Treatments For Acne

Maria asks…

What are some good treatments for acne?

I’ve tried all sorts of stuff– from proactiv and university medical to oxy 10 to cotton acne pads (salicylic acid) and nothing seems to work, even when I really stick to it. Is there anything else I should be trying? What works really well to clear up acne?

admin answers:

It’s best to go to the doctor’s.
I went and they prescribed epiduo for me.
It’s kinda expensive but if you have good insurance then it’s $20, as it was for me. After only two weeks my acne started to clear up.(:
here’s the link:

good luck!

Helen asks…

What is the best birth control for treating acne?

I was on Tri-Sprintec for a month, then switched over to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for a month, but I have now been off of all forms of birth control for a month now. I stopped because I could not see any encouraging results in my skin within the month that I took these medications. I’m interested in Yaz, but I have heard that it can take a couple of months to begin working properly. What brand of birth control would you recommend for the treatment of moderate acne, menstrual cramping and regulation, etc.?

admin answers:

All birth control is going to take more than a month to help with acne. You’re looking at around a few months before you see any improvement in that, so you’d need to stick with it longer than this. You basically aren’t giving your body enough time to get used to the pill.

Anyway, you need to speak with your doctor about which would be best for your acne. The only one I hear about often is called Dianette, but I’ve also heard a lot of women complain about side effects from that one.

Laura asks…

How to get rid of acne fast?

Hi i need a treatment for acne that will work in like 4 days! SO PLEASE REPLIE. I have it on my back and face!!!! I dont have any money though to buy proactive or any thing like that so heeeelp!

admin answers:

Here are a few tips that will help you know how to treat acne at home.
1. If you have red angry looking acne, don’t touch it. If you squeeze now, all you’ll do is force the contents deeper into the skin that will make matters worst. And all you’ll end up with is redder, angrier acne than you had before. Don’t do it.
2. If you have a yellow custard top? Go for it. These beauties CAN be squeezed but there’s an art to it. Here’s how. Wash your hands thoroughly to avoid trouble and infection. Put a tissue over your finger. Why? Because you want the contents of the spot on the tissue, not splattered all over the mirror. Using the side of your thumb and the end of your finger, very gently start to squeeze. Don’t whatever you do, use your nails as this will damage your skin. Stop when you’re applying a lot of pressure and nothing is happening and you see clear fluid, rather than yellow grotty stuff and the spot begins to bleed. When you’ve finished dab it with antiseptic. Once the custard bit is out, the spot will heal more quickly than an unsqueezed yellow top would, providing that you now leave it well alone. Now wash your hands again.
3. Whiteheads and blackheads. If acne is left untreated they may cause this problem. Here the rule is if they’re black, squeeze but if they’re small, white raised lumps leave them alone. All that stuff about clean hands, tissues and stopping if nothing is happening or you see blood, apply here too.

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers seek help for acne. You are not alone. You are not an alien. And if people really care about you, they don’t even notice your acne, however bad you think they are. But you will need to be patient. Most treatments take time to work. At least two months. And some treatments, like antibiotics will work well but may have to be taken for months, or even years.
Acne does tend to get worse just before a period. It’s because there is a surge in hormone levels at this time. But boys don’t get away lightly either. Being hot and sweaty (particularly after sports like football) makes acne worse. And for everyone, stress – particularly at exam times – is a cue for a mega breakout. This is normal – and of course, even more reason for feeling stressed. Go chill. They’ll get better – promise.
Some beauty products are big no-nos. These include pomades and defrizzing agents for hair that tend to cause an outcrop of blackheads along the hairline and some of the heavier cosmetics. And be wary of suntan oils. Not all will make you break out, but some may. Try a friend’s first before you buy. By the way, the sun might dry up acne and a tan might hide them, but your skin is still vulnerable in the sun and needs protection.

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