Analyzing Acne Treatments
Free Acne Tips by Doug Smith
Many people today consider an acne breakout to be a fashion emergency. Society places a large value on how we look. Therefore we try to prevent or change anything that we feel makes us look less attractive.
One of those things that make us look (and feel) less attractive is acne. When acne rears its pimply head, we go in search of acne treatments.
Many acne treatments are available today. Individual and medical circumstances will dictate which one is right for you. Thoroughly discuss any potential side effects with your doctor if you are receiving prescription acne treatments. Analyze the product labels of all over-the-counter acne treatments before you purchase them. Remember - you can't return an opened medicine container to the pharmacy for a refund.
Here are some of the most popular acne treatments available today.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have flooded pharmacies and even grocery stores with acne treatments. They know we value our appearance and are willing to pay for acne treatments. But consider this: if acne was suddenly a sign of beauty, those people with clear skin would be the unattractive ones!
Cleansing creams and liquids are the most popular non-prescription acne treatments. They are applied to the face, or used as soap substitutes, to prevent or minimize oil buildup in the pores. Different skin types have different needs. For example, very dry skin shouldn't receive acne treatments that contain antioxidants, which dry the skin even further.
Pills are another popular over the counter acne treatment group. It is more appropriate to say nutritional supplements rather than acne pills. These supplements provide the bodily nutrients needed to sustain and protect the skin. This acne treatment is more of an acne prevention product than an acne treatment cure.
Most shoppers are wise enough now to examine carefully the stated side effects and ingredients of any acne treatment. This applies to both prescription and non-prescription acne treatments. Check all medications for potential conflicts with your current medications.
Laser removal is emerging as an acne treatment procedure. During this acne treatment, a softly focused laser light burns away the acne inflammations. While scarring is a concern, this treatment utilizes red laser light, which stimulates skin collagen and minimizes acne scarring.
Normally laser acne treatment is only available in a doctor's office. Recently, home DIY (do it yourself) acne laser treatment kits have hit the market. Of course, any laser acne treatment is more expensive than treating acne with medicines.
Do your research before committing you (and your face) to any acne treatment. Compare the available prescription, non-prescription, and laser acne treatments to your skin type, severity of acne inflammation, medicines you currently take, and potential side effects. Only then can you make an informed decision about the acne treatment that will work best for you.
This article is ©2006 by Doug Smith, who invites you to browse his collection of free acne articles and tips on acne cures, acne prevention, and acne scar removal at http://Acne.SuperHomeRemedies.com. This article may be freely reprinted as long as this copyright notice remains intact, the article is unchanged, and all hyperlinks remain active and clickable.