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Over-The-Counter Acne Products vs. Prescription-Only Acne Medications

If you are one of the many people who suffer from acne on a regular basis, then you are probably also constantly searching for effective acne relief to help ease your discomfort. Not only can acne be physically painful, but it can also leave some emotional scars as well. Embarrassment, social withdrawal and depression may all result from acne, which is why it is important to locate quality acne products that are both safe and effective.

When it comes to acne relief, there are both prescription-only and over-the-counter products available to sufferers. Typically, over-the-counter products are more affordable and can often be just as effective as prescription-only acne medications. However, it is often necessary to seek medical attention if acne worsens or fails to respond to conventional acne products. When this occurs, a more aggressive relief approach may be needed. The main goal is to determine which category you fall into and when, if ever, it's time to seek medical help.

Currently, a number of over-the-counter acne products line retail store shelves. Some of the most popular are those that contain a natural ingredient known as aloe vera, which is known for its healing effects, gentleness and soothing ability. This ingredient is thought to expedite the healing process and is, therefore, a very common ingredient in over-the-counter acne products.

Although acne formulas featuring aloe vera are widely available at local retail stores, they should be used with a certain degree of knowledge and care. For instance, aloe vera acne products are not recommended for the relief of infected or severe acne breakouts. The main reason for this is because it is unadvisable to apply any type of lotion to a deep or infected area without medical consultation.

Speaking of medical consultations, severe acne breakouts are often handled with Accutane, which is a powerful prescription-only medication that is commonly sought when all other methods of acne relief have failed. Although some users may find that their skin actually worsens in the beginning of the Accutane acne program, this typically subsides within four weeks. The entire program typically takes between 4-6 months and has been used by more than two million acne sufferers.

Although Accutane can be effective in relieving acne under proper, medically-supervised conditions, it is not without risk. Among the potential side effects are depression, birth defects, headaches, thinning hair, nosebleeds, dry skin, and joint or muscle pain. A high cost, combined with potentially dangerous side effects, have forced most acne sufferers and physicians to use Accutane only as a last resort. With that being said, many acne sufferers have succeeded with Accutane where other acne products had previously failed.

When selecting acne relief, it is essential that you understand both the benefits and risks of use. Any medication can have the potential for dangerous side effects. A little research, a lot of knowledge and some patience will prove to be a great asset in selecting both safe and effective acne products.

Can Micro-Needling Really Make Acne Scars Disappear

Most of us might shudder at the thought of sticking your face with hundreds of needles - it sounds like something out of a slasher movie. But in the pursuit of flawless skin, editors and influencers are quick to make an exception, as micro-needling (AKA ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 06:06:00 GMT



'Bachelor' Star Bekah Martinez Shares How She Got Rid of Her Acne

Bekah Martinez isn't one to keep her secrets to herself. The 23-year-old former Bachelor contestant, who has already gotten brutally honest about the real cost of being on the reality TV show, has also been quite vocal about her struggles with acne.

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 13:56:54 GMT



Realm Therapeutics Presents Data Highlighting its Proprietary Immunomodulatory Technology's Potential in Acne and Psoriasis at IID 2018

focused on developing novel therapeutics in immune-mediated diseases, today announces that the Company presented a poster at the 2018 International Investigative Dermatology (IID) Meeting in Orlando, Florida. "We have demonstrated that hypochlorus acid ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 04:34:00 GMT



Nodular acne: Definition and treatment options

Nodular acne is characterized by hard, painful acne lesions deep under the skin. It often affects the face, chest, or back. Unlike regular pimples that often heal within a few days, acne nodules may last for weeks or months. They tend not to develop a ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 06:32:00 GMT



13 Stars Who Didn't Cover Up Their Acne On Instagram

Love the skin you're in! A ton of our favorite stars struggle with acne, and they're not afraid to be open about it! Take a look at the gallery below to see Bella Thorne, Kendall Jenner and more celebrities who proudly flaunt their pimples. Contrary to ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT



6 YouTube Beauty Stars Share the Advice That Helped Them Deal With Cystic Acne

People who have never had cystic acne don't quite understand the ways it can affect your confidence, self-esteem, and overall happiness. And given that there aren't a ton of examples of cystic acne representation in popular media, it can also often feel ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 08:08:00 GMT



Former 'Bachelor' contestant Bekah Martinez shared the one thing that finally cleared her cystic acne

Former "Bachelor" contestant Bekah Martinez has been open about her struggle with cystic acne on social media. On Thursday, she shared what finally worked in clearing her skin - managing her gut health. There is evidence of a link between gut health and ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 14:54:00 GMT



Bekah Martinez Shares What Cured Her Acne

Anyone who's struggled with long-term adult acne knows how frustrating it can be to find something that actually works, and Bekah Martinez can definitely relate. The 23-year-old, who recently starred in season 22 of The Bachelor, took to Instagram to share ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 10:02:19 GMT



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