Acne Treatment Guide - How to get rid of Acne

Treatment of Acne applied to the skin

Patients with mild acne usually respond well to such treatment. It includes sulphur and resorcinol preparations, benzyl peroxide containing preparations, antibiotics lotion and Vitamin A derived cream or gel. Some lotions or creams may make the skin red or flaky but this effect is usually temporary. Consult your doctor if the lotions or creams cause excessive redness or irritation.

Acne Oral Treatment

If your acne becomes worse and you have a lot of tender spots, then treatment alone with skin preparations will not be enough . Your doctor will probably prescribe antibiotic tablets. Tetracycline is the most common one prescribed. It has been used for many years and found to be very safe. Alternative antibiotics include erythromycin, minocycline and doxycycline. Tetracycline needs to be taken on an empty stomach to ensure that it is fully absorbed.

Whichever antibiotic you are prescribed, you will probably have to take it for at least a few months.

Treatment For severe acne

Flow Chart for Acne Management. Click on the image to enlarge

For very serious cases who do not respond to the above treatment or severe cystic acne, a tablet called isotretinoin may be given. This medication may give rise to side effects, the most serious being damage to the unborn baby if taken during pregnancy.

Acne Cure and Diet: Does diet cause or aggravate acne?

There is no firm scientific evidence that diet in any way influences acne. In the majority of cases, no dietary restrictions are required. However in some certain types of diet does play a role in making the acne worse.

Acne Scaring: Does squeezing the spots affect the outcome?

It is advisable usually not to squeeze the spots, especially if they are deep. Superficial yellow spots may be gently squeezed to remove the pussy contents. If excessive pressure is required to remove the contents, the irritant material will be squeezed further into the surrounding skin and produce a spot which will be bigger, last longer and may result in scarring. If serious scarring occurs Dr. Angelo Cuzalina suggests looking into treatment creams, chemical peels, and even laser treatments to reduce or get rid of scarring.

Cosmetics products and Acne: Can I use cosmetics when I have acne?

It is possible that very greasy make-up might worsen acne. Use water-based oil free cosmetics if at all.

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