Treatments For Acne Vulgaris

Chris asks…

What Acne System would work best for me?

I dont really have bad bad acne but i have it sorta. I have chin and nose (mostly nose) acne. I have an oily t-zone but thats it really. Should i get AcneFree, Clean and Clear, or Biore? My parents wont let me buy proactive cause my brother used it and it was too harsh on his skin. Also if you pick biore or clean and clear could you tell me which products from that line to buy? Ok thanks!

admin answers:

His is a document i did at collage on skin care. For acute skin blemish or serious
for acute like minor spots cleanse tone and moisturize twice a day.

Your skin is your largest organ, and it does a lot more than simply prevent you from spilling out all over the place. Skin cells are constantly replacing themselves, making a journey from the inner edge of your epidermis (your skin’s outermost layer) to the outside of your skin. As a skin cell ages and approaches the skin’s surface, the dying cell flattens out. Once on the surface, it joins countless other dead skin cells and forms a protective layer that helps protect you from bacteria and viruses.

Inside your hair follicles, there are small glands producing oil called sebum. This oil mixes with skin cells in the follicle and joins them on the journey outward. But when there’s too much sebum, too many dead skin cells or something on the surface that blocks their exit from the follicle, a blockage can occur. Bacteria joins the party, and the result is acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne.

While acne usually affects teenagers and 20somethings the most, anyone of any age can get acne, even babies. Our instinctual response — picking at it, rubbing it and canceling our social engagements — doesn’t help in the least, but fortunately, there are some treatments available that can.

5 ways to treat acne

Keep Your Hands Off Your Face

Here’s a simple tip: If you want the skin on your face to look lovely, stop touching it.

Sounds easy, right? Well, good luck with that. Most of us aren’t aware of how often we touch our faces. We relieve itches, wipe our lips and scratch our ears. Once you pay attention to how often you paw at your face, you may feel downright feral.

Hands are the body’s primary tool to interact directly with the world around us. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but the world is pretty dirty. Sweat, grime and oil (not to mention bacteria and viruses) spread from person to person through use of frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, store counters and gas station pump handles.

Needlessly touching your face at some point in the day is inevitable, so try to wash your hands throughout the day as well.

Wash Your Skin Twice a Day

Taking a moment to thoroughly (but gently) wash your face is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent breakouts. Grime and grease build up on your face all day, and residue from cigarette smoke, air pollution and daily living winds up there, too.

Don’t go overboard with the washing, however. Twice a day should do it — once in the morning, and once at the end of your day. Use a clean washcloth, warm water and a mild soap or cleanser. This simple regimen will be effective at ridding your skin of dust, dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria. You don’t want to dry out your face by stripping away all of its oil, and you can do more harm than good by agitating or weakening your skin by scrubbing too hard.

Work Up a Sweat

You knew working up a good sweat was good for your fitness, but you might not have known it’s also good for your skin.

A great way to improve your skin’s appearance — not to mention your physical, mental and emotional health — is to get some regular exercise. Half-an-hour’s worth of exercise three to four times a week is preferable, but any amount is better than none.

Stress prompts your skin to crank up oil production, so anything you can do to reduce stress (taking a yoga class, for example) helps with breakouts. Working out also restores order to fluctuating hormone levels, which in turn reduces sebum production in the follicles.

That’s not the only skin benefit you get from exercise — sweating helps clear out your pores, ushering those dead skin cells to the surface where they can’t cause as much trouble.

Loosen Up When You’re Working Out

We’re all familiar with acne on our faces, but some of us break out pretty much anywhere on our bodies. One major cause of this is acne mechanica, a form of acne caused by friction, heat, and constant contact between skin and clothing or athletic gear. Headbands and helmets are likely to cause acne on the hairline, and chin straps will leave their mark as well. If you have athletic gear that rubs against your skin, try loosening it up or removing it during those times it’s not in use.

Many jogging suits or yoga outfits can cause acne problems as well. This is usually because they’re too snug-fitting or made of synthetic fibers. Switch to looser-fitting clothes made of cotton, and you should soon start to see an improvement in your skin.

Don’t Forget to Shower

Perhaps the only thing that feels better than going to the gym is leaving it. With that post-workout endorphin high still lingering, it’s easy to wrap up a workout, go home and find a comfortable place to collapse. But when you get comfy making dinner or checking your e-mail, you’re forgetting something important.

Susan asks…

how long does it take for argan oil to get rid of acne?

My mom used a sample of argan oil and said it got rid of any blemishes she had within three days. She went out and bought a bottle and I’ve been using it for the past three nights to help fight with my mild acne. I REALLY want this stuff to be my holy grail. I hate covering up zits and feeling ugly because I have acne. How long does it typically take to start combating against breakouts? Thanks!

admin answers:

Hi kaitlin! I hate acne too. I’ve struggled with it for years. I’ve never used argan oil but I hope it works for you.

Although i can’t answer your question, i thought i’d share something with you that may help!!

Have you ever heard of steaming your face? Take a pot of water, and put it on the stove on medium-low heat. Once it starts steaming, place your face above the steam. This really opens up your pores and helps clean them. This worked very well for me.

I usually steam my face, wash it, apply proactiv step 3 (benzyl peroxide treatment) and then steam my face while the proactiv is on my face. I feel as if this helps the medicine really get in my pores to kill the acne vulgaris or whatever acne-causing bacteria is called. I steam my face whenever i want to get rid of acne fast.

Perhaps you can try this method with the argan oil? Maybe it will help get deeper into your pores, thus speeding up the healing proccess.

