How To Beat Acne

The pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads of severe acne occur when the hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Areas of the body with the heaviest concentration of oil glands, such as the face, chest and back, are primarily affected.


While for most people acne is merely a temporary condition that resolves over time, for some it can become a chronic condition that continues into adulthood with wide-ranging effects including increased feelings of depression and anxiety and perhaps even leading to thoughts of suicide. Early and aggressive treatment of severe acne is often recommended due to these potential outcomes.


Many treatments are available for acne ranging from lifestyle changes to medications and interventions by a dermatologist.


Some of these include the following:


  • Diet—avoiding carbohydrates and sugars may reduce acne.
  • Skin treatments—benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, and salicylic acid may be applied directly to the skin.
  • Antibiotics—These may be taken orally, or applied directly. One drawback to this therapy is that resistance to antibiotics may arise in patients.


Other steps you can take to treat acne or keep it from getting worse or returning include:


  • Wash your face gently with warm water and avoid excessive scrubbing with sponges or cloths, as this can actually aggravate the situation.
  • Use cleansers without harsh chemicals and alcohol.
  • Use a shampoo that is oil and fragrance free to avoid getting them on your acne.
  • Stay out of the sun since UV rays can exacerbate acne symptoms.
  • Try to avoid stress as much as possible. Stress has been shown to adversely affect skin conditions.


If your acne is proving to be difficult to control, the help of a dermatologist may be needed. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.