The Ultimate Guide To Adult Acne

Acne Treatment

Acne Treatment
Acne Treatment

While acne is not a fatal or life-threatening condition, it can cause emotional distress and affect a person’s self-esteem. Fortunately, there are several treatment options that can treat your acne and improve the appearance of the skin. Each type of acne is treated differently. (5)

  • Cystic acne

Cystic acne can be a severe and painful form that often requires medical treatment. Treatment options include topical medications such as retinoids, antibiotics, or benzoyl peroxide and oral medications such as antibiotics, hormonal therapy, or isotretinoin (Accutane). In severe cases, corticosteroid injections or drainage and extraction may be necessary. It is essential to work with a dermatologist to determine the best course of treatment based on the severity and causes of the cystic acne. Maintaining good skincare habits and avoiding picking or squeezing the acne can also help prevent scarring and further inflammation.

  • Whiteheads and Blackheads

Whiteheads and blackheads can be treated through regular cleansing and using topical treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid unclog pores and reduce inflammation, while benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and reduces oil production. It is important to avoid picking or squeezing whiteheads and blackheads, as this can worsen inflammation and lead to scarring. If over-the-counter treatments are not effective, a dermatologist may recommend prescription medications or in-office procedures such as chemical peels or extractions.

  • Body blemishes

Treatment options for body blemishes caused by acne include topical medications like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids. These can help to unclog pores and reduce inflammation. Oral medications like antibiotics or isotretinoin may also be prescribed for more severe cases. Other treatments include light therapy, chemical peels, and laser therapy. It’s important to keep the affected areas clean and avoid picking or squeezing the blemishes, which can make the condition worse and may lead to scarring. Regular exfoliation and moisturizing can also help improve the skin’s appearance.