Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Persistant Acne

Getting rid of acne

There are many different levels of acne. Some teenagers get just a few pimples here and there, some have moderate acne and then there are some with severe acne.

The question is, how do you get rid of the severe acne. Research on the topic leads me to believe that the underlying cause of acne can be different in each person.

Diet can be an important factor that contributes to any type of acne. Sugar is a known contributor to the development of acne. If you can cut out sugar, or most of it, from your diet every day, you will probably be doing yourself a favor in the long run.

Have you tried any acne medications recently that have worked for you? Why not leave a comment and let us know about it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Acne products at the drugstore

Drugstore Dilemmas

Every time I go down the acne products aisle at the drugstore, I am drawn by all the wild claims on each of the products. This is in addition to remembering advertisements for the various products in all the magazines.

I can recall quotes from satisfied consumers and the product company--for example, "my acne disappeared in 1 day" or "Drastic improvements in 1 day only"

I know for a fact that most of these products will not work or even come close to making true their claims. I have a bathroom full of these products, along with empty pockets from paying anywhere from $10-50 per product.

So where does that leave the consumer? Have you ever returned a product that didn't live up to the claims and guarantees? Probably not very many people actually return products. The companies probably count on most people not returning product.

So, stay tuned until we find the cure-all product for acne. We'll be walking advertisements for it.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Natural Acne Treatments

Treating Acne

Acne is a very troublesome issue that many teens have to deal with. If you do a little bit of research on acne you will discover that there are many different causes and triggers for acne. Research is ongoing and nothing is for certain, but a little bit of information can go a long way to help clear up acne.

The natural method involves many inexpensive over-the-counter products. Here is a list of several that are recommend. This info is use at your own risk. Always consult with your medical doctor before undertaking any new treatment method.

1. Tea Tree Oil. Make a mixture of 1 part tree tree oil to 10 parts water (you can experiment with the solution to get the right mix) and apply the solution to your acne 3 times a day. This mixture seems to do the same thing as many over the counter acne creams, except it doesn't dry the skin as much.

2. The castor oil method. Some dermatologists recommend this method. At night, heat up a medium size bowl of water and exposed your face to the steam for 10 minutes. Then apply castor oil to your acne before bed.

3. Taking supplements. Some acne research indicates that the cause of acne is a bacteria or yeast. Taking a garlic tablet and an acidopylus (sp?") supplement can help to cause the bacteria that may be causing acne.

Of course, results will vary with the natural treatments. Some people have results with the over the counter acne creams and ointments and some people have had results with the natural treatments.

The rule is, if what you are doing works to reduce or eliminate acne, then keep doing it!