Acne Treatment Options

Acne does not have to be a problem that you just wait out in your teen years or just ignore in your adult years. There are many options available depending on the severity and type of the acne. This list is not comprehensive but, will list different treatment options from light home treatments to prescription medications.

Washing the face: A simple solution for people with the occasional pimple is to wash the face daily. Now, the way most people wash the face is not the right way. It is often too aggressive. The recommended way is to first fill the sink with semi-hot water. Lightly splash the water on to your face, this opens the pores. Next, gently rub your face with a very mild soap. After, splash code water on to your face to get rid of the soap and to close the pores, and finally pat your face dry with a towel. It is important not to rub the face with the towel as it may irritate the skin.

Benzoyl Peroxide: A common topical cream used to tread acne is benzoyl peroxide 2.5%. It cleans the pores, dries up the oil, and causes the skin peel. This treatment should be used with no more than at 5% as it tends to cause excessive dryness, peeling and irritation. Just apply on the pimple or acne area. There are other topical antibiotics that are used to tread acne, but benzoyl peroxide is the most commonly used chemical for acne.

Perscription Medication: The most commonly prescribed drug for acne treatment is isotretinoin or, more commonly known as accutane. Accutane is used in only severe cases of acne because of its adverse health affects. It works by reducing the production of sebum oil by the glands.