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.
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
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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