Acne Treatments That Work

Sharon asks…

How effective is Tetracycline for acne treatment?

I was wondering if the antibiotic Tetracycline would be a safe bet for acne treatment/prevention. I realize that medicines can have varying effects on different people but in generel is this druf effective? Also I have read that this drug can cause yellowing of teeth Is this true? I heard that it only occurs if teeth are not fully developed, I am 17 and have already had braces(so im guessing my teeth are fully developed).

admin answers:

Acne can often be a very tough skin condition to treat, but there are multiple ways to attack it. While tetracycline is helpful for treating acne, the best method for curing acne is to treat it aggressively with multiple simultaneous approaches.

In addition to taking an antibiotic, I would try to use a skin cleansing system like ProActive or any other creams that contain benzoyl peroxide. Also, although many studies do not show a link between acne and diet, I would also try modifying my diet by avoiding too much greasy food.

If you have severe acne that could potentially cause scarring, and other conventional treatments are unsuccessful, I would consider using isotretinoin (Accutane) as the last resort.

Carol asks…

What is the best acne treatment for fair skin?

I have very pale and sensitive skin. Also, i have redness that i would Love to get rid of! But i don’t want to spend a fortune! Is there an OTC acne treatment that really works without breaking the bank??

admin answers:

Look for face washes which contain the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide. This is the key ingredient in some of the best face washes. Use a 5-10% benzoyl peroxide of mild to moderate acne and 10% for severe.

Try smashing one tablet of aspirin in a small bowl, then adding lemon juice to the mixture. Aspirin is acetesalicylic acid, chemically related to salicylic acid. Apply to the affected areas overnight. It boosts the healing process while reducing redness.

Try putting toothpaste (paste, NOT gel) on your face, cover it with a bandage, and keep it on all night. When you wash it off in the morning your acne will look better. The astringent and surfactant nature of the toothpaste will help diminish the appearance of pimples. But the toothpaste has been known to burn sensitive skin of the face, so be careful. If your face does burn, stop acne treatments and work on healing your burn.

Try using Bentonite Clay, a natural mineral powder which has been known to absorb impurities and help neutralise the skin’s oiliness, and can be found online. Mix 2 tablespoons with a dash of cold water and smooth over the face as a thick paste. Once dried gently wipe off with a flannel or sponge.


Ken asks…

Can over the counter acne treatments expire?

I have this pump bottle of Neutrogena Acne Wash. I haven’t used it in like 4 months. Is it still good to use? And in general, can acne treatment creams expire?

admin answers:

Of course, they do. Every drug has an expiry date. Why don’t you look at the crimp. It should be there. And rather than trying OTC treatment, why don’t you go natural? I can only say this. Avoid food that is too spicy and oily. So, no french fries!!! And make it a point to change your pillow cover on a regular basis. And keep your towel clean. Use some disinfectant like Savlon while washing it. Use a good facewash suitable for your skin type and preferably a good astringent. Eat a lot of green veggies. The importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables can never be overstated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Cut down your intake of coffee and dairy products. Eat food that is rich in fiber, so that your bowel movements are regular. Eating a few bananas should help. Sleep on time. Have patience. You should see improvement in a few days. Wish you luck.

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