New Acne Treatments
World of medicine is advancing, so do the treatments available for every type of disease and affliction. Acne is not excluded from this.
Why are they not conventional treatments yet? Well, while the techniques and treatments that we’re going to be discussing here have all shown a lot of promise, the result is still out on their effectiveness as a whole.
It’s not like you’re going to be a mouse lab for some experiments. In fact, some of the treatments you’ll find here have mild side effects, if any. So you’ll be in a no-risk situation when that is the case.
Violet Light Therapy (Blue and Red Light Therapy)
Some people call it violet light therapy or Blue and Red Light Therapy.
The idea that visible light can actually help rid acne is still relatively new, and it was only at the start of this century that it started to be used as a new acne treatment option.
How exactly it works is slightly complicated though, but let’s just say that violet light of a particular intensity can actually end up creating free radicals that go to work destroying bacteria.
In order to be successful, these treatments need to be applied often. Best results obviously occur during daily treatments, but otherwise even twice-weekly is acceptable, but don’t expect to see great results as quickly.
The advantages of light therapy of this kind are pretty clear cut, as they offer no side effects whatsoever, and by all indications, are just as effective, or more effective, than benzoyl peroxide treatments,the statistics even show that the results are longer lived than benzoyl peroxide.
Needless to say, this is very appealing, but the downside is the costs which can be prohibitive, as well as the fact that most insurance schemes don’t cover the costs. Put into perspective though, the overall cost Is actually quite close, and you’d probably end up spending as much on a continuous supply of benzoyl peroxide to apply as you would on a light therapy treatment.
Definitely consult a doctor before you either purchase the equipment yourself, or sign on for a treatment program.
Diode Laser Treatment
On the more high-tech front, lasers are now slowly being employed to treat acne.This is not a widely used form of treatment, but it is one that seems to show a lot of promise amidst the controversy regarding it.
For quite some time now, lasers have been used to remove scars, but when treating acne itself, the approach is slightly different.
Instead of simply reducing scars, the laser is used to destroy the sebaceous glands in the skin, thus preventing oil from being produced. Additionally, it could also even destroy the follicle sac from which hair grows, or even kill off bacteria.
The downsides of using lasers are painful, and it can damage the skin on a more permanent basis. Slight damage may just cause redness or swelling, but there are concerns that it will cause even more long-term dryness of the skin.
While the pain factor can be lessened by using analgesics, the price tag is slightly harder to beat.
Right now, laser treatment for acne is still very much experimental, but the hope is that eventually the protocols and hiccups in this treatment will be solved. Till then, it is best to only consider it when a doctor specifically advises it.
Despite the fact that it sounds very foreboding, microdermabrasion is not nearly as scary as you might think.
All that it generally consists of is blowing small crystals onto the skin of the affected area.
How does that help? Well, it sort of polishes the surface of the skin clean, removing clogs and clearing dead skin cells in the process. Once these are vacuumed up, some acne will undoubtedly be cleared.
When used together with other topical-type treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide products, it has proven to be very useful.
In addition to polishing the skin surface, it makes the skin more susceptible to acne treatments of the topical type, meaning that you could very well see vastly increased results from regular treatment.
For those for whom the conventional treatments just don’t seem to cut it, this is a very viable alternative that doesn’t expose you to any additional risk.
As always, it would be wise to consult a doctor, particularly a dermatologist, before getting into anything. While it is relatively harmless, playing it safe doesn’t hurt.
Instead of the high-tech microdermabrasion, chemical peels are an easier and cheaper alternative that works around the same sort of principle.
Through certain chemicals, particularly glycolic or salicylic acid (that are sometimes even included in benzoyl peroxide products, if you remember), chemical peels can help remove blackheads and whiteheads.
Also, just like microdermabrasion, these chemicals can remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, leaving the skin ready and more open to other topical treatments.
Still, there is a downside.
Unlike microdermabrasion with its nonexistent adverse effects, chemical peels often come with the risk of several undesirable side effects.
In the mildest cases, this could consist of something as harmless as skin redness. Unfortunately, in more severe cases it can even cause blisters, scaling, scarring, and infections. Thus it may actually end up worsening the condition of your skin, instead of bettering it.
Cheaper as it is, the question that you want to ask yourself is whether or not it is worthwhile paying less for the additional risk.
Bottom line is: Consult your doctor, and have him or her advise you on how to proceed, as well as recommend where it would be best for you to have this treatment carried out.
Summing Up the New Acne Treatments
As you can see there are some exciting new acne treatments that are currently available. With all the advances that seem to be made, it is entirely possible that one, or more, of these treatments will actually end up being the easy, painless, and one-size-fits-all cure for acne that so many people long for.
Till then though, in their existing form they still represent a nice selection of new options for you to work your way through.
Sure, the price of most of these new acne treatments is a big hurdle to cross for many of us – and if you don’t really want to be spending so much on your acne treatment, it is completely understandable.
Which is why, sometimes looking at the past is just as good, or better, than looking to the future.