Forget the Acne Stereotypes

Acne Treatments: Not Just For Teenagers Anymore

Acne used to be the scourge of the awkward teenager, but it is now recognized as a condition that affects people of all ages and walks of life - from the stereotypical high school student to the accomplished actresses. Now, not only do you NOT have to hid while suffering from a breakout, but you can feel confident perusing the various treatment options in the skin care aisles, because you are definitely not alone!

Step One: Over-The-Counter Treatments

Almost everyone is familiar with common over-the-counter acne treatments such as Clearasil. These include cleansers and spot treatments with the active ingredients of either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

If you are into trying the latest trendy, albeit more expensive, treatments, you can even order movie-star endorsed products, such as Proactiv. Most of these treatments are designed to minimize oil production and buildup, which may contribute to the bacterial growth that causes acne, and reduce inflammation.

Depending on your skin type, these treatments, when used religiously, may be all that is necessary to clear up your acne.

Step Two: Prescription Treatments

If your acne is resistant to these standard approaches, or if your skin is overly sensitive to the drying that results, then a visit to the dermatologist may be in order. Dermatologists can offer many different prescription options, such as Differin or topical erythromycin (an antibiotic), depending on the severity of your condition.

Working closely with a dermatologist will help ensure that you are successful in treating your acne.

Step Three: General Skin Care

In addition to using topical and/or oral treatments (whether over-the-counter or prescription) some skin care basics are also required. Wash your skin regularly, as often as twice daily, with a mild cleanser, and PAT, don't rub, your face dry.

Use a moisturizer every time you wash your face, preferably with a sunscreen. Be careful not to combine treatments with different active ingredients, because this may cause a painful inflammatory reaction.

Debunk The Myths

Whatever your chosen course of treatment, don't fall prey to the myths surrounding acne. It is not caused by your diet or stress, and it is not necessarily something that will run its course or that you will outgrow.

Acne is a documented skin condition that can, and should, be treated. Using the tips above and the other tips we share on this site, you can put acne behind you and put your best face forward!

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