Whether you’re 15 years old or 50 years old, pimples are a frustrating problem to have. Acne treatment is one of the most common issues that skin care professionals deal with on a daily basis. They use tried and true treatment methods that have been proven over the last several decades, plus a host of newer approaches, depending on each individual’s situation.
Dealing with pimples, blackheads, and other skin issues is often a drawn-out process. For some people, oily skin and other issues subside after their teen years, but, in many cases, adults face the same issues they had as a teenager. It will often take a period of four to eight weeks, or more, to start really showing results, and a dermatologist will often have to modify the approach for the absolute best outcome. Prescription medications, laser procedures, and chemical peels are three acne treatment plans that are popular among skin professionals today.
There are a number of topical creams, gels, and ointments that can be applied directly to problem areas. They often contain retinoid, salicylic acid, or an antibiotic, and work to reduce oil or kill bacteria that’s present on the skin.
Oral Prescription Medication
Doctors may prescribe birth control medication to help balance hormones in young women. Antibiotics reduce inflammation and kill bacteria, and a powerful medicine called isotreninoin may be the most potent acne treatment prescription available.
Professionally Administered Procedures
During an office visit, skin care professionals may use highly targeted lights or lasers to eliminate bacteria. Chemical peels treat papules and blackheads, and manual removal techniques may be used to remove large cysts.
To learn more about various skin treatments, find a dermatologist in your area or read more in our resources section.