Ask anyone with a pimple problem what the best acne treatments are and they’ll likely say whatever works. The truth of the matter is that some treatments are harsh and have side effects, but they may work. Others may involve natural remedies and still be effective, but take a little longer to produce results. In general, it’s a good idea to seek out all options for treating this skin condition and making informed choices.
Remember, too, that what works for one person may not for another. Treating acne isn’t a foolproof pursuit. Also remember that a single pimple or even a few of them does not signal a full-blown acne problem. Almost everyone has an occasional breakout; not everyone suffers from severe acne.
When seeking treatment for acne, it’s important to understand the condition. Although there is no 100 percent effective cure, there are ways to lessen its effects and help a person avoid permanent scarring. Here are some of the more common treatments:
Careful cleansing/wait and see approach: A single pimple or small blemish does not necessarily signal the start of a huge acne problem. For many, it’s a good idea to just take care of the skin properly and just wait and see what, if anything, develops. Proper skin care involves routine washing with a very mild cleanser, the avoidance of harsh chemicals, making smart choices in makeup and even avoiding the sun.
Over the counter medications: Acne creams, pads, medications and so on can be beneficial for treating some forms of breakouts. These will generally dry out the skin, however, so it’s important to follow directions carefully and keep an eye out for signs of side effects. Do remember that these products don’t work for everyone.
Prescription medication: Dermatologists and other doctors have some medications they can choose from to treat acne. Some of these can have very harsh side effects, however, and may not even prove useful in the treatment of acne. Some people with severe cases of acne, however, have found relief through medications.
Natural medicines/herbs, so on: A lot of people find this route to be to their liking. Using only natural ingredients and diet balancing this method can be very effective in the treatment of acne.
No one wants to deal with acne. Sadly, most people have to at one point in their life or another. Seeking out treatments can be a frustrating process as not all will work for every person. However, especially in severe cases, it’s important for the health of your skin (and even psychologically) to treat the condition and avoid any scars. Seeking information from medical professionals, naturalists and even on the Internet can be a great way to get started in finding the right treatment for you.