People suffering from acne understand that it presents quite a bit of stress. It can make you feel bad about yourself now, and it can leave scarring that will have an impact on your appearance in the future. This isn’t always true: mild or moderate acne, and acne that is well cared for (through moisturizers, sun block, not popping blemishes, etc.) is less likely to have long term effects. But still, it is not uncommon to experience acne well into adulthood, and most adults still have blemishes on occasion, even if their outbreaks aren’t continual.
Does Permanent Acne Treatment Exist?
In the past few years, several acne treatment options have come onto the market relatively quickly. Some of these claim to be permanent solutions to acne. While there is some evidence to suggest that certain of these treatments may be helpful, they also haven’t been in use that long, so promises of “curing acne forever” should be taken with a grain of salt.
One of the most promising, so far, long-term acne treatments are microdermabrasion and laser therapy. Microdermabrasion involves using concentrated blasts of crystals to exfoliate several layers of the skin. Laser therapy uses a beam of concentrated light to stimulate the tissue underneath the skin and eradicate blemishes as well as scars.
For both of these, the acne is said to reduce in severity over the next several weeks and months before lessening drastically and even disappearing entirely. Unfortunately, there may also be some side effects that are not ideal.
What are the side effects and risks?
Any time something is intended to have permanent effects, remember that the negative side effects may also be long lasting. Some of these treatments, especially when they first began, causes people with darker skin pigments to experience lightened splotches that never went away.
What are the alternatives?
The best way to treat acne is to help manage symptoms as they happen. Because acne is something that develops gradually as you enter puberty, it will, in most cases, recess gradually as well as you get into your 20’s.
The best way to handle acne is to not put your skin through anything more than is necessary to treat the symptoms you have at the time. Try over the counter face washes and scrubs that contain salicylic acid.
If that doesn’t work, consider moving to a specially formulated acne-fighting system, such as Proactiv. The next step after this is to see a dermatologist for prescription strength acne-fighting medication.
Only at the advice of your dermatologist is it then a good idea to pursue permanent acne treatment. If you do choose microdermabrasion, laser acne therapy, or some other form of treatment, it could work out just like you hope. Just make sure you’re well informed of the risks and outcome before you do anything that could be permanent.