Acne Natural Treatment Vs Conventional Treatment
For women who have acne and also need birth control, hormonal therÂapy may be useful, especially if the acne is thought to be driven by a horÂmonal imbalance. Birth control pills with 50 micrograms of estrogen and low progesterone can help to control acne and are sometimes prescribed for just that purpose in women. Examples include Demulen 1/50, Demulen 1/35, Loestrin 1/20, Ortho-Novum 7-7-7, Triphasil, and TriÂNorinyl. In more severe cases in older women, antiandrogens such as spironolactone are sometimes used.
Isotretinoin (Accutane) is frequently used for severe acne. It usually yields great results that can markedly improve a person\'s self-image and self-esteem. Isotretinoin is a strong derivative of vitamin A that significantly reduces the glands\' production of sebum and shrinks the oil glands. However, it can cause side effects, including very dry skin and mucous membranes, sore muscles and joints, bone changes, rising levels of cholesterol and blood fats, elevation of liver enymzes, and headaches. Close monitoring by a physician is necessary. Often, more than one course of treatment is necessary for very severe, chronic cases. However, people are often pleased with the results, so they are willing to put up with the side effects and risks. The biggest risk concerning isotretinoin concerns pregnancy. This drug causes birth defects, so it cannot be used if you are planning to get pregnant just before, during, or just after the course of treatment.
Physical therapies for acne include liquid nitrogen, acne surgery, and corticosteroid shots. Dabbing liquid nitrogen very lightly on acne lesions causes a mild shedding of skin and improvement, especially of discrete acne cysts. Acne surgery consists of using a comedone extractor to carefully reÂmove the contents of blackheads and whiteheads. It also includes draining pustules and cysts through a small incision. Inflamed, painful cysts also heal very quickly with local corticosteroid shots directly into the lesions. HowÂever, this is not a method for long-term control of acne, only for emerÂgency shrinkage of large, painful lesions.Chemical peels, dermabrasion, scar excision, and collagen injections are helpful for deep scarring resulting from severe acne. With dermabrasion, afÂter local anesthesia is given, a high-speed mini-sander is used to remove the top layer of scarred skin the new skin grows back without as much scarÂring. However, this procedure poses the risk of your skin healing with light or dark spots, and it is not painless. With chemical peels, a mild, moderate, or strong acid is used to peel off the top layer or layers of skin. The new skin heals without superficial acne scars and with an evening out of overall skin tone and coloring. Local swelling, redness, and sun sensitivity are to be expected. Many deep ("ice pick") scars are too deep for dermabrasion, and are better treated by being individually excised by a skilled dermatologic surgeon. After excision, the skin is closed. Collagen injections can also be used to temporarily fill deep acne scars.