There is a wide variety of acne treatments available. To effectively treat your acne, you will need to draw up the best acne treatment plan and follow it closely. Here are tips to help you come up with the best treatment plan for your acne.
1) Consult Your Doctor
Consult your doctor to understand the type of acne you have, as well as your skin type. Successful acne management is all about what works for you, your skin type and the type of acne you have.
2) Keep Your Expectations Realistic
There are no overnight acne fixes. You will find that even the best acne treatments can take several weks, if not months, or even years to work. Even after your acne has healed, ou may have to carry on with a “maintenance” treatment plan for several years if necessary to prevent another acne breakout. All too often, doctors see people with acne coming back to them simply because they did not continue with their acne medication.
3) Ask Your doctor About The Available Acne Treatment Options
Choosing your treatment is a personal decision based on the advice you get from your doctor. Based on your previous acne treatment and the extent of your acne scarring, your doctor will decide upon the best treatment for your acne. Make sure you discuss it thoroughly beforehand.
Understand the potential benefits the recommended treatment offers, your expectations and any side effects which may occur. You may be asked to fill out questionnaires to help your doctor assess the psychological and social effects that your acne is having on you.
4) Keep A Monitoring Chart
Keep a monitoring chart to keep track of changes in your acne. You may experience new outbreaks before your acne begins to clear. It is therefore important to allow time for your acne treatment to work.
On your chart, write down the treatment you use, and if you miss a treatment or dose. Record the acne cleansers, creams and medication used.
Count the actual number of blackheads, whiteheads and any red bumps you have. Start on one side of your face and finish on the other. Start in the same place each time. Record the number of acne lesions on your chart.
5) Know When To Change To A New Treatment
Consider changing to a new treatment if you see no improvements after four to six weeks from when you started the treatment. Don’t keep on with a treatment if you find it is irritating your skin or making it sore. If you are using prescription treatment, see your doctor or dermatologist if you want to stop or change treatments.
6) Keep A Food Chart
If you think certain foods are causing your skin to break out, keeping a food chart of all the food you eat and drink in a day may help you to see an emerging pattern. You can then eliminate the acne-causing suspects from your diet.
Generally, most dermatologists agree that the main reason for a poor response to treatment is because the person has not used or taken the treatment every day. Having to apply cream to your skin or use antibiotics every day for months may seem tedious. However, the minute you break the treatment cycle, the bacteria will start to multiply and your skin will break out in spots all over again.
At times when you are under a lot of stress, you may find that your acne treatment is not as effective. During these times, try relaxation or stress management techniques to alleviate your stress. You will find that your acne will start responding well to your treatment again. Watch Rodney Yee’s video below to pick up some really useful relaxation technques to relieve your stress and fatigue.