- by Jahbuzor Eze
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Is There a Cure?
Sad to say, there is no single treatment for acne. Dr. Sidney Hurwitz, an authority on the subject, points out that there are medications available that can, in most cases, gradually help bring acne under control.
Of course, if the outbreak is severe and persistent, you should not wait to outgrow it, but you may wish to consider seeking the help of a dermatologist. He or she may prescribe one of the several acne preparations available or even antibiotics.
Patience seems to be a key to successful treatment. Remember, the trouble built up over quite a period of time, so it will not clear up overnight. Unfortunately, many do not stick to their treatment plan after they see initial improvement. For worthwhile results, it is important to apply carefully any instructions given by your physician.
Teenage Sandra, mentioned earlier, says in her article for Co-Ed: “I guess it took about a year for my skin to completely clear up, but I could see changes in my skin within six weeks.” Thus her doctor had warned: “Don’t expect results overnight. Have patience.”
Some have found that by taking care of their overall health, such as by getting plenty of exercise, being out in the fresh air as much as possible, and getting enough sleep, their complexion benefits and their acne condition improves.
It will also help to cleanse your skin thoroughly to prevent perspiration mixed with dirt and pollution from clogging pores. Some doctors claim that diet plays a big part in controlling acne and recommend eating as little fat as possible.
Develop the Right Attitude
Dr. James Dobson recounts a conversation he had with a teenager, Darrell, who said: “When acne does flare up, it can be devastating—it really can knock you out. And even though you tell yourself, ‘I know where my priorities are and I know that beauty isn’t the most important thing,’ it still affects your self-confidence.”
However, if you cultivate an outgoing attitude rather than becoming introverted because of self-pity, you will find that it helps a lot. When you do something for someone else, you become aware that other people also have problems, often much greater than your own.
This can help you to feel better about yourself and at least helps keep things in the right perspective. Jesus’ teaching highlighted the effectiveness of doing things for others when he taught that “there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”
Yes, there is something you can do about your acne. True, in some cases scars develop and remain long after the disease has gone. However, remember the importance of inner beauty: a pleasant personality, kindness, helpfulness, and qualities like these.
Inner beauty—unlike physical beauty—never fades; rather, it increases as the years go by. Strive for this inner beauty, and you will find it easier to keep physical appearance and skin problems in their proper place.
Perhaps, though, you are one of the 20 percent of teenagers who are not troubled with skin blemishes. If so, you may not fully comprehend the trauma and self-consciousness of those battling with such an embarrassing problem.
Try hard not to tease, even in a good-natured way. Certainly, such cruel comments as “crater face” or “pizza face” would be uncalled for, no matter how humorous they may seem to some.
One day soon there will be no more scars and skin problems, for we are assured that everybody’s flesh will “become fresher than in youth.”
Until that blemish-free time, try to keep a positive, happy spirit. And do what you can for your acne right now.
Self-Treatment Tips for Acne Sufferers
- Estimate the severity of your case by counting the number of lesions: 10 or less, a mild case; 11 to 30, a moderate case; over 30, a severe acne problem
- Plan skin-care regimen to meet your special needs
- Discuss matter with your pharmacist
- Wash affected parts gently with hands or soft washcloth
- Avoid any beauty products that cause aggravation—oil-based makeup makes skin oilier
- Trouble spots need extra attention
- Stick to your skin-care plan every day, even if results are slow