The teenage years can be quite awkward. Many of us can attest to that. It’s a point in our lives when fitting in with our peer group trumps everything else. Anything that sets us apart from the pack can seem like the end of the world. Whether it’s not having the right clothes or that giant pimple on your forehead that makes you stand out like a beacon in the night. The teenage years are tough enough. Throwing acne problems into the mix can make it a nightmare. Luckily there many forms of acne treatment available to combat the scourge that is acne.
The most common form of acne treatment is by topical treatments which is applied directly to your skin. The main component of most topical treatments is benzyl peroxide. Benzyl peroxide is an oxidant that breaks down acne. It can also cause some damage to normal skin if the concentration of benzyl peroxide is too high. So when using acne medication where benzyl peroxide is the main ingredient be sure to not use it too liberally at first. Over the counter topical treatment of acne will probably suffice for most acne cases, but in more severe cases you may need some prescription medication.
In moderate to severe cases of acne your doctor may prescribe some oral medication in the form of antibiotics to fight the acne. The oral antibiotic medication is intended to reduce bacteria and fight inflammation. You’ll most likely be using oral antibiotics in conjunction with topical acne medication. There are some side effects associated with oral antibiotics. It may cause upset stomach, dizziness, or skin discoloration. It also increases your skin’s sun sensitivity and may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
Before taking any medication you should discuss these side effects with your doctor.
In some rare cases you may have the option of laser and light therapy. Laser and light therapy works by reaching the deeper layers of the skin without harming the skins surface. In laser therapy the aim is to damage the oil glands so they produce less oil. Light therapy targets the bacteria that causes acne inflammation. These two treatments target the main causes of acne, oil and bacteria. These treatments are only recommended for people who can’t tolerate traditional acne medication due to allergies or severe sensitivities to them.
No one should have to live their life with the problem of acne. There are many treatments and medication that you can get over the counter or prescribed by a doctor. You don’t have to be an adult to have smooth, clear skin. Smile wide with confidence for that yearbook picture.