Some Advice On Healing Acne
There are a number of ways to go about healing acne, and the average person may have to try several before hitting on one that seems to work well. The cause of acne is not well known although much is known about some of the contributing factors. Since the cause remains an unknown however, acne falls in to the realm of an incurable disorder, though for most people it is a temporary or transitory condition, which often goes away on its own.
Curable or not, healing acne is possible and not always difficult. There are numerous over-the-counter medications available, many of which serve to keep dead skin cells from accumulating, serve to keep pores unblocked, or help reduce the effects of excessive skin oil. These products often contain a mild antiseptic designed to keep the skin free of the harmful bacteria which contribute to acne outbreaks. Most of these over- the-counter medications contain either benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or a sulfur-based compound. Benzoyl peroxide has for many years been proven to be a safe and probably the most effective means for healing acne, its only negative side effect is that in some people it causes excessive skin dryness.
Diet And Lifestyle - Proper diet can also play a role in healing acne although there is some controversy as to whether some foods, such as sugars, as well as fatty foods, oils, and salty foods cause acne, contribute to the problem, or merely make treatment more difficult. Some say yes, and some say no, but in any event it's probably safe to say that sticking to healthier foods, and avoiding too much in the way of sugars, salts, fats, and oils. The argument often centers around the production of oil that solidifies and clogs the pores. Some contend that certain food types contribute to excessive oil production, but that has never been proven.
Lifestyle does appear to play a role in healing acne, eating healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables certainly doesn't hurt, nor does exercise. Probably the most important thing of all is cleanliness. Those with bad outbreaks of acne usually can't get by with washing their face in the morning and again before going to bed, but may have to wash several times a day, possibly using a medicated soap, to keep the acne under control.
Herbal Remedies - Herbs are sometimes touted as being very effective in healing acne. As is the case with over-the-counter medications, one may have to try various herbal remedies, either as topical applications or taken internally, before getting positive results. While herbs are generally considered safe, a word of caution is probably in order. Unlike the cremes and lotions one may purchase, herbs are for the most part unregulated, and many have side effects which can vary from insignificant to serious. Using herbs or herbal remedies for healing acne should be accompanied by some knowledge of the herbs being put to use. Another thing to take into account is the fact that what works for one person does not always work for another. Our body chemistry can differ from person to person, and the same can be said for the chemistry of the skin. By doing a little digging, and studying the effects various herbs can have on the body, it may be possible to find an herb or a combination that works well.
See A Dermatologist - Acne can be a troublesome thing, and affects some more severely and for a longer period of time than it does others. One wise approach to the problem would be to see a dermatologist who can give advice, prescribe medication, or both. Otherwise, a little research combined with a certain amount of trail an error will usually be needed before finding the right combination for healing acne. As far as acne treatment products are concerned, it's best to ignore the hype and focus on the ingredients when making a choice.