The best treatments inhibit sebum production, limit bacterial growth, or encourage shedding of skin cells to unclog pores. Because many therapies can have side effects, any patient with acne should proceed with caution when trying a new treatment. People with any type of acne that lowers their self-esteem or makes them unhappy, those with acne that is leaving scars or people with severe, persistent cases of acne, need the care of a dermatologist.
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.
A better way to treat acne is to get rid of at least two of the causes of blemishes at the same time, removing excess skin oil and the clumps of dead skin that keep it trapped inside pores. The two FDA-approved ingredients for this purpose are benzoyl peroxide and salicyclic acid.
Acne is a common dermatological condition that affects most people at some stage in their life. Because acne is regarded as “normal” and over-the-counter products are readily available, most people will not seek treatment from their General Practitioner. However, for some, acne will become significant enough to require medical management. Pharmacological treatment for acne is based on the severity of the symptoms and the impact of the condition on the patient. Treatment ranges from topical medicines for mild acne to oral isotretinoin for severe acne.
The two most frequently used topical antibiotics for the fast treatment and maintenance of acne are clindamycin and erythromycin. They can be used singly or can be combined with benzoyl peroxide. They also work well with oral antibiotics to fight inflammatory acne, whiteheads, blackheads, as well as other non-acne skin problems. Learn more…
Cortisone is a quick fix for acne emergencies. We mean got a big board meeting tomorrow kind of quick. Go into the dermatologist’s office for a shot of this corticosteroid, and acne will disappear in 24 to 48 hours. The treatment works to curb inflammation, which makes it best for cystic breakouts and can be really good at combatting hormonal flare-ups. If done incorrectly, a cortisone shot can leave a small depression in the skin that lasts about eight weeks. “It’s a rare side effect that happens if dosage of cortisone is too high,” explains Linkner. “You want to go to someone who knows what they’re doing.”
Accutane (isotretinoin) has a mixed reputation, but among dermatologists it’s the finisher for patients with severe acne. “If you have an acne patient that doesn’t respond to anything, [Accutane] can really be a game changer,” board-certified dermatologist Adam Friedman tells SELF. Accutane is an oral retinoid, and it has all the same benefits of a retinol but is even more effective.
Guys I know something that works great for pimples and acne scars!! So you dry some orange peels (just for 2-3 days-put them in a sunny place or something) then after they’re dried, you grind them – either in a grinder if you have one or those stone pot things that are like ancient . Once they’re grinded, add like a little bit of water, I add about 1tbsp for 1 whole peel from 1 orange, and make a medium consistency paste- so not too thick and not too watery. Then apply this on your face as a mask or on affected areas for about 20-30 mins, the more the better. And then wash your face with warm water.. Dude this legit works!!! I’ve been doing it for about 5 days now and my skin is like clear!! I only have 1 little scar on my chin which has nearly faded already! TRY IT! It works!! 🙂
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By removing these top layers with acne scars, pimples, blemishes; the skin is able to regenerate by creating new skin cells for a scar free complexion. A new layer of skin grows back on top of the peeled off skin.
Combination therapy, for example with retinoids and antibiotics, is more effective than either agent used alone.13 However, the agents should be applied at separate times, unless they are known to be compatible.3 Benzoyl peroxide may oxidize a retinoid such as tretinoin if it is applied simultaneously.14 A 12-week randomized controlled trial involving 249 patients with mild to moderate acne showed treatment with adapalene gel 0.1% and clindamycin 1.0% to be superior to that with clindamycin 1.0% used alone.15 If inflammatory lesions are present, topical antibiotics containing benzoyl peroxide should be combined with a topical retinoid (e.g., topical antibiotic with benzoyl peroxide in the morning and retinoid at night). A review of three clinical studies with 1259 patients showed that a combination of clindamycin 1% and benzoyl peroxide 5% was more effective than either drug used alone in reducing lesions and suppressing P. acnes.16
The FDA rules are just commonsense. No matter what product you put on your skin, you need to stop if it causes irritation. After all, your skin repairs irritation by making still more sebum in its pores. It is always best to test a dot of any new skin care product on the skin of your forearm, leaving it there for at least eight hours, to make sure it won’t cause sudden sensitivity on your face. But what’s the benefit of these generally accepted as safe and effective acne-fighting ingredients?
Acne is not just a simple skin infection. The cause is a complex interaction of changing hormones, sebum, overgrowth of normally harmless germs (bacteria), inflammation, etc (described above). You cannot catch acne – it is not passed on through touching (contagious).