Written By Dr. Kiran On Nov 18, 2021
Swelling and redness are symptoms of inflammatory acne, which occurs when oil, dead skin, and the Cutibacterium acnes (formerly known as Propionibacterium acnes) bacteria block pores.
Follicle-clogging debris and bacteria lead to irritation and red lumps on the skin, known as pimples.
In addition to acne pimples, you may also see the following red marks:
We need to address the underlying cause of the inflammation to reduce acne redness. It reduces the severity of the redness and the overall appearance of the acne lesions.
Moreover, a wide range of treatments is available to combat acne by unclogging pores and controlling oil production while also decreasing inflammation and eliminating acne-causing germs.
To reduce acne redness and speed up the healing process, you may use over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne medicines. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are the most effective active components in these topical treatments since they have been used for decades to treat mild to moderate conditions.
It is possible to use benzoyl peroxide as an all-over treatment or a spot therapy for acne. It can destroy acne-causing bacteria, remove excess oil and debris from pores, and decrease swelling and redness.
Peroxide Benzoyl found in gels, lotions, and cleansers is a common ingredient. It comes in three different concentrations: 2.5%, 5%, and 10%. Avoid causing further irritation to your skin by reading the product label and following the directions. It's best to start with a patch test to see if you have any allergies or sensitivities.
Acne-fighting salicylic acid is a valuable staple since it relieves the inflammation and discomfort caused by acne. It aids in the exfoliation of the skin’s top layer of clogged pores and decreases acne-related irritation and redness. It also helps to reduce oil production, which is a major cause of acne outbreaks. Pore reduction will help make skin look smoother.
Concentrations ranging from 0.05–5 percent are available in cleansers, toners, creams, and lotions for your skin type. As with benzoyl peroxide, it’s best to do a skin test to see whether anybody in the family is allergic. The use of salicylic acid in conjunction with retinoids like tretinoin or adapalene may irritate the skin.
It’s time to see your dermatologist or doctor about prescription-strength topical and oral remedies if OTC therapies aren’t resolving your acne.
Even though acne is often associated with adolescence, adults account for approximately 20% of all occurrences. Between the ages of 10 and 13, acne is most likely to appear and is more severe in those with oily skin. For most people, adolescence is marked by acne that lasts five to ten years until clearing up in their early 20s.
Inflammation is the cause of acne-related redness. Acne may be healed and prevented from recurring if treated early and with the appropriate medicine.
There are many over-the-counter formulations to select from; if your acne does not improve after trying one of them, contact us to discuss your problems with our best physicians who will prescribe a more potent therapy.
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