Acne Remedies, Helpful or Harmful?
Why You Shouldn’t Use DIY Acne Remedies
Have you ever thought about treating your own acne at home? Some folk tales that get spread would have you believe that you should rub toothpaste, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, lemon juice, and a myriad of other substances on your face. While for some people, this will work, most others find these acne remedies to fail. More often that not people will actually find their skin has become irritated or their acne becomes worse.
WHAT ARE THE “PROPER” WAYS TO TREAT ACNE?
Professionals usually use one, if not all, of three main treatments for acne. You can dry the acne out, using an agent called Benzoyl Peroxide. This acts like an antibiotic that kills the bacteria through the release of free radicals and breaks down blackheads seen easily on the skin. Be careful however, as it can stain or bleach fabrics! Salicylic Acid is another popular form of Acne treatment. Most generic facial washes have this in the ingredients as an exfoliating treatment. This removes dead cells and surfaces newer, healthier looking skin! The third most common way doctors and other professionals treat acne is with Retionic Acid, which heals and remodels the skin.
WHY SHOULD YOU USE PRODUCTS OVER DIY?
These products are always available as an over-the-counter treatment that anyone can purchase. However, you need to find what is best for your specific skin type and stage of acne. A patient’s age, previous sun damage, sensitivity, and a number of other factors influence what you should choose. Your dermatologist can help you decide on a treatment plan that works for you. Most household acne remedies have materials in them that can actually do more harm to your skin than helping it. Meanwhile if you buy a product made for your skin type, it is more likely to help because it was made with completely skin-safe materials. If your acne is more severe, then you should be using a prescription product to avoid scarring and even less future treatments.
WHAT IF I HAVE SKIN THAT’S TOO SENSITIVE FOR THOSE TREATMENTS?
Some acne can be treated with oral medications. Aldactone and spirolactone are two oral medications that help treat acne. There’s even topical dapsone, erthromycin, and clindamycin that could be an option for some people. Microdermabrasions and facials may also help fight the battle. Talk to your dermatologist to find a skin care regimen that works for you! There’s plenty of options for everyone out there. The weird home acne remedies may be “fun” or “trendy”, you may end up doing more harm than good. However nothing beats real, proven science.
WHERE CAN I FIND PRODUCTS WITH THESE INGREDIENTS?
You can call our office to schedule an appointment with our resident Dermatologist, Dr. Debra Atkins, at 678-213-2220. You can also find many of the ingredients mentioned in products at Flawless Skin Online. If you have more questions about what acne is and how to treat it, visit Atlanta MediSpa's page on acne for more information.