Acne Treatments: What Works

by Adam Knife - Date: 2007-01-24 - Word Count: 288 Share This!

There are literally hundreds of talked about treatments for acne, most of them being old wives' tales, placebo effect, or simply not effective at all. Of the ones which are most effective, they are also dangerous or have other unwanted side-effects, such as ProActiv and Accutane, the recommended course of action is simply inaction combined with proper skin care. You don't need medical products to cure your acne.

If, however, you are eager to get treatment for your acne, skin exfoliating products are up in the most successful at having acne-removing effect, with the absolute lowest negative side effects. Cotton pads soaked in various acid solutions sold as "acne medication" pads, are probably your best bet: these clean the skin, open up the pores and eliminate bacteria and dirt from your skin.

Topical bactericidals containing benzoyl peroxide, or over-the-counter P. Acne killers applied topically may be useful for mild acne. Topical antibiotics are not recommended due to the negative effect of antibiotics and the fact most jurisdictions will not sell them over the counter.

In females, acne is usually caused by an excess level of male control chemicals such as testosterone. Particularly bad sufferers of female acne can be prescribed some hormonal cures, which aim to balance estrogen and testosterone levels. Normal oestrogen birth control pills may have some positive effect on acne.

Short term improvements can be had through exposure to sunlight, however, it is debatable what long term effects sunlight has on acne, and could very well be negative.

The optimal solution, however, comes simply from how you wash: Cool water closes pores, warm water opens them. Use warm water for the initial wash, pat dry, then use cold water to close the pores off to prevent them from getting infected/filled.

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