Which Acne Remedy is Right For You?

Acne effects almost 100% of the population at one time of their life, but the right acne remedy will also help 100% of the population. It's irritating, painful, and takes a toll on your self esteem. There are tons of different types of treatments on the market, each of them with their own claims and effectiveness, so how do you know which acne remedy is right for you? Let's first take a look at what causes acne and dive into different types of treatments.

Acne is caused by a buildup of sebum in the hair follicles on your skin. During your teenage years, the increased amount of hormones in your body send these follicles into overdrive and they produces way too much sebum. Severe acne can lead to damaged tissue on the surface and underneath the skin which causes scarring. Acne scarring occurs in about 30% of the people who suffer from serious acne. Acne is one of the many drawbacks of puberty (awkwardness, voice changing, and hairy legs to name a few...) but has to met head on. Prevention and treatment are the best acne remedy.

Let's take a look at a few options so you can decide which acne remedy is right for you.

Home Remedy

Home Acne Remedies come from lots of places.  Photo courtesy of ooOJasonOoo via Flickr.
Home Acne Remedies come from lots of places. Photo courtesy of ooOJasonOoo via Flickr.

Home Acne Remedy

Home remedies for acne include many recipes for topical treatments created in the kitchen and from things around the home and grocery store. These recipes have varying results and can be as simple as letting toothpaste sit overnight on pimples to creating teas and steam baths.

The major benefits of choosing a home acne remedy is that you probably have most of the stuff you need on hand in your kitchen. With this in mind, I would try out a home remedy before running out and buying any medications. If your acne can be controlled with low-cost home recipes you will save yourself a ton of money.

A secondary benefit of a home acne remedy is that it will contain a considerably less chemicals and other nasty ingredients. This is better for the planet and, in the long run, for you. Every food item is available in an organic version as well, so you could certainly be free of both chemicals and pesticides if you wish.

OTC Product Review

OTC Acne Medication

There are hundreds of acne treatments and creams on the market. Some claim that they will give you relief from your pimples and other claim they cure acne altogether. Be sure to do some research and read reviews of products before you purchase an acne remedy. Acne treatments are expensive, so a little bit of time spent on research will save you money later.

Read the warnings on the back label of the acne remedy you purchase. Most topical creams and treatments will severely dry your skin out when mixed with facial cleansers. If your acne is mild, it may be best to skip these altogether because they tend to make the skin red.

Also keep in mind that many of these treatments don't work right away, especially if your acne is severe. Give them a week or so before giving up on them and buying another one.

Prescription Acne Treatments

Deciding on a prescription acne remedy should be considered after you have exhausted the home and OTC remedies.

When visiting your dermatologist have a list of everything that you have tried out so far. This will assist the doctor in figuring out what works and doesn't work on your skin and if there are any complications with the medication you are currently using. Dermatologists know your skin better than you do, but any additional information you can provide them will help the both of you decide on an acne remedy.

Prescription acne medications vary in strength, but most of them are very effective. If you feel you have exhausted your other options, or are beginning to see signs of scarring pay your dermatologist a visit and get your acne resolved.

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