When most people break out, they immediately go to their local drug store and pick up one of the popular break out products by Clean and Clear or order a product like ProActive to deal with their skin issues. These products generally help with acne. However, the best products are those recommended by dermatologists which provide far more permanent and effective solutions.
Most dermatologists would recommend using a product both in the morning and in the evening for greater effectiveness at curing and preventing break outs. In the morning, it is best to try a combination of a benzoyl peroxide and cindamizan product which a dermatologist can prescribe. Products with these chemicals have been shown to significantly reduce acne. Furthermore, a product with this combination should be used in the morning and applied in small amounts to the areas where the break outs are to reduce and/or eliminate acne.
Another option is to wash your face with a product that has salicylic acid. This will help prevent future breakouts from occurring. Products with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are sold over the counter at drugstores. If it is difficult to get to the drugstore during a particular morning, benzoyl peroxide is also found in toothpaste and can be applied in the morning to reduce a break out. The most important thing to remember about using this chemical is to only apply it once a day as it can dry out the skin and worsen conditions if used too often.
If there is some redness or infection, consider applying a small amount of Neosporin on the affected area to prevent and/or cure an infection. In the evening, there are a couple of options. One is to use a product with a Retin-A derivative such as Ziana or Retin A which will have to be prescribed by a doctor. Both of these products help with exfoliation and skin turnover. Skin turnover is when the skin evacuates oil and opens up pimples which will lead to acne free skin.
Products with retinol can also be found at the drugstore by brands such as Neutrogena or Olay. Generally, they will be less effective than the doctor prescribed products but will still help with acne. Another evening option is to use a product containing Azelaic acid. One example of a product with this acid is Finacea which is doctor prescribed. Azelaic acid prevents scarring and depigmentation caused by a pimple. As a result, it can help with the long term effects of acne. Some natural options that can also help with depigmentation are licorice or soy. These chemicals brighten the skin and help prevent scarring and discoloring. They also do not need a prescription and are inexpensive. There are other options that can be used on there own or simultaneously with the products previously mentioned in this article to help with acne. One option is a chemical peel which can be performed at a salon or at a dermatologist’s office.
A skin peel is generally applied where breaks out appear. Afterwards, the skin peel is left on for several minutes and finally removed. Following the chemical peel, the person can continue with their day going back to their activities. Medications can work hand in hand with chemical peels so that acne becomes less evident and break outs less frequent.
Another option is getting a microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses tiny rough grains to remove the upper layer of the skin. This option is good at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, eliminating early pimples, helping with small break outs and encouraging turning over of the skin. Microdermabrasion is done with a fine sanding machine that goes through the skin in single stokes and applies a small amount of vacuum pressure. As it goes through upper layer of the skin, pimples are evacuated. The process is generally pleasant, soothing and provides the skin with great exfoliation. In general, microdermabrasion takes only about 15-20 minutes. They are available at salons and dermatologist offices.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with acne is to develop a good routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. It is important to also know personal skin type to understand which products will be the most effective in preventing breakouts. Contact a local dermatologists to learn more about break out treatments and prevention.