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Remedies for Nodular Acne

I have known of some people who are suffering from various skin problems such as rashes, pimples or acne, which cause them to be less confident about themselves. I even have a classmate in my master’s class who really spend a significant amount of her budget on creams and ointments just to get rid of acne. Thankfully, I don’t have to deal with serious skin problems until now. But one of my greatest fears is to have nodular acne because I have seen how disturbing it can become if a person has it especially on the face.

Acne nodules are inflammatory acne lesions that can spread all over the skin when there is a severe acne breakout. These nodules are large bumps under the skin which can be painful and difficult to treat. They can also last long and may cause acne scars in the end. Aside from the face, acne nodules may also develop in other parts of the body where there is an abundance of sebaceous follicles. They may also appear on the chest, back, neck, face and in severe cases, on the arms, buttocks and thighs.

While those who have a budget normally resort to expensive treatments such as LED light therapy, there are several remedies available that are less expensive. One of them is salicylic acid peel which involves using salicylic acid as a peeling ingredient. This remedy is known to help improve the skin texture of patients with acne. Although it should be done with a doctor’s supervision, you can also do it at home with some safety precautions.

There are also acne medications that can help reduce swelling of the acne nodules. One of them is cortisone which is injected into the acne nodules to control shriveling and avoid scarring. I have also known of oral corticosteroids that can also be used to get rid of acne. And of course, there are topical products containing active ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide which can help shrink the nodules. In some instances, stronger antibiotics may also be administered to kill acne-causing bacteria.

Aside from conventional medications, you may also be able to benefit from using natural remedies such as herbs that contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Natural remedies can also be as effective as commercial treatments and they are also less expensive and generally leave no side effects. Among the known natural remedies you can try are aloe vera and tea tree oil extracts. You can directly apply them on the affected area to promote healing.

I have also known of people who use honey, green tea and ginger to treat their acne, but I am not sure about how they use these products. They are normally prepared as a paste which is then directly applied on the skin.

Different remedies may have different effects on people. One remedy may be effective on one person but not on another. If one remedy does not work for you, you could always with caution try another. Personally, I prefer a natural remedy because it leaves no side effects. But then again, it is a personal choice you have to make.