Acne is a traumatizing skin disease. Just when you are entering adolescence, the time when you want to appear spotless, especially to the opposite sex, the disease strikes. Your, until now, smooth and flawless skin suddenly becomes rough, filled with scars and pimples. Your skin color also changes. You become anxious, lose self-esteem and may end up with depression. Experts report that some people even have suicidal thoughts.
It may not be any consolation, but you are not alone. Acne affects more than 660 million people worldwide. Treatments for acne are many ranging from home remedies to highly specialized treatments. They are also costly and time-consuming. Finding the right treatment regime can be a daunting task. To help you, here are 4 important facts you should know when selecting a treatment regimen for acne cure.
1. Acne is genetic
Your genes determine whether you will be attacked by acne or not. If you have the “wrong” genes you will face very severe and persistent attacks. The lucky ones with the “right” genes will just have mild attacks. The treatment regimens for the two are different. Medical experts say that severe attacks take longer to cure, up to 6 months. Con the other hand, people with mild attacks get relief within days after taking medication.
2. Your Sex Determines Persistence of Attack and Cure
Acne affects young men for longer compared to women. Some birth control drugs have anti-acne properties. However, women of birth-giving age should take more care because their medication for acne can have side effects such as abortion and birth defects to the babies born.
3. Combined Therapy is More Effective Than Single Therapy
Treatment for acne targets four main actions: to kill acne-causing bacteria which are on your skin, to open up your skin pores, to stabilize hormone production and to inhibit inflammation of the skin. The best treatment regime is one that has medication that acts on all four areas.
4. Scientific Advances in Acne Treatment
There is continuous medical research on acne to gain better knowledge and understanding of the disease and its cure. Its treatment will, therefore, continue to change over time as new knowledge becomes available.
It is important to know that there is no quick fix or one fits all treatment for acne. Seek advice from a dermatologist (skin specialist) on the current and most effective treatment suitable for you.