People with acne are frequently confused about the best treatment for their skin. The information on the web is often commercial and biased — it’s impossible to know what’s true and what’s not! Tons of articles on blogs are sponsored by specific brands to promote their brands, but these products aren’t always the best solutions. And the same is true for some of the prescription anti-acne markets. One of the lesser-known facts is that some prescription anti-acne products on the market (Azelaic acid, retinol, niacinamide) are less effective for active acne compared to some over-the-counter products (Like benzoyl peroxide).
A recent article on the Mayo Clinic website offers interesting insights on choosing your anti-acne products. The acne product that's best for you depends on your skin type, the type and severity of your acne and your skincare preferences. Here are some general guidelines for choosing and using acne products:
Begin with benzoyl peroxide. If you're not sure which product to buy, start with one that contains benzoyl peroxide. It's effective and well-tolerated by most people. Give it a few days before expecting to see results.
Start with lower strength acne products. This can help minimize redness, dry skin and other skin problems. If needed, slowly (Over several weeks) increase the strength of the product you use and how often you use it. This helps your skin adjust to the treatment gradually.
Use products with different active ingredients to treat stubborn acne. Acne ingredients work in different ways, so you may find it helpful to use varying products and ingredients to treat stubborn acne. Apply one product in the morning and a different one at night to prevent skin irritation.
4. Be patient. Treating acne takes time and patience. It may take two or three months of daily use of a product to see results. Looking for a customized skincare treatment for your skin? Download the MDacne app (It’s free) and take a selfie — we’ll assess your skin and can even create a customized treatment kit for you.
You can check out our Mayo Clinic source here: http://mayocl.in/2pui1Lv