If you suffer from acne, then you likely already know there is no one treatment or cure that works well for everyone. Unlike other health problems that have one main cause and one or two treatment options, the causes of acne and different skin-types of sufferers often leads to a lot of trial and error before the right solution is found. If you still have acne after trying several remedies, then don't give up hope just yet. Here are a few of the newer treatments that dermatologists are using with great results.
Female Hormonal Acne Pill
Hormonal acne can be one of the most difficult types of acne to clear up completely. Many women of all ages experience breakouts all month or just before or during their menstrual periods due to hormone fluctuation. One cause of many cases of female hormonal acne is excess androgen, and the tell-tale sign of female hormonal acne is outbreaks concentrated along the jaw-line and cheeks.
Many dermatologists are now prescribing a medication called spironolactone for hormonal female acne. This medication lowers levels of androgen in the body, and this then causes acne to diminish. This medication has few side effects, although blood must be monitored for too-high potassium levels throughout treatment, as this medication was originally used as a potassium-sparing diuretic.
Some dermatologists even have patients who experience great results from this medication after the typical strongest acne treatment, isotretinoin, has failed.
Unfortunately, this medication is also only suitable for females, as the hormone it lessens in the body is a "male" hormone that men need to have plenty of to stay in good health.
Azelaic Acid Creams
Azelaic acid creams and gels were originally developed for acne, but they soon became popular as treatments for rosacea, as they were discovered to relieve rosacea symptoms well. While still a popular treatment for rosacea, azelaic acid remains a great prescription remedy for stubborn acne that does not respond to over-the-counter treatments.
Azelaic acid not only kills bacteria on skin that can cause acne, but it also helps keep pores clear from excess sebum and dead skin cells. Since all three of these elements cause acne, this treatment could be considered an all-in-one acne treatment that works as well as separate bacteria-killing, drying, and exfoliating treatments combined.
Another great aspect of azelaic acid is that it also helps lighten skin discolorations, including the dark marks on skin that can persist long after a blemish or pimple heals.
While these two acne treatments have recently gained recognition as good options for stubborn acne, it is important to follow the advice of your dermatologist when it comes to what will work well for you. Both of these treatments are available in the United States by prescription only.
Contact a center like East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC for more information.
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