Treating Acne

Acne is a serious condition that affects us physically and emotionally, but it can be treated effectively.

Acne is a very common condition, affecting more than 95% of us at some point in our lives, usually during our teen years. Unfortunately, no skin disease is trivialized more than acne, likely because it is so common. In truth though, acne can have significant emotional impact on an individual, causing anxiety, embarrassment, self-consciousness, and even depression. It can also have a lasting physical impact in the form of permanent scars, which commonly occur as a result of untreated acne. Although acne is very common, it does not mean that the problem is trivial. Acne is a serious skin disease that warrants professional medical treatment.

Many people are also under the false impression that acne cannot be treated. This may stem from the fact that treating acne in the past has been a challenge. The truth is that acne treatments have made significant progress in recent years, and almost any type of acne can be treated with some patience and a treatment plan. If acne is a problem for you, take the first step and visit a dermatologist. If you don´t have a regular dermatologist that you can visit, go to your family doctor or your local clinic and they can refer you to a dermatologist. Acne is the most common reason for visiting a dermatologist, so they will be prepared to help you with a treatment regimen, and will help you with any questions or concerns that you might have.

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Acne treatment has a high success rate, as long as you stick with the treatment regimen.

Acne treatments have made incredible advances, and the overwhelming majority of cases can be effectively treated, including very severe ones. Modern acne treatments have a very high success rate, but only when the patient complies with the treatment, and uses the medication exactly as prescribed. Unfortunately, many acne patients fail to comply with their doctor´s instructions due to impatience or initial frustration with the treatment. Compliance issues often stem from patients not having realistic expectations.

Patients must accept that treatments will take time to clear. There is no panacea that clears acne instantly; treatments are in fact effective, but they take time. Some patients have an unrealistic expectation, thinking that their acne will clear immediately following us. These patients are often disappointed, and as a result, stop using the medication long before the treatment regimen is complete. Most acne medications take at least 3 to 6 weeks before improvement becomes noticeable, and take longer before significant improvement can be seen. In fact, in many cases, acne will temporarily worsen in the first week of use. This is due to the speed up of the acne life cycle in many cases, and is an expected result. Remember to be patient, and to apply the medication as prescribed by your doctor. Patience will be rewarded with clear skin.

Camouflages can help to hide your acne for special occasions.

We mentioned that acne treatments can take a long time before taking effect. This means that you shouldn´t expect the acne medication to clear your acne for the dance party that´s coming up on the weekend. Acne medications are long-term solutions that initially take time to clear, but will have a long lasting effect in the future. In the meantime, camouflage cosmetics can be of great help in the short term. They can effectively hide minor blemishes that are common in acne. Camouflages are very effective short-term solutions, and can help you cope with acne.

Although most cosmetic products are produced in a way that minimizes the chance of aggravating acne, the risk is still there. Products that are labelled non-comedogenic are recommended, as they are less likely to trigger or aggravate existing acne. Keep in mind, however, that the skin is unique and individual, so a product that works for other people may not work so well for you, and vice versa. A certain amount of experimentation may be necessary to see which cosmetic products work well for you.

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