Most people look at acne as just a teenage problem.  Or even if it affects adults, it is still just a cosmetic nuisance.  But in reality, acne can become a serious medical issue that in some cases can lead to dangerous medical conditions. By knowing when to seek medical attention, you can avoid some of the major problems associated with acne.

The biggest mistake that people make is to think that acne is just a cosmetic issue.  Acne is actually a form of skin infection.  If not treated properly, it can lead to a greater infection, inflammation or scarring.

When you first get a pimple, the first thing you should do is to clean the area with a mild facial cleanser.  By doing this, you can eliminate any pollutants that could cause an additional breakout.  Next, you should choose a product to lessen the length of the breakout.   Most people will use a chemical product like salicylic acid to treat their acne, while many will opt for an herbal or all natural treatment.  You should try both to see which one is better for you.

No matter the course of treatment you choose, you should give it a few weeks to work.  If in 3 to 4 weeks you don’t see a noticeable improvement in your skin or the acne spreads, it is time to seek medical attention.  A dermatologist will look at the breakout and determine if it is just simple acne or if it is something more serious.  In any case, the dermatologist will have access to stronger products to fight your acne. You may be prescribed a different topical substance to put on your face.  If the infection is a little more widespread, you may need to take some oral antibiotics.   Either way, your dermatologist will discuss all options with you and together you can decide on the best course of action.

For most people, acne is just a minor problem that will go away in a few weeks.  For some, acne signals a more serious medical issue.   Treating acne is easy once you know how quickly it should go away and what you should do to rid yourself of acne.