Treatments For Acne

August 22, 2017 2 min read 0 Comments

While there are lots of treatments for acne, I have listed the most popular ones for everyone's benefit.

Topical treatments:

1. Benzoyl peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide kills bacteria that can cause the formation of acne. It also unclogs skin pores which prevent the formation of whiteheads and blackheads which is the result of clogged pores.

2. Doxycycline

Doxycycline is a type of antibiotics that fight bacteria in the body. It is usually prescribed for severe acne condition.

3. Erythromycin

Erythromycin is a type of antibiotics used for bacterial infections. It works by preventing the growth and spreading of bacteria that can cause acne.

4. Tetracycline

Tetracycline is a type of antibiotics which function by treating infections like acne. It functions by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria. However, overuse of tetracycline may eventually limit the effectiveness of its functions.

5. Retin-A

Retin-A may help in your skin condition by decreasing the severity and number of pimples on your face. It also promotes the healing of pimples.

6. Differin

Differin reduces the growth of the keratin surface skin cells that can block pores. Clogged pores can lead to the formation of whiteheads and blackheads. Hence, unclogging pores can prevent the growth of mild acne.

Other forms of treatment:

1. Birth controls

Birth controls help to regulate hormone levels in your system. They can work by decreasing circulating androgens, which decreases the production of sebum.  However, there are cases whereby the user stops using birth control and the acne came by in a worse condition.

2. Facial Extractions by professionals:

Picking your face is extremely bad for your skin. Only a professional should do extractions. They are skilled enough to do the right extractions to minimise scarring and the worsening of acne. However, this form of treatment may be costly and takes more than one treatment to see results.

3. Accutane (Isotretinoin):

Accutane is a potent medicine that is often prescribed by dermatologists for the case of severe acne if topical treatments do not work. It reduces the size of your oil glands, preventing the production of sebum which is the leading cause of acne. Though effective, Accutane consumption has several side effects that must be noted.

These treatments only work for specific skin types and what works for someone may not work for another since we all have different skin types and severity of acne. Just do your research and always consult it with your dermatologist.