Acne, otherwise known as zits, pimples, blackheads, goobers, comedones, and blemishes, are enough to can ruin anyone’s day. “Acne Vulgaris,” is the the technical term for acne, that awful vulgar curse that attacks your skin, usually at the wrong time in the wrong places.
Science says it’s caused by an increase in androgens, like testosterone, and though it most often ravages pretty faces in adolescent years, in some people the curse can hang on for years after puberty progressing into adulthood.
What to do?
First, understand the ailment to find the right cure. Acne is caused by hormones, and it could be a genetic predisposition. It can also be exacerbated by psychological disturbances, like stress. Improper diet can cause blemishes too, and parasitic bacteria. See a dermatologist for the reason for your zit before seeking treatment.
1. Oatmeal and almond oil
These ingredients are a great skin cleanser. Though they won’t get down to the root cause of the blemishing problem, oatmeal and almond oil will help clean and nourish the skin, and give it nice glow that will help it outshine the blemish.
2. Witch Hazel
There is true magic in this witch, that strips out excessive oils from the pores while at the same time promoting beautiful healthy skin. It has proven benefits, and since its plant based it is mild upon the skin too. Though it won’t kill the acne problem, using witch hazel and good moisturizer daily can cast a good spell over the rest of your face.
3. Benzoyl peroxide
Benzoyl bombards pores with oxygen rich aerobic materials that kill bacteria, and reduce breakouts because there is less bacteria on and in the skin to produce them. It also clears follicles of dead skin cells and cellular debris that can block pores and create zits.
4. See a Dermatologist
A dermatologist is a skin doctor who has been trained to care for skin ailments. This doctor should be able to diagnose the root of the problem and prescribe appropriate treatments. They should also be able to help you plot a course for proper skin care habits that can reduce breakouts and make your skin healthier.
5. Prescribed Medicines
Any medicine you are prescribed should help unplug pores, kill bacteria, reduce skin oils, and reduce the effects of hormone imbalance. Medicines a dermatologist might prescribe for you include:
Topical medicines: Retin-A, Differin, and Tazorac. Inner treatments: Oral contraceptives, isotretinoin, corticosteroid injections, and natural/herbal treatments.
Many of these medicines, topical and internal, can produce serious side effects, so make sure your doctor explains them fully and to your complete understanding before you begin using them.
Other acne treatment options include using a Dermaroller or other treatments from MYA, such as Omnilux Blue Light Therapy, Skin Peels and Pixel Laser Resurfacing. Boots has a large range of different acne treatment options which may be better suited to your individual needs.
If you want to find out more about the options available when it comes to treating acne, then check out the official NHS acne treatment page.
Some doctors will tell you, however, that the best medicine for anyone suffering from acne is believing in the beautiful person beneath the blemishes. There are even scientific studies that have proven the effectiveness of self-confidence as an acne treatment.
The bottom line cure, however, is living larger than the small zit that threatens to curse the day ahead. Good hygiene habits and a good image of oneself maybe the best cures for acne vulgaris.