Care and Treatment for Acne and Oily Skin
Treating oily skin and acne is a tough task. Too many options can lead you on a pricey pursuit for solutions. The first step to treatment is avoiding bad habits that can encourage acne production. Experts at the Family Doctor recommend refraining from picking or squeezing acne and avoiding oil-based makeup, suntan oil and hair products. Once you have learned what not to do, you can begin to explore treatments.
Over-the-counter medications have been a helpful aide for many individuals struggling with mild to moderate acne, particularly teenagers. One of the first effective agents for acne treatment is benzoyl peroxide, which is still the main ingredient in many creams, washes spot treatments and scrubs for acne. Another long-standing and still widely used ingredient is sulfur, which has been used for more than 50 years, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
Individuals with oily skin have several products to choose from at their local pharmacy. Many teenagers and individuals with oily skin use a variety of products at once to treat their acne and control oil. However, using excessive products can strip the skin of natural moisture, causing redness and irritation, which actually leads to more oil production. The AAD recommends treating mild acne conditions by gently washing the face with a mild soap (rather than a harsh scrub), twice daily to remove dead skin cells and oil and following up with a topical treatment containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Keeping the skin clean and using fewer products may improve your skin condition.
No one-size-fits-all formula for acne exists. Your best treatment is based on various factors, such as the severity of your acne and skin type. Individuals with severe acne may fare better with prescription medications than with over-the-counter products. In addition, some acne sufferers prefer oral medications to topical treatments. Moderate to moderately severe acne consists of many whiteheads, blackheads and pustules, covering most of the face. The AAD notes, this type of acne is generally treated with the help of a dermatologist.
Despite some theories regarding the causes of acne, the Family Doctor maintains chocolate, French fries, dirt and sexual activity are not the cause. Hormones are generally responsible for sebum production, which leads to acne.
Treating your oily skin and acne with prescription medications may seem the best approach when other options fail, however, these medications can have severe side effects. Talk to your doctor about the adverse effects of medications and be sure that you understand the risks.
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