Mild Inflammatory Acne Treatment
By Julian Chee
Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin's oil glands and hair follicles. These factors lead to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Doctors describe acne as a disease of the pilosebaceous units (PSUs). Found over most of the body, PSUs are most numerous on the face, upper back and chest.
Acne is often treated by dermatologists. The goals of treatment are to heal existing lesion, stop new lesions from forming, prevent scarring and minimize the psychological stress. For mild signs of acne, doctors usually recommend an Over-The-Counter (OTC) or prescription topical medicine. Topical medicine is applied directly to the acne lesions or to the entire area of affected skin.
There are several OTC topical medicines used for mild acne. Each works a little differently. Following are the most common ones:
• Benzoyl peroxide – destroys P. acnes, and may also reduce oil production
• Resorcinol – can help break down blackheads and whiteheads
• Salicylic acid – helps break down blackheads and whiteheads. Also helps cut down the shedding of cells lining the hair follicles
• Sulfur – helps break down blackheads and whiteheads.
Topical OTC medicines are available in many forms, such as gels, lotions, creams, soaps, or pads. In some people, OTC acne medicines may cause side effects such as skin irritation, burning, or redness, which often get better or go away with continued use of the medicine. If you experience severe or prolonged side effects, you should report them to your doctor. OTC topical medicines are somewhat effective in treating acne when used regularly; however, it may take up to 8 weeks before you see noticeable improvement.
Please be reminded that the above information is for informational purposes only and it is not intended to replace any health care services you need. The information provided is strictly not meant to diagnose medical conditions, offer medical advice, or endorse specific products or services. Do not rely upon the information provided alone for medical diagnosis or treatment. Kindly consult your doctor about any personal health concerns.
About the Author
Julian Chee is the founder of Skincare Daily. This accredited site provides reviews on acne treatments. For more information, please visit http://www.skincaredaily.com
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