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You want to know real quick how to get rid of your acne (obviously) and preferably by yesterday.
Well first up, I will answer your question in just a moment and tell you what is considered the absolute and number one best home remedy for clearing up your acne at this moment in time.
After that, I’ll tell you the next best home remedies for acne alternatives in case the number one doesn’t work for you. You have to understand that your body chemistry like your finger print, is very unique which is the same as saying that everyone’s skin is different.
It means that what may work great for me might not work so well for you if at all.
The upshot is that we may both might have to try out a few alternatives before we find the one that works for us.
Anyway, next up I’ll tell you about the best over the counter acne solutions and products in terms of curative effectiveness and positive buyer reviews.
After that comes the more high tech treatment options on the market, the prescriptions medicines you’ll most likely be offered if you decide a visit to your doctor is a must and finally your therapy and surgery options when things have gotten totally out of hand!
The No1 and Best Acne Home Remedy
So what is the number one natural home remedy acknowledged by all to be the best for getting rid of your acne (also known as acne vulgaris by the way) faster than most of the competition?
The answer is Apple Cider Vinegar.
Do all the research on the net that you want and check out all the recommendation and top 10 home remedy acne cures on offer and you’ll find this particular treatment at or very near the top of every list for one simple reason, it’s effective.
But it may not be for everybody, read on to discover why.
ACV is certainly effective but it’s even more so when you combine it with one other treatment and that’s taking a zinc supplement.
Just so you know, Apple Cider Vinegar is not really recognised by the medical establishment as a proven treatment for acne.
You’ll find, if you care to look into it, that very few home remedies for any condition are approved by medical science!
But the evidence on the ground where ACV is concerned contradicts the science in many cases so the only way to know if it will work for you is to try it and see…
Lets look at Apple Cider Vinegar first and why and how you should use it.
You want to use it because Apple Cider Vinegar contains various and very useful organic acids.
Acetic acid is one and is know to have antibacterial properties.
Succinic acid is another and its claim to fame is to prevent inflammation which may in turn prevent scarring while lactic acid is helpful in naturally improving the appearance of scars resulting from acne.
Apple Cider also has keratolytic properties which means that when applied to your skin it helps in both the loosening and shedding of the horny (outer most) layer of your skin (epidermis).
This is good because in simple terms this outer layer essentially consist or is made up of dead skin cells which are regularly shed in a process called desquamation.
How you use the vinegar is straightforward but must be done with a degree of caution because it can be very irritating to the skin.
So much so in fact that it can cause chemical burns which is why you must dilute it with water with the mix being about one part vinegar to four parts water.
Even then, try it out on a tiny area of your skin first to test for potency and dilute it even more if you know or suspect you have sensitive skin.
If there is no bad effect then you can carefully experiment with a stronger solution for faster results.
Once you have the solution that’s right for you, gently apply the mixture to the skin using a cotton ball or swab (as you would a toner) and leave it there for five to twenty seconds when you first start out before rinsing it off.
Gauge the effect on your skin and if all is well, you can gradually increase the amount of time you leave it on up into the minutes, five to twenty minutes is not uncommon.
You will need to repeat this process once or even twice per day depending on results. Now lets talk about that zinc supplement.
Best Zinc Supplement For Acne
While the Apple Cider Vinegar is topical solution for the outside, Zinc works on the inside.
Zinc is a very familiar acne treatment and in fact studies into Zinc as a acne remedy revealed that more often than not, people suffering from the condition have much lower levels of Zinc in their bodies than their acne free counter parts.
Zinc plays its part in many essential body function like cell growth for example as well as hormone production and the proper workings of your immune system to name just a few.
When you buy the supplement, you are not getting the pure Zinc.
What you are getting is a substance (or compound) which contains a quantity of Zinc and this quantity or amount is referred to as elemental Zinc.
Since Zinc is available in many forms and in many products. The amount of elemental zinc in each varies but is highest in the form of zinc oxide products at well over 75%.
Studies show that there is a marked effect on reducing your acne when you consume between 30-40 milligrams of elemental Zinc daily with 40 mg being the recommended upper daily limit.
