Drug Use For Skin Treatment

Inflamed acne needs to be treated early on to stop scarring. Once the spots are gone, you may need maintenance treatment for several years to keep the spots away.

Acne is general and is usually treatable. You may require treatment for some months to clear spots. Inflamed acne needs to be treated early on to stop scarring. Once the spots are gone, you may need maintenance treatment for several years to keep the spots away.

What are the Causes?

No one factor causes acne. Acne occurs while sebaceous (oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated at the time of puberty by circulating male hormones. Sebum (oil) is a natural substance which lubricates and protects the skin. Related with increased oil production is a change in the manner in which the skin cells mature, predisposing them to clog the follicular pore. The clog can appear as a whitehead if it covered by a thin layer of skin or if exposed to the air the darker exposed portion of the plug is called a blackhead. The plugged hair follicle slowly enlarges, producing a bump. As the follicle enlarges, the wall may break, permitting irritating substances and normal skin bacteria entrance into the deeper layers of the skin, finally producing inflammation. Inflammation near the skin's surface produces a pustule; deeper inflammation results in a papule (pimple); if the inflammation is deeper still, it forms a cyst.

How to treat?

Open the pores
Cleansing and skin care: In spite of what you read in popular style and fashion magazines, there is no magic product or treatment that is right for each person and condition. E.g.

  • Mild cleansers: Washing once or twice a day with a mild cleansing soap or liquid (for example, Dove, Neutrogena, Basis, Purpose, and Cetaphil are all inexpensive and popular) will maintain the skin clean and reduce sensitivity and irritation.
  • Retinol: Not to be confused with the recommendation medication Retin-A, this derivative of vitamin A can help promote skin peeling.

Published on