A Dermatologist’s Perspective
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting more than 80% of teenagers and young adults. It can be distressing to deal with breakouts on your face, neck, chest or back. Dermatologists provide treatments for acne that range from simple steps like washing your face twice a day to taking prescription medications. The good news is there are many different types of acne treatment available such as microneedling among many others so you should find something that works for you!
The first thing I would recommend is getting a gentle face wash. The best type of acne treatment for you will depend on the severity and types of breakouts that you have, in addition to your skin type.
If your acne doesn’t respond well to over-the-counter products, then I might suggest going in to see a dermatologist or primary care physician who can prescribe medication treatments. Accutane (isotretinoin) has been found effective in i treating acne by changing how oil glands produce sebum so it prevents pores from becoming clogged with dead cells and bacteria which lead drive inflammation and infection underneath the surface of the skin. Side effects include dry lips, eyes, nose and mouth as well as very serious birth defects if taken during pregnancy. It’s recommended that pregnant women do not come in contact with a person who is taking Accutane. Spironolactone (Aldactone) has been found effective for acne by helping to prevent sebum secretion and also decreasing the amount of testosterone present in male bodies, which can drive up oil production. Side effects include high potassium levels so it should be used carefully if you have kidney problems or take other medications like anti-hypertensives.