Acne Treatments

Available acne treatments focus on two main objectives:

  • Healing existing acne lesions.
  • Preventing the formation of new lesions.
Acne Treatments

Skin oil accumulates in blocked hair
follicle pores, which become infected.

In order to accomplish these objectives, the best acne treatments function to reduce and to some extent eliminate the physical problems that contribute to cause acne. The main causes of acne include:

  • Irregular cell clumping in the hair follicles.
  • Excessive oil.
  • Bacteria.
  • Skin irritation and inflammation.

Medicines and drugs used for the treatment of acne are either topical (external application) or oral (internal).

Acne can be prevented by merely making simple adjustments to one's lifestyle. Proper hygiene, diet, nutrients, water and exercise all combine to prevent an outbreak of acne or the further spread of the disorder.

Proper hygiene involves permitting the skin to breathe freely, particularly at bedtime. Many cosmetics are oil-based and introduce excess oil residue to the skin. Therefore cleansing the skin gently at least twice daily will help to reduce the oil residue and permit the skin to breathe. Over cleansing can be counterproductive by causing excessive drying and inflammation, so it is important not to overuse a cleaning regimen.

Vitamins E, A, B and C all contribute to prevent and treat acne, as these vitamins function to boost the body's immune system. The mineral Zinc is an antioxidant that also functions in a similar fashion in the prevention and treatment of acne. Additionally, Zinc also clears away tissue damaged as a result of acne. All of these nutrients can be ingested via capsule form or through food.

The best acne treatments operate to arrest the development of physical factors that cause acne. When androgen hormones influence sebaceous glands in such a way that they produce excessive oil (sebum), acne is the result. The typical acne treatment operates as follows:

This acne treatment regimen improves the manner in which dead skin cells exfoliate so as to prevent pores clogging. In order to get the best out of acne treatments it is wise to resist the temptation to squeeze and pop acne lesions. Most cases of mild to moderate acne can be successfully treated by way of topical agents that are available over-the-counter.

If you are suffering from severe or acute inflammation such as cysts that do not improve from self-treatment, it is advisable to see a dermatologist. Always remember, that acne takes time to develop. In most cases it could take up to three months before the physical symptoms of acne are present in the outer layers of the skin. It is therefore expected that medications be used a similar time period to work effectively.

If you have a question about acne prevention, or any of the best acne treatments, please contact us.

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