More than that requires your doctor’s involvement and supervision, with intestinal irritation and stomach pain being the typical result for those who consume excessive amounts.
At the end of each treatment use a moisturizer. Moisturizing your skin with a moisturizer designed for the purpose loosens sebum built up inside pores and so is an essential part of treating acne.
With so many home remedies and anti acne treatments on offer, it can be pretty daunting when it comes to deciding on the one that will work best for you.
But this combination of Apple Cider Vinegar and Zinc Supplement is a good place to start simply because each, individually, has an excellent reputations, established over a long period of time, for producing results.
Taken in combination, this treatment should bring you even better results as its done for many others but if it hasn’t worked for you, lets take a look at your other options as you continue searching for something that will.
Alternative and Natural Home Remedies For Acne
Tea tree oil.
Tea Tree Oil’s natural ability as an anti inflammatory is no secret.
Many who use it say that a 5% solution of Tea Tree Oil is less harsh than the equivalent solution of Benzoyl Peroxide and is every bit as effective in reducing acne but they also say that of the two, Benzoyl Peroxide is faster.
To use it, allow a few drops of the oil to fall onto a cotton bud, cotton pad or swab then dab it directly and gently on to your pimples.
It only needs a small amount to penetrate your skin where it works to;
Dry out whiteheads,
Dry out blackheads,
Dry out pimples.
Best Over the Counter Acne Treatments For Adults
Before talking about topical over the counter (OTC) remedies generally or individual products specifically, let me first tell you about the ingredients you’ll pretty much find in all of them.
Just remember as well that most of these over the counter treatments are for cases of mild acne.
This is the active component present in a lot of over the counter medications.
Benzoyl peroxide works by killing the bacteria that cause acne (Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes).
In addition it helps treat acne by exfoliating the skin and helping to get rid of excess oil and dead skin cells from your outer skin or epidermis.
These dead cell can clog pores and in doing so allow the bacteria associated with an acne outbreak to grow.
In milder cases of acne, salicylic acid is pretty much all you need. It does not stop the production of sebum (see below) like many products do nor does it kill bacteria but what it does do is help treat acne by exfoliating (washing or rubbing) the skin so as to rid it of dead skin cells that can block or clog up your pores.
Note: Sebum is an oily secretion that comes from your sebaceous glands (small glands in your skin). This secretion goes into your hair follicles where it lubricates both the follicles and your skin.
Just like benzoyl peroxide, you need to use products containing salicylic acid continuously because its effects wear off not long after you stop using it and the blocked pores and acne returns.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (aha)
Traditionally, teenagers and young people fight their pimples and acne with over the counter meds based on benzoyl peroxide.
This coupled with a reasonably decent skin care routine will go a long way in keeping the condition at bay, however…
For many people, the severity of their acne means that this approach is not enough and this is where Alpha Hydroxy Acids (which you may recognise if you have ever experienced a chemical peels) can help with harsher acne outbreaks by preventing new lesions from forming.
It’s when your skin’s sebaceous glands produce too much oil (sebum) that acne results.
Too much of it clogs your skin’s pores which then becomes the perfect environment for the bacteria that ultimately causes acne (Propionibacterium Acnes) to take up residency and proliferate massively.
Alpha hydroxy acids based products don’t stop the sebaceous glands from producing oil which would seem like the obvious thing to do to solve the problem.
But your hair follicles and skin needs the oil secreted by the glands, just not excessive amounts of it!
The Alpha Hydroxy Acid works to restore your skin by peeling off the outer layer of skin. Don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds.
The upshot of this peeling is that dead skin cells are removed during the process and your skin’s pores are de-clogged at the same time.
With the skin’s outer layer gone a nice, new and unblemished clear skin begin to emerge from beneath the old.
Sulfur – Latest Acne Care Ingredient
Sulfur is well know for its distinctly unpleasant rotten egg smell but it’s only relatively recently it acne, eczema and psoriasis curing properties has been rediscovered (after centuries of neglect) and is now finding its way into many skin care products as topical treatment for mild acne sufferers.
In action, sulfur peels the outer layer of your skin (it has keratolytic properties in other words) and as you might expect has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial (or antimicrobial) properties as well.
