FRIDAY, January 26, 2018 – It can be frustrating to wait for the acne to go away on its own, especially for teenagers who are already aware of their appearance.
Untreated acne can lead to low self-esteem and anxiety, as well as permanent facial scars. If it is ignored or assumed that children grow out, it can harm them physically and emotionally. Acne can also persist into adulthood and can be particularly problematic for women.
Mild cases with just a few blemishes or blackheads can react to over-the-counter drugstore products with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid in a month or two. These are intended to open the pores and promote cell turnover.
But deep pimples and inflamed pustules need the strength of prescription products and the know-how of a dermatologist.
Most of the recipes are current. That is, they are applied to the skin to normally kill bacteria and / or reduce oil. They often contain a retinoid (a component based on vitamin A), prescription benzoyl peroxide or antibiotics in gel form. There are many effective combinations that your dermatologist can recommend. If one doesn't work, another might.
Severe acne with cysts and nodules often requires pill-form medication, from antibiotics to the most potent vitamin A drug called isotretinoin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a 4- or 5-month isotretinoin course leads to clear skin in 85 percent of patients. However, it can have serious side effects, especially birth defects. Therefore, it is important that people who take it do not become pregnant (or even breastfeed) while taking it.
There are also many office procedures that can help, such as lasers and other light therapies; chemical peels; and extractions that remove stubborn cysts and prevent scarring.
With so many options, there is no reason to suffer from this skin condition.
The American Academy of Dermatology has a section on its website that contains the latest treatments.
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Published: January 2018