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Manage Your Skin Condition - Acne

Help me please. I’m 18 and suffer from acne on my face and upper back. Although I’ve seen people with worse cases, I’m so aware that it’s there and some days I don’t feel like leaving the house because of it. I’ve tried a few treatments including tetracycline and minocycline which work initially, but then it just comes back. I’m getting totally fed up with it. Which treatments should I try next? Thank you.

Acne can make you feel very self-aware, but it’s important that you don’t let it get you down; there are plenty more treatments available for you to try.

Let’s first look at what actually causes acne. It usually occurs when grease from the sebaceous glands and dead skin combine to block pores, causing the hair follicle inside to break apart; this then leads to the redness and inflamed characteristics of acne. In addition the sebaceous glands also produce an oil called sebum. Sebum controls the smoothness of the skin and lubricates the hair follicle within the pores, but if too much is produced, it too can end up blocking the pores causing redness and spots.

Happily, acne is a very treatable condition, although the treatment process can at times last several months.

So what treatments are available?

Skinoren Cream
Skinoren is one of the strongest acne treatments available. It contains an azelaic acid, which when applied to the skin kills the bacteria and reduces the levels of keratin that cause the symptoms of acne. In addition, Skinoren stops the acned skin cells from growing back too strongly and once again blocking the pores to form pimples. Skinoren is usually very effective and is one of the cheaper treatments available. Due to its strength, strictly adhere to the prescribed dosage. Also be aware of the potential side effects of azelaic acid before starting Skinoren treatment.

Differin
Differin (Adapalene) is used to treat severe cases of acne. It works by decreasing acne formation by helping the skin to renew itself. The active substance in Differin is adapalene, which has an anti-inflammatory effect, thus reducing the soreness and irritation commonly associated with acne.

Zineryt
Zineryt Solution contains Erithromycin which acts to prevent bacteria such as Propionibacterium acnes from producing the proteins which contribute to the growth of acne. It doesn’t actually kill the bacteria, rather prevents them from increasing. Consequently, the bacterium is either removed by the immune system or simply dies out without spreading. However, because of the way this treatment works, it may take a few weeks for you to see the results.

Lymecycline
Lymecycline, or Tetralysal 300 as it is also known, is an anti-bacterial drug used to help stop infections in the chest, skin, mouth or urine. Like Zineryt Solution, Lymecycline works by preventing bacteria from producing the proteins that are so essential to them, thereby halting their growth and ability to multiply. Lymecycline therefore stops the spread of the infection while the remaining bacterium is killed by the immune system or eventually just dies.

Oxytetracycline
Oxytetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, but is highly effective in the treatment of acne. Oxytetracycline is an oral, prescription only medication and works by killing the Propionebacterium acnes – one of the main causes of acne. It also helps control the level of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands, in turn preventing the blocking of pores and the formation of spots.

Dalacin T
Dalacin T is a topical lotion containing the active ingredient Clindamycin Phosphate, an antibiotic medicine that prevents bacteria from multiplying. By keeping the Propionebacterium acnes under control, inflammation of the sebaceous glands are reduced, meaning the skin is given time to heal and return to its normal state. Dalacin T is a popular and very effective medication in the treatment of acne, although it may take a few weeks before the results to become evident.

As with all medication, make sure you read and understand the label directions, and are aware of any possible side-effects, before you start any course of treatment.

First and foremost, don’t let acne get you down. It is a very common problem and as you can see, there are plenty of treatments available in both oral and liquid form.

I do hope you find a treatment that works for you. Be sure to let us know which one you choose and how you get on. If you need any further advice in the meantime, don’t hesitate to get back in touch.

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