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Treatment for Acne

Last Updated on Aug 05, 2016
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Treatment for Acne

Treatment of acne is designed to prevent formation of new lesions and aid the healing of the old.

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Acne can be treated with:

  • Self skincare regime
  • Use of over the counter medications
  • Prescription medicines
  • Surgical intervention

Skin care-

  • Clean your skin gently with a mild, nondrying soap. Avoid scrubbing. Remove all dirt or make-up before sleeping at night. Avoid repeated skin washing. Wash the face once or twice a day.
  • Use a clean cloth to dry the face every day to prevent bacterial re-infection.
  • Use steam or warm moist compresses to open up clogged pores.
  • Use topical astringents to remove excess oil.
  • Hair should be shampooed daily, especially oily hair. Ensure that the hair stays away from the face.
  • Avoid touching the face. Wash your hands before and after caring for skin lesions to reduce the chance of infection.
  • Try not to squeeze, scratch, pick or rub the pimples. This can lead to skin infections and scarring.
  • Avoid wearing tight headbands, helmets and caps.
  • Avoid oil based cosmetics. Use water-based or ‘noncomedogenic’ formulas.
  • Identify and avoid anything that aggravates acne. This may include oily foods, lotions and make-up.
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Over-the-counter acne medications:

OTC acne medicines dry up the oil or promote skin peeling. They can be applied directly on the affected part of skin. These medicines may contain:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Sulfur
  • Resorcinol
  • Salicylic acid.
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Prescription medicines for acne:

Antibiotics are helpful to treat acne in some people. They can be taken orally or applied topically.

  • Oral antibiotics- tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, erythromycin, trimethoprim, amoxicillin.
  • Topical antibiotics- clindamycin, erythromycin, dapsone.

Retinoic acid cream or gel can be used. Isotretinoin can be used for treating cystic acne and scarring.

Minor surgical procedures for acne:

  • Photodynamic therapy (laser procedure)
  • Chemical skin peeling
  • Dermabrasion for removal of scars
  • Removal, drainage, or injection of cysts with cortisone

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arpita917

Herbal Treatment is best for me , i use AROGYAM PURE HERBS FACE CARE KIT which reduces my acne and its scars , it almost clear my face and now m very happy....

mandysimpkins414

I suffer from acnes at such an early age,my parents went to doctors in many places with the hope of curing me of the disease. However, my conditions did not get any better despite the expense of a lot of money. They decided to have a try and took me to a Chinese hospital. The affected sites on my body had improved significantly in less than a month. After reinforcement treatment of experts, I have completely recuperated my health and I have become cheerful. I would like to share this with whoever has the same problems,you can talk to their doctors on the website of vitiligotcm.

@Guest

i also sufferer of acne but i consalt withmy doctor and she gave me retiderm medicine for the outer use of 0.5 concentration and it is working now my face is better than before while for home made remedy try sandal wood paste[chandan] which remove your acne but taking time nearly of 1 to 2month pof time

1pharmacist

Acne is also caused due to excessive heat i nstomach, this can be due to foods that are considered to increase Pitta in body. Avoiding them can bring releife within 3 days.

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jahnaviabhi

I am haripriya and I am taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection. As part of its side effects I have developed acne. I was prescribed with a solution to apply on that. I did not see any visible changes. please suggest me any home remedy for this.

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