Basics on acne and acne treatment

There are different types of acne. Acne can be presented in the form of a mild breakout that can be covered with a bit of makeup, but can also be serious inflammations, requiring long-term treatment. Thankfully, nowadays there are many ways in which you can treat acne, from crèmes and herbal tinctures, to laser treatment and prescription medicines.

In general, there are three ways in which acne treatment can work: it can target the bacteria that causes acne, keep the pores free from blockages and grease, or it can reduce the inflammation with existing acne. It should be also noted that some allegedly natural, but not tested enough products, work by changing your metabolism with vitamins and similar supplements, affecting your skin for the better by clearing blemishes and helping you fight inflammation and any potential scarring. Many people claim these products really work, but there are so many of them, so we suggest you be cautious when you do the research. Only after thorough research will you avoid falling in the trap of buying mere vitamin supplements, which won’t do anything for your acne issue.

You probably already know this, but acne is the most common skin issue, caused by bacteria and an excess of oil produced by the oil glands. In most cases, acne will appear during adolescence and go away by themselves after several years, but it should be noted, importantly, that about 35 per cent of adults suffer from acne their whole life. This is usually nothing major, but nobody likes nasty blemish on their brow, for example.

The causes for acne can be many and you should definitely see a dermatologist to determine what caused your issue. Some of the causes of acne are heredity, oily skin and hair, hormonal imbalances and increased secretion of male hormones, nutritional deficiencies, even stress. Sometimes one of more factors are combined, making acne difficult to eradicate.

Acne can be treated with several methods, depending on what your dermatologist says and what your condition is like. One of the ways to treat acne is with topical methods, which are prescription and other products. This is usually meant for milder acne and requires no medical supervision – you simply stick to what it says on the package, and you should be fine.

Another way of treating acne is through systemic methods. This refers to pills or skin injections, and these are all used for more serious conditions that require long-term treatment. This kind of treatment requires constant medical supervision and could have some side effects.

Finally, there are also various dermatological procedures, performed by doctors, estheticians or other knowledgeable people. For the most part, these procedures are used in combination with another method and can include comedone extractions, microdermabrasion, phototherapy, chemical peels, etc.

In any case, when you wish to get rid of acne once and for all, make sure you visit your dermatologist and see which method suits you most.