Treatments

Once you’ve taken your first step along the road to healthier skin and had a diagnosis, the next stage in the process will be a treatment program to help reduce, and in some cases remove/cure, the symptoms of your specific type of acne.

The main thing is that although some people may notice an improvement in their skin fairly quickly, most acne will require a consistent program of treatment to be fully effective.  This could involve anything from a course of tablets, to a program of laser therapy; it all depends on your type and severity of acne, and in some cases your budget too.

If you’re lucky and have a mild case of acne, then you may be able to treat it at home using over the counter treatments, or natural oils/home remedies, along with good quality skincare products. Good examples include skincare products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil and witch hazel based products, anti-bacterial/skin clearing medicated creams such as Quinoderm, and homemade recipes for scrubs/oils including peppermint oil, honey, and oatmeal.

If these treatments don’t make a difference, or your acne is moderate to severe, then a visit to a doctor will be the most likely form of action, and this will throw up a new list of treatment options. The first port of call is normally antibiotic creams or tablets, or in more severe cases a program of Accutane, which is commonly prescribed by a dermatologist. This is a stronger medication that can treat most, if not all the symptoms of acne flare-ups, from inflammation and blocked pores, to pustules and oily skin. The next step, if these medications are unsuccessful, or if other treatments are required, could be drainage and extraction, particularly in the case of deep cysts.

As well as treating active acne, specialists can also offer maintenance therapy to continue to improve the skin, or prevent acne reoccurring. There are also other treatments specifically aimed at acne scarring. Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are treatments using surgical tools, while chemical peels  are non-surgical, and relatively pain free.

If you’re looking for a combination of pain free treatment and the latest technology though, then laser therapy might be a better route to follow. It’s offered at clinics all over the country, and is particularly effective in treating acne scarring, with its combination of heat and light treatment. There are ablative and non-ablative treatments available, which are covered in greater detail on other pages of this site.  They will generally encourage collagen production, help kill off any bacteria that’s left, and improve the texture of the skin.

Treating acne at home may just require some research and a visit to the chemist, but most forms of acne treatment will require an initial consultation with a specialist, to determine the type of acne you have, and what treatment is most suited to it, and your needs.  Further information through the rest of the website.

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