Benzoyl peroxide wash, lotion, or gel is the most productive acne remedy you can get without a instructions. It helps kill bacteria in the skin, detach oil ducts, and cure pimples.
There are a lot of seperate varieties and firmness (2.5% up to 10%). The gel may crisp out your skin and make it redder than the wash or lotion, so try the wash or lotion first.
How to use benzoyl peroxide
1. Start slowly - only once a day with a 5% wash or lotion. After a week, try using it twice a day (morning and night) if your skin isn’t too red or isn’t peeling.
2. Don’t just dab it on top of your pimples. Apply a thin layer to the entire area where pimples may occur. Avoid the skin around your eyes.
3. If your acne isn’t any better after 4 to 6 weeks, try a 10% lotion or gel. Use it once a day at first and then try twice a day if it doesn’t irritate your skin.
Other Stronger Treatment for Acnes Includes:
Retinoid: If benzoyl peroxide doesn’t get your acnes under control, your doctor may prescribe a retinoid to be used on the skin (like Retin A, Differing, and other brand names). This comes in a cream or gel and helps detach oil ducts. It must be used exactly as directed. Try to stay out of the sun (including tanning salons) when taking this medicine. Retinoids can cause your skin to peel and turn red.
Antibiotics: Available in cream, lotion, solution, or gel form, may be used for “inflammatory” acne (when you have red bumps or pus bumps). Antibiotics in pill form may be used if the treatments used on the skin don’t help.
Isotretinoin (brand names are Accutane, Amnesties, Sotret, and Clarains) : is a very strong medicine taken as a pill. It’s only used for severe acne that hasn’t responded adequately to other treatments. Because it’s such a powerful drug.
It must never be taken just before or during pregnancy. There is a danger of severe or even fatal deformities to unborn babies.
Patients who take this medicine must be carefully supervised by a doctor knowledgeable about its usage, such as a pediatric dermatologist or other expert in treating acne.
Isotretinoin should be used cautiously (and only with careful monitoring by a dermatologistand psychiatrist) in patients with a history of depression.
Don’t be surprised if your doctor requires a negative pregnancy test, some blood tests, and a signed consent form before prescribing isotretinoin.
Keep the following in mind no matter what treatment you use:
1. Be patient: Give each treatment enough time to work. It may take 3 to 6 weeks or longer before you see a change and 12 weeks for maximum improvement.
2. Be faithful: Follow your program every day. Don’t stop and start each time your skin changes. Not using it regularly is the most common reason why treatments fail.
3. Follow directions: Not using it correctly can result in treatment failure or troublesome side effects.
4. Only use your medicine: Doctors prescribe medicine specifically for particular patients. What’s good for a friend may not be good for you.
5. Don’t overdo it: Too much scrubbing makes skin worse. Too much benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoid creams can make your face red and scaly. Too much oral antibiotic may cause side effects.
6. Don’t worry about what other people think: It’s no fun having acne, and some people may say hurtful things about it.
Try not to let it bother you. Most teens get some acne at some point. Also remember that acne is temporary, and there are a lot of treatment options to keep it under control.
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