Effective Treatments for Acne part 2

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4 More Treatments for Acne

There are quite a few things we never outgrow, and unfortunately acne can be one of those things. Today, we’re going to look at some of the lesser-known yet effective treatments for acne that are not necessarily home remedies but effective nonetheless.

1. Lasers for Acne Treatment

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When the skin is heated, lasers have the ability to kill any bacteria which may lead to acne. Such heat that directly penetrates the skin will incite it to rebuild collagen. However, laser treatments are not instantly effective for everyone. You might need a supplemental acne medication simultaneously. When being treated by lasers, you will probably need several sessions throughout several weeks before seeing significant changes.

Where to Go

Laser treatments are offered in many med spas, but we recommend that you speak with a dermatologist about the laser therapy that best suits your needs.

2. Try Isotretinoin

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While isotretinoin is an oral form of vitamin A, it is the only treatment for acne that targets all of the main causes of acneic breakouts: inflammation, obstructed pores, and superficial bacteria. Isotretinoin is an effective option for those with severe acne as a last resort. This should be taken over the course of several months and, sometimes, people believe their skin to be more sensitive or drier.

Where to Go

Isotretinoin must be prescribed by a doctor because there are serious risks involved. These risks include headaches, depression, chapped lips, dry skin, light sensitivity, flu-like symptoms, and rash. Isotretinoin is also a concern to pregnant women for causing birth defects.

3. Spironolactone Powder or Supplements

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This medication is considered to be a diuretic and has historically been used for treating high blood pressure, minimizes oil production for acneic skin types, and also impedes testosterone.

Where to Go

Spironolactone must be prescribed by a dermatologist.

4. Hormonal Birth Control Pills

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These pills offer a blend of both progestin and estrogen. These birth control pills are oral contraceptives that treat inflamed/cystic acne, along with the more commonly seen ‘whiteheads’ and ‘blackheads.’ Birth control inhibits the hormone androgen from being produced, which has been associated with acne, so birth control pills may be a suitable option for those with acne primarily due to hormones. Birth control pills may also cause weight gain in some women, yet some believe that it will not.

Where to Go

Hormonal birth control pills must be prescribed by a dermatologist or a gynecologist.

If you haven’t read our earlier article please read it here.

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