What are the best treatments for acne?

What are the best treatments for acne?

Published: 14th September, 2016 in: Acne

Acne – it happens to us all, but that doesn’t make it any easier to live with when your skin has suffered its latest eruption. However, with the right treatment, you can manage acne and help prevent flare-ups.

What is acne?

Acne is a condition that affects the skin, usually during teenage years, and occurs as a result of blocked pores. The skin’s oil glands, known as sebaceous glands, can block the pores where hair grows, causing them to become red and inflamed, leading to an acne breakout.

What causes acne?

Acne is particularly common among teenagers, as this is the time when the body’s hormone production increases. Hormones trigger the body’s production of sebum, the oil in the sebaceous glands. Bacteria trapped in the blocked pores can also make acne worse, as can lifestyle factors such as diet and stress.

How to get rid of acne

Acne can be treated with a range of medications and creams. Improving your facial cleansing routine and making changes to your diet could also help reduce the severity of acne breakouts. Some of the best acne treatments include:

  1. Freederm

    Freederm has a range of products including facial cleansers, moisturising creams and gels. The brand’s treatment gel, which comes in 10g and 25g tubes, contains nicotinamide, an active anti-inflammatory ingredient. This not only helps treat your acne, but works beneath the surface of your skin to clear up any blocked pores which will prevent further acne spots from appearing. What’s more, Freederm is gentle on the skin and won't dry it out, as the product contains a special hydro-gel combination to help keep your skin moisturised.

  2. Panoxyl Aquagel

    Acne predominately occurs on the face, but can also appear on your chest, arms and back. The skin on your face is much thinner compared to other parts of the body, making it important to use an appropriate acne treatment that won’t harm your skin further. Panoxyl Aquagel is a water-based gel which safe to use daily. It doesn’t cause the skin to become greasy and you can see results in as little as two weeks.

  3. Sudocrem

    Once only used for baby’s bottoms to help prevent nappy rash, Sudocrem skin care cream is now quickly becoming an acne treatment of choice for many people, including celebrities. This acne cream is rich in moisture and can be dabbed onto the problem area. In some cases, it's been known to repair skin overnight. Available in both tubs and tubes, Sudocrem is suitable for all skin types and also works on dry skin, cuts and abrasions.

What to avoid after an acne breakout

If you suffer from acne, it is important you try not to squeeze the pimples or touch the affected area too much, as not only can this make acne worse, but it can also lead to scarring.

How to get rid of acne scars

As mentioned above, mismanaging an acne breakout can lead to scarring. Fortunately, there are products and methods to help deal with this. For effective acne scar treatment, topical gels which contain silicone can help the skin to repair. These gels are easy to apply and allow the skin to breathe, so there is very little risk of pores becoming blocked.