Bad Acne – Your Options

  • Posted on November 14, 2010 at 12:44 am

Acne affects millions of people and can range from mild to severe, but when bad acne occurs, it is frustrating and can cause physical and psychological damage. It is important to know ahead of time what your options are when dealing with an outbreak of bad acne.

Prevention is always better than a cure, and so a good overall skin care regiment is important. Keep yourself informed on the multitude of information out there like proper cleansing techniques, products to use, home remedies and techniques that can be a solution to how to get rid of acne scars such as laser surgery and dermabrasion.

But if you are prone to bad acne, prevention is generally the least you can do to keep an outbreak under control. Acne is caused by hormones and there is little that can be done to prevent it from happening if you are one of those unfortunate people who are severely affected.

On drug store and pharmacy shelves and online you will find numerous products you can use to deal with bad acne. A good portion of these products contain Benzoyl Peroxide and usually come in the strengths of 5% or 10%. It is the most widely used ingredient because it has been proven to work. Benzoyl Peroxide works by fighting and reducing the bacteria in the pores which is responsible for the bad acne. It helps keep the pores free of debris and dries up the sebum.

bad acneSalicylic acid is another ingredient commonly found in over the counter acne products. It acts as an exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin cells and helping to unclog pores enabling the sebum to be excreted effectively and washed away with cleansing.

There are a number of home remedies for acne that are available online in the form of masks and home products to dab on the affected areas. Often the ingredients for these are things we have in our cupboards on a daily basis like honey, lime, lemon, yogurt and other herbs and spices. If you choose a more natural way to deal with your bad acne, try some of these and find one that works for you, then, keep the ingredients on hand for emergency use.

If your bad acne is particularly stubborn you may need to see a dermatologist for other options. In some people with an excessively high level of hormones, all the skin care in the world won’t help and more drastic measures may be necessary. Hormonal acne treatment or antibiotics are options your skin specialist may discuss with you.


Dermabrasion and laser treatments are costly so may be reserved as a last option for some. They are used more often to get rid of acne scars left behind by particularly bad cases of acne and several treatments may be necessary to be completely successful. These are also options you will be able to discuss with your dermatologist.

In the end, it is up to you how aggressively you want to treat your bad acne and you may want to start with the least costly and aggressive methods to begin with. They just may work for you.

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