In plain English this means it doesn’t like bacteria generally and is very efficient at clearing out the acne causing bacteria from your skin’s pores particularly.
Sulfur does however affect the production of Sebum in your skin. Too much Sebum is the reason why some of us have such oily skin.
So Sulfur in effect dries out your skin to a degree.
Not so good in a person with healthy acne free skin but quite good for acne-sufferers because it’s the excess of Sebum that ultimately lead to a acne breakout in the first place.
The side effects of using Sulfur is that the drying out process can cause irritation and dryness which is not to the liking of many acne patients.
Because of the irritation factor, it worth consulting a dermatologist before buying into Sulphur based acne or skin care products.
A diluted variation of Sulfur is often used by dermatologists. This comes as a cream and in use is excellent as a de-scaling agent for your skin.
There is one other downside to Sulfur usage and that is the smell. It’s not nice, you’ve been warned!
Now, having discussed the ingredients you’ll find in over the counter acne treatments lets talk brand names.
Which ones are the best you should go for in terms of reputation and reliability? Let’s see…
Best acne treatment brand names
The topical acne agents supplied by brands come in the form of creams, lotions, washes, gels all of which contain ingredients to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, keep acne bacterial growth under control and fight the formation of comedones (black heads).
If you didn’t know there are two types of comedones.
Where infection causes your skin’s pores to become completely shut off from the surface, a whitehead results.
Where your pores are wide open, the oil in them is acted on by oxygen in the air (oxidization) and the oil, normally colored white changes to black, resulting in blackhead formation.
Now lets talk about the brands you should consider in your fight against acne. There are many, but here I will only speak about those that are top of the tops in terms of star rating and buyer reviews
If you read the description, this product is all singing, all dancing and will even wake you up with a nice cup of tea in the morning!
The bottom line is does it actually work? According to it’s near five star rating and over 800 buyer reviews it’s worth a try for moderate acne symptoms.
It’s active ingredients are Retinol, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid.
Retinol (also known as vitamin A1) is a yellow compound found in egg yokes, fish liver oil and in both green and yellow vegetables, to name just a few places and
Vitamin A derivatives are referred to as retonoids.
Spreading Retinol over your skin unclogs your pores which allows the other ingredients in the Truskin Natural formula to work more efficietly.
Niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3, nicotinic acid and Nicotinamide) is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient with multiple benefits for acne troubled skin and works with minimal side effects.
Hyaluronic Acid (aka HA, Hyaluronan or Hyaluronate) is the amazing “new kid on the block” skin care ingredient at this moment in time if you listen to skin care professionals, but don’t believe all you read.
The science says the jury is still out while others say that the jury is back in and it’s all good.
Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in your body where, very simply, it behaves like a lubricant in your joints does the same for your hair eyes, skin and its appearance, helping to keep it soft, supple and pliable.
It’s in your skin tissue you’ll find most of your body’s store of Hyaluronic Acid.
InstaNatural Vitamin C Skin Clearing Serum
Another in the same vein as TruSkin Natural with the same claim to being stuffed with natural and organic ingredients and, just as before, ingredients include all the usual acne cure suspects like vitamin C and Niacinamide which are antioxidants by nature.
Antioxidants are substances thought to protect your body’s cells from the damaging and degrading effects of coming into contact with oxygen, a process commonly referred to as oxidisation)
Again, the near five star review and over 6000 buyer reviews says InstaNatural may be worth a look see.
Humane Acne Wash – Very nearly a five star product based on the tried, tested and trusted Benzoy Peroxide as the active ingredient.
It’s a body and face wash but,with the Benzoy Peroxide content standing at 10% you don’t want to be using this on sensitive skin.
All the same, with over 2000 buyer reviews its been around for a while and the near enough five star rating suggests it’s to be taken seriously as a reliable treatment for mild to moderate acne breakouts.
Note: Although these are so called “natural” over the counter medications, be aware that they can have side effects and if you are a nursing or pregnant mom especially, or you’re already on medications for pre existing conditions, read the labelling with great care and even check in with your health care professional if you are not sure.
Now lets see what kind of medication is available on prescription when your acne is serious enough to warrant a visit to your doctor.
