If you’re the type who likes switching out products and mixing in treatments in the never ending search for pimple-free, scar-free, and even toned skin, you’re in luck; this is exactly what the American Academy of Dermatologists recommended in their new guidelines.
“There are a variety of effective treatments available for acne, and dermatologists have found that combining two or more treatments is the best option for the majority of patients,” said Dr. Andrea Zaenglein, co-chair of the guidelines committee in their statement.
Great skin is like an investment assuring you look bangin’ even as your skin matures, and luckily there are tons of products out there tailored to work for even the most fickle of skin.
She added however that the recommended treatments by dermatologists in treating and managing moderate to severe acne include topical therapy/ medication, antibiotics, isotretinoin medications like Accutane, and oral contraceptives.
The AAD recommends that when using antibiotics, prescription skin medication should be used simultaneously. When the patient finishes a course of antibiotics, the topical medication should be continued.
Examples of topical medications that can be used together include benzoyl peroxide and retinoids, it stated in the guidelines.
Birth control can even be used with the other treatments.
There are however, strong medications that may cause birth defects in pregnant women and even liver damage, so it is best to work with your dermatologist to find the right treatment for you.
Luckily though, there are plenty chemical-free products that may be better suited for you, these typically contain natural ingredients like tea tree oil or witch hazel, which may help in calming down flare-ups and redness of the skin.
Ofcourse, it won’t hurt either to be mindful of the food you consume, because if you eat a lot of junk, it will show up on the skin and pretty soon you’re going to start looking and feeling like junk. We also know to avoid smoking as much as possible, as the chemicals in cigarettes, apart from other health hazards, can make the blood vessels shrink over time, making the circulation of blood across the body ineffective and contributing to worsened complexion.
It’s not enough to smear and swallow every acne medication out there, because dermatologists will advise to also watch our day-to-day habits, like getting enough sleep and maintaining good hygiene.