Acne is a skin condition that appears as pimples, zits or pustules that show up out nowhere and can ruin your day, night or self-confidence. Almost everyone experiences acne at some point in his or her life. Acne occurs most often during adolescence, however it is not uncommon to have acne appear later on in life in adulthood. Finding the right treatment to dissolve and diminish acne is not an easy task. Most often the first acne treatment that people turn to are over the counter soaps, lotions, creams, cleansers, or spot treatments. If these products fail to reduce or remove acne quickly or effectively then prescription acne medications that can be taken orally or applied topically are available through a dermatologist. For patients who prefer a more natural approach without any harmful side effects, herbal remedies, essential oils, and Ayurvedic medicine offer a holistic treatment method.
Traditional acne treatments are typically the most common treatment methods used at the first sign of acne, pimples, skin inflammation, redness, or tenderness. These types of treatments work in four ways to remove acne from the skin - normalize shedding into the pore to prevent blockage, kill propionibacterium acnes, anti-inflammatory, and hormonal manipulation. Some of the most common traditional acne treatments include benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, mandelic acid, retinoids, antiseborrheic medications, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, azelaic acid, nicotinamind, and kera-tolytic soaps.
Benzoyl Peroxide- Benzoyl Peroxide is the first line of defense against mild to moderate forms of acne. It is very effective and has very mild side effects. Benzoyl peroxide is nearly as effective as antibiotics however it cannot generate a resistance to bacteria that causes acne. Benzoyl Peroxide is used topically and can found in the form of a cleansing liquid or bar, lotion, cream, or gel. Benzoyl peroxide is normally prescribed 1-2 times for daily use. Always use benzoyl peroxide as directed. It may take up to 4 weeks to see the effects of benzoyl peroxide use. Side effects of benzoyl peroxide include dryness, redness, skin inflammation, occasional peeling, tingling or stinging. If symptoms do not disappear or become worse contact your physician immediately. Brand name products that include benzoyl peroxide include Acnigel, Acne-Clear, Clean and Clear, Clearasil, Clearskin, Neutragena, Oxy 10, and Proactiv.