While over-the-counter treatments can be obtained easily, it is highly recommended that you consult with a dermatologist to obtain treatment. Most of the time these doctors will prescribe some form of pharmaceutical medication and the intensity of the treatment will depend on the condition severity. The information below will discuss what treatment is most suited to the different types of acne:
1. Mild Acne
Mild acne is characterised by a minimal amount of whiteheads, blackheads and pustules. This is one of the most common forms of acne and the most easily treated. Many people will use over-the-counter topical lotions. However, it is recommended that you seek advice from a medical professional to determine whether or not the topical cream is suitable for your unique situation. If your skin is sensitive to certain chemicals, it may be seen that the acne is irritated by the ointment and this can cause an increase in acne severity.
2. Moderate Acne
Moderate acne is characterised by a widespread appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules. While this acne can be treated using over-the-counter topical creams, it is highly likely that the treatment will be temporary or ineffective. This condition will require medical consultation and often results in prescriptions for antibiotics to deal with the infection.
3. Severe Acne
While all types of acne present with whiteheads, blackheads and pustules, severe acne also introduces cysts, inflammation and scarring. This condition is quite common during puberty due to the imbalance of hormones and many people will see their acne disappear over time. However, to treat this condition it is essential that you obtain recommendations from medical professionals. Long-term treatment will require a form of antibiotic that must be used regularly for a minimum of three months. While this is effective it can also have significant side effects (as is the case wherever antibiotics are used too freely). The side effects and suitability of the antibiotic can be discussed with professional skin care experts.
In many cases of severe acne, it is recommended that one undergo cosmetic procedures. This treatment is generally more effective and long-lasting than pharmaceutical options but like any medical procedure, you should do your research before committing to any treatment. Some of the options include:
1. The Chemical Peel
Chemical peels can remove acne while also improving overall skin tone. Some people may find the chemical peel to be uncomfortable or slightly painful, especially if the treatment is not performed by well trained & certified skin care professionals. Also chemical peels may not be the most effective solution for people with sensitive skin.
2. Laser Surgery
Laser surgery is typically used to improve skin tone and remove any age lines. However, it can also be used to eliminate acne and reduce the risk of scarring. This procedure involves the use of a laser to remove damaged skin and bring clear new skin to the surface. While often less painful than the chemical peel it does introduce a greater number of potential side effects, including burning and permanent depigmentation. Again, this is not likely to occur if you research your skin clinic before undergoing any treatment.
It is known that topical creams are readily available and easier to purchase, but it is still not recommended to simply use them right away without some professional help from skin care consultants. Skin clinics who hire & train the best skin experts or dermatologists on the other hand can prescribe you the right solution to get rid of your skin problems.
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