Acne is not solely problematic for teens. Half of all women in their twenties face sporadic bouts of acne, and a quarter of forty-somethings still fight acne while keeping up with their BOTOX® treatments according to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Topical drugstore preparations may shorten the lifespan of an isolated blemish, but such tools are very limited. Benzoyl peroxide and alcohol are the chief active ingredients in most over-the-counter spot treatments. For some troubled skin, these two ingredients cause as many skin problems as they solve. An oil-reducing skin treatment may work for a teen with oily skin, but these ingredients cause dryness and are a poor fit for more mature skin. It’s counterproductive to seek age-defying skin treatments while parching the skin in an attempt to reduce breakouts. Dry skin reveals all of the fine lines and therefore starts to age beyond its time.
Just as a mechanic with only two tools cannot hope to restore a car to perfect condition, over-the-counter acne products cannot restore healthy skin. Skin care professionals have a wealth of tools at their disposal. They combat acne with topical preparations, prescription medications and even injections of anti-inflammatory cortisone to end a painful pimple’s life quickly. Taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting acne pays off in the form of shorter, less severe breakouts.
A doctor can prescribe topical acne products that contain antibiotics to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Prescription creams are far more effective against treating acne than their drugstore counterparts. Oral medications help clear acne internally instead of topically. Painful cystic acne succumbs quickly to cortisone injections or by draining to relieve the painful pressure. Laser treatments and dermabrasion may help some cases of acne as well as restoring a smoother surface to previously troubled skin that has left scars. Skin care professionals can also work with other doctors to adjust medications that might worsen acne such as oral or injected steroids.
Other conditions such as rosacea or folliculitis mimic acne’s appearance but require different treatments. While a skin care professional can recommend appropriate treatments, only a qualified dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition, so it is vital to seek dermatological advice for any sudden rash or breakout. Trying an over-the-counter acne regimen to treat a skin problem other than acne could exacerbate the irritation and discomfort of the condition.
Healthy skin means more than simply being acne-free; a doctor’s/aesthetician’s care ensures that once the blemishes disappear, the skin remains vibrant and healthy. Injections of BOTOX® or cosmetic fillers reduce the appearance of deep acne scars, while laser resurfacing smooths away shallow imperfections left behind from previous bouts of acne.
Acne merits a doctor’s attention because it is a bacterium that needs treatment. Seek a specialist in healthy skin and end the cycle of dry skin and breakouts instead of those over-the-counter products.
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