Acne Treatments Including Acne Brushes & Acne Medications

Ah, the occasional breakout. Luckily, it can be tamed with acne creams, cleansers, and solutions. Then there’s severe acne—more obnoxious and requiring more drastic measures. Not all skin is created equally, and neither are the products.

Those with severe acne should see a dermatologist to get a diagnosis and advice on the best treatment course to follow. But here are some common recommendations and treatments to battle those hard-to-get-rid-of blemishes.

Acne Brushes

These facial cleansing brushes, like the Clarisonic brush, will become a necessity. Acne is mostly caused by pores clogged with bacteria and/or dead skin cells, so a deep-cleansing tool that also exfoliates, like the Clarisonic, can rid the skin of dead cells and stop the blockage of pores. This works best as a preventative method, but can also control skin after breakouts occur. To find the best Clarisonic for you, read this post on choosing your Clarisonic brush head.

And, let’s be honest, when you break out, the more makeup you’ll probably wear, and Clarisonic is proven to remove all those layers.

Acne Medications

If acne creams and cleansers do not do the trick, a doctor will prescribe a medicinal treatment, oral or topical, that works throughout the body. Typical treatments include the following:

  • Moderate Antibiotics – Antibiotics prescribed for acne kill bacteria affecting the pores. They also work to reduce inflammation and reduce the number of fatty acids in skin’s oil. Common acne-fighting antibiotics are Tetracycline, Erythromycin, Minocycline, Doxycycline, and Clindamycin. Topical retinoids are also a popular antibiotic. Find out more about these here.
  • Birth Control Pills – For women, birth control pills can balance hormones, in return balancing the skin’s sebum or oil production (a common cause of acne). There are a wide variety of safe and inexpensive birth control options to choose from.  This is an especially helpful method for pre-menstrual flares.
  • Severe Antibiotics isotretinoin -  Isotretinoins can be extremely dangerous to your health, but for some, it is the only method garnering results.  This type of treatment takes 4-5 months to work and is tailored to each patient. Read more about them here.

Other Measures

Although they must be accompanied by a facial cleansing routine, dermatologists may recommend these physical procedures:

  • Light Therapy: The bacteria that cause acne and redness can be killed with different types of light, and the light can also decrease the size of oil glands. This procedure can be performed by a dermatologist, or you can try an at-home treatment, such as Baby Quasar's Baby Blue light or Clear Rayz
  • Extractions: For large acne cysts a dermatologist may drain and extract the cyst to ease pain and scarring. 
  • Chemical Peels: Dermatologists use advanced chemical peels to treat blackheads and papules. These peels also help remove dead skin cells.
  • Steroid Injections: While not an overall or continuous cure for acne, steroid injections can be used to alleviate large pimples or nodules.

For more basic acne treatment plans, click here. To learn about what acne prone skin is, and determine if you have it, click here.