Common Prescription Acne Medication for Adults
So you’ve persevered for a long time with non-prescription over the counter acne that promised to get rid of your acne and they haven’t delivered on the promise.
So now you go to see your doctor who’s able to prescribe stronger, more potent acne treatment medications.
The following is a sample of what is available from your doctor by prescription, the list is by no means exhaustive…
Adapalene (brand name: Differin) a topical retinoid gel typically applied once each day for the treatment of mild to moderate acne.
It works to slow the build up of skin cells inside the hair follicle which might cause your pores to become clogged.
Benzoyl Peroxide (brand name: Benzac AC, Brevoxyl, Triaz, Benzaclin)
You will find that Benzoyl Peroxide is available as both an over the counter and prescription drug.
Of all the drugs available for the treatment of acne, it’s the only one able to introduce oxygen below the surface of your skin.
And since it’s impossible for bacteria to survive in the presence of oxygen, they are almost totally wiped out when Benzoyl Peroxide is present as the active agent in topical acne products.
Azelaic Acid (brand name: Azelix)
Azelaic Acid is a naturally occurring acid with anti-bacterial properties found in whole-grain bread and cereals).
It kills acne bacteria and prevents the proliferation of cells which can clog skin pores and so helps to prevents pimples and blackheads.
Dapsone (brand name: Aczone) is a sulphur compound and antibiotic which is also bacteriostatic in action (stops bacteria from reproducing).
Dapsone is used in the treatment of all sorts of skin disorders which include conditions like leprosy and nodulocystic acne. In the form of a 5% topical gel, you generally use it twice daily.
Clindamycin (brand names: Cleocin T, Clinda-derm, Clindets) is an antibiotic which you apply two times per day. It’s a topical treatment that kills the acne bacteria (P.acnes).
The good thing about prescription acne meds is that they generally work well and do so by reducing sebum oil production, accelerating skin cell turnover, disposing of the acne bacteria which causes the infection and or reducing inflammation which prevents your skin from developing scarring issues.
The bad thing is that with the majority of prescription acne drugs, it can be up to between four and eight weeks before you see any kind of improvement in your skin condition which is quite likely to worsen before it gets better.
Now lets look at the high-tech gadgets and gismos available right now which promise to sort out your acne issues almost overnight (they don’t)…
Acne Therapy – High Tech Treatment Alternatives
One high tech alternative to over the counter medicines and home remedies are the lamp or laser acne treatment which can be used to treat mild to moderate acne and |Dermabrasion is one such treatment option.
Basically the top layer of skin is removed using a laser (a low tech wire brush specially designed for the job can achieve the same thing).
Another way is using a laser to apply heat to the Sebaceous (oil producing) Glands beneath your skin causing them to reduce markedly in size and so produce less Sebum oil and all done without affecting the epidermis (the most outer layer of your skin).
At this point let me say that lasers or other light treatment for acne are not miracle cures!
Even when the laser is being handles by a skilled dermatologist result can vary and it’s always best to go in for a series of treatments rather than a one-off and even then it will take time to see any improvement.
Be mindful as well, that high tech acne laser treatments still come with low tech side effects. Redness and swelling being the most common.
A laser is a sophisticated light treatment technology of course and the lasers used to treat acne comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes and that includes the light each produces.
So it’s not a case of one size fits all in the field of acne laser therapy.
Visible light lasers for instance use blue or red lights while other lasers use a combination of the two.
These lasers are typically used to treat pimples only.
They are ineffective against blackheads, white heads or acne cysts and, having been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you will generally find them in homes but they are not as powerful as the ones the professionals use.
Using home lasers of this type does not guarantee you anything.
The plain fact is that they’ll work for some people and not at all for others but if you don’t mind taking your chances (and having read the instructions very carefully) you’ll discover that investing anything up to an hour of your time every day, two times per day for up to five weeks (at least) may get you the desired results (maybe).
Infrared light treatment, just like the visible light lasers are FDA approved for treating pimples on all areas of your body including your back of course but are ineffective against cysts, nodules, blackheads and whiteheads.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Now this a treatment generally used to eradicate abnormal cells and amongst its very many uses is the treatment of certain types of cancers. It’s also used in the fight against warts and is showing great promise in treating acne.
