What acne treatment is best for me?
Why are so many people confused, they keep asking me what acne treatment is best for them. To my best of knowledge there are no single acne treatment that work for everyone because some skin are dry or oily.
This article will go a long way to discuss the top 3 acne treatment that is best for you. You can grab a cup of coffee and follow me to the end why I review what treatment can work you.
Before I proceed, I will like us to take a look on what determine skin type, and that bring us to dry or oily skin.
Dry or oily skin
Our skin can either be dry or oily. So many people thought that acne only affect oily skin and that dry skin is exceptional. But I will tell you that excessive oil does not cause acne because it is only the oil that accumulates in the pores.
Having said that, we should also know that our skin is in two phase’s sensitive skin or resistant skin, People that have sensitive skin often experience irritation or redness while other people have resistant skin to chemical or allergens no matter what chemical comes in contact with their skin.
You should also know that skin can be pigmented or non- pigmented. Pigmented skin is not the overall color but tiny areas of pigmentation. As our acne heal our skin are prone to change color. Before choosing a skin peel or any product it is very important to know if your skin is pigmented or non-pigmented.
So many of us don’t know that our skin may be loose or tight, before choosing any acne product you have to take into consideration whether you have loose or tight skin. Having listed what to consider before looking for acne treatment, now let us quickly look at what acne treatment is best for you.
So many people do not have any idea what causes acne, when oil and dead skin cell on your skin comes together, pimples is form. As we have earlier said, so many dermatologists have agreed that there is no one way to treatment of acne because everybody has different treatment that work for him or her depending on your skin.
Now let’s consider the top 3 acne treatment that is best for you.
- Benzoyl peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide has been considered by many dermatologists to be the best acne treatment though it has its own downsides.
Benzoyl peroxide is a topical antibacterial that is effective in treatment of acne cause by bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide is an active ingredient found in most acne prescription treatment and they includes; benzamycin, epiduo, benzaclin, and onexton.
It is found in many different forms like gels, lotions, creams, cleanser, and toner-like products. Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective OTC (OVER THE COUNTER) acne treatment. It reduces the amount of acne causing bacteria on the skin, which is why it is known to be antimicrobial.
Before we started, we said benzoyl peroxide has its own down side know as side effects. Now let consider the side effect of benzoyl peroxide.
What are side effects of benzoyl peroxide?
Dry skin is the most common side effect. Other is dryness and peeling. It can also make your skin to be sensitive to the sun. In order to prevent this side effect. it is advisable to start slowly making your skin to adapt to the medication. It is advisable to wear sunscreen every day to prevent sensitive to the sun.
When using the medication and you experience dryness, burning, peeling, and itching, they are normal side effect but when you encounter severe redness, swelling, irritation skin you are advise to stop the medication because you are allergy to it.
When should I expect results?
You may want to know how long it will take to start seeing results, but I will advise you to be patience because patience is the key to success. It can take 8 to 10 weeks before seeing results. Like any other treatments it takes time to see results.
- Salicylic acid
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid helping your skin to shed dead cells more effectively. Salicylic acid works by dissolving excess oil and gently exfoliating away dead skin cell. Salicylic acid can be found in many OTC products and it is very popular in salon, and dermatology clinic as a chemical peel. If over applied on the body it can dry out the skin.
Salicylic acid happens to be the first line treatment for young children with acne breakout because it is less irritating and drying than benzoyl peroxide. It is a good choice for blackhead and close comedones because it has the ability to dissolve pores blockages and smooth out the skin.
Possible side effect of salicylic acid
The side effect of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are very similar which include peeling, irritation and dryness.
- Glycolic acid
Glycolic acid is among the third most use medication for treating acne. Glycolic acid is able to penetrate skin deeply and easily, because it has the smallest molecules in the group of active compounds known as AHA’s. Glycolic is the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, dullness, blackheads, and oiliness.
Glycolic acid is good for almost every skin type, except with people with very sensitive skin and patients with rosacea. Teenager from 11 or 12 years old can use Glycolic acid products as basic cleansers onward.
Glycolic Acid is good for exfoliation, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin.
Possible side effect of glycolic acid
Glycolic products can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Glycolic acid products can also cause a slight tingling not burning sensation when applied on the body. Glycolic acids can also cause mild skin irritation, itching, swelling, and redness.
The most commonly known side effects of glycolic acid are peeling, scabbing, leaving behind black brown spots, skin inflammation, Skin dryness, flaking, and scarring.