Acne Control Topical Applications Is Not A Complete Treatment
Acne control generally takes the form of topical application products containing benzoyl peroxide. The problem is that this mixture can be a major skin irritant. Peroxide is an oxidant that can ruin healthy and balanced skin tissue. Though such applications are very effective in acne control, the user should weigh the pros and cons of making use of benzoyl peroxide-based products carefully before actually prescribing them. It is best to seek the advice of a dermatologist for this.
Quite a few dermatologists also favor tretinoin, since it has a dermabrasive (i.e. skin peeling) result. This leads to the skin's pores to decongest. Invariably, tretinoin worsens the acne before it starts to clear it up. Some unpleasant side effects like temporary pigment changes and flushing, stinging, inflammation and scaling of skin can also happen with trenitoin. These are expected side effects and there is no call for anxiety unless the symptoms do not go away. Tretinoin-based acne control products and solutions are available in the form of gels, lotions and creams for topical application. Using them frequently can produce good outcome in less than a month. Tretinoin treatment is for a medically specified period only. Its use should not extend beyond this period.
Yet another agent often used in acne control is adapalene gel. Adapalene works by keeping skin pores clear and unobstructed. Adapalene-based applications are available only by medical prescription. A qualified dermatologist must monitor their use closely. They are advantageous in acne control, but can cause itching, scaling, severe localized dryness and an swollen appearance. A dermatologist may prescribe oral antibiotics such as doxycycline, tetracycline and monocycline to counter these signs and symptoms. The health-care professional will have to decide whether the rewards outweigh possible complications like stomach upsets, vertigo and reduced efficacy of birth control pills in women.
Makeup products are not a valid line of acne control, but they can camouflage an severe acne outbreak. One must keep in mind, however, that any sort of topically used oil-based compound will worsen acne. This especially is applicable to foundation creams, the longest lasting of which are normally oil-based (or oleaginous). Specifically, the components to avoid include isopropyl myristate, isopropyl esters, oleic acid, stearic acid, petrolatum and lanolin. Lower quality cosmetic brands could not refer to the presence or absence of such compounds on the content label. It is not wise to use these. Alcohol-based makeup products are much better to oil-based ones. The best bets are water-based cosmetics. They do not provide camouflage as long as oil-based cosmetics, but are far more suitable and less harmful in acne.