Acne is a skin condition that simply refuses to go away. It’s a nagging skin ailment that we commonly call pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, red or yellow spots, cystic nodules, or scars. The acne-prone age is between 12 and 25 years. But beware; it’s not just a teen trouble. Even in your 30s and 40s, you may get acne attacks. Acne can cause lifelong scars if left untreated. Hence, it is vital to be proactive about acne treatment, beginning right from home remedies. Acne treatment essentially involves the use of both preventive and curative products.

Preventive products

The natural way to keep off acne begins at home. If you wish to keep off acne, follow this home treatment attentively and be sure of great results.

— Keep your face spotless clean, by washing it often with a gentle anti-bacterial cleanser or some home-made natural product — Never use greasy, oil-based moisturizers — Never use products containing synthetic chemicals and vegetable oils — Keep your hair off your face — Never dig or touch scars — Keep skin pores unclogged with products containing sulfur plus resorcinol

However, pregnant women, kids, and patients under some other medication should consult a doc before they use such products.

Medication methods

The condition of your acne will determine the treatment options. Treatment also depends on the oil balance of your skin, your gender, and your existing medications. The most proactive acne treatment is with topical products (gels, creams) containing Salicylic acid, Benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, tetracycline, erythromycin, or a retinoid. Many times a combination of these products also works well.

Physicians also prescribe oral medications like antibiotics, hormones, and isotretinoin. Go for such acne treatment only after knowing the side effects.

Laser treatment

Laser treatment has completely cured many. Here the laser destroys the excess oil-producing glands and removes scars. It is painless, harmless but costly. However, to get rid of the existing acne you need medication.

Cystic treatment

Acute cystic acne needs cystic treatments with Accutane or isotretinoin. But, there are side effects. Since most other treatments are not effective on cystic acne, these severe products are unavoidable. 

Chinese treatments

The Chinese method is a natural herbal acne treatment. They believe in getting to the root of the problem like liver ailments, emotional upsets, wind-heat, damp heat, blood heat, etc. They even trace acne to reasons like a stagnant qi (energy). Their natural products do help many, says dermatologist Dr. Manela Humphrey. 

Peel power

TCA Peels are an easy, safe, and affordable acne treatment. They are also more effective than other clinic or spa-based treatments, says salon specialist Mary Roberts. Peels were earlier available only through costly treatments by skin specialists, at US$ 500–1000 per session. These same peels are now easily available at less than US$30. No prescriptions are required either.

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