While acne is not a life threatening condition, it can truly harm people emotionally and socially; so much so that they can lead lives “on the fringes”, ashamed of how they perceive themselves to look. In this respect, acne is fatal, since many suicides have been predicated by this sometimes debilitating skin problem.
If you find yourself struggling with the physical and emotional scars caused by acne, or you know someone who is, then there’s some great news to share: acne can be treated, and it can be camouflaged while under treatment. This is brand new information to many acne sufferers.
Most acne treatments have produced remarkable results. A good treatment typically begins with cleansing and moisturizing the skin. Three kinds of substances have become popular in the treatment of acne:
· salicylic acid
· glycolic acid
· benzoyl peroxide
The substance chosen will depend on the “grade” of the acne (mild, moderate, or severe).
Salicylic acid is generally used to treat mild to moderate skin irregularities, and is usually available only with a prescription. Salicylic acid is available in these different forms: Topical Cream, Gel, Lotion, Ointment, Pads, Plaster, Shampoo, Soap, Topical solution.
Glycolic acid and benzoyl peroxide are also popular in the treatment of moderate to severe acne problems. Most alpha hydroxy products have glycolic acid elements that help skin, giving it that peeled, refreshed look.
Cosmetic camouflage has been around for years, and is a technique to cover blemishes and conceal color irregularities (sometimes strong acne solutions discolor the skin temporarily) that surgical means cannot accomplish. Doctors David J. Eddy and Stephen Breathnack in their book, Surgical Dermatology (1996) note that cosmetic camouflage is best left in the hands of trained personnel who will advise on color match and color blending. Three products are presently in the market: Dermablend® (10 shades), Dermacolor® (55 shades) and Keromask (11 shades).
Doctors Eddy and Breathnack advise that it is best to use a color selection that is the opposite of the primary color of the blemish. For example:
Blemish Color Masking Color
Care must be taken not to over apply the agent so that a theatrical look does not result. Eighty percent coverage is all that is needed for everyday activities. A make-up sponge should also be used instead of fingers.
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