It is not usual to use topical antibiotics or antibiotic tablets as maintenance treatment once the spots have cleared. This is because long-term use of antibiotics can lead to resistance of germs to the antibiotics. Also, azelaic acid, another topical treatment, is only licensed for treatment periods of six months. Also, it is best not to take the pill long-term solely to prevent acne. Therefore, if at first you are treated with an antibiotic, azelaic acid or the pill, you may be advised to switch to benzoyl peroxide or a topical retinoid for maintenance treatment.
“Things are so much better today because there are so many more options for treating acne,” said Sarah Taylor, MD, a dermatologist with Wake Forest Baptist Health. “While OTC products are pretty much the same as they have been for years – just different concentrations of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid in various forms such as cleansers, gels and creams – the prescription world has really changed in the past 10 years or so. We’re much better equipped to deal with all different types of acne.”
Glycolic acid an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin, helping to get rid of the dead skin cells that can clog pores. Just like salicylic acid, you can find glycolic in washes, peels, moisturizers, and serums at your local beauty store or drugstore.
Chandan Paste: Another thing which has worked amazing on my skin is a chandan paste. In order to make this paste, roll the stick by adding water or milk over a flat stone till thick paste of sandalwood is obtained. The powerful antibacterial properties of sandalwood work effectively in fighting the bacteria and fungi and prevents the breakout of pimples and acne.
Do not wash more than normal. Twice a day is normal for most people. Use a mild soap and lukewarm water. (Very hot or cold water may worsen acne.) Do not scrub hard when washing acne-affected skin. Do not use abrasive soaps, cleansing granules, astringents, or exfoliating agents. Use a soft washcloth and fingers instead. Excess washing and scrubbing may cause more inflammation and possibly make acne worse.
Immediately after cleansing, apply a topical acne treatment. Dr. Bowe suggests Aczone, a prescription anti-inflammatory and antibacterial gel. Unlike benzoyl peroxide, which can be drying, Aczone contains dapsone, a gentle yet effective ingredient that is ideal for adult female skin.
You have a good shot at getting rid of milder, non-hormonal breakouts without a prescription. Apply a treatment with 2 percent salicylic acid, which gently exfoliates, such as Benzac Acne Solutions Intensive Spot Treatment, twice daily all over your face, or one with benzoyl peroxide, which fights the bacteria that cause zits. (We like Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel, which has the highest concentration available without a prescription.) You can also switch to a daily cleanser with at least 0.5 percent salicylic acid, such as Philosophy’s Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Cleanser. Then, every time you feel the first tingles of a new zit forming, hit the spot with a dab of antibacterial spot treatment (like that Benzac one we mentioned). And be patient: It can take six to eight weeks before you notice a real change in your skin.
This bad boy is a triple threat. Not only does it cool your skin down, it also reduces the inflammation of pimples and removes the oiliness from your skin. Apart from buying aloe vera gel from organic markets and drug stores, you can also make your own one.4
Note : if you have red marks, these are called PIE (post inflammatory erythema) they are the pink or red discolorations caused by inflammation and acne lesions. They usually need some time to disappear. They are usually very senstive spots. So be very careful not to increase inflammation.
Hormonal changes during puberty increase sebum production.5 Predisposition to hyperkeratinisation leads to occlusion of hair follicles and sebaceous ducts, forming open or closed comedones.5 P. acnes bacteria in the follicle breaks down sebum into fatty acids and peptides and may rupture the follicle wall.5 This causes an inflammatory response and the formation of papules and pustules. Deeper inflammation leads to nodules and cysts.2 Scarring may then occur as deeper lesions heal.
Azelaic acid cream. Apply to clean, dry skin twice per day to start. Then can decrease to once per day. Improvement usually takes a few weeks. It helps fight bacteria and may decrease comedo formation.
Remember that effective acne treatment is a marathon, not a sprint. Some believe that quick fixes found in their medicine cabinet are viable options, wondering to themselves: Can hydrogen peroxide cure acne? or Does sulfur make acne better? In most cases like these, the answer is no. These solutions are short-lived, and can result in worsened breakouts.
Shannon Marks started her journalism career in 1994. She was a reporter at the “Beachcomber” in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to “Philadelphia Weekly.” Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing writer at lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.
Acne vulgaris has a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life, affecting both self-esteem and psychosocial development.1 Patients and physicians are faced with many over-the-counter and prescription acne treatments, and choosing the most effective therapy can be confusing.
Pimples are seriously the skin problem from hell. They hurt when they are forming, and they look and feel disgusting once they are there. But that’s not it. After that pimple is gone, it leaves you with a little parting gift: an acne scar. The discolored mark is blatant proof that you had a pimple, and it was not fun.
There are very few side effects related to using silicone gel sheets. The main one would have to be that they are uncomfortable for some people to be worn on the face. Other than that, there aren’t really big side effects that you should watch out for.
I would be careful using a dehumidifier – sometimes the opposite is needed (a humidifier). This all depends on where you live and whether you sleep with heating or the air on etc. Drying out your skin isn’t a good thing and shouldn’t be the goal – more than anything it will make the condition worse. I would also be cautious in recommending apple cider vinegar – this can work great for some but cause cystic acne for others (or simply do nothing) – like all natural remedies.