Acne Treatments For Men

Donald asks…

I’m a 57 year old man with red spots and white heads on my face any ideas about herbal supplements or cures?

I thought I had Rosacea but it’s more like normal acne. I’ve had laser and IP treatments, creams and oral antibiotics, with minimal improvement.

admin answers:

The redness of rosacea is often aggravated by involuntary blushing, and repeated episodes of flushing and blushing may promote inflammation, causing small red bumps that often resemble common acne.

Whether you have rosacea or not, There’s certainly ways to keep the condition under control and less noticeable!

Here are a few helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion:

- avoid touching your face throughout the day (dirt & grease etc.. On your hands can leave bacteria on your face and add to clogging the pores)
- try to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
- try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions)
- drink green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
- eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
- avoid spicy foods and greasy foods
- find out what your own personal food “triggers” are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and/or acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate their skin)
- avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more inflammation)
- drink water throughout the day
- have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
- only use gentle, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
- avoid scented soaps and creams
- try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you’re not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
- try using face lotion containing certified green algae (use lotion, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
- avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 – 30 spf)

You can try increasing your omega 3′s by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil.
Fennel seeds, Flax seeds and Flax seed Oil supplements also act as anti-inflammatories.
Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically.

Mary asks…

Is there a different prescription of birth control for acne?

I’ve been taking prescription birth control, beyaz, for acne for a few years now. Someone recently told me that the prescription for acne is not the same as just for birth control. Seeing as I was already prescribed to birth control for acne, I didn’t think I needed a different prescription for birth control.. Just wondering if anyone knows if this is true or not? Please help!!

admin answers:

There are several b-controls that can be prescribed specifically for acne (Yaz, Allesse, Ortho tri, Lo Estren Fe, Diane 35 etc), but really, it’s all dependent upon what b-control works with you. If you’ve been taking yours for years and your acne has cleared up then it’s working; if it’s not cleared up, or it’s gotten worse then consider switching to either a higher or lower estrogen pill depending on what you’re on now (you will want to switch to the opposite spectrum). Also keep in mind, sometimes b-control doesn’t help acne for a lot of people (i am one of them–i have tried many b-controls and it only ever increased my acne).

Maybe you are thinking of Spiro? One hormonal treatment that can be prescribed for acne is Spironolactone. This is not a b-control but an anti-androgen that can help with acne because it stops the overproduction of androgens (androgens are basically the “acne” hormone in both men and women). I am on it and it seems to work for me (took 3 months to see any results though). BTW, the b-control Yaz also contains 50mgs of this, which is another reason it’s one of the b-controls used to treat acne (you can take spiro with any b-control though).

Jenny asks…

How can steroids permanently affect my friend?

One of my friends has done steroids a couple yrs ago and i think it stunted his growth, gave him acne, and more body hair. Will he ever grow taller and have the other symptoms go away?? Also how long does someone have to take them before they start working?

admin answers:

Hi

I have found some interesting info…

Steroid abuse can lead to serious, even irreversible health problems. Some of the most dangerous among these include liver damage; jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids); fluid retention; high blood pressure; increases in LDL (“bad” cholesterol); and decreases in HDL (“good” cholesterol). Other reported effects include renal failure, severe acne, and trembling. In addition, there are some gender- and age-specific adverse effects:
For men—shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts, increased risk for prostate cancer
For women—growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness, changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle, enlargement of the clitoris, deepened voice
For adolescents—stunted growth due to premature skeletal maturation and accelerated puberty changes; risk of not reaching expected height if AAS is taken before the typical adolescent growth spurt

There has been very little research on treatment for anabolic steroids abuse. Current knowledge derives largely from the experiences of a small number of physicians who have worked with patients undergoing steroid withdrawal. They have learned that, in general, supportive therapy combined with education about possible withdrawal symptoms is sufficient in some cases. Sometimes, medications can be used to restore the balance of the hormonal system after its disruption by steroid abuse. If symptoms are severe or prolonged, symptomatic medications or hospitalization may be needed.

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