Acne Treatments

Ken asks…

What acne treatment would you recommend?

I use Proactiv, but I’m done with them. I don’t like how they force you to pay for a new set on their time. I also think the price is insane. I want a cheaper acne treatment that works. I’ve been looking around and of course there is always mixed reviews. I was hoping a few people could give me feedback on what works for their skin. Thank you.

admin answers:

I have very sensitive skin and a lot of the products out there were either too irritating for me (I turned bright red) or they didn’t work (acne continued) or they were just too expensive. So, I know how you feel. Fortunately, I figured out that you really don’t need to spend a lot of money to control acne. There are just a few things to remember:

First, make sure you cleanse at least once a day(body) and wash your face in the morning and at night. Don’t overdo it here (sometimes people shower more often thinking they’ll get rid of the acne by washing it away – you can actually make things worse if you strip away too much of your natural oils because your skin will respond with making more oil – causing more acne.) If, however, you sweat a lot, you may want to wash your skin again (even it it’s just with a wash cloth) – for instance, after playing sports, etc. Wash with a cleanser that YOUR skin responds to. But, do not choose a cleanser that has alcohol in it (as this also causes your skin to dry out and cause more acne). Also, avoid anything with fragrance (this was big for me).

Also, I would also exfoliate on a regular basis. Exfoliating your skin will help remove dead skin cells that get trapped because of too much sebum (oil) on your skin – causing pores to get clogged…thus forming acne. With oily skin, you should exfoliate 3-5 per week. (If you have dry or sensitive skin, only once per week; Normal skin would be everyday.)

One last thing…regarding benzoyl peroxide: In order to get good results (for most people) is to use it on a consistent basis. Usually a 2.5% concentration works for most people if you use it daily. I think it works quite well for acne. There is usually no need for higher concentrations.

Other suggestions I can provide are to drink lots of water and I know there is big debate that food doesn’t cause acne; however, it’s better to choose foods that are healthy for you – thus allowing your body to repair itself (whether from an illness or acne). No need to deprive yourself…start slow and you’ll get there.

Listen to your skin and don’t overdo it. Be as consistent as possible with your skin care regimen and you should be able to keep your acne at bay – without spending a lot of money. I hope this helps you!!

Good luck!

Steven asks…

What is a good acne treatment for dry skin?

I have mild to normal acne and some redness but I have dry skin, so most acne treatments dry out my skin badly. What is a good acne cleanser, moisturizer, and toner I could use? Please don’t answer something like proactive or any expensive products.. stick with drugstore products if you can. Oh yeah for an exfoliator I use the St. Ives green tea scrub once a week.

Thanks :) )

admin answers:

I myself have mild acne, redness and dry skin. I was recommended by my dermatologist to use CeraVe acne cleanser and moisturizer. It is working well so far and my face isn’t dry at all. That and cetaphil works well too. You can find them at Target, or your local grocery and drug store.

Mark asks…

Where i can get good information about Acne Treatment and Alternatives to Acne Treatment?

kindly suggest me some url where i can have good information about acne treatment and alternatives to acne treatment?

admin answers:

First, I understand where you’re coming from. I grew up with really bad acne, not only on my face but on my body as well. It was embarrassing and I tried everything including cleansers, creams, prescription medications, antibiotics, over the counter medications, and even shots from the dermatologist (ouch!) to get rid of it. I never did until many years later when it didn’t matter as much.


Here’s what I found out after lots of research and trial and error, the hard way.

It’s not a topical issue, it doesn’t help much to treat it from the outside, it’s an inside job. When you treat it from the outside it’s like treating the symptoms, not the cause. You’ll hear from many people that’s not the case, and it’s usually because they want you to buy their creams or lotions, and keep buying them month after month after month (or they haven’t experienced the truth). Of course, when you stop using it (as you’ve experienced) your blemishes come back… Because you’re not treating the cause. And the costs for all of these routines/drugs add up month after month.

If you think about it logically, it makes sense. Why do we get rashes, breakouts, or other skin irritations? It’s usually because of something we ate, something that wasn’t meant to be put on our skin, something that caused us stress and our body reacts to all those things.

Bottom line is that most every cause of acne is related to what you eat, how you feel and how you take care of yourself. Your skin is a reflection of what’s on the inside. We have lots of toxins building up in our systems and they have to be cleaned out on the inside and that will reflect on the outside. The blemishes, rashes, acne, etc are indications that your body is reacting to what you’re eating, to stress, toxins, chemicals, hormones… Literally a great number of things.

Basically what I did in a nutshell was clean out my system by taking out the processed and junk foods, and added as much fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet as possible. This part is key. I also started drinking a lot of water daily, starting with 3 or 4 glasses when I wake up (adding a squeeze of fresh lemon at times). I also got more active every day, walking, running, sports, jumping, whatever, just getting active. It not only gave me more energy, it help flush out the toxins that were clogging up my system.

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