Acne: Do You Really Want To Cure It?

All Acne are not the same. Understanding the type of pimples or spot you have is the first step to getting it right in your quest to cure it. Yes, you can cure your zits and enjoy a beautiful face again. We bring you expert advice and tips on how to do this and win your fight against acne.

Grade 2 Acne On The Face

Are you struggling with spots and breakouts on your face, back and or chest? What treatment options have you tried so far?

Does it seem like all your efforts are not paying off? Do not despair. This skin condition is certainly treatable. With the right combination of medications and patience while on treatment, you can certainly overcome acne and get back that smooth lovely face you used to know. Seriously!

The right treatment needs time to take effect and keep acne away. Whatever medicine you are using, you need to persevere with its use for at least 3 months on the average.

This site is about helping you to understand what acne is, how it develops, who gets it and the best acne treatment options out there. We will not just tell you what is now possible as medical experts, we welcome your views and concerns and encourage you to interact with us and others who suffer with this condition by posting questions and comments on topics discussed here.

Our in-house doctor would be more than happy to provide answers to any question you may have on acne here too. Use the comment box under each page.

What Is Acne?

Acne is a very common skin condition. It causes eruption of small to large cone shaped spots or bumps with or without redness, pain and accumulation of white pus-like material inside the swelling. It is also called pimples, spots or zits.

It mainly affects preteens (11 to 12 year old), teenagers and young adults. Though most times acne clears off in late teens or early 20s, in some people, it could persist up to age 30. At least 4 out of every 5 teenager will suffer with varying degree of acne. More recently, what is now called a post adolescence acne is on the arise.

Acne is not caused by dirt.

  • It is caused mainly by increase in a special hormone called androgen as young people starts to reach puberty.
  • This androgen leads to increase in the production of excessive amount of an oily material in our skin called sebum
  • The sebum clogs and blocks the sweat gland, leading to formation of spots
  • When the spots get infected by acne bacterial, it forms painful bigger inflammatory acne with some redness.
  • Emotional and physical stress as well as eating certain types of foods have now been found to be the main triggers of breakouts. 
  • Use of certain medications like steroids, phenytoin and oily cosmetics worsen acne too.

Though acne is not directly life threatening, it can lead to poor self esteem and loss of confidence. Is that your experience? Some youths have suffered with significant psychological pain, low job prospect, depression and suicide in extreme cases because of acne.

Best Acne Treatment Products

If you suffer with acne, do not put up with it. It can definitely be treated.

Sometimes you will need to try a few medications until you find the one that works for you. It is very important to understand these three points for you to achieve the best acne treatment result or outcome:

  • Not all acne are the same. For an effective treatment, the right medication type must be matched against the type of acne you have. Some acne types will do well with antibiotics, while antibiotics will be useless with another type of acne
  • Treatment needs time to take effect. many times you will need to persevere and apply the recommended treatment for at least three months before you start to see results. Do not give up after a few weeks, even if it seems to be getting worse
  • Acne treatment is usually aimed at preventing new outbreaks and minimize the  severity of already formed spots. Use your treatment on the whole of the skin part your acne is on, and not just on the spots. 

There are four acne types or grades. We highlight below what the best acne treatment products are to match your acne type. We will discuss more on this through out this site.

  • Grade One Acne. These are also called type I acne. It involves few scattered spots or comedones without redness or pain. The best treatment option for these are topical gels or creams containing benzoyl peroxide like panoxyl, Adapalene, Azelaic acid or retinoids. There are agents that help peel open clogged pores and help clear acne. Use of antibiotics for grade 1 acne is a waste of time. 
  • Grade Two Acne. Also called type II acne. They are moderate amount of spots with some redness and may cause some pain. Creams and gels containing both peeling agents (keratolytics) and antibiotics are a good fit for this type of acne. Examples of such gels and creams include Duac, BenzaClin, Benzamycin, Epiduo etc. Use for at least 3 months. There may also be room for the use of oral antibiotics like tetracycline, septrin, trimethoprim, lymecycline, or clindamycin in association with a keratolytic.
  • Grade Three Acne. This is type III acne. It is those spots with moderate to severe degree of redness, pain and scarring. Treatment involve use of oral antibiotics such as those listed above - tetraccyline, lymecycline, minocyscline, or trimethoprim, or erythromycin. Antibiotics should be used for at least 3 to 6 months. Contraceptive pills like dianette can also be used to treat this type of acne in conjunction with antibiotics and keratolytics and or retinoids.
  • Grade Four Acne. This is type IV acne. It is the worse type of acne. You get large bumpy spots with cysts and severe scarring. Retinoids - taken orally like roaccutane or accutane is best used here, as is the use of laser for the scarring.

You can get more information on the best treatment options for the various types here.

If you have spots or acne on your face and are looking for information on the best acne treatment options and products available, as well as a proper understanding of what acne is, what causes acne, role of diets, acne myths, home remedy for zits and pimples, general acne skin care tips, treatment of complications like scaring, as well as discuss the care of acne and pimples affecting uncommon sites like the genitals and more, we are here to be your guide and anchor.

Acne-gp.com therefore aims to provide the latest evidence based guide and information on all issues relating to pimples and acne.

The information you will find here is provided by medical doctors with years of experience in the treatment of acne in all age groups and skin types. We sincerely hope that this site would help you not only to understand all you need to know about acne, but to get rid of acne fast. If you really want to cure your acne, this is your forum to learn and ask questions for free!

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