin on top of the infection, actually trapping the infection from coming out. “Have you ever tried to squeeze a blemish that has been dried out with a spot treatment? I’m sure you’ve experienced sheets of skin peeling off which will result in more scarring. Not good,” Renée says. “The best solution is to leave it alone to get rid of it faster.” Frustrating, but probably true.
“Generally speaking, if you’re very acne prone, you have to be quite mindful of exfoliation,” advises Dr. Wong. “Many anti-acne products contain acid, making your skin more sensitive as you’ve probably stripped away the natural protector factors on your skin. You can damage your skin barrier by being too aggressive with exfoliation. Most people think more exfoliating is better but the scrubs can be quite abrasive.” If you do want to exfoliate, she recommends weekly exfoliation.
From mild to severe, acne can cause painful and unsightly outbreaks on the face, back, chest and even arms. Left untreated, acne can also lead to diminished self-esteem and long-term hyperpigmentation or scarring. Genetics, changing hormone levels, lack of sleep and stress are all contributing factors to acne.
Blackheads are, essentially, open comedones. “Comedone refers to plugging of the follicular opening,” explains NYC dermatologist Elizabeth Hale, M.D., referring to hair follicles that technically cover your entire face and body (hi, peach fuzz). “Every hair follicle appears in a sebaceous gland.” So a blackhead is the mixture of dead cells, bacteria, and grime that builds up and hardens in the follicular opening—but it’s open to the world, which is why blackheads are so easy (read: tempting) to push out.
American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne Treatment Revolutionized by 25 Years of Treatment,” “Acne,” “Food Does Not Cause Acne,” “Treating Acne in Skin of Color,” “Prescription Medications for Treating Acne.”