Acne Medications Explained

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Acne Medications: Five Acne Medications You Should Know

If youíre looking for a solution to help you get rid of acne, then the first step is to understand what acne medications will give you the best results for clear skin. While home-remedies and natural acne treatment solutions are a great enhancement to your acne skin care regimen, most types of acne ultimately require the use of an acne medication or medical grade ingredient to take skin from problematic to clear. To get clear skin, youíll need to start with an understanding of acne-fighting ingredients and medications and what they do.

Internal Acne Medications vs. Topical Acne Medications

When you hear the term ďacne medicationĒ, it may mean one of two things. The first thing that it may mean is an ďinternalĒ acne medication. These are antibiotics or other types of pills or capsules prescribed by a dermatologist in order to help clear your skin. Most often, these medications are specifically designed to treat hormonal acne and will help regulate the hormone production that often leads to acne-breakouts and acne-prone skin. Only a dermatologist can recommend these medications, and you should consult a physician about the effects of internal acne medications and what the right ones for you are. Topical acne medications are the medical-grade ingredients that are used in acne treatment products that you apply to your skin. When you choose which acne treatment products youíre going to use to get clear skin, you should largely choose based on a knowledge of the medications used in each one and how those medications will help to get rid of your acne breakouts.

What Should an Acne Medication Do?

To understand what type of acne medication is best for you, youíll need to understand how acne forms and what, exactly, your acne medication should do to prevent and heal acne. Whether itís hormonal acne or another type of acne, blemishes form as the result of clogged pores. Most often, this is caused by an over production of skin cells within a hair follicle as the result of overactive hormones. When these skin cells overproduce, the poor becomes clogged and oil and acne-causing bacteria build up, resulting in inflamed acne. Itís important that your acne medication help to clear away the pore-blocking dead skin cells at the heart of most acne

breakouts.

Of course, oily skin also contributes to acne breakouts, both in the form of clogged pores and in the form of creating an environment for acne-causing bacteria to grow in. Youíll also want to look for acne products with oil control medications that help to not only balance skin tone but also dry and heal existing blemishes. It is, however, highly important that you donít opt for acne medications that over-dry your skin and result in unhealthy skin and potentially even more breakouts.

Youíll also want to keep your skinís overall health in mind, including looking for acne ingredients and medications that help to improve skin health and minimize aging (no matter how young you are!).

Salicylic Acid: A Topical Acne Medication That Treats the Cause of Breakouts

The first topical ingredient to discuss is the acne medication Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that helps to clear acne breakouts by sloughing away and exfoliating the poor clogging dead skin cells that happen within the hair follicles and then fighting the acne-causing bacteria that may have built up inside of the pore. Unlike most acne medications, the benefit of Salicylic Acid is that it can exfoliate away the dead skin cells that are deep beneath the skinís surface, meaning that it begins to clear blemishes before they surface and can even prevent future breakouts by not allowing dead skin cells to build up and clog pores. Unlike acne treatments that only treat existing blemishes, Salicylic Acid can prevent blemishes that havenít even formed yet.

Salicylic Acid is the key acne medication in the Murad Acne Complexģ line of acne treatment products, including Murad Clarifying Cleanser and Murad Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel. Regular use of a Salicylic Acid product with a two percent or less concentration can heal existing breakouts and prevent future breakouts while not over-drying your skin. When considering whether you want a long-term solution to acne management or a short-term solution, consider the fact that only Salicylic Acid treats the base cause of acne breakouts beneath the skin.

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Benzoyl Peroxide: A Topical Acne Medication for Drying Excess Oil and Blemishes

One of the most common topical acne medications that youíll encounter when researching blemish control products is Benzoyl Peroxide. Benzoyl Peroxide is a medication designed to dry excess sebum (oil) on your skin as well as to heal existing blemishes by drying them so that they flake away. However, while drying your skin can create temporary results of clarity, itís important to remember that drying your skin out regularly has long-term disadvantages to skin health and your complexions appearance. Are you currently using a Benzoyl Peroxide acne product and noticing that your pillowcases are regularly bleached? Those bleach spots are the result of the power of the Benzoyl Peroxide in your night time skin care products. Additionally, simply drying your skinís excess oil will, in most cases, not address the heart of the acne problem. That, namely is clogged pores.

