Acne is a skin condition caused by hair follicles getting clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It is most common on the face, back, chest, neck and shoulders. Acne can be persistent, but there are effective acne treatments available. Severe acne can leave scars, so the sooner it is treated, the better.
Using over-the-counter treatments is generally the first step in trying to treat acne. The most effective products contain benzoyl peroxide. Medications that contain salicylic acid, sulfur or resorcinol can also work.
Acne patients should avoid facial scrubs, masks, astringents or anything with a lot of oil in it. Such products can cause acne or make it worse.
Prescription medications for acne will be either oral or topical. If the patient is given a topical medicine, he or she will typically be told to apply it to dry and clean skin 15 minutes after washing.
Topical medications take several weeks to work, and they can cause side effects like peeling, redness or dryness. The most common topical medications are antibiotics, retinoids and Dapsone.
Topical antibiotics work by killing bacteria and reducing redness. They are often used in conjunction with a retinoid or benzoyl peroxide. Retinoids work by keeping hair follicles from getting clogged. Dapsone is usually used with a retinoid.
Oral antibiotics are for patients with moderate to severe acne. They kill the bacteria that cause acne and help reduce inflammation. They can be used alone or with another drug.
Since patients can build up a resistance to antibiotics, they will only be allowed to use such medications for three to four months or until their acne clears up, whichever comes first. Anti-androgen drugs and oral contraceptives can be used to treat acne in women and girls.
While most people get a facial simply for the pampering, they can be used to treat acne. In fact, most facials include acne treatments as part of the service. Our estheticians can use a machine that blows steam on a client’s face. This softens up any blackheads or whiteheads that will be extracted – and extraction is a common step in facials.
Many estheticians will exfoliate the client’s skin during a facial. Medical spas like Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre are operated by a doctor, so they are more helpful to someone with severe acne than a day spa is.
There are three types of chemical peels: superficial, medium and deep. Most acne patients will only need a superficial peel. After thoroughly cleaning the patient’s face, our specialist will apply a special solution to the patient’s face and leave it there for a few minutes.
The peel will remove the topmost layer of the skin, revealing healthy new skin. Chemical peels can also be used to treat acne scars.
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The best way to determine which method is ideal for treating your acne is to visit Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre, located in Guelph. Our team of highly skilled professionals can analyze your skin and determine which treatment method is right for your unique situation.
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