What is the best acne treatment for you?
Choosing the best acne treatment(s) for each individual depends on many factors:
- Type and severity of your acne
- Age and gender
- Treatment history
- Personal preferences
Whenever possible, you should work closely with your dermatologist or healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive acne treatment plan that is specifically tailored to your needs.
Treatments for active acne and acne scars can be roughly divided into 6 different categories:
Over The Counter (OTC) Treatments
When people first develop acne symptoms, they often begin treatment with Over The Counter (OTC) acne products. These products are generally topical medications and they are widely available at grocery stores, department stores and pharmacies. Common OTC acne products include face washes, creams, masks, astringents and pore strips. Many of these products contain one of two active ingredients – Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid.
Pharmaceutical (Rx) Treatments
For many individuals with moderate to severe acne (Acne Types: 2-4), Pharmaceutical Treatments are required to significantly improve their acne symptoms. Pharmaceutical treatments include oral and topical medications that are available primarily from a clinician or pharmacy. There are many different types of Pharmaceutical medications that are used in the treatment of acne, including Antibiotics, Retinoids and Hormonal Treatments.
Naturopathic and Lifestyle Treatments
Many modern medicines are derived from natural products that have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Many plant extracts and other natural products have properties that can be helpful for individuals with acne. Naturopathic, Homeopathic and Lifestyle acne treatments include include Essential Oils, Herbal Supplements, aromatherapies, special/restrictive diets, nutritional supplements, exercise and more.
Light & Laser Treatments
Light and Laser therapies are available for the treatment of both active acne and acne scars. Light-based treatments such as Blue Light Phototherapy can be valuable additions to a comprehensive acne treatment regimen. Laser-based treatments such as Fraxel are among the most effective treatments for established acne scars.
Surgical Treatments are available for the treatment of active acne and acne scars. Many dermatologists routinely perform simple surgical procedures such as comedome (blackhead) extraction for their patients. Individuals with severe inflammatory acne may have nodules and cysts that may need to be surgically lanced and drained, in order to heal. Surgical Treatments are often the best option for patients with Moderate to severe acne scarring. There are many types of surgical Treatments for acne scars, including Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Needling, Subcision and more.
Acne Scar Treatments
Acne Scars can be difficult to repair, but fortunately there are many different kinds of Acne Scar Treatments available. The best treatment for an individual with Acne Scars depends on the type and severity of their scars. Treatments specifically for Acne Scars can be found in each of the categories listed above. This section contains a collection of treatments, selected from the above categories, that are specifically useful for treating acne scars.