There aren’t very many prescription or over the counter medications to deal with these skin conditions. The most important thing to do is check suspicious skin issues by a dermatologist. If it's harmless, the condition can remain on your face with no consequences aside from cosmetic ones. Therefore, there aren’t prescriptions to deal with these benign skin lesions. If its dangerous, then the next step can be advised with priority treatment as a medical emergency.
While home remedies have taken on popularity, there are little to no studies confirming the effectiveness of such treatments. In some cases, it might even do more harm than good considering their minimal effectiveness versus the unknown side effects they could have on your body. It’s best to follow the medical advice of a dermatologist because they know what will or will not treat the disease. Here are some popular home remedies that you should be careful with:
- Tea Tree Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Over the Counter Medication
While some over the counter (OTC) medications are effective enough to be given as prescriptions, other OTC medications have limited effects on disease. They might help for mild to moderate cases, but they aren’t usually effective on severe ones. If used incorrectly and without guidance, they might even prove to be ineffective and produce unforeseen side effects. However, a dermatologist can tell you whether or not these can be effective for you. Here are some OTC medications that may or may not be included in a treatment plan given by one of our dermatologists:
- Chemical peels – Exfoliates skin to increase skin cell turnover to bring healthier skin up which could take care of certain growths like actinic keratoses.
Prescriptions, alongside professional medical advice, are the most effective form of treatment. Home remedies and over the counter treatments take plenty of time, energy, and money, yet are uncertain to work. Our experienced dermatologists take your unique skin, set of symptoms, and medical history into account to take the guessing game out of your road to recovery. Here are some prescriptions your dermatologist might include in your personalized treatment plan:
- Topical therapy – Chemotherapy drugs and other topical medications stunts growth or breaks down abnormal tissue from actinic keratoses.
If you have a suspicious growth, it’s important to seek the advice of a dermatologist to find the next steps. If your growth is determined to be dangerous, it might be best to have the growth removed by a dermatologist and have it heal with minimal damage to the look of your skin. Our dermatologists can help you determine what is the right course of action for your situation. Never worry about a suspicious growth again. See one of our dermatologists to put your mind and body at ease.
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