Clear Acne In 4 Weeks

Donald asks…

What are my changes of growing out of acne?

I’m 16 years old and have mild acne. Neither of my parents had acne as teenagers or adults. Do I have a chance of growing out of this thing?

admin answers:

You will most likely grow out of it for the most part. I had mild acne as a teenager (my parents both had acne as teenagers, and still, at nearly 50, have occasional breakouts), but now I’m 28 and I only break out once in a while, when I’m really stressed, or when the seasons change and my skin has to adjust to the climate. :) Some things you can do to keep your skin at its clearest in the mean time are:

1. Exfoliate with a mild scrub a few times a week. I like to use baking soda with my regular cleanser. Be gentle though! You’ll irritate you skin and make your breakouts worse if you are too rough.

2. Moisturize. The mistake a lot of people with acne make is to think they don’t need a moisturizer, but using an oil-free moisturizer with salicylic acid (like Clean & Clear) will help your skin stay moist and help your dead skin cells slough off so they don’t clog you pores.

3. Drink lots of water! Dehydration is brutal on your complexion!

4. Change your pillow case (and sheets if you have below-the-neck breakouts) at least once a week, twice is better. And use 100% cotton pillow cases. I like to use old t-shirts because they are soft and cozy, and the fabric lets your skin breathe. Also, don’t use fabric softener on your pillow cases. The chemicals can clog your pores and irritate your skin.

Hope this helps!

William asks…

How to clear up acne, with at home products?

Lately, my forehead has been breaking out so bad & also my right cheek .
It’s been bugging me because.. I just hate pimples, as does everyone else.
Does anybody know some at-home products that could help cure or prevent acne or blackheads & such ? :)

admin answers:

Lemon Juice Applied Directly to Acne

Lemon juice contains one of the AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids which is citric acid. It works by sloughing off dead skin, promoting skin elasticity, and enabling new skin cell growth rise from underneath. It also flushes out pores and keeps your skin feeling fresh and bright.

Lemon Juice Topical Recipe / Instructions

1. Ensure your skin is clean.
2. Squeeze 1 teaspoon of lemon juice into a small bowl. Use a cotton ball to soak up some juice. Dilute it with water if it burns.
3. Dab the juice onto your pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples.
4. Leave on over night and rinse in the morning. Apply it again (under your makeup if you’re female).
5. If you find the lemon juice too strong too leave on, even diluted with water, wash it off after 10 minutes in cold water.

Expect improvements with this remedy after about 2 weeks. At this time, add a gentle cleanser with glycolic acid, like B. Kamins cleanser for normal to oily skin combination.

It is possible that your acne is only one symptom of your body not receiving enough nutrients, vitamins, minerals or liquids. Therefore, consider detoxifying your body, which gets to the root cause of many diseases, including acne.

The e-book, Acne no More is an excellent read about the power of detoxifying your system, and learning how to care for your body the right way. I highly recommend it.

Lemon Juice Drink for Acne

You can use the lemon juice remedy for internal cleansing or detoxifying of the liver and for absorption of important minerals and vitamins. This drink is one of the healthiest juices for your skin and body that is refreshing, easy to drink, and simplest to make.

In fact, it has so many health benefits aside from clearing acne, that everyone (who isn’t allergic) should be drinking it. This remedy’s benefits include:

* eliminating acid waste because it contains minerals (potassium, Vitamin C),
* alleviating constipation,
* cleansing the liver with citric acid and building up enzymes to eliminate blood toxins,
* aiding in digestion
* removing kidney and pancreatic stones, and
* removing calcium deposits in the body.

Recipe for cleansing acne:

Lemon Juice Remedy Variation #1:

1. Squeeze 1 lemon into glass or bottle.
2. Add 2 cups of water (8oz each).
3. Drink the juice throughout the day.

Lemon Juice Remedy Variation #2:

1. Squeeze 1 lemon 1 cup (8oz) of warm filtered or boiled water.
2. Drink it first thing in the morning.
3. Don’t drink or eat for half an hour after to allow the juice to cleanse your body.

James asks…

How do I get rid of the acne on my back?

Ive been getting some acne on my back, its not like bad its few a few but it bothers me just knowing its there, how do I get rid of it?

admin answers:

You can start by purchasing an acne-fighting body wash containing salicylic acid, such as Neutrogena Body Wash. It comes in a bar or a bottle, and you just wash over the affected area with it, then wash the rest of your body with your normal soap. Salicylic acid is an acne-fighting medication that breaks down the keratin protein in skin, which eventually results in stripping away old skin cells on the top layer of the skin which may get stuck and clog your pores, causing acne to develop. It also helps loosen up the stuff caught in your pores that causes blackheads and pimples, allowing that junk to get out of your skin and clear out your pores.

If salicylic acid containing products don’t work, you can try something with a more powerful acne fighting ingredient, benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is sold over the counter at lower concentrations, around 2-3%, or as a prescription product at slightly higher concentrations, around 5%. Benzoyl peroxide reaches deeper into your pores and kills the bacteria deep in your skin that cause acne in the first place. It tends to be more effective on moderate to severe acne than salicylic acid just because it reaches deeper into your pores, unlike salicylic acid which is mostly topical in nature, not so deep reaching.

But it is also more irritating to skin and has a greater incidence of rash, drying, flakiness, redness of skin, etc. Than salicylic acid. Also, benzoyl peroxide tends to bleach out everything it touches if it isn’t rinsed out well. That means if you get it in your hair, it could potentially bleach part of your hair, or your towels, clothes, etc.

If your acne isn’t all that bad (and from the way you describe it, it doesn’t sound too bad) then I would suggest that you start with a salicylic acid containing body wash or scrub, and just use it on the parts of your back where you have acne. Try it for a few weeks and see if it helps. It won’t work overnight, you have to give it some time. If it hasn’t helped after 3-4 weeks, then look for a product with benzoyl peroxide and give that a shot. Just be careful to keep your hair away from your back while you’re using it, otherwise you might accidentally bleach your hair. If none of the above helps, talk to a dermatologist.

Good luck!

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