Acne vulgaris treatment
Acne Vulgaris or Common Acne
Acne is the commonest skin complaint known to man. So common is it indeed that nobody, or practically nobody, goes through life without having
ever had an acne spot or two on their face at some stage during their lives.
What is acne?
Acne is a spotty or pustular rash appearing on the face, neck, shoulders or back. It may also involve deeper lumps and cysts in the skin. It usually begins at puberty and starts to resolve in early 20’s although it can reappear at any age of life. It varies in severity from just an occasional spot to persistent and disfiguring multiple spots and cysts that may require specialist treatment over long periods of time. Acne is not of itself life-threatening but can seriously damage self-esteem and confidence. A recent study showed a 7% rate of suicidal ideation in people with severe acne.
What causes acne?
The exact cause of acne is unclear. However, since it is so closely associated with puberty and pregnancy, it may safely be assumed that the underlying cause is hormonal and most particularly a rise in testosterone, which applies to both genders.
Another more recently discovered contributing factor for acne is a diet containing high glycemic index (GI) foods. Foods with a high GI are:
- The carbohydrate foods.
- White bread and white rice.
- All the breakfast cereals.
- Bagels and pastry bases.
Acne Vulgaris Treatment
First of all you need to reduce your intake of high GI foods to the very minimum. Then there are a number of over the counter (OTC) remedies that work quite well for milder cases. These in the main contain one or more of the following:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic Acid
These topical applications are not without side effects and should be used sparingly. They have the capacity to dry the skin, lessen the production of oil and kill bacteria.
When these OTC remedies fail to control acne adequately prescription medications may be sought. These in the main consist of antibiotics like Erythromycin and Tetracycline. There is also a powerful drug called Isotretinoin which is very effective but not without potential side affects some of them quite serious.
For women also, taking the birth control pill may reduce their acne outbreaks quite substantially.
If you are suffering from acne and struggling to find a solution then we are here to help you find a way out. No acne need go untreated and all acne can be controlled using the appropriate medications.