If you’re having some trouble finding an effective acne solution, you’ve come to the right place. You watch every commercial and read every magazine article you find but still can’t find an acne treatment that works for you. Everyone’s skin is a little different and sometimes it takes more than a single type of treatment to get a good result. But not to worry, we spoke to some experts and we’re going to give you some guidance on highly effective solutions for acne.
Blue Light Therapy
Pimples are usually form in the same way from clogged pores, or pores become blocked, letting impurities, bacteria and cells build up and form a plug. Well, the main cause is from an abnormal amount of bacteria, resulting in inflammatory acne. “I-clear aka the blue light therapy emits powerful rays that penetrate follicles to kill off acne-causing bacteria. It utilises innovative Photo Dynamic Therapy technology to effectively aim at the bacteria without affecting surrounding tissues.” Explains Dr. Jinly Wong, a medical consultant at The Sloane Clinic. This painless, non-invasive therapy is suitable for moderate inflammatory acne and ideal for maintenance of acne control. I-Clear is effective in as little as 8 treatment sessions (twice a week for 4 weeks). I-Clear is incorporated in some facial and topical treatments for prolonged skin clearing benefits for very acne prone skins.
So what do you do when an especially robust zit erupts on your face? Here’s the answer you have been looking for all these years! “Pimple ER (Emergency Remedy) is an innovative three-step therapy to treat individual zit from within to stop infection in its tracks.” Explains Dr. Wong further. It only takes a minute for the physician to inject into the lesion and your mega-zit should subside within 24 hours. This impressive therapy also utilises dermal healing topicals and transdermal delivery of active ingredients to soothe and calm your skin so that it heals flawlessly in the shortest possible time.
Research has found that people who stick to low-glycemic index (GI) diet had a 22% reduce in acne lesions, compared with a control group that ate more high-GI foods. Eating a lot of junk food or chocolate by itself doesn’t seem to cause acne but not having a balanced diet and having too many refined carbohydrates can certainly cause problems. High-Gi carbs like white bread, rice and sugar-laden foods raise blood sugar and insulin levels that may lead to breakouts. So, it is definitely wise to think before you put anything in your mouth. Go with low-GI food like whole grains and vegetables to prevent breakouts.
We all know acne develops when there’s hormonal shifts such as puberty, menstrual cycle or prior to menopause. This causes an overproduction of oil and cells inside a follicle and together, they plugs the opening of the pore and subsequently causing the follicle beneath to swell. The end result with an overgrowth of bacteria is whiteheads, blackheads, pimples or even pus-filled lesions. Topical treatments work by cleansing the pores by preventing the impurities getting jammed up. Pore-cleanser such as OTC medications that contain benzyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid are usually very effective particularly if the breakouts are not severe. Try deep pore clearing serum such as Sloane Inc Complexion Corrector Clarity to help clear up blackheads and reduce oiliness and blemish. It features an effective dose of potent salicylic acid and skin rejuvenating hyaluronic acid to balance and clear up skin blemishes, unclog pores and regulate healthy cell turnover. Stronger cases may call for prescription retinoids which are highly effective treatment for acne. Speak to your physician today to find out more.
Consider per os
When OTC acne treatments fail, don’t despair. Your local physician has another bag of tricks that can help you with. They usually either prescribe oral antibiotics and usually use conjunction with a benzyl peroxide product for a good cleansing regime. In the event of resistant cases or you are developing scars from acnes, some doctors will prescribe Isotretinoin. This treatment go to the root of the problem by significantly reducing oil production. But this highly effective treatment is not without side effects. It significantly increases the risk of birth defects and may also cause derangement in liver enzymes and lipid profiles. So, if you’re concerned about risks, you may want to stick with acne treatments that use lasers and other light therapy. Though costly, but they can turn off the oil production without risk.
– By Caroline Ding
*This article has been selected Editor’s Choice for Mar 2017*