Suggestions for Acne Treatment
by John Zaremba
Treating acne can be tricky, and what makes it harder is the amount of bad advice out there. People will tell you to wash and scrub hard, use all sorts of chemicals and avoid foods such as chocolate and french fries. It's all nonsense. Treating acne sensibly is a matter of patience, good basic skincare, careful use of medicine, and knowing fact from fiction.
Learn about acne, and separate truth from myth. Acne forms when your skin produces too much oil, when dead cells irritate the hair follicles in your skin, and when too much bacteria builds up on your skin. Though lots of people will tell you otherwise, it's not caused by dirt, stress or certain foods.
Treating acne takes time. Acne doesn't go away overnight, and it can stick around for weeks. Even with mild cases, over-the-counter medicine might take weeks to improve the appearance of your skin.
Avoid irritating your skin. Scratchy scrubbing pads and alcohol-based cleansers can leave your skin feeling fresh and antiseptic, but they irritate the skin and make acne worse. So does washing your face too much. Wash twice a day (or slightly more often, if you are active and sweat a lot.) Use a gentle cleansing soap, warm water and your hands.
Know When To See A Doctor
If self-treatment isn't working, see a dermatologist. Good hygiene and drugstore treatment should produce at least some improvement within a few weeks. If it does not, it may be time to see a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating disorders of the skin. The dermatologist may prescribe stronger medication, antibiotics or other treatment.