Is your acne problem getting you down? Cheer up as stress may just worsen it. There are numerous over-the counter acne treatments sold in the market but of course the best option is to go to a skin doctor. A skin doctor or a dermatologist is an expert when it comes to skin problems. The doctor will give you a prescription for treatment as well as tips and advice on how to care for your skin.
For Severe Cases of Acne
Most mild to moderate acne problem can be treated with the use of over-the-counter anti-acne products But for those with a severe case, it is best to not delay seeking the help of a dermatologist. Self-medicating a severe case of acne may just worsen things.
Over-the-Counter Treatments for Mild Acne
If you choose to treat your mild to moderate acne problem with over the counter treatments, here are some of your options.
Argan oil has been long believed to have the ability to treat skin problems such as dermatitis and acne. However, it is important to note that scientific studies proving this are lacking. The evidence of the oil’s effectiveness in treating acne is anecdotal or only based on what people using the oil have said. Argan oil does contain a number of nutrients that benefit the skin such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, sterols, squalene, and a number of antioxidants. Vitamin E is perhaps the most beneficial nutrient for the skin found in Argan oil because of its presumed antioxidant prowess. Vitamin E has also been long believed to aid in faster wound healing, scar prevention as well as in minimizing the appearance of scars.
Bear in Mind
If you are allergic to nuts, using this oil may not be ideal. If this is the case, it is best to consult with your doctor first before using this oil.
Salicylic Acid is an active ingredient in cleansers, gels and other skin products. How is this effective in removing acne? Salicylic acid actually removes dead skin cells and brings down sebum production. It also has the ability to unclog blocked pores therefore avoiding acne breakouts from happening in the future.
Bear in Mind
There are of course side effects. Dryness and irritation of the skin can happen during the early parts of using topical salicylic acid. This can be prevented by introducing salicylic acid to the skin slowly. Apply less often at first and once your skin has already adjusted to it you can apply more often. If your skin is broken, red, infected, irritated or swollen, do not apply salicylic acid on it. Discontinue use and consult a doctor if your skin gets irritated.
Tea Tree Oil
Another natural acne treatment is Tea Tree Oil. There are ready to use tea tree oil gels and ointments available in the market. These ready to use tea tree oil anti-acne products usually contain about 5% concentration of tea tree oil.
Bear in Mind
If you are using pure tea tree oil, you would need to make a solution of 1 part of the oil and 9 parts of water. Use daily the solution on the affected skin and rinse off. You may feel a stinging or burning sensation on the skin where you applied the oil and you may experience your skin getting dry. Should these side effects get worse, stop use and consult your doctor.