Treatments For Acne Under The Skin

James asks…

What can i do for break outs on my cheeks and chest?

Does vitamin E help? They are the ones that are under the skin & are very painful. Any tips would be nice. I’ve already gone to a dermatologist, tried over the counter products and it hasn’t worked.

admin answers:

First of all the acne you probably have are cystic, this is caused by bacteria and second Vitamin E probably isn’t good for active pimples, but they are good for acne marks and scars. If you have lots of pimples it is best to avoid scrubs because they can actually make them irritated and make them worse which can also cause you to break out more, you should only use a scrub if you have active pimples on the surface. Scrubs are usually good for blackheads, but so are masks so try using a detoxify mask 1-2 a week no more, over exfoliating can make your skin more sensitive to products and also make you breakout more. Use a oil free cleanser with 2% Salicylic acid in it (I used the Neutrogena oil free acne wash-recommended by my derm) and never scrub hard which can irritate the skin and spread bacteria, with that said buy a antibacterial treatment. Tea tree oil is great but make sure you dilute it first (the way i do it is mix couple of drops of the tea tree oil and some aloe vera, but make sure you start low because tea tree oil is really strong) Aloe Vera is great because it moisturize and also help prevent future breakouts . Another thing in mind is that if it is still getting worse you might want to go see a dermatologist again maybe a different one or try asking for a different regimen, just keep in mind every skin is different and some may or may not work for you so it might take a couple of regimens to help your skin. Also be patient with the product that your dermatologist prescribed for you, this will take some time and you might even get initial breakouts (that is because the product is working is bringing all the acne up to the surface so you can get rid of it easier) For me i had initial break out for the first 2-3 weeks but i kept with it because i’ve been doing some research on it and people were going through the same thing i was, and i didn’t get my results until 4 months almost 5! (which cleared most of them up) 4 month of waiting is totally worth it than having to keep switching and sticking with my acne for longer. So stick with it for at least 4 months and see what happens. Hope this is helpful and i wish you the best. :]

Thomas asks…

What would you recommend to remove acne scars and dents?

Last summer I had a bad acne flare up. I took accutane and it caused my acne to worsen the worst its ever been. It caused me to develops little indents on my face. But they aren’t too deep, the dents are on the sides of my face. I’m going to go to my dermatologist but I want outside advice before I make my choice on what to do. My acne is under control right now, its been for months. What would you recommend to me? I want a normal looking face again. I’m assuming girls find it unattractive.
I just want to make it clear that I have my skin under control right now. What I want to know is what works to remove scars and dents from the acne I used to have.

admin answers:

Chemical peels by a dermatologist can help as can fractal laser treatments; less helpful is the microdermabrasion. All these work by dissolving off the top layers of skin so your skin is much smoother. These are much more permanent than other treatments.

Michael asks…

What is the best fast working acne treatment?

I have moderate acne/pimples. I would like to get rid of most of my acne before I go back to school (which is like a month and a half from now). I have tried acne free, and tons of other systems and they have not helped to much. I will be willing to spend between $25–$35 per month for something that works. If anybody knows anything that you think would work for me that would be great! Thanks!

admin answers:

Hey, theres multiple ways to help reduce/ get rid of acne.

1. First, while the old myth that fried foods and chocolate has been disproved, eating right and having good nutrition helps the body and strengthens the immune system, so proper diet is still recommended. Eating whole grains, vegetables, lean meats, fruits and only limited dairy products can help. Also made sure that you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. It might be necessary take a good quality vitamin supplement. Along with a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise will go a long way to good health in general and a healthy immune system. Moderate amounts of exercise three times a week will improve health. Avoiding smoking, alcohol and dangerous drugs is a given.

2. Next, it is important to practice proper hygiene. There is an old myth that says acne comes from bad hygiene, and that is not true, but acne will certainly take advantage of chances to grow. One of the causes of acne is a bacterium on and under the skin. Moderate washing will help. Also exfoliating with a mild over the counter exfoliate helps many people.

3. Next, take a look at the topical antibiotics and antibacterial agents available in many of the over the counter medications and washes sold to help acne. The good ones may contain Benzoyl peroxide, the most common acne treatment available without a doctor’s prescription. It kills the bacteria and the pimples do not develop a resistance to the medication. For this reason Benzoyl peroxide will not loose its effectiveness in fighting and killing bacteria. If using it, begin with a low concentration and work up. Be sure when you buy it that it is non-comedogenic, which means that the medication will not clog the pores. If you are into natural remedies, tea tree oil is a popular natural remedy that works the same way Benzoyl peroxide works, but is less irritating to the skin.

4. Another over the counter acne remedy that works and is popular is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid unplugs the pores and helps to get rid of dead skin cells, which attract bacteria and make acne worse. There are many good over the counter remedies available that contain salicylic acid and it is good to use it in conjunction with Benzoyl peroxide. The two make a good two-fisted team.

5. Sulfur works in many ways like Benzoyl peroxide. It is not as widely used, however, it is believed to be not quite as effective. However, if for some reason you cannot use tea tree oil or Benzoyl peroxide, the by all means give sulfur a try.

6. Glycolic acid is another ingredient that works. It gets rid of dead skin and it stimulates the production of new cells, which many believe will help unclog pores.

I’ve personally used Proactive and had wonderful results, HOWEVER once you start using these products, you’re going to be depending on them. (If you stop using it, you can break out again).

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