Acne is a “Chronic” inflammatory disease of the oil glands characterized by the formation of “zits”, pimples, comedones (black and white heads), nodules (thicker, harder, pimples), and in some cases scarring. Factors contributing to acne are thought to be increased skin oiliness, abnormal bacterial skin population and lazy skin shedding.
Acne Treatment Options:
Acne treatment and management depends upon the severity of the case.
Mild acne: Can be treated with creams alone, such as topical antibiotics, Benzoyl peroxide preparations and Retin-A or Differin Gel.
Moderate acne: may need oral antibiotics, or hormonal preparations, in addition to skin creams.
Severe acne: Severe acne would warrant a course of Isotretinoin (Roaccutane) – A concentrated form of a Vitamin A derivative, which is very effective, but must be prescribed by dermatologists after appropriate blood investigations. Roaccutane is the closest a patient can get to cure acne. It is successful in clearing acne in 85% of the cases. The course of treatment lasts usually for 6 months during which the patient may experience bothersome (but not serious) side effects including dryness of the eyes, lips, nose, fatigue and muscle aches.
Alternative Acne Treatments:
- Facial Peels
- Laser resurfacing
Did you know? Chocolate and spicy or fatty food does not play a significant role in acne flares.
Talk to a CosmeSurge® physician about your condition, and acne treatment options today.