Acne can be a tricky subject – it is such a common condition and so many people have it; and yet aneffective acne remover is an elusive thing, with many people battling acne for years with no solution in sight!
The fact is that each person has different type of skin, and each person has a different underlying cause for their acne, so the acne treatment that works really well for one person may be ineffective for another.
Also acne can be tricky in another way – it may respond to a treatment for a while and then become inured to the treatment, returning and causing despair once again! We look at some commonly used acne remover treatments.
Acne Removers containing Benzyl Peroxide/Salicylic Acid
Face washes, topical creams and step by step treatments for acne that are available over the counter and in a number of infomercials usually contain benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid or a combination of both.
Many people with mild acne, (the non scarring kind) may respond really well to this.
It is possible to get good results if different OTC brands are used in rotation if one finds that their skin is becoming resistant to one or the other brand. What is important is that the product regimen be followed as directed, since non compliance will greatly reduce its efficacy.
Antibiotic and hormone based Acne Removers
When the regular acne treatments seem not to work, a dermatologist can be consulted who will prescribe appropriate antibiotics – either oral or topical or both. Antibiotics used in combination with anti inflammatory agents can greatly help bring acne under control. Anti androgen medication and even birth control pills can work in cases of acne that is caused by hormones.
Isotretinoin or Accutane
This treatment for acne is considered only in severe cases that cause a lot of scarring; however there can be very significant side effects in some rare cases, such as aggressive or violent behavior, reduced bone density and even birth defects.
Lasers and other salon/clinical treatments
Trained dermatologists and other registered practitioners can carry out laser treatments and other light based acne treatments that can help resolve the problem as well. Acne treatments that combine anti aging treatment can be very useful in particular for adult acne.
Acne remover products seen to work and recommended by users
- DDF BP Gel with tea tree oil. The benzyl peroxide (5%) helps clear the skin and the tea tree oil is soothing for the skin.
- Persa Gel contains 10% benzyl peroxide that can help clear acne and prevent future breakouts.
- Proactiv is an acne system that works however many users find that it isn’t suitable for sensitive skin since burning and redness may occur.
- Clinique Acne Solutions has a 3 step routine that is suitable for sensitive skin as well.
- Zeno the “zit zapper” is an acne remover that uses the body’s heat shock response to kill bacteria and clear pimples; however this is effective only for mild acne.