Acne Treatments: What are the options?
Acne Treatments can depend on a variety of factors such as age, gender, treatment history, age, and more. Below is a listing of possible treatments to give you a basic understanding of each.
Over The Counter (OTC) Treatments
When most people first develop acne symptoms, they initially turn to Over The Counter (OTC) acne products. These products are generally topical medications and they are widely available at grocery stores, department stores and pharmacies. Common OTC acne products include face washes, creams, masks, astringents and pore strips. Many of these products contain one of two active ingredients – Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. The effectiveness of these treatments are debatable and generally have a high cost to benefit ratio meaning their cost outweighs their usefulness.
For many individuals with moderate to severe acne, Pharmaceutical Treatments are required to significantly improve their acne symptoms. Pharmaceutical treatments include oral and topical medications that are available primarily from a clinician or pharmacy. There are many different types of Pharmaceutical medications that are used in the treatment of acne, including Antibiotics, Retinoids and Hormonal Treatments.
Natural Remedies / Products
Many modern medicines are derived from natural products that have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Many plant extracts and other natural products have properties that can be helpful for individuals with acne. Naturopathic/Homeopathic acne treatments include include Essential Oils, Herbal Supplements, aromatherapies, special/restrictive diets, nutritional supplements and more.
Light & Laser Treatments
Light and Laser therapies are available for the treatment of both active acne and acne scars. Light-based treatments such as Blue Light Phototherapy can be valuable additions to a comprehensive acne treatment regimen. Laser-based treatments such as Fraxel are among the most effective treatments for established acne scars.
Surgical Treatments are available for active acne and acne scars. Many dermatologists routinely perform simple surgical procedures such as comedome (blackhead) extraction for their patients. Individuals with severe inflammatory acne may have nodules and cysts that may need to be surgically lanced and drained, in order to heal. Surgical Treatments are often the best option for patients with Moderate to severe acne scarring. There are many types of surgical Treatments for acne scars, including Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, nNedling, Subcision and more.
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