The best way to treat your acne will depend on what type of acne you have and how severe your condition is. Below we have written some common treatments for different types if acne.
Most patients that develop acne skin conditions will suffer with mild acne, which can usually be treated sufficiently with over-the-counter treatments. These medications can typically be purchased in any pharmacy and do not require a prescription from your doctor. Over-the-counter medications can are usually topical and may include one or more of the following ingredients outlined below. Topical treatments consist of creams, soaps, gels, pads or lotions. If your skin is sensitive, it is advised you use a cream or a lotion.
When you are suffering with moderate to severe acne, you should seek advice from a well-qualified doctor or skin specialist. You are likely to be advised to use topical treatments to begin with, and If these do not have enough of an effect, then you may be prescribed oral or topical antibiotics.
Oral antibiotics will usually not be prescribed for longer than a six-month period. The dosage will usually be high initially, but your acne can become resistant to antibiotics, in which case another antibiotic may be prescribed.
Some women find that oral contraceptives help to clear up acne breakouts. Sometimes though, a change in hormones can make acne worse, so it is important to discuss the type of medications you are using or considering with a medical professional.
Isotretinoin is a strong oral retinoid. It is used to treat severe cystic acne and is usually prescribed when other medications and treatments have failed.
If your acne has not responded to other treatments, you may want to consider the TheraClear treatment. The TheraClear Acne System is a state-of-the-art acne device that addresses multiples causes of acne in a single treatment using a combination of light and vacuum.