There are no one-size-fits all acne vulgaris treatment. Each case must be analyzed for its causes and symptoms before treatment can commence with the main aim being that the acne will not recur anytime soon. Or better yet, you will be free from acne for the rest of your life.
Thus, it is important to work together with a dermatologist when seeking an effective treatment for acne. Doing it on your own can worsen your symptoms simply because you do not possess the necessary knowledge to treat acne, be it in its mild, moderate or severe forms. With that being said, here are the options for acne treatment depending on its severity.
Mild acne is usually characterized by a smattering of whiteheads, blackheads and pimples on the face. You will be worried about it, of course, but not so much as to be on the verge of suicidal thoughts and actions, as is the case with severe cases of acne. You may have just been deficient in the acne prevention methods like good skin care, proper diet and healthy lifestyle.
Still, you will want to apply the first line of defense in acne vulgaris treatment even when your case is just mild. You can use a gentle, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic cleanser like Neutrogena and Dove to remove the dirt, dust and grime as well as excess sebum and dead skin cells clogging up your pores. Just make sure not to scrub your skin as it can worsen acne.
Your treatment option will also include over-the-counter topical ointments like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. If these treatments are ineffective, your doctor will prescribe stronger prescription medications in addition to antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents.
Moderate to Severe Acne
In moderate to severe cases, the choices for acne vulgaris treatment are more numerous, more complex and, hopefully, more effective. The nodules, cysts and pus-filled pimples are harder to treat by now with the added complication that any misstep during treatment may lead to deep acne scars and other blemishes. Your treatment regimen may involve the following actions:
- Application of topical ointments in cream, lotions and gel forms on the affected area, said medications of which can include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinoids as well as antibiotics and anti-inflammation prescription medicines.
- Oral medication involving antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents and hormones
- Surgical drainage of the large pimples and cysts
- Blue light therapy and photodynamic therapy are usually applied to the severe cases of acne
Truly, with the advances that modern science has made in the area of acne vulgaris treatment, we all have hope that acne can be conquered time and time again. You just have to be patient while your dermatologist finds the best treatment protocol for your case.
But it is not just the actual treatment of acne that must be provided with attention. You must also look into the many ways of lessening acne scars after successful treatment. After all, what good is it if your acne vulgaris treatment was effective but the scars remain? We suggest collagen injections, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, among others, for this purpose.