Your Options in Treating Acne

If you notice, there are three basic causes of acne that both homemade or natural treatments and prescription therapy focus on.

They are: unclogging pores, killing surface bacteria, and minimizing or eliminating oil.

Treating Acne

Opening the pores:
Wash your face with mild cleansers. Facial wash will keep the skin clean and minimize sensitivity and irritation.

A variety of exfoliating cleansers and masks can also be helpful to open pores.

The said products contain either fine granules to exfoliate dead skin cells or salicylic acid in a low concentration mild enough as a peeling agent.

The purpose of these products is to remove the outer layer of the skin to help the pores breathe.

Glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids in low concentration can provide peeling.

Natural counterpart: Retinol
It is a fat-soluble antioxidant vitamin, a derivative of vitamin A that can promote exfoliation.

Retinol can be used to remove the outer layer of the skin to unclog pores or diminish acne scars. Killing the acne-causing bacteria.

A wide array of anti-acne cleansers contain benzoyl peroxide. They come in various forms ranging from gels to lotions, which are topically applied to the affected area.

Active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and resorcinol can kill surface bacteria.

A word of caution, Benzoyl peroxide is bleach; chemicals may cause skin irritation or allergy.

A doctor may prescribe antibiotics depending on the severity of your case.

Do not self medicate with antibiotics. Always consult with a doctor.

Natural Counterpart:
Moroccan Argan oil Argan oil has been long believed to help in treating various skin problems including acne.

However, it is important to note that there hasn’t been scientific studies done on this matter to prove this.

Argan oil may be believed to help in clearing the skin of acne because of its essential fatty acids.

Essential fatty acids are believed to help lower overproduction of sebum to a manageable level. As mentioned, overproduction of sebum is one of the things blamed for acne.

Another skin benefiting nutrient found in Argan oil is Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps keep the skin moisturized.

As an antioxidant, it is presumed that Vitamin E can help protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and believed to help minimize acne scars as well as signs of skin aging.

Reducing the oiliness
The closest thing to stopping oil is by slowing down oil production with hormone-correcting medications (for severe cases only).

A less extreme measure in removing unwanted oil on the surface is using toners or astringents.

For severe cases, oral contraceptives low in estrogen or Aldactone can block androgen and treat acne.

Best to consult a doctor before using any prescribed medications.

Food for thought
Popping your own pimples, no matter how careful you are, will most likely aggravate than help.

Treating acne definitely requires perseverance and patience. All treatments may take two or even three months before seeing results.

It is important to give any regimen, natural or medicated type ample time to work before you start giving up and moving on to try a different method.

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