Acne Treatments At Home

Linda asks…

Does anyone know any good acne treatments?

I have moderately bad acne. My mom sells Mary Kay and she thinks its the best and doesnt want me to use anything else. The problem is, ITS NOT WORKING! I still have acne and it like doesnt go away.

Does anyone know any good acne treatments and/or a way i could get my mom to let me use other products?

admin answers:

There is a range of treatment options to help treat acne. As acne can’t be cured, treatments aim to control the symptoms by:

preventing new spots forming
improving those already present
preventing scarring
Your GP will usually assess your treatment after six weeks and, if beneficial, treatment will continue for four to six months.

Self-help
It’s important to keep spot-prone areas clean, so wash the affected area twice a day with an unperfumed cleanser. The skin needs a certain amount of oil to maintain its natural condition, so it’s best to use gentle soaps and not to scrub your skin too hard when washing.

Medicines
There are a number of over-the-counter remedies available from pharmacies to treat mild acne. These usually contain antibacterial agents such as benzoyl peroxide (eg Oxy and Clearasil Max).

As well as its antibacterial effects, benzoyl peroxide can dry out the skin and encourage it to shed the surface layer of dead skin. Together, these effects make it harder for pores to become blocked and for infection to develop.

Benzoyl peroxide can cause redness and peeling, especially to start with. This tends to settle down if you reduce the number of times you use it. You can then build up your use gradually.

Home treatments for acne won’t work immediately. It can take weeks, sometimes months, for significant effects to be noticeable. If home treatments haven’t worked after two months, or you have severe acne, you should visit your GP.

Your GP may start your treatment by prescribing a preparation containing benzoyl peroxide. If this doesn’t work, or if you have more severe acne, there are a range of other treatment options. These come as creams or lotions that your can rub on to your skin, or as tablets.

Creams and lotions
There are several creams and lotions you may be prescribed, including those listed below.

Azelaic acid (Skinoren) is an alternative to benzoyl peroxide and may not make your skin as sore as benzoyl peroxide.
Retinoids (eg Adapalene) are medicines based on vitamin A, which you can rub into your skin daily. They work by encouraging the outer layer of skin to flake off.
An antibiotic lotion, such as clindamycin (eg Dalacin T) or erythromycin (eg Stiemycin), applied to your skin can be used to control the P. Acnes bacteria. You will need to continue this treatment for at least six months.
Creams and lotions that combine an antimicrobial with other acne medication are also available (eg Quinoderm).
Creams and lotions are only effective where and when they are applied so you should apply these daily to all areas of your skin that are prone to acne.

Tablets
There are several oral treatments you may be prescribed.

Antibiotics, such as tetracycline, can be prescribed for inflammatory acne. You should take these daily for around three months, although it might take four to six months for you to see the benefits. The success of this treatment can be limited because the strains of bacteria are often resistant to the common antibiotics. Antibiotics don’t prevent pores from becoming blocked so treatment to prevent blackheads, such as benzoyl peroxide, is often also prescribed at the same time.

Some types of oral contraceptive tablets help women who have acne. A combination of the usual contraceptive pill hormone called ethinylestradiol with cyproterone acetate (eg Dianette) suppresses male hormone activity. This drug has been shown to reduce sebum production so is often used in women with acne.

Isotretinoin (eg Roaccutane) is a medicine known as an oral retinoid, which is also available as a cream (see Creams and lotions). Isotretinoin works by drying up oily secretions. It tends to be prescribed to people with severe forms of acne that have proved resistant to other treatments. There are a number of serious side-effects of this drug, such as liver disorders and depression. You shouldn’t take isotretinoin if you’re pregnant, as it’s very dangerous to an unborn baby. For safety reasons, isotretinoin is only prescribed under the supervision of a dermatologist (a doctor specialising in skin conditions).

George asks…

What has worked to cure acne cysts?

I know questions about acne have been asked a million times. But I have pretty severe acne, pimples and cysts, and I’m wondering what kind of treatments have worked for everybody else. I’m talking about either home remedies or store bought acne treatments that have worked for you in the past. And don’t say apply toothpaste, I’ve tried with terrible results. Any ideas?

admin answers:

Niacinamide face cleansing pads are an effective and simple way to keep acne away. Just place a pad on the pimple and watch it fade away. Lavender Oil helps prevent skin drying.
Niacinamide pads are also known as Vitamin B3 pads or Nicotinamide pads. Works on body acne too.
Give them a try and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Niacinamide also helps diminish skin-hyperpigmentation (acne scars).

Ken asks…

Is Hydrogen Peroxide a good treatment for acne?

I’ve been looking online for at-home acne cures, and one treatment I’ve been seeing a lot is hydrogen peroxide acne treatment. Would that be a good way to treat acne? How would I use it? Would I just apply hydrogen peroxide topically on my face? How often should I use it? Is it safe? Any other advice/suggestions? Thanks!

admin answers:

Http://www.acne.org/hydrogen-peroxide-reviews/442/page1.html

Here are some legit reviews for this treatment. You can also use this website to check out other acne products/treatments as well.

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