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Acne Treatment: What Are My Options

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Skin that is prone to acne needs special care and immense attention, but it doesn’t mean you binge big fortune on expensive acne treatments and skincare routines. Before deciding how you are going to tackle the hysterical zits, keeping in mind the cause of acne and doing a little research before choosing the right treatment is absolutely elemental.

Now, acne occurs because of multiple reasons and to people of all ages. So, the myth that acne is limited to growing teens is false. There can be hormonal changes even in people going through their late twenties that may trigger acne. Pollution is another reason why dirt ends up clogging our pores, generating unnecessary oil that educes pimples. Being in a state of depression with too much stress on your shoulders can sometimes give clear ways to pimples to dwell on our skin. Even eating too much junk food can pop a zit after two days – try it!

Pimples that come and go occasionally can be concealed by using water-based cover up creams from beauty brands or simple home remedies. The stubborn ones need proper checkup from dermatologists and consistent use of the prescribed medicine, creams, as well as diet plan.

Following are some of the treatments I think are the best in order to progressively fend off acne, including all treatments of various spheres like home remedies, beauty products, clinical recommendation etc. with a little light on their advantages as well as disadvantages.

Benzoyl Peroxide

This treatment is for those who are suffering from mild acne. Your dermatologist may suggest you to use any medical drug that contains benzoyl peroxide. This compound helps in destruction of bacteria production by cleaning the skin parts with acne. You can find it in the form of creams, gels, washes, and lotions. Usually, it takes at least four weeks for this drug to actually work and for you to start noticing results. But like all other products we buy from retailers over-the-counter without any proper prescriptions, it does not stop the growth of sebum neither does it shed the skin follicle cells.

Once you stop using benzoyl peroxide, your skin will start producing acne again. It can leave your skin dry, so if you already have a dry skin, use precautions. Also, benzoyl peroxide can bleach skin hair and even clothes – be sure to wear an old t-shirt when you’re applying it on your face as a preventative measure.

Home Remedies

Let’s start off simply with the ingredients we can find at home with ease. Honey, lemon, yogurt, baking soda, turmeric powder, oatmeal, sugar mask, banana peels, orange peels, and many more items are not just easily available but are also very cheap. Reason why most of the people reach for home remedies, especially when it comes to acne is because it has very minor chances of side effects than beauty creams and medicines. Natural remedies are better options to improve overall health – you can even enjoy alternative course of actions with the help of natural products. For instance, when you plan to lose weight by eating healthy foods (vegetables like leafy greens, lean protein, fruits, whole grain etc.) your skin automatically begins to look in good health. These foods not only keep acne at bay but you can also enjoy a glowing skin with your new slim waist.

But, home remedies can be tricky at times – you don’t know if lemon is going to suit your skin or not, because the citric acid in it can cause irritation, redness, and itching. To avoid any unwelcoming circumstances, apply your home-prepared mask first on a little part of your hand of neck to make sure there is no reaction of it. Some recommended natural remedial plants are also lethal to humans, especially to the fetus if the mother is pregnant.

Organic and herbal acne-care products are particularly for those people who have special faith in nature. Many organic and all natural skincare products are available in the market, which claim to provide best natural ways with no side effects at all. Although, not all of them are true, some of them are renounced by their effective performance. What works for your friend might not work for you, so it is always better to taste beauty care products as well before investing in them. If you are more of a person who likes to experiment with natural remedies to bring out a glowing acne-free skin, it is utterly important that you embrace a patient nature, since home remedies take ages to exhibit results. Also, if you are trying something new, make sure to ask your doctor first for suggestions.


When we talk about treating acne with antibiotics, two types of antibiotics play a measure role – systematic antibiotics and topical antibiotics. Dermatologists specifically examine your skin and understand the type of skin you have in order to prescribe antibiotics that can deep-treat your acne from the inside. Topical products are the one that is used on top of the skin in the form of creams, washes, gels, and lotions, whilst systematic are the ones that we take orally. Systematic antibiotics circulate defensive drugs into sebaceous glands and all over your body, whereas topical antibiotics work deeply by penetrating into the skin and deep-clean acne.

Topical antibiotics are not prescribed solely to fight against acne, because they tend to boost the chances antibiotics resistance in our skin bacteria. Which is why, it is always advised to use it along with benzoyl peroxide to lessen and even eliminate the risks of antibiotic resistance development.

Use of retinoid is also suggested by physicians, which is available in both topical and systematic form. These can be used with other acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide. It is best for both moderate and severe acne. Systematic retinoid tends to have more side effects than topical retinoid, but nursing and pregnant women are guided not to use topical as well as a safety precaution. Common side effects of topical retinoid include irritation, redness of skin, itchiness, dryness, etc.

Every acne treatment I mentioned above has its own charm with certain side effects that should not be neglected. I suggest you to choose your skincare routine wisely by visiting your dermatologist even if you have occasional pimples visiting you ones a month.

Author: Audrey Throne is a mother and a professional blogger by choice. She has completed her masters in English literature from university of Birmingham. As a blogger she wrote quite a few posts on health, technology as well as management. Currently, she is associate with buddhasherbs Team.

Find her on Twitter: @audrey_throne.

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