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Acne Treatments - Overview



Acne: Treatment


Normally, acne isn’t a very serious medical condition – irritating, embarrassing and frustrating.  But serious, no.  However, you  may want to seek out the aid of your health care practitioner or a dermatologist if your pimples are persistent. You may also want some professional medical 

treatment if you develop inflamed cysts. Seeking medical treatment is always a good idea if you fear that permanent scarring may occur or if you think your skin may be damaged in other ways.


Seeking medical treatment for your acne is a wise choice if it is hurting your self esteem or getting in the way of your social relationships, no matter how severe or mild they may seem to others.


Conventional acne treatments work through one – or all – of a series of methods.  They reduce oil production, speed up skin cell turnover, fight bacterial infection, and reduce the existing inflammation.  The problem is that you may not actually see any real progress for four to eight weeks.  So a word to the wise: your skin may get worse before it gets better. 


There are two ways to take prescription medication for acne.  You can apply it directly to your skin or you can take it orally. If you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t take oral medications, especially during the first trimester of your pregnancy.


There are several different kinds of treatment available for this health condition.  In fact, topical treatments abound.  Acne lotions work by drying up the oil, killing the bacteria and then promoting the carrying away of the dead skin cells.


Those of the over-the-counter variety are generally mild.  They contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, salicylic acid or lactic acid as they active ingredient. These products are fine for a mild case of acne, but not for persistent or severe cases.


If your particular case of acne fails to get better using these over-the-counter remedies, then you may want to take a visit to your dermatologist.  He has some stronger versions he can prescribe you.  Tretinoin and adapalene are good examples of these.  Both are, by the way, derived from vitamin A. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing the plugging of the hair follicles.


Your dermatologist may suggest some form of antibiotic, either topical or oral.  A topical antibiotic works by killing unnecessary skin bacteria. Oral antibiotics, of the prescription variety, may also help reduce bacteria as well as fight inflammation.  These are usually reserved for moderate to severe cases of acne.


If you choose to take these, you need to know that they may take months to fully work properly.  Not only that, but you may need to take them in combination with other topical products.


Acne: Eating for healthy skin


While it’s true that eating French fries will not magically make pimples appear the following morning.  However, many natural health care practitioners do agree that some forms of acne can be prompted by continuous poor choices in your diet.


To help avoid over reliance on harsh medications in the treatment of your acne, these professionals say that there are some simple nutritional guidelines you can follow.


One of the most important aspects of an acne-free diet is choosing the right fats.  Many experts recommend olive oil for cooking as well as for your salads.  The alternative, usually saturated fats and partially hydrogenated fats, can damage your body’s tissues as ell as promote the inflammation around the hair follicle.


You’ll also want to reduce your consumption of red meats and butter.  Here again partially hydrogenated fats need to be avoided.  These types of fats, according to some experts, actually replace the unsaturated fats in the cells.


Along with this, then, you’ll want to eliminate, as much as possible, packaged snack foods, such as potato and corn chips, crackers and cookies. Now is the time for you to become a vigilant consumer and read the labels on all foods you buy.  Most packaged foods contain some level of partially hydrogenated fats.  You’ll also want to stop using margarine.


Other sources of partially hydrogenated fats are some fried foods – especially those that have been fried in oil that has been re-used.


Your acne-free diet should also include plenty of salmon and flaxseeds.  If you can’t add the food itself to your list of meals, then at least supplement your dietary regimen with fish oil supplements.  These foods have plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. 


While loading your body with these healthy fats, try reducing your consumption of omega-6.  It’s said that our consumption of these types of oils should be about equal.  For most of us though, we have about 20 times the amount of omega -6 than omega-3 in our bodies. Omega-6 fats are found predominantly in corn, safflower, soybean and cottonseed oils.  They are dangerous because they tend to promote inflammation throughout the body.


You’ll also want to try to eat more protein while you reduce your consumption of carbohydrates.  Reduce your intake of baked foods made with wheat flour. You’ll also want to avoid eating an abundance of sugar. 


Indeed, if you are prone to acne then you may give consideration to losing weight if you’re currently overweight.  Weight problems contribute to the development of acne in two different ways.  First, being overweight can contribute to tissue damage which can influence acne.  But, carrying more weight than your height can sustain also forces your system to produce more testosterone than needed.  This also facilitates the development of acne.


So what does that leave to eat?  Try plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and salads. Just as package foods can make acne worse, these fresh foods can help clear your case of acne – and keep it away!  The fiber found in these food choices is vital for healthy digestion and elimination.  Plus, foods that are abundant in vitamin A and beta-carotene are great nutritional sources.  Carrots, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, spinach and romaine lettuce are only a few of the foods rich in this nutrient.


As much as possible, try to avoid foods that increase the heat within your body.  These foods are spicy in nature.  Even garlic is included in this category.  Avoid coffee as well.


What you’ll want to drink to help keep your acne at bay though is water – and lots of it.  Some medical experts say that you can drink up to four quarts of this purifying liquid.  It helps to flush the toxins out of your system and deliver the nutrients to all the crucial parts of your body.





Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.


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