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How To Choose The Right Acne Products

Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to acne products, finding the right one for your individual skin type is equally as important as finding those that are effective overall. If your skin is sensitive, for example, choosing acne treatments that are specifically designed for users with sensitive skin will be a positive first step in finding the right treatment for your lifestyle.

Some acne treatments, including both over-the-counter and prescription, carry the potential for side effects. This translates into the need for an understanding of the possibilities and the knowledge of whether or not the product will be beneficial for your unique situation. There are several ways to learn more about the ingredients of acne products, including a consultation with a physician or dermatologist, product reviews, and/or some independent research. When choosing acne products, it's often a good idea to select that which carries the fewest and least problematic side effects or, if possible, no negative side effects at all.

Whether you have sensitive skin or not, testing acne treatments on a small area of your skin prior to applying them fully will help to minimize possible irritation. If the product begins to burn, sting or cause excessive itching, remove it immediately with soap and water. By applying acne treatments to a small test area of your skin first, you will be doing both you and your skin a big favor.

When it comes to acne treatments, one of the best ways to choose a product is by reading past its marketing. Whether you have seen a commercial, read an advertisement or are simply label shopping, always select acne products that offer realistic results in a reasonable timeframe. If you have moderate to severe acne, expecting that a product will clear up your skin overnight will only be setting yourself up for a disappointment. Instead, look at both your condition and the product for a timetable that seems realistic. Results of any kind will take time to surface, including acne treatments, diets and even exercise programs. If a condition didn't appear overnight, it's unlikely that it will disappear within that same time.

Some of the most popular acne treatments are those that have either been dermatologist tested or were created by dermatologists themselves. After having treated patients with common skin problems, such as acne, many professionals have attempted to create a product that will ease the discomfort associated with this all too common skin problem. Every day, people of all ages suffer from acne and the only way to treat it is through knowledge, an understanding of the causes, and an effective treatment plan.

Speaking of dermatologists, it is important that you consult with a medical physician prior to using certain types of acne treatments - especially if you are already using other types of prescription medication. In an effort to prevent products from negatively interacting with one another, your physician or dermatologist should be made aware of your condition(s).

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only. It should not be used in place of professional medical advice or recommendations relating to the use of acne products and/or acne treatments. If you believe that you have a problem with acne that requires medical attention, consult a physician or dermatologist for a professional evaluation and recommended treatment program.
About the Author
Brian Dolezal is a contributing editor for TopConsumerReviews.com. TopConsumerReviews.com is a leading provider of independent reviews and rankings for hundreds of consumer products. Find out how top acne treatments compare by visiting TopConsumerReviews.com today.
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