While Benzoyl Peroxide can be an effective way to treat an individual or even infrequent blemishes, using Benzoyl Peroxide as your primary topical acne medication can result in irritated skin from the dryness that actually breaks out more. It can also result in long-term skin care issues such as premature wrinkles and an overall unhealthy looking complexion. While Benzoyl Peroxide can help on your journey to be acne-free, Acne Canada cautions against making it your primary topical acne medication.

Sulfur: An Underutilized Topical Acne Medication for Drying and Healing

While not as commonly found in most acne treatment products, Sulfur is actually a fantastic option for healing existing acne blemishes. Once an inflamed acne blemish forms (essentially any pimple that you can see on the surface of your skin), the best way to treat that blemish is by drying it out so that it will ultimately flake away and disappear. Sulfur has been used as a skin care solution for centuries not only for acne but also for other skin care conditions. Dating back as early as the Roman Empire, people soaked in Sulfur hot springs in an effort to get healthy skin. Sulfur does have a drying impact, so applying it to an inflamed blemish will ultimately dry the blemish and allow it to flake away. However, the skin-healing power of Sulfur also means that redness and irritation around the blemish is reduced and your skin returns to a state of overall health more quickly.

Sulfur is the key ingredient in Murad Acne Spot Treatment, which helps to dry and heal blemishes as soon as you feel them forming. It also has the benefit of drying your existing blemishes without potentially bleaching your pillowcases or causing additional skin issues!

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Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids: Acne Medications to Exfoliate Skin

No matter what your skin care concern is, exfoliation is an important part of any acne regimen. This is because your healthiest skin cells will always be the ones beneath the surface of your skin as they have not been exposed to pollutants or toxins yet and have yet to be damaged. With acne prone skin, itís even more important to regularly exfoliate away the top layer of your skin so that dirt, oil and dead skin cells donít result in more clogged pores and more acne blemishes. For acne-prone skin, using a textured exfoliating acne cleanser or treatment can actually make breakouts worse. Textured exfoliating scrubs can irritate and agitate the skin, resulting in redness and often in more blemishes and breakouts. In some cases, if your pores are large enough or the grains of the exfoliating agent are small enough, you may even clog your pores itself. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, also called AHAs and BHAs, are natural acids that exfoliate away the top layer of your skin and speed up the cycle of new skin cells being promoted to your skinís surface. This means that clogged pores or inflamed blemishes have less time to form and also surface and can be healed and then disappear more quickly.

Additionally, if you are prone to acne-scarring or post-acne marks, a regular plan of exfoliation with AHAs and BHAs can speed up the rate at which hyper-pigmented marks left over from blemishes are brought to the surface and ultimately disappear as well, leaving you with a clear complexion all the way around.

Antioxidants: An Essential Ingredient in Any Skin Care Routine

No matter what your skin type or skin care concern is, your ultimate goal needs to be healthy skin. Thatís why any skin care regimen that you establish should include products that have antioxidants in them. Every single day, your skin is exposed to UV rays, pollution and toxins that create free radicals in your body. These free radicals (malformed oxygen cells) then attack the other cells in your body, particularly your skin cells. This can result in unhealthy skin symptoms ranging from acne breakouts to age spots to deep wrinkles that form early. Antioxidants fight off the free radicals in your system and help you to maintain healthy skin at all times and all ages. Look for skin care and acne products that include antioxidants for glowing skin now and in the future.

No matter what your acne treatment regimen, it wonít work for you if you havenít identified the right topical acne medications for your needs and skin type. Take some time to think about your short term and long term skin care and acne management goals and then make informed decisions about the right choices for ingredients, medications and products.

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