No matter how diligently you stick to your skin care routine, or how often you wash the makeup off your skin before bed, you are bound to experience a few surprise breakouts. Of course, they always appear at the exact wrong time (before a big presentation, days before your wedding, the morning of professional photos…) so it is smart to have a few tricks up your sleeve for getting rid of acne quickly. The best method is to visit a dermatologist to begin a simple topical acne regimen if you have even very mild acne. By using an acne-fighting cream every evening (many are even anti-aging!) you will avoid many of those surprise visitors in the morning.
So, what’s the best treatment to get rid of acne?
The single best quick fix for acne is to visit your dermatologist for a cortisone injection. This miracle acne treatment uses a tiny needle to inject a small amount of anti-inflammatory medication directly into the pimple. This medication, a diluted concentration of a medication similar to cortisone, is called triamcinolone. Since pimples are essentially an inflammatory reaction of the skin, caused as a reaction to acne bacteria, placing a small amount of this medication directly into the pimple helps to flatten out the inflammatory response. The result is a flattened pimple within 24 hours, for most people. Unlike many topical acne spot treatments, there is no irritation or dryness associated with the treatment; your skin will look exactly the same when you walk out of the dermatologist’s office as when you walked in. This is undoubtedly the secret behind the flawless skin on every celebrity’s face as they walk the red carpet at big events.
Other effective acne treatment options
If you are experiencing more than just an unexpected pimple, and have a more widespread breakout on your skin, you should ask your dermatologist about undergoing an Isolaz laser treatment. The Isolaz laser works in two ways simultaneously; it uses a gentle vacuum to clean out the pores and a broad-spectrum light to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation on the skin. Although a series of Isolaz laser treatments is best for long-term improvement of acne, one strong treatment can be very effective at reducing the appearance of an acne flare.
What about treatments for blackheads and whiteheads?
For comedonal acne (more commonly referred to as blackhead and whiteheads), the best quick fix for acne is to visit a medical esthetician for extractions. The esthetician can manually remove the tiny blackheads and whiteheads that form on your skin, and may even recommend a chemical peel following the extractions for further clearance of clogged pores on the skin. The effects of medical extractions can be appreciated immediately; the blackheads and whiteheads treated will be gone by the time you leave the office.
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