An Introduction to Common Acne Treatment Methods

For those dealing with acne, many find success treating it with over-the-counter and/or home-based remedies. When these are ineffective, however, a dermatologist can offer advanced treatments that may be more successful at clearing up an acne breakout.

What Is Acne and Who Gets It?

Acne can be classified as being one of two types: inflammatory or non-inflammatory. This common skin condition can cause pimples, white/blackheads, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and scarring.

Of course, most people associate acne with teenagers, and that is often when people are first affected by the condition. However, many still experience acne well into their adulthood. New evidence shows that certain types of acne affect men more than women and that women are more likely to experience acne well beyond their teenage years.

Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments

Fortunately, there are many over-the-counter treatments available for those dealing with this skin condition. Many include ingredients that have proved effective at helping irritated skin, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and even sulfur. Some over-the-counter treatments are simply less-potent versions of prescribed medicines. For example, Differin was originally only available as a prescription but now is available in a non-prescription formula.

Home-Based Acne Remedies

Along with over-the-counter medicines available at local pharmacies and grocery stores, many rely on lifestyle changes and home-based treatments to provide acne relief. Honey has been used to treat skin conditions like acne for thousands of years. Other common home remedies for acne include tea tree oil, aloe-vera, and green tea.

Some at-home treatments attempt to mimic the professional treatment you would receive from a dermatologist. These include LED light and laser treatments applied in an at-home setting.

Getting Acne Relief Through a Dermatologist

When over-the-counter medicines, home remedies, and lifestyle changes fail to improve minor cases of acne, seeking treatment from a professional dermatologist is often your best option. A dermatologist can offer advanced acne treatments and help you develop a skin-care regimen that will improve the look of your skin while reducing irritation.

Dermatologists can also prescribe oral and topical medicines capable of treating even the most stubborn cases of acne. With their years of education and training, a dermatologist is the most qualified medical professional available to help you develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your skin’s specific needs.

Nevada residents looking for effective acne treatment can turn to the professionals at Carson Dermatology, a trusted Northern Nevada medical office treating residents of Reno, Carson City, and the surrounding areas.