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Finding Effective Acne Treatment For Your Skin Type

Jan 22, 2008
If you have acne, you might feel alone, but you're not. It is a disease that affects literally millions of people around the world. It does not discriminate based on age, gender or race. Many people also have difficulty finding the right acne treatment, one that's best suited for their specific type of acne.

The one thing about acne is that there are several different kinds and several different causes. This is what makes choosing the right acne treatment so difficult. The best acne treatment will not only benefit your acne problem, but also benefit your skin, which should be the ultimate priority for you.

It is imperative that you discuss both your disease and your treatment choices with your dermatologist before you begin treatment. If your acne is particularly severe, it is especially important that you see a dermatologist and don't just try to treat your acne yourself. Not only may you waste money on something you buy that doesn't work, but you could in fact make your acne worse. You need to learn everything you can about your disorder, including what causes and what cures it. This can help you choose the right acne treatment.

For example, a particular kind of bacterium known as P. Acnes is actually the cause of one type of acne. This is important to realize, because there are two major medications used to treat acne. These are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Benzyl peroxide actually works to kill the bacterium that causes acne. Salicylic acid helps exfoliate your skin, which gently "unclogs" follicles, the cause of most inflammation. It also helps prevent its return.

Of course, these two medications are only two of many options available, and each is available over the counter. You need to understand which medication you need to use for your skin type. This is why it's especially important for you to talk your dermatologist before you begin any type of treatment.

You also have a choice of many different types of kits that are available to treat acne. These kits are designed to provide many different products, typically containing one of the two major acne fighting agents combined with other ingredients to take care of all of your skin.

With these, you have to be careful because they may be designed for someone who has oily skin, dry skin, or normal skin. You want to be sure that you choose the right one for your skin type. The oily skin treatments are designed to dry out your skin and treat the source of the oil, while the dry skin elements are designed to moisten the face more. If you have either condition and choose the inappropriate acne treatment, you could actually be working to make your acne even worse.

Most importantly, diet and lifestyle greatly affect your acne. The foods you eat can actually aggravate or lessen acne's presence. How much you sleep and how much water you drink can also soothe or aggravate your acne. You need to get enough sleep (usually at least a full eight hours) so that your skin has time to heal and rebuild. Drinking at least six to eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day helps your body flush out toxins so that they don't have to find their way out through your skin. In addition, your skin is much more hydrated and therefore much more likely to be healthy.
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