Thursday, June 19, 2008

Which Available Acne Treatments Actually Work?

Which Available Acne Treatments Actually Work?
by Nathan James

If you happen to be a teenager or even adult who suffers from acne, you are likely looking for an acne treatment that works for you. This article includes easy ways for you to effectively treat your acne.

1. You have to leave your face alone- stop picking at your spots. When you aggravate the spots on your face, it increases the amount of sebum your body produces. This will rupture the membranes below your skin; then the infection and sebum that causes acne will spread under your skin, resulting in more spots. It will also increase the likelihood that your skin will become scarred.

2. Be sure to wash your face twice each day. It is very important that you wash your face twice a day. Use a mild cleanser that is sulfur based and is designed for acne prone skin. If your skin is too oily, use a cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide. Do not use rough sponges or anything else abrasive to wash your face. Do not over-wash your skin because it will actually cause the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum and increase your amount of acne.

3. Take into account what you are eating. Many times acne is caused by a food allergy. Studies have shown that acne is caused by milk (which contains hormones), and also seafood (which contains high levels of iodine). Wherever possible cut back on these foods. Try increasing your vegetable juices, green vegetables, and foods that are rich in zinc- these can help cut down on the problems associated with acne.

4. Drink plenty of water. If you can drink at least 8 glasses of water each day as it can help to carry waste material out of the body and it really does help to heal and prevent acne flare ups.

5. Opt to not wear makeup. Try to give your skin a rest by not wearing makeup if you don't need to. Makeup can clog your pores, which will cause more spots and blackheads. If you do need to wear makeup, make sure it is a water based product, not oil based. Also be sure to clean your skin before going to bed each night. Also be sure to cleanse your makeup brushes on a regular basis.

6. Keep away from oil products. It is important that you avoid such products as hair pomades, intense oil based facial moisturizers and oily cleansers as they will excacerbate your acne.

7. Keep your skin clean. Avoid transferring germs and dirt and oils to your face- do not rest your chin on your hands, touch your face, etc. Keep your hair clean and keep it tied back away from your face, particularly when you sleep.

These points will help provide you with some ideas on how to treat your acne and how to prevent it if you ever suffer from it.

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