How Do I Choose the Best Acne Treatment System?

Patti Kate
Patti Kate
A boy with acne.
A boy with acne.

To choose the best acne treatment system, you should first schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. She will evaluate your condition and help you determine which system or treatment plan will work best for you. Before buying an over-the-counter acne treatment system, ask the pharmacist for advice. You should inquire about possible side effects any acne treatment products may cause. You may choose natural or organic acne treatments less likely to cause skin irritation.

Aloe gel has a calming effect on the skin.
Aloe gel has a calming effect on the skin.

If you prefer an acne treatment system that has natural ingredients, look for a solution that incorporates tea tree oil. This ingredient has been known to kill the bacteria that cause acne breakouts in adolescents and adults. The antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil have been shown to reduce severity of acne in some individuals. If you choose an acne treatment system that contains tea tree oil, be sure the solution is diluted, or you can risk further irritation to your acne-prone skin.

The best acne treatment depends on how severe the person's condition is.
The best acne treatment depends on how severe the person's condition is.

If you choose an acne treatment system that contains benzoyl peroxide, understand there are certain risks involved. While the peroxide may help reduce incidence of flare ups and clear break outs in some individuals, side effects such as burning and stinging may occur, especially with frequent use.

When shopping for an over-the-counter acne treatment system, look for one that has been dermatologist tested. Hypoallergenic ingredients will be less likely to cause side effects. When using acne treatment products, it is often recommended to avoid direct exposure to the sun. Another thing you can do to reduce risk of further breakouts is to use a good sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible.

Inquire with a pharmacist or dermatologist about potential side effects from certain acne medications.
Inquire with a pharmacist or dermatologist about potential side effects from certain acne medications.

Look for a time-released formula in your acne treatment system. This will reduce risk of irritation and give you better results as well. A non-drying formula is also preferable, but avoid added moisturizers that are oil-based, which may clog the pores.

You may also want to avoid products that contain alcohol. If you prefer not to use a product that contains preservatives, check the label to be sure no parabens are used in any of the products. You should choose a system that naturally promotes healing.

Organic acne treatment systems contain plant-based or herbal ingredients and no harsh chemicals. Some systems contain a cleanser and toner, and possibly a cream. Look for products that also contain natural aloe vera gel. This will help soothe the skin and promote healing.

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