Skin Care: Contemporary Treatments For Acne And Pimples

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When we talk about oily skin, it mostly means the skin of the facial area. The most common and important reason for pimples and acne is the oil secreted by skin glands. The following article would provide some information about the causes and remedies oily skin, pimples and acne.
There are a few topical acne medications that are being used by most people having oily skin, pimples and acne. A brief description of these follows in the article:

Benzoyl Peroxide

When the sebaceous glands secrete excessive sebum and oil it accumulates in the skin pores. This is then acted upon by bacteria which convert it into fatty acid. It is this fatty acid that causes swelling and redness in and around the acne. The use of this medication firstly, attacks the bacteria, which are the main cause for the development of the acne. Secondly, use of benzoyl peroxide peels the dead cells of the skin from the hair follicles and prevents the formation of plugs.

Sulfur, Salicylic acids and resorcinol: Older medicines like these work mainly on the upper surface of the skin. These help in unclogging the pores of the skin and healing existing blemishes. Salicylic acid is effective in treatment and removal of blackheads.

Antibiotics: Sometimes the condition of acne becomes so bad they take the form of pustules and papules. Antibiotics are used by doctors to treat these kinds of acne, but these medicines might not be strong for the treatment of larger cysts. Topical antibiotics attack the bacteria that cause acne problems. Similar to other topical treatments, the use of these antibiotics makes the skin dry and cause irritation in the skin. Therefore it is important to cleanse and moisturize the skin while you are consuming these medicines.

Retinoic acid: it is also known as the Retin-A and is another important topical medicine used by doctors for the treatment of acne. Similar to benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid peels dead skin cells from the hair follicles, thus preventing the formation of plugs. But this medicine first aggravates and worsens the condition of the acne. For any actual improvement to happen the patient might have to wait for at least two to three months.

Skin Care

During the treatments of acne the skin has the tendency to become dry and irritation persists. It is therefore important to take care of your skin regularly and in a routine way so that your skin doesn’t become too irritated or too dry during the treatment of acne.