Acne Treatment

Monday, December 03, 2012

Millions of teenagers and adults suffer from acne. They stress daily and try everything to cure this horrible unsightly condition. Dr. Edward Hill provides some advice for treating acne in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. It is a long-term condition that involves the oil glands around each hair. When a hair follicle is plugged, germs invade and cause bumps that can fill with pus and become red, swollen and sometimes painful.

Acne can range from mild to very bad. People of all ages can get it. There is no cure for acne, but you can treat the symptoms by keeping hair follicles from getting plugged. Once a bump has formed, you can use medicines that help with the redness and swelling.

The most common type of acne medicine is a cream or gel that you put on your skin. Many of these can be bought without a prescription. Benzoyl peroxide is the most common type.

If over-the-counter medicines dont work, your doctor can prescribe other types of medicine. These are usually antibiotics or retinoids. If you have very bad acne, your doctor may prescribe pills.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.