3rd August 2013
I thought it was about time that I wrote a useful blog post/article so I have decided to share with you my tips on controlling acne and what products are available for you to use.
Trying to control my acne has been a nightmare. I have oily skin and I have literally tried everything to dry it up a bit, including dying my hair the exact same colour just to prevent my hair from becoming so greasy and thus stopping my face from getting so greasy. I think that everyone is different when it comes to the treatment of acne so what may work for me may not work for you, and visa versa.
If your acne is really out of control then I suggest you speak to a doctor, and if you find your doctor to be useless then ask to see a dermatologist. Don’t let anyone tell you “It’s just your age” or “Give it a few years, it will clear up”. Acne can make you self concious of your skin and it’s depressing. Acne cannot be cured but it can be controlled.
Over the years I have been prescribed a number of different creams and solutions to control acne. These include:
According to my doctor there are many more creams and solutions available so you just have to try them until you find out what works for you. I’m currently using Zineryt and it seems to have reduced the redness and soreness of my skin. I really don’t recommend Adapalene as it is incredibly strong and it felt like it was burning my skin off. It was so painful that it reduced me to tears. Always stop using a treatment if it is making things worse.
You can also take a special type of antibiotic which targets acne and apparently is a very effective treatment. It is advised that you do not take the antibiotics if you are on the contraceptive pill but my doctor has attempted to reassure me that it will not interfere with the pill. I, however, am a little skeptical.
My doctor also recommended washing my face with a soap called Cidal. It’s an antibacterial soap which will help to eliminate some of the bacteria from your skin (remember, not all bacteria is bad!). You can purchase Cidal soap from a high street chemist and it’s pretty cheap too (I paid £1.99 for two bars from Boots). I’ve only just started using Cidal but I will let you know how I get on with.
Avoid using products such as Clearasil and Clean and Clear which can be purchased from a number of shops on the high street. They may help to reduce spots but acne is a disease and really requires something to clear up the bacteria.
Avoid using moisturiser or products that contain moisturiser. I know this seems impossible as moisturiser is used as a base for applying make up, and when you have acne you just want to cover your entire face with make up to reduce the appearance of the spots. However, try avoiding using it where possible. If you are having a day at home then don’t wear make up. Remove your make up when you’ve come from a day out or a day at work.
The best tip I can give is not to give up hope. If one treatment doesn’t work for you then keep trying something new until you find something that suits you. Good luck!
Note: I wrote a follow up to this post which you can read here.