Remedies for Acne
We’ve all been there as youngsters… an acne breakout right before an important event that makes you want to hide from the world. The problem is that it doesn’t end with adolescence.
Between hormones, hair follicles clogged with oil and dead skin, bacteria, and excess oil production, the cycle of acne seems to never end. It can be triggered by a number of hormonal changes, medications, and genetics, but having pimples is not only embarrassing but can cause emotional issues as well.
Even older people get acne, especially women, due to stress, menopause, family history, and hair and skin products. According to this article by the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of risk factors:
Risk factors for acne include:
- Age. People of all ages can get acne, but it’s most common in teenagers.
- Hormonal changes. Such changes are common in teenagers, women and girls, and people using certain medications, including those containing corticosteroids, androgens or lithium.
- Family history. Genetics plays a role in acne. If both parents had acne, you’re likely to develop it, too.
- Greasy or oily substances. You may develop acne where your skin comes into contact with oily lotions and creams or with grease in a work area, such as a kitchen with fry vats.
- Friction or pressure on your skin. This can be caused by items such as telephones, cellphones, helmets, tight collars, and backpacks.
- Stress. Stress doesn’t cause acne, but if you have acne already, it may make it worse.
Read more here: Acne | Mayo Clinic
The typical treatments to control acne and avoid scarring or other skin damage start with over-the-counter products. If they are ineffective, a doctor can prescribe stronger medications to reduce oil production and fight infection or inflammation. There are a variety of topical and oral options that can be prescribed depending on your age and the type of acne you are experiencing.
Some topical options include retinoid drugs, antibiotics, and salicylic acid. Oral alternatives can involve contraceptives for women, antibiotics, and anti-androgen agents. There are acne treatment alternatives that many people believe are more persuasive than prescribed drugs.
Holistic Acne Skincare
The narrator of this video feels that the best way to eliminate acne is not what you put on the outside, but more about your lifestyle, diet, and emotional wellbeing:
No acne treatment works overnight, no matter what an advertisement may claim. As mentioned in the video, it is critical to take care of your mind, body, and soul. If you only worry about how you look, you will never be satisfied. Being happy from within is a big part of lowering the stress that is one of the risk factors with acne.
LED Light Therapy for Acne
Another acne treatment alternative that is becoming more popular is using non-laser light therapy to prevent skin breakouts. It can be administered in an office setting or there are LED light therapy devices for home use.
Handheld devices require more time and patience than going to a doctor because of lower light strength emission, but once the acne treatment device is purchased there are no more ongoing costs. This post offers more info for at-home light therapy:
At-home: At-home light therapy devices are also available for purchase over-the-counter and usually cost between $200 and $350. Tabletop light therapy devices employ weaker light than devices used at physicians’ offices, and typically require 10-15 minutes of treatment every day, with the user sitting very close to the device. Handheld devices, which some experts claim help light penetrate more deeply into the skin, require a person to hold the device directly on several areas of his/her face and requires a total of 30 minutes to 1 hour of treatment time per day. More recently, light masks that the user wears on his or her face have hit the market as well. Since red light can harm the retina, depending on the device, you may need to wear goggles when administering light therapy. It is important to check manufacturer’s instructions to determine if goggles are required.
See more here: Light therapy – blue and/or red light
The idea that the light penetrates into the deepest layers of the skin reducing inflammation, excess oil and bacteria production is why it is becoming a more popular option for acne sufferers. For at-home users, be sure to always wear goggles, as certain red lights can harm the retina.
You should also consult with your Southern California area doctor or dermatologist to see which light therapy is best for your situation.