Find The Right Product to Control Acne
After you’ve tackled your face washing regiment, the next step to getting your acne under control is picking a treatment method. The major problem in finding the right treatment for yourself is that everyone is different! Just because one product helps out all kinds of people doesn’t necessary mean its going to work for you. It’s a trial and error process that you can really narrow down by doing some research and by taking a close look at yourself.
Oral Medications That Clear Acne
There are several different medications that clear acne including Tetracycline, Erythromycin, Clindamycin, Minocycline, and Doxycycline. Of these medications, the two most common are Tetracycline and Erythromycin. All of these require a doctors prescription so be sure to talk with your primary doctor or your dermatologist before starting any treatments.
Tetracycline is the most popular of all the oral antibiotics as far as treating pimple goes. As with a lot of the oral medications, Tetracycline is known to increase sensitivity to sun, so sun exposure needs to be closely paid attention too, especially during the summer. Usually, a doctor will prescribe 500mg, twice a day until the acne fades away and dosage can be reduced or eliminated. One good thing about tetracycline is that it is inexpensive and is usually quite affordable even when one doesn’t have health care. As far as how fast it works, I noticed improvement within a week, but it isn’t a cure all. Continuing with a daily face washing regiment and other treatments in tandem work best.
Erythromycin is next in line as far as popularity for acne treatment goes. Right off the bat, it has several advantages over tetracycline. Erythromycin isn’t affected by food in the stomach and can be taken with a meal, unlike tetracycline which needs to be taken on a empty stomach for maximum effect. Secondly, it has anti-inflammatory properties which causes the redness and swelling on the skin area to go away quickly giving way for quick results. Erythromycin is much more expensive than Tetracycline and is also known to cause stomach problems in some individuals and therefore it’s not quite as popular as tetracycline, but its quickly gaining ground.
Topical Medications that Control Acne
Chances are if you’re looking around the drug store or the supermarket at all the different acne products out there, they contain one of the two following chemicals: Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid. These two chemicals are the tried and true big hitters in controlling the problem.
Benzoyl Peroxide is the most common form of medication for treating most forms of acne. Consisting of two parts benzoyl and one part peroxide, it fights pimples in three ways. Firstly the peroxide component works as an antiseptic and can clear infection out of most small wounds and pores. The benzoyl component works as an anti-inflammatory agent and can bring down the swelling and the bright redness of acne. Finally, together the chemicals also act as an oxidizing agent. The drug comes in many different forms from creams and mask to pads, sprays, and direct alcohol solutions.
The strength of these products lies anywhere from 2.5% to 10% benzoyl peroxide. One key thing to keep in mind is that using the 10% dosage isn’t always the best! People think they need to go in guns a blazing when in reality 10% benzoyl peroxide for a long length of time is going to dry out and mess up almost anyone’s skin. Start low and work your way up.
Finally, one major advantage that benzoyl peroxide has over most other treatments is that acne doesn’t seem to resist it at all. In some cases, this skin problem can gain resistance if a treatment is started and not finished making it all the harder to get rid of the next time around, but to date there is no evidence that pimple is able to adapt to benzoyl peroxide.
Salicylic acid is another common form of acne medication. Salicylic acid attacks this skin condition from a different angle. It’s main benefit is that it works at destroying dead skin and opens up pores. Once the pores become opened and the dead skin the bacteria feed on is eliminated, the pores heal and die down. Salicylic acid comes in different strengths from .25% all the way to 5% as far as acne treatment goes. It’s even prescribe at the 20% and 30% level for removing warts! Just like any other topical treatment, the entire face must be treated to keep the condition under control.
Pretty much what ever over the counter solution you use to treat acne from the most expensive to the typical popular product will contain either one of these two chemicals. Both are pretty harsh so it does no good to buy both and combine them. Also, as pimple is caused by the sebum (oil) production in your skin, these products do nothing but unclog the skin and kill the bacteria. The oil will keep on coming until it levels out on its own. A big mistake that people make is they quit using the products and become lax after their acne starts to fade because they believe they’ve cured their problem. Continuous use and constant face washing is necessary even after your pimples begin to recede for best results. Both of these chemicals essentially cure the symptoms but not the cause.
Controlling Your Acne Naturally
The problem with the above medications is they are sometimes too strong for folks with sensitive skin. Other folks tend to try and avoid chemicals and heal through nature. As far as natural remedies go, there are a ton of home remedies out there for treating this skin disorder. This website is full of such treatments, but here are just a few:
Honey mask have been used for centuries by folks as a way to have fair skin. Honey works by working its way deep into the pores and honey mask peeling out anything that might be clogging them up. Honey also has some anti-inflammatory properties so it tends to reduce the swelling and redness of acne.
As far as making a honey mask, the concept is really simple. Before doing any mask you’re going to want to make sure you wash your face completely. Afterwords, pat dry and break out the honey. Using a spoon or a small spatula, spread the honey evenly over your face and let it for ten to twenty minutes. It’ll begin to harden a bit and feel cool to the face. Where an old towel around the neck to catch any dripping honey. After a good twenty minutes, rinse the mask off with warm (not hot) water and pat dry again. As icky as it feels, the English nobles (men and women) used honey as a top end treatment for centuries and its benefits are widely proven.
Another natural acne treatment as a ways to clear pimples is tree oil. Tree oil is an extract from tree leaves from a tree in Australia and its benefits are also widely documented. In addition for opening pores in the skin and reducing swelling, tree oil also has antibacterial properties and can be used to get bacteria problems under control. Tree oil is usually combined with water and used as a “spritz” or “toner” that is applied after the face has been initially washed. How much tree oil you use depends on your skin sensitivity, but I’ve found that most folks talk of best results with 2-3 spoonfuls of tree oil per small spray bottle.
There are several different natural treatments, those are just two of the most popular. Make sure that when trying out natural remedies that you take caution to allergies and try each new method on a small part of the face or neck before applying to your whole face as you never know what kind of reactions you can have to different chemicals. If you notice any redness or irritation, discontinue use.
Stick to Your Acne Control Plan
Whether you use oral antibiotics, topical solutions, natural remedies, or a combination of all of the above to control your acne, keep in mind that you have to follow the instructions to the letter for best results. Simply missing a day of treatment can send you back to square one as pores can become clogged extremely fast when our body is working overtime. The best advice is to pick an acne treatment that works and stick with it. Treating acne isn’t about who can spend the most bucks buying the expensive products, but playing the game of finding what products work best for you. For most folks, they’ll find it doesn’t take the $100 dollar kits to get the job done, just a product or two, some hard work, and some patience!