Cutting Through the Skin Care Clutter - The Epoch Times

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The Canadian Dermatology Association says acne affects more than five million Canadians, 80 percent of them between the ages of 12 and 24. (News Canada)

Whether it's a night out on the town, the first day of school, or an important interview—when acne strikes, most people want to get rid of it fast. However, when it comes to skin care, a "quick fix" isn't necessarily the best treatment option and sometimes even acne needs a little tender love and care.

Canadians spend millions a year on over-the-counter skincare products that promise fast results and clear skin, but which one is right for you? According the Canadian Dermatology Association, acne affects more than five million Canadians, 80 percent of them between the ages of 12 and 24.

Suffering from acne is a very difficult experience and trying to treat acne without the help of a professional can be frustrating when the condition doesn't get better or even worsens.

While some over-the-counter products may be useful, it is important to seek medical treatment early. Effective therapy options are available to reduce breakouts, minimize the risk of scars, improve appearance and enhance self-image.

Do not allow dermatologist waiting lists to discourage you from seeking medical treatment—family doctors are well equipped to recommend the best course of treatment. Even mild-to-moderate acne can be treated with a topical medication, such as Tactuo, which is new in Canada and has two active ingredients to unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria.

Above all, it is important to select the right one for your skin condition. Mild acne is best treated with a combination of a prescribed gel and the use of over-the-counter cleansers, moisturizers or lotions. Moderate-to-severe acne may require, in addition to your topical medication, a prescription of oral antibiotics or hormonal pills, which can only be prescribed by a doctor.

Getting treatment early can help ease the stress associated with skin care and help avoid irreversible skin damage, such as scarring.

01 Oct, 2011

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