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Tips and remedies against acne

August 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Treatment

People with acne are naturally inclined to consider specialized products to treat their problem. An acne problem is never funny because we’re all concerned about our image. OTC products sold in pharmacies and department stores are no doubt effective, but there are alternatives to treat acne.

Here are some tips to help treat acne:

  • Keep the skin clean: Skin naturally produces oils found on the outer layer of the epidermis. The purpose of these oils is to protect and moisturize the skin, but in excessive quantities they can contribute to clogged pores, triggering acne.  Soap too strong or used too often won’t do acne any good.  It will irritate the skin and the irritation will block the pores, causing the famous whiteheads and blackheads.  Washing with mild soap morning and evening is preferable.  Mild soaps specially designed for treating acne are available, for example products from brands such as Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Aveeno and Cetaphil.
  • Exfoliate the skin. The purpose of exfoliation is to remove dead skin cells, to maintain a healthy and glowing skin.  Exfoliation follows the cleaning it with mild soap.  We can exfoliate with a specific product, usually a cream or lotion containing slightly abrasive ingredients, or use a specially designed glove. Exfoliate the skin once or twice a week.  We’re not talking about scrubbing here, but about rubbing gently to avoid irritation.  Once the dead cells removed, the pores of the skin will be less likely to clog and create acne pimples.
  • Keep clear skin.1 – Always use moisturizer and makeup (powder, lotions, foundations, blushes, sunscreens) that do not contain oils.

    2 – Avoid using hair products that contain harsh chemicals (such as gels, sprays and styling products) because they are in constant contact with your face.

    3 – Check the labels and try to favor non-comedogenic products. Non-comedogenic products do not clog pores.

  • Use products specifically designed to treat acne. Several OTC products designed to ease acne contain benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient that helps eliminate bacteria that can worsen acne. It also reduces sebum secretion (one of the oils secreted by the skin), and cure acne. There are OTC creams and lotions specifically designed to treat acne. They should be applied morning and evening after cleaning with mild soap. Always check the label and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Many products to treat acne such as soaps, lotions and creams are available OTC, but some require a prescription.  If no improvement occurs after 3 or 4 weeks of using OTC products, it is appropriate to consult a dermatologist or family doctor, who can then prescribe a product best suited to your need.   Each case is unique!
  • Consult your family doctor or a dermatologist. Some very effective drugs, such as the Accutane treatment, can only be prescribed by a doctor. Some antibiotics may also help treat severe acne pimples. When they’re infected and contain pus, it may become essential to use a more targeted approach. These antibiotics treat bacteria when the dosage is strictly follows.  However the use of antibiotics can cause other problems, such as skin sensitivity to sunlight, and the resistance of bacteria and viruses. That is why antibiotics to treat acne should be used as a last resort.
  • Use an oral contraceptive. For women, taking the contraceptive pill can be a solution to the hormonal disorders causing acne. The pill regulates the menstrual cycle and helps control excessive fluctuations of hormones that can be observed in adolescent girls. Of course, this treatment is reserved only for the fairer sex! Hormonal acne is more difficult to treat, because even if we pay attention to what we eat and drink, even if we keep the skin clean with adapted products, the disorder is there and can bring the acne pimples back any time. Acne and hormones often go hand in hand!
  • Pay attention to diet and exercise. Eating a balanced diet, less fat, lots of fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water has always been one of the secrets to beautiful skin! Exercise also helps to oxygenate the body and favors blood circulation, an important factor to have a healthy skin.
  • Girls should take good care of their makeup accessories. Brushes, sponges, cases and everything needed to make you look beautiful should always be spotless.  Wash brushes and other equipment with mild soap once a week helps remove oils and other remnants of makeup.  Rubbles that can eventually clog the skin pores and cause acne. Cleanliness is a good remedy against acne.

Of course you should always refrain from scratching the acne pimples to prevent scars. The lifestyle is not always involved in triggering acne breakouts. Most of the time the cause is hormonal it takes a little help form adapted products to get rid of it.  Do not hesitate to consult a doctor or a dermatologist should the problem grow out of control!

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