There Is No Miracle Cure For Acne
As much as you would like there to be one quick cure for acne, there isn’t one. What works for your friend, may not work for you, just as your favorite dress style may not suit someone else. The only acne treatment that will work for you is the one you have tried yourself that actually minimises or controls eruptions. As much as you want to hear differently, curing acne is more trial-and-error than miracle cure.
The best way to select a treatment for your acne is to determine what type of blemishes you are getting consistently. A product containing salicylic acid is needed for consistent whitehead and blackhead eruptions, as this acid improves the skins ability to shed dead cells. These eruptions are caused when the dead cells stick together causing a blockage in the glands. Available over the counter in concentrations varying from half of a percent to 2%, they come in the form of cleansing pads, treatment lotions and topical cleansers. You should follow the instructions on the product, as excessive use can dry out the dermis, leading to additional skin problems.
If you have excessively oily skin, treatments include preparations containing alcohol and acetone. The acetone removes excess oils, while the alcohol eliminates bacteria that inflame your condition. These are usually found in astringent products, as well as some cleansers and toners. Overuse can cause excessive drying. A common ingredient in acne treatments is benzoyl peroxide. Found in creams and gels, this ingredient helps to unclog pores. Most of the treatments are available as individual blemish ‘spot’ treatments, or as an overall treatment. Benzoyl peroxide is effective against propioni bacteria, found in the skin and thought to exacerbate acne conditions. They are considered nonpathogenic, but their treatment does alleviate the condition.
Resorcinol and sulfur are found in a variety of acne treatments as well. Although sulfur has not been clinically proven to help acne, resorcinol is known to aid in the removal of blockages caused by dead skin cells. The products are available over the counter in lotions and creams.
Once you have worked out which problem you are experiencing most of the time, you can select a treatment for that specific problem. You should not try out all the products at once, as this can cause your condition to worsen, or add another one. After a few weeks, assess the results. If you are not happy with the efficacy of the treatment, you can then add another one or try a product with different ingredients.