Reducing acne is not simply a matter of finding a good over-the-counter acne cream or having your doctor prescribe an acne cream. It is also a matter of properly applying the acne cream or any other type of medication your doctor prescribes for your acne condition.
This is where many people fail. It is very important to follow the directions provided with your acne cream. The directions vary quite a bit from one cream to another, and sometimes even from one formulation to another of the same cream. This article will cover some of the general aspects of treating acne that may be of importance to you.
Acne is not just the whiteheads you spot around your face, as it can also appear as blackheads, cysts and a variety of other lesions all over the body. When you apply an acne cream, you apply it on the whole area where the acne is apparent, not just on the spots. Applying the cream on just the spots will make the spots go away but the untreated surrounding areas will still be just as susceptible to acne breakouts as the place where you have the spot. In this case, most people think the acne cream isn’t working, when in fact it is working…only where they apply it.
When trying out a new acne cream, it is important that you give it adequate time to begin working. Most people recommend that if you are following the directions and you don’t see any improvement after eight weeks, it is time to try something else. The exception to this is of course if you notice side effects. In that case discontinue using the acne cream immediately. Some general symptoms of an adverse reaction to acne cream may include persistent redness, excessive dryness, painful skin irritation and rashes. Many times these symptoms will pass after a few days of using the cream, but it may not be worth it to find out.
Like most medical conditions, acne responds differently to medications in each individual. The creams that work for your friends may not work at all for you. So be prepared for a trial and error process. Make sure you follow the medication’s instructions and your doctor’s instructions perfectly so that the error isn’t in the application process. When you do find the acne cream that works for you, it will be well worth the effort, time, and money you’ve spent.