April 30, 2008 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

“Mild acne can often be cleared up simply by washing your face once or twice daily and avoiding any food or drink you think triggers an outbreak. .

All of the drugs are ‘peeling agents,’ which cause irritation and drying that help the body loosen plugs and shed dead cells. The drugs also can keep bacteria from forming, which reduces the fatty acids that contribute to acne.

What won’t work is picking at pimples. This can injure skin and underlying tissues. If you have acne that won’t clear up with home treatment, see a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating skin problems.

There are also drugs that can be prescribed for more severe cases. These include both topical and oral antibiotics such as tetracycline and erythromycin, and Retin-A (tretinoin), a derivative of vitamin A that comes in cream, gel or liquid. Another acne drug, Accutane (isotretinoin), is also derived from vitamin A. But this medication, taken by mouth, has serious side effects and isn’t for everybody.

In very rare instances, where these measures don’t work or haven’t been used before the acne causes permanent skin damage, plastic surgery can be used to smooth over deeply pitted and scarred skin.”

With the exception of perhaps plastic surgery, I think many experienced acne sufferers have tried most of the above treatments. I know I did, and some more. All the years of treatment didn’t make my acne any better. Still, I believe it must have helped some people. If you have not exhausted all the Western treatment options, I suggest you give them a try first. After all, they are scientific and methodical. In my case, I only began to look for alternative treatments after I couldn’t get satisfactory results from Western doctors.
In general, washing the face twice daily with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap would serve the purpose. Washing too often may actually make your acne worse. The washing can help cut down on the build up of the bacteria P. acnes on the skin, and reduce the amount of environmental contaminant on the skin that can act like sebum and hinder the pores in expelling dead skin cells.

Fingers are a no-no for picking pimples, but they are the best for washing our face. If a face cloth must be used, use it gently. Do not use it to scrub the face. Scrubbing irritates acne already present, increasing inflammation. It can also break the pimples open on or under the skin, creating a cyst.

A wide variety of anti-acne soaps, pastes, and cleansers contain mildly abrasive substances such as polyethylene granules or aluminum oxide. These abrasives are very popular because people believe they can use them to scrub out clogged pores. However, studies conducted on the effectiveness of these ingredients are at best inconclusive.

When choosing cleansers, take care to read the ingredients. All soaps contain a certain amount of “tallow” types of ingredients to hold the bar together. But if one of the top four or five ingredients is an “oil”, it’s better off to pass on it. Oily cleansers, if not rinsed away completely, can act as a sebum substitute and clog our pores.

After cleansing, rinse face completely, and gently pat dry with a clean towel.


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