Acne isn’t just a skin health issue among teenagers because even adults can suffer from their effects, too. Fortunately, there are several over-the-counter products that can be used to effectively manage acne! The trick is in making the right choice and using the products in the right way.
Making the Right Choice in Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the general public about the risks in some over-the-counter anti-acne products, especially among susceptible individuals who can experience serious reactions. These can include swelling and tightness of the lips, tongue or face although these shouldn’t be confused with the irritation, redness and itchiness that may occur when these products are applied.
You’re well-advised to avoid buying over-the-counter anti-acne products without the consent of your doctor for safety reasons. Your doctor will determine the best products depending on your skin type, your preferences in skin care, and the type, frequency and severity of your acne symptoms. You may not need a doctor’s prescription to buy these products but it pays to have your doctor’s go-signal for the best possible results.
In general, the typical recommended treatment plan for acne is:
- Start with products containing benzoyl peroxide.
- Begin with anti-acne products with lower strength to minimize the side effects, such as dry skin and redness. Increase the strength in a gradual manner, as recommended by your doctor.
- Use products containing different active ingredients in case of stubborn acne. Be sure to ask your doctor about these products as adverse effects are likely.
You have to be patient while waiting for the results, especially as your skin’s condition can become worse before it becomes better. You may even have to experiment with several products before you can find the best combination of products.
Using the Products the Right Way
The results from using over-the-counter anti-acne products also depend on the way you use them. Keep these tips in mind to improve your results:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before applying medications on your skin. The bacteria from your unwashed hands can worsen your acne otherwise.
- Apply the recommended amount or take the prescribed dose of the medication. Too much and too little of it will not work as well as just the right amount.
- Follow your doctor’s recommended duration of treatment, whether it’s for topical ointments or for oral medications.
And when all else fails, your doctor will probably prescribe Accutane. Again, you have to follow the recommended dose to get the results although it may take a while, too.