Although there is a wide diversity of medical cures available for acne, there is no such a thing like a single, effective acne treatment that practically works for any acne sufferer. In fact, dermatologists and skin specialists usually have to try a few products for each patient before they figure out the right treatment or the suitable combination of different treatments that will let the acne disappear.
Every case of acne is different and will do different things to the skin depending on the individual. That's the reason why acne is such a difficult skin disease to treat and cure. A lot of experimentation and trial and error with various medications is generally needed before a successful treatment is found. This can be very frustrating for the individual that wants a quick-fix solution to their problem or even for those individuals that have a stubborn strain of acne that takes a long time to clear up. The first thing to do is to find a doctor or skin specialist in your area that is experienced in treating acne, just ask around a bit.
But there is also a lot you can do yourself to improve your acne condition: Try to avoid the following "Don't Do" rules. You should in no way scrub the skin that is affected by acne. It does not do any good, in fact, scrubbing causes irritation and inflammation of your acne, which leads to even more pimples. It also slows down the healing of your older acne lesions.
Never try to self-treat or self-medicate. Don't squeeze or pick your pimples. If necessary at all, leave this to your professional and experienced dermatologist. generally the first treatment your doctor suggests you is applying a topical cream. Topical creams and ointments do not fight the root causes of your acne, they rather assist you managing the symptoms.
Of course, the treatment that is prescribed by your doctor depends on the acne symptoms you are suffering from. It will either be aimed at unplugging pores, killing bacteria (reducing the amount of oils (such as Accutane) or altering the hormones that stimulate the sebaceous glands (such as oral contraceptives).
If you tried topical creams for a while and they are not as efficient as you would like them to, your dermatologist will typically combine them with an oral antibiotic. The topical creams generally contain benzoyl peroxide which although effective, should be used in small doses. Research has recently shown that benzoyl peroxide can cause premature aging of your skin, if you use it too often or for a long period.
The most vital thing to remember when trying to rid yourself of acne is to work with a trained medical professional that you trust. Also be patient. Acne is serious skin disease, it is not something that will disappear overnight. It may sound crazy to you, but fact is, that even with a working treatment on hand, your acne condition will worsen before it finally gets better and better. Doctors normally advise continuing a treatment for at least four to six weeks before expecting to see results. Do not be disappointed if the first treatment that you try does not work. Expect to try several different treatments before finally finding success.