There are several popular counter-acne products that all make some bold claims about their ability to counteract acne. As noted earlier this is a very large market for the manufacturers, so no expense is spared in grabbing a large slice of the market.Learn more about us at SKIN CLUB – Cosmetic Doctors Toorak – Toorak Acne Treatment
Despite that the most efficient products tend to share a common ingredient, and this is a benzoyl peroxide solution. It is available in concentrations from 2.5 per cent to about 10 per cent and higher in some cases. While most people would assume that the higher the concentration the more efficient the solution is, there is a fair amount of literature suggesting that this is not necessarily the case and that, in most cases, a concentration of 2.5 per cent will yield results.
Benzoyl peroxide effectively reduces infection and inflammation by 2.5%, and the ingredients of the carrier usually help with other symptoms and side effects such as dry skin and tenderness. Unfortunately, the one of these products that will be best for you will be a case of trial and error for each individual. Some creams are intended for adults and some are formulated for adolescents. Some stipulate daily use, some multiple times a day. Some may react with sensitive skin while providing a better solution for those with more sensitivity to the skin. It is always important to carefully read the label, and not be embarrassed to ask the pharmacists for a professional opinion on which products suit your particular situation.
Specialist for treating acne?
Where natural and counter-medication treatments fail, it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist to discuss the best acne product for your situation. Dermatologists have a number of options at their disposal which are not commonly available over the counter. The most well known of these is called Accutane. Accutane is the brand name for the substance ‘Isotretinoin’ and is widely regarded as a revolution in acne treatment. Not only does it have a success rate of nearly 100 per cent, but it is labelled as an acne cure, not just a treatment. An Accutane course is about 5-6 months, and in about 85 per cent of cases, acne enters an extended or permanent remission.
However being effective does not come without a cost and there is a shopping list of side effects in Accutanes case. The most severe is that Accutane pregnancies will result in miscarriage or birth deformity in a staggeringly high 25-35 per cent of cases. There are also linkages to skeletal weakening and liver , kidney and internal organ damage. There is also an unproven link between Accutane and psychological illness and suicidal thoughts. As such, it is viewed by specialists as a last resort treatment, and is not prescribed without a number of waivers and advance assessments.
Choosing a treatment that will work best for you can be overwhelming. Choosing the right treatment for acne depends on what acne you have, and how severe it is.
Medications for acne:
Benzoyl Peroxide: This over-the-counter treatment, which is used for many years, is commonly used to treat mild to moderate acne vulgaris.
Antibiotics: A type of prescription drug, antibiotics are used for more severe acne cases. It is either applied on the surface of the skins, or taken by mouth.
Hormonal treatment: Mainly used to control hormonal levels in females that help to form acne.
Oral retinoids: medication containing vitamin A (Isotretinoin), which is to be taken orally over a long period of time each day. Isotretinoin helps reduce the production of acne-causing oils from the glands.
Procedures on acne:
Acne laser treatment: A very expensive method, using intensive light pulse sources on the skin, the laser treatment is used to help reduce acne scarring.
Dermabrasion: Another method of treating serious acne scarring. The procedure involves abrasive removal of the surface of the skins. A very painful treatment form but it produces great results.
Surgery: Surgical procedures are often used using surgical lancing to treat acne cysts or other serious forms of acne.
To conclude, the best treatment for you will depend on a number of factors, both your personal situation and your acne severity. The important thing to keep in mind is that you are going through a situation that many others are going through and it’s okay to ask people with specialist training, like pharmacists and dermatologists, for help. These professionals have available knowledge and resources to help you find the best solution to your unique situation.