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The Best Acne Treatment – What's Going to Work Best for You

Updated on September 16, 2009

If you're suffering from a breakout, you might be wondering what is the best acne treatment for you. It's a question that many people with acne ask themselves. The truth is that there isn't one specific answer that could be presented to hear now. The reason for that that there are a wide variety of different kinds of acne, different kinds of skin and of course, different individuals and how they react to different treatments. Treatments themselves vary tremendously to. There are over-the-counter treatments, home remedies, and medically supervised acne treatments. And among those, there are topical treatments, oral treatments and even laser treatments. So when it comes to you as an individual, looking for an answer for what is the best acne treatment is a bit of a broad question. However, this article will look at some of the different kinds of acne, the different kinds of treatments and things you might want to be aware of when searching for the best acne treatment for you.

Acne can affect all kinds of people at all different times in their lives. It most often affects teenagers, however adults can be affected as well. And I think can be found in different places on the body. The most common places you'll find acne are on the face, neck and back. Of the different varieties of acne the most common is called acne vulgaris. Another form of acting that many people suffer from is called acne rosacea. Presented to most common forms of acne and come in mild, moderate and severe cases.

flickr photo by Caitlinator
flickr photo by Caitlinator

No matter what kind of acne you have, there's going to be a wide variety of treatments available to you. Again, it could come as home remedies, over-the-counter or prescription soaps, creams and gels and even oral medication. What works great for one person may not work all that well for you, since everyone's skin is so different.

On the inexpensive, over-the-counter variety of acne treatment you only find some kind of Alpha hydroxy formula, or something with salicylic acid. If this works for you, great. You won't need to go any further. However, many people need more aggressive treatments like Proactiv or even going to a pharmaceutical, Doctor prescribed medications such as Accutane. With a little bit of Internet research you also read about many people who have found various home remedies for acne that have worked well for them. Again, you might be lucky enough to have this work for you as well. It's just impossible to say. The one thing they all have in common is that they're trying to help deal with the problem of hair follicles getting clogged due to oversupply should of oil from the sweat glands. This is the basic cause of pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.

Probably the best way to figure out what the best acne treatment will be for you is to consult with licensed dermatologist medical doctor. They will be able to assess her condition and give you the highest likelihood of selecting the right path from the start. Otherwise, you're going to be trying to find the best acne treatment pretty much through trial and error. Most people are too eager to get rid of acne treatment consider going this route.

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flickr by JasonRogersFooDogG

One thing to keep in mind, no matter what treatment course you choose to follow, is to follow directions carefully. All treatments can be harsh on the skin, drying it out and often causing sensitivity to sunlight. If you plan to be in the sun, protecting your skin, while I'll was important, will be especially important now. Hats and appropriate sunscreen are a must.

One of the more recent adult acne treatments involves the use of the laser. While laser acne treatment is often used to treat the scarring that is caused by severe acne, lasers are also being used as an acne remedy directly. One of the benefits of using a laser to treat acne and acne scars is that it increases the production of collagen in the skin. This helps even out the skin surface (I.e. scars). An added benefit to this process for adults is that it also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. People have been very happy with laser treatment because it takes care of their old acne scars and the onset  of wrinkles all in one shot. Of course, whenever you're talking about “latest and greatest treatments for acne”, you're probably looking at a fairly significant cost. You may want to check with your insurance company to see if such treatments are covered.

In the end, as was mentioned before, we're sorry to say that we can't give you one specific answer as to what is the “best acne treatment”. There are just too many variables to consider. However, after reading this article, hopefully you have a better understanding of what some of your options are as well as what considerations you'll want to keep in mind. Once again, probably the most important takeaways from this is to consult your physician, and preferably a specialist in dermatology. By doing this, they will be able to find the best acne treatment specifically for you.


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      Research Analyst 8 years ago

      you are so right about how acne can effect us at all times in our lives usually when we least expect it, like when going out to a big event. LOL

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      jazzuboo 8 years ago from Queensland, Australia

      Acne can be a real problem for a lot of people, young an old. Some great tips here to help them out.