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Home Acne Treatments – Do they work?

Posted in General Health 25 Mar, 2015

Types of non-medical acne treatments

Many of these non-medical acne treatments have been developed as alternatives to topical treatments (gels, creams and lotions) or oral treatments. Such non-medical acne treatments consist of:

  • Comedone extractor – this is the treatment process of whereby a small pen-shaped like instrument is used to clear out both blackheads and white heads. The comedone extractor carries no known side effects and can be used from the comfort of your own home.
  • Photodynamic therapy – this is the treatment process of whereby light is applied to the infected area of the skin to improve symptoms of your acne condition. The light targets cells and aims to kill bacteria that could lead to severe acne symptoms. Photodynamic therapy is also thought to work by shrinking the skin's oil glands and although a mild redness of the skin may temporarily occur for a short period of time after undergoing photodynamic therapy, photodynamic therapy is generally viewed as a minimally invasive and minimally toxic non-medical acne treatment.
  • Chemical peel – this is the treatment process of whereby a chemical solution is applied to the face, which causes the skin to peel off and allows new healthy skin to replace it. However, although you may experience a slight stinging and redness of the skin, such side effects tend to clear up in a few days.

Effectiveness of home acne treatments

While the effectiveness of such non-medical acne treatments remain open to debate, there are further basic non-medical acne treatment methods that can be used to help reduce and control your acne and should be part of your daily hygiene and treatment routine. Such methods include:

  • Drinking enough water to allow skin to remain hydrated as this helps to prevent an overproduction of the oil glands.
  • Not picking at spots, as this can cause more bacteria spread and worsen the acne.
  • Cleanse your face appropriately. Over cleansing can irritate the skin and inadvertently worsen your acne.

When can I expect to see the results of non-medical acne treatments?

With limited evidence supporting the effectiveness of such treatments, a sense of precaution should be taken when using non-medical acne treatments. A good level of patience should also be shown as it can generally take up to 12 weeks to see improvements of your acne symptoms.

However, if you are unable to see any improvements or notice that symptoms worsen, then you should speak with your doctor who can help administer the correct treatment for your acne.

For more information on acne, click here.

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