The best way to assist in the removal of acne, which includes blackheads, blemishes and whiteheads, is using routine skin care methods, lifestyle changes, medications and cleansing. There are many types of inflammatory skin conditions and acne is the one that affects almost everyone to some degree or another at some point in their life, therefore acne is one of the most commonly known inflammatory skin condition. Oftentimes, acne is thought to be triggered by hormonal changes that can occur with puberty, menstruation cycles and pregnancy. Acne can affect both males and females equally.
CLEANSING & SKIN CARE
The most important thing that can be done to help the skin is to keep it clean. Acne prone skin needs a facial cleanser that cleanses the skin and then leaves the skin barely moisturized. The cleanser needs to be effective enough to remove all of the impurities and filth, while still being mild enough to not aggravate the skin. To locate the perfect cleanser for your skin may involve some trial and error.
Washing the skin daily is very important. It is best to wash the skin two times a day, once in the morning and then again before going to bed at night. Do not wash more often than this as it will cause the skin to lose too much moisture and cause the skin to become irritated and dry. Also, it is best to only use your hands when cleansing the skin. Using the fingertips in a circular motion is best for cleaning the skin without causing any irritation. Also, when washing the acne prone skin, make sure to use average to slightly warm water. Hot water will irritate the skin and too cold water will constrict the blood vessels.
Whiteheads are one of the symptoms of acne and is also a symptom that annoys the most people. It is so irritating to have a whitehead and the urge to remove it by squeezing it can almost be overwhelming. Dermatologists warn against this though because squeezing whiteheads can lead to possible scaring and infections. The best treatment for whiteheads is to just leave them alone. Dermatologists caution that the average whitehead can last anywhere from one week to a month and really do not go away any faster with squeezing.
If gentle cleansing doesn’t help with the acne, the next step would be to try medications. There are several over the counter medications to try first before moving on to a physician. Dermatologists’ can also prescribe either oral or topical medications to treat acne. Dermatologists can also prescribe an antibiotic to reduce bacteria and inflammation. If the medication route yields poor results, a dermatologist can also utilize laser and light therapies, microdermabrasion and even chemical peels. Whatever treatment route chosen may take up to eight weeks before seeing visible results and often the acne may worsen for a short period of time before improvement is seen.