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Acne Treatments and Medications

There are many standard medications for the treatment of acne. If you decide that your acne is not responding to over-the-counter treatments, it would be wise to visit your local family doctor. There are a variety of treatments and medications available from your physician.

If after two months the acne still does not seem to be improving, ask for a referral to a dermatologist. Treatments for acne differ in various countries and what is acceptable in one may not be available in another.

Before you opt for these measures, make sure you try the natural more skin friendly herbal acne treatments.

Acne treatments

One of the most common acne treatments is an antibiotic like tetracycline. This will kill the bacteria present in the blocked hair follicle, thus reducing the inflammation. It may need to be taken for some months, but is considered quite safe by the medical community.

The acne can also be treated externally by using erythromycin or benzoyl peroxide. While this reduces the bacteria causing the problem, it is really treating the symptoms rather than the cause. That is, the oil secretion and abnormal cell behaviour that blocks the follicle in the first place. So unfortunately, the acne will usually reappear within some weeks of the treatment being stopped.

The best thing to do is to reduce the amount of oil being secreted, and this can be accomplished by taking Vitamin A derivatives (marketed as Accutane). There are many harsh side effects, such as nosebleeds and dry skin with this treatment, so it must be done under the close supervision of the dermatologist.

Watch your diet for fatty foods.  Make sure all creams you put on your face and hair are oil free.

Exfoliating the skin is another treatment widely used in controlling acne. A chemical exfoliating agent such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid is used as a topical application to encourage the top layer of skin to peel off. This is not as horrible as it sounds, as only a microscopic layer dissolves. The same effect can also be accomplished by the use of an abrasive cloth or liquid scrub.

Sometimes, the contraceptive pill is prescribed for the control of acne. A combined estrogen/progestogen pill (marketed as Diane) is the most effective and now there is a new one on the market - though it may not be available in the USA - which has fewer side effects. I must say that I am not in favor of this method.

Yoram Harth and Alan Shalita have conducted extensive tests and trials with this new method and found that Photosynthesis from special fluorescent tubes can reduce the inflamed lesions by 60-70% in about four weeks of treatment. It works best if the acne is mild to moderate and has no side effects.

These are the main treatments used to control and cure acne. It is best to adhere strictly to the guidelines prescribed by your doctor for each one.

Remember, keep your hands away from your face.  Your hands will only rub in dirt and oil. The only time you want your hands on your face is when washing.  The self-conscious touching of acne is an absolute control issue and you must control the urge to hide behind your hands.

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