When you think of acne, you probably imagine those awkward teenage years. But did you know that breakouts can appear at any age and affect your confidence? Some pimples even form in other areas besides your face, such as your back, chest, and shoulders. Fortunately, you can visit a Parker wellness center to take advantage of the treatment options available.
There are a lot of speculations and myths about acne treatment. In this post, we review 5 options set to clear your skin and give you your confidence back.
Retinoic acids have been used for decades to moderate acne. For this purpose, they are available as gels, creams, and lotions. The treatment involves daily application thrice a week. You can also increase the frequency to twice daily, every day as your skin familiarizes itself with the medication.
Retinoids work by preventing the plugging of hair follicles. However, topical creams might cause redness, dry skin, and sun sensitivity. It is advisable to discuss retinoids with a specialist who is familiar with your skin before getting a prescription.
Acne is often caused by oils clogging the hair follicles in your skin. It can also result from a bacterial buildup in your pores. When caused by bacteria, acne tends to be inflamed, red, and irritating. This is why the first months of acne treatment often involve antibiotic use.
Antibiotics work to kill excess bacteria, which reduces inflammation and redness. They are often used in combination with benzoyl peroxide to prevent antibiotic resistance.
Combined Oral Contraceptives
Another treatment is the use of combined oral contraceptives that contain estrogen and progestin. When balanced in the body, these hormones can reduce the appearance of acne. This can be attributed to the fact that acne breakouts are common during periods of hormonal fluctuation, such as menstruation and pregnancy.
Currently, the FDA has approved four combined oral contraceptives for use in acne treatment. Nonetheless, you should have a conversation with your doctor before using birth control for acne treatment.
A chemical peel is a minimally-invasive form of skin therapy that seeks to rejuvenate the skin. It involves the application of chemical solutions to the face to peel off the upper damaged layer of the skin. Overall, the result is the exposure of inner, younger skin, which looks rejuvenated and blemish-free.
Chemical peels are not suitable for every patient. If you are considering this treatment, you should discuss the procedure, projected results, and potential risks with a specialist.
Azelaic acid, which is a naturally occurring acid produced by yeast, contains antibacterial properties. It is conventionally used as a cream or gel, which is applied to the affected areas daily. The acid works to alleviate discoloration and pimples. It is also a suitable option for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
All acne treatments aim to either clear the oil or treat the bacteria in your clogged pores. However, your treatment regimen will often depend on your age, breakout severity, and preferences. Consider discussing the risks and benefits of each treatment before making a commitment.
If acne is affecting your self-confidence, contact New Age Aesthetics & Wellness today to discuss how best to clear your skin with specialist D. Bernardini, MD, and his team.