Alternative and complementary medicines (CAM) for acne vulgaris include alternative herbal products like ginkgo biloba, horsetail, motherwort, tea tree, magnet, ginger, Rosemary, Valerian, melatonin, and wild yam. The active ingredients in these herbs help to decrease the inflammation of the sebaceous glands and the skin itself.
They also help to prevent bacterial growth. Some of the alternative medicines for acne vulgaris include aloe vera gel, comfrey and green tea.
Cosmetic and medical peels are a relatively new acne vulgaris treatment option. In this treatment, fine lines and wrinkles are gently extracted from the face. Retinoid cream is applied over the top of the peel, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical peel or microdermabrasion is then performed. This extract is available in the form of a facial gel.
In years past, lasers were reserved for serious medical conditions, like cancer and birth defects. These types of treatments are now available for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Laser therapy is performed using pulsed light. A bright light is emitted onto the skin under a surgical device that causes a slight burn. Many doctors are now using this method to eliminate redness and hyperpigmentation around the eyes, smile lines, and mouth.
The primary active ingredient in most of the acne vulgaris meds is minoxidil, which acts on the oil gland of the skin to reduce sebum production. It was first used by a dermatologist as a treatment for patients suffering from facial psoriasis. It is a natural medication that does not have adverse side effects. Herbal extract preparations contain the active ingredient and act as a source of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals and help the body repair itself.
Supplements can also be an effective treatment of acne vulgaris. There are many oral supplements available, such as isotretinoin (Accutane), tetracycline (Furazolid), and adapalene (Baygon). These supplements are available only by prescription and are administered orally. A physician must first approve the use of such medications, since they can have a negative impact on a large area of the liver. This is one reason that dermatologists are the only qualified medical professionals who should administer any of these topical medications.
Topical ointments and creams
Topical ointments and lotions are another option for treating acne vulgaris. They are most often used to treat larger areas of facial skin or pustules. They contain salicylic acid, which helps reduce pustule size. A thick, greasy substance helps remove excess oil, dirt and bacteria. The creams and ointments must be applied directly to the affected area, although some topicals can be used as adjunctive therapy, meaning they should be used in addition to other treatment methods.