Acne is one of the most tenacious dermatological skin conditions. It affects millions of people worldwide between the ages of 15 to 30, and it can continue to affect some people past the age of 40.
This skin condition can have a myriad of negative results. It can leave irreversible marks on the face that can severely detract from your beauty while leading the way for more undesirable conditions to develop as the skin stays irritated.
The worst part is that acne is seldom treated by just using over-the-counter topical products. Using a combination of prescription-strength topical medications and other cutting-edge acne treatments often provide the best results.
Topical Acne Medications
Even prescription topical acne medications tend to be less effective when used by their lonesome because they are only topical. This means that they are designed to attack acne from the surface, which ultimately limits their reach to how far they can affect the skin underneath.
This means that the treatment will only go somewhat into the pores while causing potentially undesirable skin cells to flake off. Acne that exists deeper in the skin tends to remain, which allows for acne to persist in both terms of inflammation and irritation.
How Do Other Acne Treatments Work?
Other acne treatments work by targeting the topical portions of the skin and the areas beneath it. This allows for a greater degree of contaminant removal, which helps to ensure that acne is treated and future episodes do not occur.
Depending upon the treatment, further benefits may exist. These can include:
- Soothing the sebaceous glands – By soothing the sebaceous glands, further acne episodes can be reduced or avoided altogether. Inflammation will also be reduced in active acne outbreaks, which can help to minimize damage.
- Increasing healthy blood flow – Some treatments have a side effect of creating subdermal heat, which increases healthy blood flow to the skin. This makes nutrients more plentiful, which results in healthier skin.
- Fortifying against future outbreaks – By reducing bacterial populations and supporting healthy blood circulation, these treatments can help to prevent future outbreaks.
- Smoothing the damage from past outbreaks – Acne outbreaks can leave scars and countless other undesirable features on your face. Some acne treatments can help to reduce the appearance of these problems while treating acne.
Why Use Both?
Prescription-strength topical medications can be combined with other treatments to make for an overall more successful treatment plan because they treat both the issues under the skin and the topical issues that contribute towards acne outbreaks.
While these treatments may offer good results when taken separately, they often perform best when combined. To learn more about combining your acne treatments to achieve greater results than you would otherwise receive using only one approach, visit Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office. We can evaluate your personal situation before working with you to develop the most effective personalized acne treatment plan. We have offices in Poplar Bluff and Paragould. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.