Sunday, March 11, 2007

Many Treatments For Acne Go From Mild To Severe

The treatments for acne will be varying according to the stage. Acne is a skin condition when blackheads and even painful red nodules are noticed on your skin, especially on your face, chest, back and arms. Acne can be basically divided into three categories - mild, moderate and severe. Each category requires different treatments.

Treatment for Mild Acne

Mild acne is generally treated by washing the acne affected area with warm water and soap twice everyday. Proper skin care is very important. You have to keep in mind that acne takes time to heal and that significant changes cannot be detected overnight.

Treatment for Moderate Acne

When pimples cover almost half of your face, then you are suffering from moderate acne. In such a situation, it will be best for you to consult a dermatologist. Combination therapies are used for the treatment of moderate acne, which includes physical treatment and prescription treatment. Oral contraceptives and oral acne treatments have also proved effective in some cases. Most acne problems, according to doctors are completely treatable.

Treatment for Severe Acne

When acne is severe, the pimples and the zits become inflamed, deep and like cysts. In this case, a lot of scars and damage to the skin occurs. This may arouse feelings of depression among the affected people. Dermatologists use aggressive treatment for stopping further growth of acne and simultaneously try to prevent the permanent scarring due to the acne. The treatment can be with injection of corticosteroid, medications such as accutane and even a surgical incision may be required depending upon the severity of one’s condition.

Acne treatments require your patience, as it is a time consuming process. You should be well-informed regarding the various treatments available. Any mistake on your part can make your acne stay longer.

Adult acne care will be quite different to the acne care for adolescents, because the hormones going through the bodies of adults are different from the adolescents. In most cases, the acne that appears during one’s puberty, seem to disappear after some time automatically with the body being gradually accustomed to the hormonal changes.

Various other treatments

Benzoyl Peroxide is the most common of all the acne treatments. It diminishes the activity of the sebaceous glands and helps to unplug the blocked pores of the skin.

Vitamin A derivatives, retinoids are effective in the cure of white heads, black heads ad comedonal acne. They remove the clogged material in the hair follicle and increase the turn over of the skin cells causing the disappearance of the spots.

There are also acne treatments available, which are prescribed by doctors.

Some over the counter acne treatments can be bought from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription. However, if you have severe acne, then this should not be your choice for treating your acne.

Natural acne treatment requires you to maintain a clean diet and exercise regularly. There is indeed a reduction in acne breakouts if the intake of fatty and oily foods is considerably lowered or avoided altogether. You should actually treat the causes of acne for treating your acne.

Acne can also be treated by a chemical peel procedure which removes the top layer of the skin to get rid of the acne spots.

Laser acne treatment is a successful one. Though it is mainly used for the treatment of acne scars. Lasers are effective for treating superficial acne. In this case, high-energy light is used to vaporize the skin’s topmost layer, thus removing the scars caused by acne.

Robert Sheehan is a freelance writer and co-owner of Visit Robert and read more about treating acne at


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