Options vary according to the degree and time of the pimples

The treatment of an isolated spine and a severe condition of acne should not be done in the same way, according to the dermatologist member of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Jardis Volpe . This is because substances that dry the skin too much, if applied in a not so severe condition of acne, can cause a rebound effect. “If we remove too much oil, acne ends up getting worse,” he explains. The dermatologist then explains what to do with acne (depending on the degree and time of onset of the disease):

What to do with the pimple that appeared an hour before the party?

If the patient has an isolated spine, one of those internal or red, without the famous yellowish color (in this case, called pustules), for an emergency you can use application of ice wrapped in a tissue or small ice packs, for a few minutes . Ice is anti-inflammatory and makes the spine quickly deflate. Soon after, you can apply a cream with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. It is just a warning, regarding home remedies, such as eye drops for red eyes. These drugs contain vasoconstricting agents, which close the vessels, causing contraction and improving the redness of an isolated spine. However, these agents cause a large rebound effect, and the redness may return stronger and the effect is temporary.

After a day, how to treat acne?

Treating the skin with products that contain exfoliating particles, such as those with apricot seeds, which are uniform and do not harm the skin as much, are a good option. Soon after, an astringent tonic with drying and bactericidal actives can be used. Then, it is recommended to apply a healing cream, which helps to reduce inflammation. It is also possible to use a drying agent with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to sleep.

What is the recommendation for cases of acne that last more than a week?

In these cases, it is worth visiting the dermatologist, especially if the condition is accentuated with the appearance of new pimples. You can wash your skin with soaps that contain acids, such as glycolic or salicylic, for example; tone with an astringent product, with bactericidal actives; and use creams that treat acne, with actives such as Acneol SR (sebum-regulating, anti-inflammatory and healing action), benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. But, because they are acids, it is worth the recommendation of a dermatologist. The application of lasers to deflate the skin also has efficient results in reducing oiliness.

What is the risk of bursting the spine?

Especially after a week, there is an important alert for people who want to get rid of the pimple and decide to “pop it”: “It is not indicated to squeeze, as it worsens inflammation, increasing redness and making healing more difficult, causing stains and scars appear. For that pimple where you see a yellow speck, a tip is to make a compress with gauze and warm green tea on the lesion for a few minutes, three times a day, to make it easier for the spine to drain naturally faster. In the evolution of acne, caviar phospholipid capsules can also be used to help control the inflammation process.

What are the treatments for severe degrees of acne?

More severe cases, with significant involvement and multiple persistent lesions, it is necessary to use oral medications with antibiotics, corticosteroids and anti-inflammatories, to control the infection and inflammation, prescribed by a dermatologist.