Treatments For Acne Vulgaris

Jenny asks…

How did you get rid of your acne? How old were you?

I am almost 20 years old and I am so fed up with this acne. I’ve had it since i was 13 and it won’t go away. It’s a combination of blackheads, whiteheads, papules and pustules. Just everything, I think it’s called acne vulgaris. Im not hoping for 100 percent clear skin but its like no matter what i do, it’s all there!

So what worked for you?

oh and I have tried going to the derm. Retin-A and antibiotics seems to help a little but not very much.

admin answers:

I know that acne is misery. Beware of using any products for acne unless they have been prescribed or recommended by your doctor. Often antibiotics are needed to treat acne, so you should see a doctor about it again. Discuss what has worked and what hasn’t worked. There are a number of medications that can be tried.

People make all kinds of suggestions about the best thing to do to cure acne. Some cures I’ve heard include putting oatmeal, honey, lemon juice, tea tree oil, cucumber, vinegar, milk of magnesia or toothpaste on your face. Practically every cosmetics company and company that makes personal care products makes something that is a “sure cure” for acne. If we think about this, and use some common sense, we have to come to the conclusion that there is no quick or easy cure for acne, because if there was it would be well known and doctors would be telling everyone about it.

Numerous companies make a lot of money persuading people to buy products that at worst will make the acne worse, and at best may help some people a little. Often fewer products are better. People often make their acne much worse by using too many products. There really is no quick fix for acne. Don’t spend a lot of money on products just because their ads say that they will cure acne. Your doctor is the best person to ask for help, and he or she may recommend some prescription medication or non-prescription treatment that may be suitable for you..

There are some very simple and basic things you can do that cost nothing. Keep your face or any other area affected by acne very clean. Any mild antibacterial soap will help with that. Rinse the area well to remove all soap residue. Drink plenty of water – it really does help to clear up acne. Eat a nutritious diet and get enough sleep. A healthy life style will make a difference. Try to reduce the stress in your life – stress contributes to acne, so also probably the more you worry about the acne and focus on it, the worse it will be.

Probably the most useful and effective things you can do are to apply hot compresses to pustules and cysts and never to pick or squeeze pimples. Playing with or popping pimples, no matter how careful and clean you are, nearly always makes bumps stay redder and bumpier longer.

Here are a few informative links with additional ideas about preventing and treating acne.

Http://www.medicinenet.com/acne/article.htm

http://www.acne.com/cause_effects/causes_acne.php

http://www.acnerecovery.com/acne-information/causes-of-acne.html

http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/acne.html

Lisa asks…

How do you get rid of acne scars and redness?

i have some acne scars left that are really red and i would like to get rid of them without getting cosmetic surgery…any suggestions?

admin answers:

IT IS ALL IN HERE! :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acne_vulgaris

TRUST ME! REALLY GOOD INFO.
YOU WON’T REGRET CHECKING OUT THE WEB

Here is what the WEBSITE CONTAINS:

Contents:
1 SYMPTOMS
2 CAUSES OF ACNE
2.1 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CAUSES
3 TREATMENTS
3.1 TIMELINE OF ACNE TREATMENT
3.2 AVAILABLE TREATMENTS
3.2.1 Exfoliating the skin
3.2.2 Topical Bactericidals
3.2.3 Topical antibiotics
3.2.4 Oral antibiotics
3.2.5 Hormonal treatments
3.2.6 External retinoids
3.2.7 Oral retinoids
3.2.8 Phototherapy
3.2.8.1 Blue and red light
3.2.8.2 Photodynamic therapy
3.3 Less widely used treatments
3.4 FUTURE TREATMENTS
3.5 Preferred treatments by types of acne vulgaris
4 ACNE SCARS
5 See also
6 References
7 Footnotes
8 External links

Joseph asks…

Is stress the cause of acnes? Can you suggest a remedy for them?

So is it actually stress? But even then everyone is stressed and not everyone has acnes, right?

Please suggest some home-made remedies which are not too expensive and easy to follow as well.

Please also give names of some medicines with least amount of side-effects.

While giving the brand names of medicines available in the market where you live, please also give their generic names; as brand names could differ from country to country.

Thanks.
I am in India.

admin answers:

There are many products sold for the treatment of acne, many of them without any scientifically-proven effects. Generally speaking successful treatments give little improvement within the first week or two; and then the acne decreases over approximately 3 months, after which the improvement starts to flatten out. Many treatments that promise big improvements within 2 weeks are likely to be largely disappointing. However short bursts of cortisone can give very quick results, and other treatments can rapidly improve some active spots, but not usually all active spots.

Widely available OTC bactericidal products containing benzoyl peroxide may be used in mild to moderate acne. The gel or cream containing benzoyl peroxide is rubbed, twice daily, into the pores over the affected region. Bar soaps or washes may also be used and vary from 2 to 10% in strength. In addition to its therapeutic effect as a keratolytic (a chemical that dissolves the keratin plugging the pores) benzoyl peroxide also prevents new lesions by killing P.acnes
Care must be taken when using benzoyl peroxide, as it can very easily bleach any fabric or hair it comes in contact with.
Other antibacterials that have been used include triclosan, or chlorhexidine gluconate but these are often less effective, but also give less side-effects.

Less widely used treatments

Aloe vera: there are treatments for acne mentioned in Ayurveda using herbs such as Aloe vera,Aruna, Haldi (Turmeric),and Papaya. There is limited evidence from conventional medical studies on these productsProducts from Rubia cordifolia, Curcuma longa (commonly known as Turmeric), Hemidesmus indicus (known as ananthamoola or anantmula), and Azadirachta indica (Neem) have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, but not aloe vera
Azelaic acid (brand names Azelex, Finevin, Skinoren) is suitable for mild, comedonal acne
Heat: local heating may be used to kill the bacteria in a developing pimple and so speed healing.
Naproxen or ibuprofen are used for some moderate acne for their anti-inflammatory effect
Nicotinamide, (Vitamin B3) used topically in the form of a gel, has been shown in a 1995 study to be more effective than a topical antibiotic used for comparison, as well as having fewer side effects. Topical nicotinamide is available both on prescription and over-the-counter. The property of topical nicotinamide’s benefit in treating acne seems to be its anti-inflammatory nature. It is also purported to result in increased synthesis of collagen, keratin, involucrin and flaggrin.[citation needed]
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Oil) has been used with some success, comparable to benzoyl peroxide but without excessive drying, and has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory in skin infections.
Rofecoxib was shown to improve premenstrual acne vulgaris in a placebo controlled study
Zinc: Orally administered zinc gluconate has been shown to be effective in the treatment of inflammatory acne, although less so than tetracyclines

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