Getting the Right Acne Treatment for You
Everybody strives to have healthy and beautiful skin. Acne can prevent that from happening! You may be thinking about how much money you could save in the long run if you just use over-the-counter acne treatments, but prescription acne treatment is worth considering too!
Find out which is best for you!
What is acne treatment?
Acne treatment is the medical care needed to treat acne, which is the skin’s natural defense mechanism against bacteria that enter the skin.
There are different types of acne, such as:
- Acne vulgaris. The most common type of acne is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, and inflamed pimples.
- Acne rosacea. A skin condition that causes the skin to become red and inflamed.
- Acne conglobata. A rare and severe form that causes large, pus-filled lesions.
- Pyoderma faciale. It causes painful red nodules on the face.
There are a few different types of acne treatment that can be used to help clear up your skin like:
- Over-the-counter acne treatments. These are products that you can buy without a prescription. They usually contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur to help clear up your skin.
- Prescription acne treatments. If over-the-counter acne treatments aren’t working for you, your doctor may prescribe a stronger medication. These medications usually contain antibiotics, retinoids, or hormonal therapies.
- Home remedies. A few home remedies can be used to help clear up your skin, like using a clay mask or drinking plenty of water.
- Laser treatment. This treatment is a popular option because this treatment addresses the underlying bacteria that cause the breakouts by achieving prolonged antiseptic benefits without disrupting surface oils or blocking pores. Laser treatment can help reduce discomfort often associated with chronic acne while boosting the skin’s production of natural oils to replace those depleted by chemical exfoliation.
- Chemical peels. Our medical professionals use these treatments and we offer this in Blue Springs and North Kansas City. A chemical peel is a chemical solution applied to the skin to remove some skin layers. The benefits of this treatment include removing dead skin cells, better hydration, and reduction in visible wrinkles.
What are the benefits?
Acne treatment can help you clear up your skin. It can also reduce the number of breakouts and the size of pimples, saving you time and money spent on buying products. Additionally, acne treatment can get rid of scars and other marks left behind from previous breakouts.
What results can you expect?
Results will vary depending on the case of your acne and whether you use prescription acne treatment. However, for most people, acne treatment helps them have more confidence because of clearer and smoother skin.
What should you do before and after treatment?
Do some research before you start a specific treatment. It’s essential to know what prescriptions are available, how they work, and the side effects. The benefits must outweigh the risks for your treatment plan. Don’t try to fix problems that don’t exist with antibiotics — talk to your health care provider first for appropriate acne treatment. We now offer treatment plans with our nurse practitioner Kerri at our Blue Springs and North location.
Your everyday routine should change after facial treatments, including fuller use of sunscreen lotion and increased application of face cleansers. These regimens will help ensure good skin after acne has been cleared up.
Who is the treatment for?
Acne treatment is for people with mild to moderate cases of acne as having any number of blackheads or whiteheads. The treatment is also for anyone whose preteens/teenagers are dealing with problematic acne vulgaris. Remember that preteens may need a prescription for their treatment plan due to possible side effects associated with prolonged use of medication containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
Do you have questions about acne treatment? Give us a call, and our team of highly skilled and experienced experts will be in touch with you!