Acne breakouts can occur frequently during the teenage years of puberty, mostly because of the introduction of hormones into the body that were not present before. When higher levels of oil in the skin, which can easily occur during these years, are combined with enzymes and bacteria, acne breakouts can result. The reasons for breakouts experienced by adults are similar, despite the age range difference. Remembering that hormonal fluctuations, oily skin, and bacteria are primary causes of acne can help you decide on the treatment option that suits you best.
Common Topical Treatments
If this is your first time attempting to treat acne, you could start with an over-the-counter remedy first. You can find these at your local grocery store in the pharmacy section or at a pharmacy. These are lotions, creams and sanitary scrubbing facial wipes that will most likely contain benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide has been used for decades in various ways to destroy the kind of bacteria that cause acne. Often times, people who have severe acne breakouts might find that common over-the-counter (OTC)treatments are not very effective. This is when it’s time to graduate to more expensive options that are not so common. New treatments that can be found online or at specialty stores might do the trick.
Antibacterial soaps can help cleanse the skin by killing the bacteria and regulating oily skin. Facial scrubs can remove impurities on a deeper level and help reduce severe breakouts. However, our dermatologists feel most people with acne benefit more from prescription medications and medical treatments.
Our dermatologists can prescribe antibiotic medications for reducing acne. These can kill bacteria before they have a chance to infect the skin. Sometimes, a prescription-strength topical antiseptic can be used in tandem with these, or on their own. Our dermatologists need to know your medical history before prescribing any of these medications. That’s why our consultations with our clients can be so extensive. We need to know what kinds of medications are safe for you to take, and your medical history can tell us a lot. We also choose medications that will cause you the least in unfavorable side effects.
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Stressful lifestyles, poor diets, and even your environment can trigger an acne breakout. We can advise you on lifestyle choices you can adopt to help keep your skin as clear as possible. If you’re ready to start clearing up your completion, take the first step and make an appointment with Atomic Dermatology! At our convenient location in Pasco, WA, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!