Acne Treatment Creams
Acne is a common skin condition that results in spots, oily skin and inflammation. It usually occurs on the face, but your back and chest are also prone to acne breakouts. Acne is caused by a naturally occurring skin bacteria called P. acne. While it is usually harmless, some things trigger a change in its activity, making it more aggressive, which is what leads to an acne breakout.
One of the main triggers for a change in the activity of P. acne is a change in hormones. This is why acne is particularly common in teenagers who are going through puberty. The good news is that there are plenty of over the counter acne treatments available and here at Tower Health we stock popular acne treatment creams and spot creams from big brands such as Freederm and Acnecide.
Acne Creams, Gels and Face Washes
Topical acne treatments are products that are applied directly to the skin, such as acne creams, gels and specialised acne face washes. These should help improve your symptoms. Here at Tower Health, you’ll find options such as:
- Antibacterial face wash - One of the causes of acne is bacteria on the skin a product such as Quinoderm Face Wash is used just like soap, it contains chlorhexidine digluconate and myrtrimonium bromide which helps with the treatment of acne.
- Nicotinamide gel - This is an anti-inflammatory active ingredient which helps to reduce the effects of acne, as featured in products such as Freederm Treatment Gel.
- Benzoyl peroxide - This is probably the most popular acne treatment. It is the active ingredient in Acnecide Gel, and reduces the skin bacteria that cause acne, by up to 95%.
Below are frequently asked questions surrounding acne and the treatment of it, as well as our top tips.
How to Stop Pimples from Growing
Whilst spots can’t always be completely avoided, the tips below can help to prevent pimples from growing. Additionally, using over the counter acne treatments helps to reduce the appearance of spots.
- Wash face twice daily
- Use limited makeup
- Don’t pick the skin
- Moisturise skin
- Stay hydrated
What Causes Acne?
Acne is most commonly caused by pores in the skin becoming blocked with things such as oils and dirt which causes spots to occur. An oily substance called sebum can also become trapped which triggers an immune system reaction that leads to inflammation of the skin.
There’s also evidence to support that acne can be caused by hormonal changes/imbalances, which is why acne often occurs during the teenage years.
How to Treat Moderate Acne?
For mild to moderate acne, there is a wide range of acne treatment creams and gels that can help soothe inflammation and redness, and help shorten the lifespan of the spot. Some acne treatments contain benzoyl peroxide such as acnecide, which is a common non-prescription option.
How to Treat Severe Acne?
More severe acne may require prescription topical treatments or antibiotics to clear up and help prevent scarring. We recommend visiting your local GP to discuss your requirements.