Acne is often considered a problem that only affects teenagers, but the fact is both teens and adults deal with acne. And just as different people at different ages deal with it, there are a number of different treatment methods - no single one of which will work for everyone.
If you've ever looked at the acne treatment shelf in your local drug store, you've seen how many treatments there are. On top of these “over-the-counter" remedies, there are also various prescription treatments as well as complete skin care regimens like Proactiv Solution. This large selection can make it difficult to know which one to choose.
The best solution to finding the right solution for your particular case is to consult with your doctor or dermatologist. They will be able to determine the underlying cause of the acne, and the most effective treatment program for your particular case.
In spite of that, there are several tips for dealing with acne - they won't cure the problem but they can help stop it from getting worse or leaving scars that will be with you for years after the acne is long gone.
First, never squeeze or pick at your pimples. This can cause acne to spread, as well as cause scarring that can be difficult to treat once it occurs.
Another piece of advice is to pat your face dry, don't scrub it. It has long been thought that acne is due to dirty skin and poor hygiene so many people think that scrubbing their skin thoroughly will help. The truth is that this can aggravate the acne and the surrounding skin and cause even more problems.
Poor hygiene is not what causes acne. It is caused by dead skin cells and sebum which clog the pores of the skin and lead to the visible pimples. Because the buildup is beneath the skin, scrubbing it does not get rid of it.
Nathan James writes about the most effective acne control methods for the Acne Squad website. For more helpful information and to sign up for our free newsletter, visit http://www.acnesquad.com