Acne is a skin disorder that results from the action of hormones on the sebaceous glands of the skin. It is most common among teens and young adults, although infants and mature adults can also be affected. People have been suffering from acne for centuries. However, after all this suffering the question still needs an answer…can you actually cure acne?

Because there are so many people suffering with this disorder it really is no wonder the market is saturated with a ton of so called acne cures. Most dermatologists and doctors would probably deny the fact that acne cures actually exist even though some acne medicines like accutane do provide relief for certain acne sufferers.

Non-prescription acne cleansers, astringents, pimple creams, and moisturizers are some of the over-the-counter products many acne sufferers will resort to. These usually help unplug whiteheads and blackheads and encourage the skin to peel off.

Topical antibiotics prescribed by dermatologists help fight acne by means of killing the bacteria that infect the pores. It must be noted that longer use of these forms of acne cures may cause some bacteria to become resistant to them. When using these products side effects such as redness, irritation and drying may be encountered.

Oral anitbiotics are another option which relieve acne by killing the bacteria. Some side effects to be considered before taking oral antibiotics are nausea and dizziness.

What may be the most controversial alternative are vitamin A derivatives. They can prevent skin cells from clumping together and they promote shedding of the skin. With this option there are a number of side effects, such as dryness, redness, and irritation. Most notably there have even been some cases reported that may have attributed some psychological disorders and birth defects to the use of these derivatives so much care and caution must be used if considering this route.

As always, prevention is easier than curing. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is like a pound of cure”!

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