9 Acne Treatments That Do Not Work
Given that acne is by far the most common disease in the world, I’m constantly surprised at the amount of misinformation there is about acne treatments.
There are so many commonly held beliefs regarding treatments, which have no scientific or medical validity but continue to be passed on from individual to individual.
More worrying is the possible consequences of trying some of these options.
Here is a list of common acne treatments that categorically do not work:
1) Household cleaning products, even when diluted, should not be used to treat acne. There can be severe adverse reactions including chemical burns from pursuing this route.
2) Similarly, cleaning powders are ineffective for acne.
3) Washing up liquid does not work for acne.
4) Home facial saunas will do nothing for your acne, but will certainly aggravate already sensitive skin.
5) Sticky tape left on the skin overnight and removed in the morning will certainly remove dead skin cells and excess oil, but is likely to damage the sensitive skin, and may cause an allergy to the glue.
6) Prolonged exposure to the sun or using a sunbed will not help your acne and can be dangerous if you are also taking oral medication of certain types. For example, taking certain antibiotics in tablet form will make your skin highly sensitive to sunlight.
7) Sudocrem is an excellent treatment for nappy rash, but highly ineffective for acne, primarily because it contains a mixture of greases and oils which are bad for acne.
8) Taking high doses of vitamin A or B will not directly help your acne, and may cause other side effects.
9) Squeezing your spots is universally not recommended in combating acne. Doing so will prolong and spread the acne to other parts of the affected area.
There are many other ‘not recommended’ acne treatment regimes, many of which will worsen an already difficult condition. If you do this, you’ll succeed in overcoming your acne condition.
Brush Your Skin and Keep Acne Away
The skin is the largest of the elimination channels. Through the skin, toxins are eliminated which are brought to the skin surface from the blood. When the regular elimination channels are sluggish or partially plugged up such as your colon being constipated, not all toxins move out through your feces.
Toxins that accumulate in the colon tend to move into the blood when colon walls have been weakening through constant constipation or abused through eating excessive junk food. Once in the blood, they move into the liver for detoxification.
If you are frequently constipated then your liver will be overworked and unable to detoxify all of the colon toxins. The liver will store a lot of these toxins in its tissue and elsewhere in your body’s tissues, joints, organs, cells, and skin.
When you have excessive toxins and your immune system is not able to detoxify them, these toxins will be moved to the skin surface through the blood where they enter the hair pores follicles and try to move to the skin surface. When your pores are not working properly, excessive toxins in the pores can lead to acne.
Body odor is also a result of toxins coming out through the skin that should be moving out through the other elimination channels.
If your body’s skin is clean and its pores are open and unclogged, toxins will move out through the pores without creating pimples or eruptions. The skin normally moves 1-2 pounds of toxins out of your skin daily.
You can tell when your pores are open. You sweat freely during exercise. If you do not sweat much during hot weather or exercise, then your skin pores are probably plugged.
To keep your skin active and serving as a good channel of elimination you need to brush your skin daily before you shower or during your shower. When you brush your skin, brush in one direction, starting from your feet towards your heart.
In her book, Detox For Life, 2002, Loree Taylor Jordan, C.C.H., I.D. says,
“One of greatest gifts of health that you can give yourself is the gift of skin brushing. Dry skin brushing is one of the finest of all baths. No soap can wash the skin as clean as the new skin you have under the old. You make new skin on the body every 24 hours. The skin will only be as clean as the bloodstream. Dry skin brushing removes the top layer. This helps to eliminate uric acid crystals catarrh, and various other acids in the body. The skin should eliminate 2 pounds of waste acids daily.”
Understanding how your skin lives will help you keep it clean. Brush your skin daily and bring toxins to the skin surface where you can get rid of them during your shower.
Natural Acne Treatment: How To Treat Acne Naturally And Effectively
Natural acne treatment is one of the best ways to safely and effectively remove acne from the skin.
Chemical products often come with side effects that natural acne treatments do not. For this reason and many others, selecting a natural cure for acne seems to be the logical way to go.
What Is Natural?
A natural cure for acne will have products in it that are not man-made but naturally occurring in the world. These products can be virtually anything as long as they are nontoxic to the body.
Many natural acne skincare products are the best for your body as the body already knows how to work with these natural substances and therefore can be better suited for you.
What’s Available Then?
There are several natural products available to help individuals to remove acne. These products range in what they are and how they are used so you need to know how to use them properly.
Most of the acne skin care treatments available will include several different vitamins, proteins, and natural acids. Some may contain zinc as it is well known for being effective in the treatment of acne.
Some will include Chromium as this too has been shown to help. In most cases, there will be a combination of products that work together at treating acne.
Why Is It There?
One thing that is important to consider when treating acne is why it is there in the first place. When you find this out, you are better able to find an acne treatment that will work for your specific condition.
There are two main causes of acne that have a lot to do with each other.
First off, acne skin care treatments may attack the bacteria that are on the face causing the infection which is the acne itself. But, these bacteria will likely be attracted to the skin because of the high amount of oils there. Some individuals have glands that are working overtime to produce and this provides bacteria the ultimate place to live.
Most acne skincare products need to work on both aspects of turning off the oil and getting rid of the acne.
The best natural acne treatment is the one that is well suited to your specific situation. Yet, it is ideal for you to use natural products as they are the best suited, in most cases, to provide you with a fighting chance against acne.