Good luck!

Also, steaming too much can dry out your face! If you notice dry patches, stop steaming until they go away.

Daniel asks…

how can i get rid of acne and scabbed acne?

I have some acne some near my mouth 1 just on like the tip of my nose which is extremely annoying and some on my cheeks how could i get rid of acne it really bothers me. I know this sounds weird from a guy but kind of an eye sore. if you know what i mean….

I know i asked this before like 2 mins ago but i spelled acne wrong so bear with me.

admin answers:

- hey Ryan !
- I have a book here called 1,801 Home Remedies
- Trustworthy treatments for everyday health problems.
- I’ll write everything down for U, so bare with me okay.
- Acne:
- If scientist can decipher the human genome, U’d think they could find a way 2 eradicate acne.
- No suck luck.
- It’s up 2 U 2 deal with the outbreaks that can damage U’re pride of appearance long after teenage angst past.
- When a pimple rears it’s ugly black, white, or red head, over-the-counter products can help.
- But so can simple remedies from Mother Nature’s medicine chest.
What’s wrong ?
- U’re skin is producing 2 much sebum (the thick oily substance that acts as a natural lubricant) & the excess is blocking U’re pores.
- There R 2 kinds of acne.
- The most common form “acne vulgaris” shows up on U’re face, chest, shoulders or back as blackheads, whiteheads or red blemishes.
- “Cystic acne” appears as painful cysts or firm painless limps.
- Fluctuating hormones caused by puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause or birth-control pills often increase the production of sebum, which can trigger an outbreak of either type.
- Other culprits include emotional stress, clothing that rubs against the skin & some drugs (such as steroids).
- Genetics may also play a role.
- Zap Zits Now:
- The first avenue of assault is an over-the-counter cream or gel formulated with “benzoyl peroxide”.
- It works by mildly irritating the skin, which encourage dying skin cells 2 flake off.
- This helps reopen clogged pores.
- Benzoyl peroxide also kills the bacteria that infect clogged pores.
- Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHAs), such as glycolic acid, slough off the outermost layer of skin, which helps keep pores clean & unclogged.
- Opt for a cream, lotion or gel that contains 8% glycolic acid.
- At the first hint of a pimple, wrap an ice cube in a piece of plastic wrap & hold it 2 the area at least twice a day, every hour if U can, but no for no longer than 5 minutes each time.
- The cold will reduce the redness & ease the inflammation.
- Pop an aspirin or 2 :
- Taking 1 or two 325 milligram tablets 4 times a day can help calm an acne outbreak by reducing inflammation. (check with U’re doctor before taking aspirin regularly.)
- Try Alternative Acne Treatments:
- 3 times a day, dab a drop of tea-tree oil on blemishes 2 discourage infection & speed healing.
- Research has found that 5% tea-tree oil is as effective against acne as a 5% benzoyl peroxide solution.
- Dab vinegar or lemon juice on pimples.
- All vinegars contains acids that can help flush out pores & so does lemon juice.
- An old folk remedy for healing pimples is 2 use a mixture of spice & honey on them.
- Combine 1 teaspoon powdered nutmeg & 1 teaspoon honey & apply it 2 the pimple.
- Leave on for 20 minutes, then wash off.
- There’s no proof that this hyelps, but honey does have antiseptic properties.
- Apply aloe vera:
- 1 study found that 90% of skin sores were completely healed with aleo vera within 5 days.
- Think zinc:
- People with acne tend 2 have lower than normal zinc levels.
- Zinc supplements produce visible improvement in about a third of people who take them.
- U’ll need high doses though (between 200 & 600 milligrams daily), so take it only under U’re doctor’s supervision.
- The Power Of Prevention:
- If U keep skin free of dirt & axcess oil (the thinking goes) perhaps U’re pores will never get clogged.
- But over-cleansing can cause acne by making U’re sebaceous glads produce more oil.
- Forgo granulated cleansers & avoid washcloths, cuz they can be abrasive & can accumulate bacteria if U reuse them.
- Instead, use a disposable cleansing cloth or cotton pads.
- Make a skin-cleansing solution 2 help clear up blackheads.
- Add 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt & 3 drops of iodine 2 one-half cup of water & bring 2 a boil & then let cool.
- Dip in a clean cotton pad & use it 2 clean the pores.
- Men; rince U’re razor in alcohol after U use it so any bacteria it harbors won’t transfer itself 2 u’re face.
- 2 Squeeze or Not 2 Squeeze:
- If U absolutely, positively must squeeze U’re blemishes, here’s the dermatologist-approved method (& this is only valid for whiteheads)
- Clean the area well.
- light a match & hold the tip of a needle in the flame for 3 seconds.
- Then gently nick the surface of the pimple.
- Use a cotton swab 2 drain it, then clean it with hydrogen peroxide, if U wish.
- But don’t squeeze or pick, cuz U’ll make it worse.
- 2 “squeeze” a blackhead, use a blackhead extractor, available in drugstores.
- Soften the blemish with a hot-water compress for 10 minutes before U use it, & wash U’re hands beforehand 2 reduce the chances of infection.
- Well…..
- ther U R dude.
- That’s all she wrote, lol.
PS: I find that if I wash my face with a goat’s milk soap when I first jump in the shower, it will remove all the dirt, oil & dead skin.
- then after I’m done my shower & just before I get out, I wash my face with some “St. Ives” clear pore cleanser.
- then I dry off & use a “neutrogena deep clean invigorating dual action toner”
- U’ll be amaze on just how clear U’re face will become.
- good luck & chow bro !

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