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Advice for the treatment of acne

Acne can make someone too embarrassed to leave the house. Thankfully, with treatment, the appearance of acne can be lessened, and acne can go away quicker than without treatment. Don't fall for gimmicks that promise to cure acne for life and cost a lot of money. Instead use products by trusted companies that are reasonably priced.

How they work

Acne treatments speed up skin cell turnover, making new cells appear quicker, and reduce oil production. Excess oil is something that causes acne to appear rapidly and more often. The answer to how to treat acne lies in reducing oil and making fresh cells. Other acne treatments reduce bacteria, which can cause acne. A final goal of treatments is to reduce inflammation. The best cure for acne is finding a treatment that does all three. Some of the acne product types are available only by prescription while others are available to consumers over the counter. A doctor must prescribe the prescription only types so getting doctor's advice for severe acne is recommended to access stronger medications. Treatments for acne range from topical treatments to pills taken orally. Antibiotics are sometimes given to treat bacterial problems. Oral acne medications should not be taken during pregnancy.

Acne scar treatment

Another area of concern for acne sufferers is scar treatment to lessen the appearance of acne scars. Acne can leave scars, especially if the pimples are "popped." One type of treatment involves injecting collagen or fat to the affected areas. Dermabrasion is usually done when scarring is severe. It removes the top layer of skin with a brush that's rotating rapidly. It removes surface scars and can lessen deep scarring, but can change skin pigmentation, especially for people with darker skin. Microdermabrasion is a newer scar treatment that involves blowing tiny crystals on the scar for removal. The crystals polish the skin and make scars dissipate. Other treatments for acne scarring that aren't as widely used include lasers and skin surgery. Acne treatments vary by the severity of the problem and the person being treated. Some treatments can be done over the counter and at home while others require a trip to a doctor's office.

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