Acne Treatments That Really Work!
Acne is perhaps one of the most common skin issues in the world, and it’s easily one of the most frustrating skin problems to deal with, too.
Not only is it difficult to overcome ‘quickly’, but it can also play on your self-esteem and confidence levels. But fortunately, there are ways to treat the problem, so it’s important to realize that there are treatments out there that can really make a difference – even if it feels like you’re tried everything before.
So in this guide, I’m going to explain some of the triggers for acne, and what you can do to get good results when it comes to overcoming it.
Firstly – I’m not a professional dermatologist, but I have had my own personal experiences with acne, and this is what I’ll be sharing with you in this post. In my experience, the key to getting rid of acne was following good skin care advice (which I’ll explain in detail), and possibly seeking professional help.
I’ve dealt with my fair share of acne in the past, so in this guide, I’m hoping to share some tips and advice that will set you on the right track. By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll have a better understanding of what really works when it comes to treating acne – so let’s get started.
What Causes Acne?
The biggest trigger for why acne develops is your hormones. This is why acne commonly effects teenagers (when hormones are often volatile), and women, who often suffer from acne around their period or while pregnant. In fact, around 80% of adult acne cases involve women, and this could be due to hormonal changes.
While hormones are often the most common trigger, it’s also worth understanding what’s really going on at the skin level as well. Essentially, acne forms when hair follicles become blocked (and later infected by bacteria), which can happen when there’s an overproduction of sebum created by the sebaceous glands.
However, this is still a simplified explanation for what’s going on your body when acne forms, which brings me to my next point…
Getting Professional Advice
If you’ve been struggling with acne for awhile, then one of the best things you can do is seek professional advice from a good dermatologist. This is because they can look at your specific situation, and they’ll have a greater insight into what may be causing your acne to persist.
Additionally, they can prescribe certain treatments that aren’t available over the counter, and carefully monitor your progress to see what’s working for you. They can work with you over a longer period of time until you start to make positive progress and see the reduction of acne you’re looking for.
Ultimately, this can save you a lot of time and money which can easily be wasted by investing in the various systems and products out there which are designed to treat acne. While systems like Proactiv are wildly popular and can help some people, there’s still no guarantee (and they’re often no better than good basic skin care routine, anyway).
A Winning Combo
Okay… while I’m quick to suggest professional advice as the answer, it’s also true that there are some things you can do to treat acne by yourself, especially if you’re just dealing with the occasional flare up rather than a chronic problem.
This is something I’ve experienced from time to time in the past until I came across this “winning combo” that I’ve used successfully ever since – and it’s also worked well for other people who’ve tried it, so I figure it’s worth sharing here, too. So let’s take a look.
Step 1 – Use a gentle cleanser.
Keeping your skin clean is important when you have acne, to reduce the build-up of dead skin cells and keep your pores as clear as possible. It’s also crucial to use something gentle – something that isn’t overlying drying or harsh on the skin. I find something like the Cetaphil gentle cleanser is ideal, but there are several options out there, so just look for something that uses simple ingredients and isn’t harsh on your skin.
You should use a gentle cleanser twice a day for this skin care routine.
Step 2 – Use a Benzoyl Peroxide cream.
Benzoyl peroxide is one of the few ‘over-the-counter’ treatments for acne that gives real results. It works to kill the acne bacteria, unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and more – so it certainly has many benefits to offer if you’re suffering from acne.
I personally like Acnezine, as it uses a 5% solution, which has always been the sweet spot for me. It’s possible to buy 2.5% or 10% benzoyl solution, but I find these either too mild or too strong for most people.
Additionally, Acnezine contains Aloe Vera which helps to soothe the skin, and it also contains glycerin, a highly effective moisturizer which helps to ease some of the drying effects that benzoyl peroxide can have. I’ve actually written a full review on this product, which you can check out here).
You should apply this cream twice a day (after you’ve used the cleanser from the previous step).
Step 3 – Use a high quality moisturizer.
Even though you may consider your skin ‘too oily’ for a moisturizer, it’s still a good idea to use one, especially to counter the drying effects of benzoyl peroxide. Again, something simple is best here – nothing with fragrances or anything that could upset or irritate your skin. I’ve found that glycerin based moisturizers work well to keep your skin hydrated after using a benzoyl peroxide solution, but it may be worth experimenting with a few different brands to find the right one for you. Just try to avoid anything that could irritate your skin – simple ingredients are best.
Overall, this simple 3-step plan can be very effective at reducing acne flare-ups, but it can take a week or two to show best results. It’s also very good at keeping flare-ups at bay before they strike, so you can even use this routine as a preventative measure if you need to.