Prescription vs Over the counter acne cures

By Acne Free | February 8, 2011

 Here’s a comment left by a reader of this blog that I thought would be good to share, even though his approach to clearing acne differs from mine I feel some of you might benefit from what he has to say

Honestly, being 100% clear after having cystic acne for a while, it’s best to attack the situation through topical prescribed by a dermatologist. I’ve tried neutrogena’s system, clean and clear, and pro active; neither of them are anything to jump up and down about, that’s for sure. And pro active just sucks all together. But I use retina-a .1%, industrial strength, and 1% clindamycin. If you can’t tolerate retin a, then either down grade to a lower percentage, or get on different. But the retina-a is about 40$ a tube without insurance (for the generic), and I pay 30$ a tube with insurance. It takes about three to six months, but it’s so worth it. Talk to your dermatologist about your acne, don’t dance around it with these “miracle cures” and systems. They are a complete WASTE, of money.

Face cack, have a wonderful day.

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Story About Adult Acne

By Acne Free | August 21, 2010

Here’s a comment left by a reader sharing how she was able to overcome adult acne

I’m a 53 years old science teacher and the old saw that “you’ll grow out of this” didn’t come true for me.

As you can imagine I’ve tried EVERYTHING! Expensive prescriptions, peels, sun lamp (back in the day)and all the “acne treatment du jour” regimes. (clearasil, zenmed, proactiv, benza’somethin’, Retin A)

What works for me? Both old fashioned common sense and a new natural “probiotic” product. I’m in to probiotic foods – so I checked online to see if probiotics were used in skin remedies. Wow! Amazing.

1. plenty of sleep, water,limit “white” foods and sugar foods (darn)
2. exercise
3. work on stress reduction (ha ha!)
4. Equilibrium Pro-biotic Rejuvenating Mist – it turns out acne is all about a bacterial imbalance on your skin. You need the right amount of good bacteria. A green product – no harsh chemicals- made Chrisal.

Just google Chrisal California and you’ll find them. I’m too lazy to look up the address.

Good luck, this is the best my skin has looked since childhood.I don’t know how it does it – but it reduces fine lines and evens out blotchiness too.

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Common sense advice for getting rid of acne

By Acne Free | May 1, 2010

A reader of this blog posted this comment about for getting rid of acne and I thought I share it with everyone…

I had really bad acne for quite some time. Changed my diet to limit processed foods and sugars, gentle cleansing regime, drink lots of water, get a little bit of sun every day and exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. If you are a female, try Brenda or Juliet contraceptive pill perhaps? As sometimes breakouts are due to hormones and not your gut. Before you get duped by Chris Gibson and his “miraculous” remedies, perhaps just take a look at your diet and cleansing routine? My skin has started looking 100 times better just by following the routine described above. I tried proactiv and all the other skin care products aggressively marketed, just hoping for a change. Now, my skin is better than ever and my wallet isn’t as light either.

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Inflammation and Acne

By Acne Free | July 21, 2009

Acne is known as an inflammatory condition that is usually caused by blocked pores. The appearance of acne is usually red, irritable looking pimples and they can be inflamed at any time for a number of reasons. It is the inflammation which characterizes acne, so what exactly is it and how can it be prevented?

Understanding Inflammation

Inflammation is a response which is provided by the immune system, in an attempt to defend the body against infection. It causes pain, swelling and redness, though in acne it is usually the redness which mainly affects people who are suffering with it.

The main problem which acne sufferers face with inflammation is the fact that it can leave scarring. In many people with sever acne, the inflammation is so severe that it does leave quite a lot of scarring and that can have a really bad impact on the person suffering from acne. So if you do have bad acne inflammation, what exactly can you do about it?

Preventing Inflammation

Now whilst the body causes inflammation in an attempt to protect itself, it does not unfortunately look good. Also, whilst inflammation will not necessarily leave you with acne scarring, there is a chance that it will and so preventing it from occurring in the first place is often a good idea.

One of the main ways in which you can decrease inflammation, is through taking in more anti oxidants into the body. Antioxidants are found in various foods and they help to protect the body against all kinds of health problems. The acne vitamins which you should mainly focus on increasing are Vitamin A, C and E as they help to reduce free radical damage and also reduce the appearance of inflammation.

Another main cause of inflammation around acne pimples is through you touching them. Most people are brought up to believe that squeezing spots will help to get rid of them, but in fact it can make the problem a whole lot worse. By squeezing or touching acne lesions, it often irritates them even more and causes inflammation. So even if the sight of your pimples is really annoying you, avoid touching them at all costs, otherwise you could end up making the problem worse.

Ensure that all excess oil is removed from your skin. If your pores stay clogged then the inflammation will continue to be a problem, so it is better to cleanse your skin and stop any excess oils from building up. You can get clay masks which are really good at soaking up excess oils, or using a mild cleanser twice daily will also really help.

Overall inflammation can be caused by a number of factors but it can be prevented if you take certain precautions. Increasing antioxidants, not picking or touching your spots and removing excess oil from the skin will all help to reduce the amount of inflammation that your acne causes. So, if you were wondering why inflammation occurs when you have acne, hopefully now you will have a better idea of how to recognize it and how to prevent it too.

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