If you have acne is the 21st century, you’re fortunate. Why? Because there are so many great ways to treat it and there are many more to come in the future. But there are no quick cures for acne; in fact, there aren’t really any cures. Sorry. The goal treatment is to manage your acne, help control it, prevent it from scarring, and help you look your best. The truth is that acne tends to heal itself over time, but the right therapy can make your skin look better.
Today’s Excellent Methods
Until the last couple of decades, there was very little anyone could do to treat acne. But we’ve now come a long way from the “dark ages” of arsenic and puppy blood ( read the Old Pimple Remedy story.) Now we have excellent methods to treat acne and the future looks even brighter.
Over-the-counter topical (applied to the skin) products that contain such tried-and-true medicines as benzoyl peroxide (see Treatments, for a complete list of products, their pros and cons, and how to use them effectively)
Topical antibiotics and retinoids
Hormones and anti-androgens for females
Oral retinoids, like Accutane
Chemical peels, special lasers, and lights
Some people also claim that various alternatives and complementary approaches have helped improve their acne.
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