Salicylic Acid Acne Treatments
by Rose Williams
Acne is pretty horrible. However, it's not something that cannot be tackled. There are heaps of acne skin care
products around. We can pigeonhole acne skin care products into 3 broad categories :-
* Deterrent or all-purpose acne skin care items;
* Over-the-counter, specialised acne skin care items;
* Prescription only acne skin care products.
The all-purpose acne skin care items are the ones that are used as an acne-prevention measure. These include
cleansers, make-up removers and similar items that help prevent acne. In the real sense, these acne skin care items
are those that should be part of your daily routine anyway. However, some of these are more orientated to work like
a general acne skin care item, like some of the everyday salicylic acid acne treatments.
These acne skin care items work against the causes of acne e.g. limiting the production of sebum/oil and
avoiding the congestion of skin pores. Essentially, these acne skin care items prevent the oil from becoming
trapped in the skin and consequently hamper the escalation of the bacteria that lead to acne. Broad-spectrum
salicylic acid sacne skin care products also take in exfoliation products like skin peels. These work by
exfoliating dead skin cells, hence reducing the possibility of pore-clogging and bacteria development.
Then there are specialised acne skin care products that are available over-the-counter i.e. without the
requirement of a prescription. These include products like vanishing creams which remove the extra oil from the
skin. Most of these acne skin care items are based on benzoyl peroxide and
salicylic acid, both of which are the enemies of bacteria (and therefore acne). You should start with a
product that has a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide (e.g. 5%) and see how your skin reacts to it.
Alpha-hydroxy-acid based moisturizers are also common as acne skin care items. You may have to test a few,
before you find the acne skin care product that is most effective for you. If nothing seems to work, you should
contact a skincare specialist.
Prescription acne skin care items are the ones that are prescribed by a dermatologist. These include ointments
that can be applied on the affected area or oral antibiotics or just any topical medication. A dermatologist may
also suggest a minor surgical process to do away with the contents of pustules. However, never try to squeeze or do
this by yourself, as it can lead to the permanent damage of your skin.
Your physician could also prescribe a hormone-based treatment (since hormonal changes are also known to cause
acne). Such acne skin care items are known to be very efficacious in many circumstances. So, with all those acne
skin care items, tackling acne is really not all that difficult.