In a two stage process, a light sensitive medication in the form of a cream is applied to your skin. But it can also be injected or offered to you as a drink.
As a cream it remains on your acne-prone skin for anything up to up to 3 hours. In fact you, may even be asked to go home and return up to days later. For all this time the medication is building up inside the abnormal cells.
Then comes the light treatment in which a dermatologist uses a lamp or laser to treat your skin for between 10 and 45 minutes.
PDT therapy is a promising treatment for moderate to severe acne.
Some sufferers who had acne cysts in the past still remain clear of the condition years after being treated with PDT.
This is a novel technology which works by using pneumatic energy (a vacuum basically) to raise affected tissue in the dermis, closer to the surface.
The dermis is the thick layer of living tissue directly below the epidermis (outer skin comprising of essentially dead tissue).
Blood vessels in the form of capillaries plus nerve endings and sweat glands as well as hair follicles are all housed in the dermis.
Once brought closer to the surface, the tissue is exposed to an Intense (broadband) Pulsed Light (IPL) laser.
The overall effect is the removal of excess oil and dead skin cells from clogged pores.
The treatment is FDA-approved to treat some pimples and both blackheads and whiteheads.
It’s not effective in treating acne nodules or cysts.
There is a form of acne that is very severe called Nodular Acne.
Large, inflamed and painful breakouts called Acne Nodules (or cysts) result from it and these nodules are much larger than your average pimple and far more serious because they are able to affect the deeper layers of skin tissue.
Those treated with Photopneumatic Therapy have shown noticeable improvement in the appearance of acne and the lesions associated with it.
The reason for undergoing a chemical peel is to improve and smooth the texture of your skin.
The treatment is aimed mostly at your facial skin where, having been treated, the dead skin falls away leaving behind fresh, rejuvenated skin that’s smoother, less wrinkled and more visually appealing than the old.
In the case of acne, a chemical peel can improve scarring.
The procedure uses a chemical solution such as Aalicylic, Glycolic or Retinoic acid which is applied repeatedly.
While a chemical peel may improve acne in the short term, it does not last for long which necessitates repeated treatments.
Minor Surgical Procedures
Whiteheads and Blackheads Removal
Where topical medications or home remedies haven’t cleared up blackheads or whiteheads, your doctor, using specialised surgical implements, can extract them.
While this is effective, the downside is that it can leave scarring.
Nodular and cystic lesions can be treated by injecting a steroid drug directly into them and the steroid most often used to do the job is Cortisone.
A cystic acne outbreak amounts to large, localised and very painful super pimples that are nothing like normal pimples at all.
For many sufferers, the effects of a Cortisone injection amounts to a miracle cure with a spectacular improvement (within the hour most times) and a very significant decrease in pain to go with it but it doesn’t work on normal pimples.
How it works
While it’s not an antibiotic (does not kill bacteria), Cortisone shots acts to reduce the inflammation, swelling and pain associated with acne cysts by shrinking the walls of the cyst which have swollen abnormally.
A Cortisone injection (using a micro needle) is moderately painful and the only real side effect is sometimes a depression in the skin which usually clears up in 6 months or so. There’s no bleeding or bruising associated with the procedure.
Acne is a skin condition that flares up when your hair follicles get clogged up with dead skin cells and oil secreted from your skin. The main causes of acne in adults are:
Excess skin oil
Acne-causing bacteria on the skin
Sticky skin cells blocking your pores
Hormonal imbalances, lifestyle and diet are all players in an acne outbreak but the truth is, there’s no definitive and clear answer as to why many of us suffer a sudden and unexpected acne breakout which may clear up in a few days or months or lasts for years.
Watch your diet…
High Glycemic Index (GI) foods are those like, flour, bananas, grapes, many cereals, water melons and raisins.
The high glycemic index is a number based system that measures the rise in blood sugar levels in your body as it responds to your carbohydrate intake and the higher the number, the higher is your blood sugar response.
High GI foods are known to provoke acne in many people so cutting back on these sugary food is a good idea.
Instead replace them with low GI food like nuts, stone-ground whole wheat bread, pasta, barley, corn, legumes and lentil.
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