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If not treated, acne can cause scarring. Scarring is more likely when the skin is inflamed, swollen, reddish and painful, such as cystic acne and nodules. This form of acne penetrates deep into the skin, causing damage. Delaying treatment can cause scarring too.
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.
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD) or higher than normal levels of methemoglobin in your blood (methemoglobinemia).
If you have cystic pimples, Dr. MacGregor recommends your dermatologist and popping into the office for a quick visit to receive a cortisone injection (a steroid medication). The shot will reduce inflammation drastically, thus lowering the chance of scarring or of you being tempted to pop the pimple and create a deeper mark.
If you try a doctor-prescribed acne regimen for at least a month and you’re still experiencing severe breakouts, there’s one treatment that’s very effective — but it has significant side effects. Isotretinoin (commonly referred to as Accutane, a brand that was taken off the market in 2009) can help with almost all types of acne, though it may be slightly less likely to clear up hormonal acne, says Zeichner. A type of oral retinoid, isotretinoin works by “significantly reducing oil production from your sebaceous glands, which subsequently reduces the amount of P. acnes bacteria on the skin,” says Zeichner. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect. (If you’re interested in finding out more, ask your doctor about the isotretinoin brands that are available now, such as Claravis, Amnesteem, Myorisan, Zenatane, and Absorica.) Zeichner says that all patients who finish a course of isotretinoin (typically lasting five months, but many physicians recommend a longer treatment plan) will be “significantly better than when they started.” For the majority of patients, that can mean 100 percent clear skin. “Approximately 20 percent of patients will need a second course, 5 percent will need a third course, and one percent will need more than three,” says Zeichner. But even if you end up in the not-completely-clear camp, the post-treatment breakouts you experience will likely be “much more manageable with traditional treatments, like topicals and oral antibiotics,” says Zeichner.
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If your acne is severe, causing scarring or severe distress, then you may need a referral to a dermatologist for isotretinoin treatment. After a course of isotretinoin, most people are cured of their acne.
For years, the Rx for hormonal acne has been the birth control pill. Those that contain both estrogen and progesterone lower the amount of androgens your body produces, keeping blemishes at bay. But what if you’re perfectly happy with your current type of birth control, or you just don’t want to pop the pill?
Insofar as home remedies are concerned, green tea can be applied to kill bacteria, passionflower has anti-inflammatory properties, and aloe vera and/or tea tree oil can be applied to heal and condition the skin.
Thank you so much for making this guide! It really has helped me refocus my attention from the symptoms (my acne in general) to what types of problems I might have that are causing them. I stopped drinking cow’s milk since reading this book, and I gotta say… my acne has cleared up quite a bit…so..I definitely learned quite a bit about how my body operates based on the few simple changes I’ve made thus far. Keep up the great work!
Luckily, there’s a dermatologist who’s garnered quite the acne-obsessed cult following: Sandra Lee, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Southern California—aka Dr. Pimple Popper. Her YouTube channel is crazy popular, recently logging its billionth view. In her videos, not only does she educate people on what acne is, but she features footage of all sorts of skin issues erupting, including blackheads, pustules, cysts, and more. (There’s a “graphic and shocking” warning that precedes her videos—fair warning!)
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Depending on the severity, acne scars can last weeks, months or longer. To deal with these stubborn scars, many people rely on chemical creams and expensive treatments. If you want a safer alternative to get rid of the scars, try some simple and effective home remedies.
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Oral antibiotics may be considered for patients with moderate acne, or mild acne that has not responded to topical treatments after two months. N.B. topical treatment with benzoyl peroxide or retinoid should be continued.
Acne scars are deep indentations that are usually caused from picking at a blemish (though not always). They take much longer to remove and and can only be erased with laser treatment. Atrophic scars appear as indentations in the skin. One type of atrophic scarring commonly seen as a result of acne is often referred to as an “ice pick” scar, which appears more deep than wide. Hypertrophic scars appear as thick, raised bumps on the surface of skin.
The adverse effects of benzoyl peroxide include skin irritation, dryness and redness. Direct contact with eyes or other mucous membranes will cause severe irritation. Most of the adverse effects can be minimised by reducing the time the product is on the skin before being washed off, or by reducing the concentration used. Advise the patient that if their skin peels or becomes very dry, an oil-free moisturiser can be used. Benzoyl peroxide will bleach linen, clothing and towels.
Salicylic acid is another common active ingredient that helps remove excess cells that trap sebum and bacteria inside pores. It can also cause redness and dryness, especially on sensitive skin. Start with a product containing 0.5 percent to 3 percent salicylic acid.
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