If you have developed symptoms of acne, your doctor or medical consultant can make a diagnosis by carrying out test on your skin. They will observe the kinds of lesions and how serious they are to determine the best treatment option for you.
At home care
There are a few self care activities you can attempt at home to avoid developing pimples and clear up your acne. Some home remedies for acne include the following:
-Cleaning your skin daily with a mild soap to remove excess oil and dirt
-Shampooing your hair frequently and keeping it out of your face
-Using makeup that is water based or labeled “noncomedogenic” i.e they are not pore clogging
-Not squeezing or picking pimples, which spreads bacteria and excess oil
-Not wearing hats or tight headbands
-Avoid touching your face
If applying self care does not improve your acne, a few over the counter acne medications are also available. A lot of these medications have ingredients that can help in destroying bacteria or reduce oil on your skin. They include:
-Benzoyl peroxide is present in many acne creams and gels. It can be also used for drying out existing pimples and preventing new ones from popping up.
-Benzoyl peroxide also destroys bacteria that causes acne.
-Sulfur is a natural ingredient with a unique smell that is present in some lotions, cleansers, and masks.
-Resorcinol is not a really common ingredient used to remove dead skin cells.
-Salicylic acid is usually used in soaps and acne washes. It helps in preventing pores from getting plugged.
However, you may continue to experience symptoms of acne. If this occurs, you should seek medical advice from your doctor who can prescribe medications that may help reduce your symptoms and prevent you from developing scars. These medications can include:
-Oral or topical antibiotics can reduce inflammation and destroy the bacteria that causes pimples. Antibiotics are only used for a short time so that your body doesn’t build up a resistance and leave you prone to more infections.
-Prescription topical creams such as retinoic acid or prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide are usually stronger than over the counter treatments. They work in order to reduce oil productions. Benzoyl peroxide acts as a bactericidal agent that prevents the resistance bacteria that causes acne to antibiotics.
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