Best Acne Treatments

Know Which is Better — Herbal or Over the Counter Medications for Acne

Acne could be one of the worst experiences that a teenager or an adult would ever go through. This skin condition can affect a person both physically and emotionally. The bad news is that , not a lot of people know what to do with this skin condition. The good news, though, is there are a lot of treatments in the market (and even in your backyard) that could be the one true solution to this serious skin problem.

Natural Herbs as Acne Treatment

Aloe Vera is a natural herb that has many proven medical uses. It is a gentle alternative to prescription acne treatment. Aloe Vera extract is an anti-inflammatory agent and has properties that boost the immune system. For those who have long-time scars or blemishes, Aloe Vera can also reduce the appearance of such marks.

Melaleuca oil or more popularly known as Tea tree oil is an essential oil which appears to be clear or light gold in color. This oil has been proven to have anti-microbial properties.

Another proven acne treatment is the use of olive leaf and its extract. This has been used, for thousands of years, to beautify the skin. Ancient Greeks believed in the healing properties of the olive leaf. This wonder plant is believed to combat infections as well as acne.

Licorice root and its extract have been used for many medicinal purposes in the past. Currently, it is still one of the most saleable natural herbs in the market. Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it an effective acne treatment. It has also been proven to clear up previously scarred tissues.

Over the Counter (Non-Prescription) Treatments for Acne

There are acne cleansers which can help make the upper layer of the skin dirt-free. These cleansers can be bought without a prescription:

Salicylic acid
Glycolic acid

An anti-bacterial topical medication—benzoyl peroxide—is also a strong bleaching agent. It oxidizes the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Acne Treatment that Comes with Prescription

Adapalene—the most common brand name for this generic name is Differin.
Azalaic acid (Brand name: Azelex)
Clindamycin (Clinda-derm; Cleocin T and Clindets)
Isotretinoin (Accutane Roche)
Oral Antibiotics (doxycyline, minocycline)
Oral contraceptives (Ortho Tri-Cyclen)
Tazarotene (Tarzorac)
Tretinoin (Retin-A, Avita, Renova)
Sodium Sulfacetamide (Klaron, Novacet, Sulfacet-R)

Acne treatment takes time for most patients and certain medication that works for one patient will not work for another patient. Treating acne is sometimes a trial and error process but make sure that you are properly guided by your dermatologist as you try one treatment after another.

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