Acne products vary from case to case. All treatment from mild to severe should be
treated on an individual basis. Sometimes your doctor may start with a very simple
and inexpensive treatment by suggesting just plain mild soap and water and watching
your diet. For moderate to severe acne, a dermatologist may be recommended by
your family healthcare physician. Your dermatologist may recommend treatment
from topical creams or oral medications. In some instances, it may be both.
Something very simple and inexpensive is changing your diet. It has been shown that
foods high in fat and grease will contribute to the onset of acne. There has been some
discussion over whether chocolate make a young teen break out. However, scientists
and dermatologists disagree that chocolate is the reason for developing acne.
Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods will help deter the problem.
However, it is very likely that 90% of all pre-teens, teens and young adults will
develop some form of acne. Diet is not the only factor, stress as well may add to the
risk of developing acne.
Topical treatments alone may be enough to control acne over the long term. It is
recommended that people who treat their acne with a combination of oral antibiotics
and topical gels may be able to stop the treatment after a few months and just rely on
the topical treatment.
A study of 253 people with severe acne, were given an antibiotic, or an antibiotic plus
the topical medication adapalene. When their acne symptoms improved, they stopped
taking the antibiotic. Researchers evaluated the patients at 4, 8, 12 and 16 weeks.
The found that 75% of the people who continued using adapalene maintained the
improvement in their acne, compared to 54 percent of the people who had only been
treated with an antibiotic.
Another study looked at a different acne gel, tazarotene, in people with moderately
severe to severe acne. Patients were treated with tazarotene along with an antibiotic
for 12 weeks. Those whose skin improved we