Acne treatment options
Whether you're 16 or 61, no one wants to suffer from an embarrassing and unsightly case of acne. Unfortunately, acne can be difficult to treat as it keeps coming back. However, that doesn't mean you have to give up hope altogether. Here are five common treatments Deirdre Wood, MD, PC, your trusted dermatologist at Boulevard Dermatology in Northeast Philadelphia, routinely recommends.
1. At-Home Treatments
If your acne is mild or infrequent, you may be able to clear it up with a few simple at-home treatments or preventative measures. For example, you can wash your face every night before bed to completely remove all make-up, dirt and debris, but be careful not to wash more than twice a day. Keep your hair pulled off of your face and choose make-up that is labeled non-comedogenic. Do not pick at your acne.
2. Over-the-Counter Medications
When choosing an over-the-counter acne treatment, look for products containing benzoyl peroxide, as this has been shown to be the most effective in treating acne. Avoid overuse of products that dry your skin, as this drying effect can cause your skin to produce extra oil to compensate.
3. Prescription Medications
If your acne is moderate to severe and simple over-the-counter treatments haven't helped, talk to your dermatologist in Northeast Philadelphia about trying a prescription acne medication. Common prescription medications include topical retinoids and antibiotics, birth control pills, azelaic acid and isotretinoin tablets.
4. Chemical Peels
Unfortunately, medications--even prescription medications--can take months to show a positive effect. If you would like beautiful skin faster, you may want to consider a chemical peel. With a chemical peel, your Northeast Philadelphia dermatologist will apply a chemical solution to your face, which will cause your skin to peel off, revealing new skin underneath.
5. Light Therapy
While more research still needs to be done on light therapy, many people have used it already with much success. Light therapy attacks the bacteria that live in the pores and cause inflammation. Reduce this bacteria and your acne may clear up on its own.
If you are tired of being embarrassed by your acne-prone skin, take steps today to clear up your acne once and for all. Call Dr. Wood at Boulevard Dermatology in Northeast Philadelphia and find out how a visit to a qualified dermatologist can help you get the beautiful, radiant skin you desire.