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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Five Things You Should Know About Acne

Recently customers have been calling and sending lots questions about acne via email, so I thought it'd be a good idea to weigh in, even though we have an excellent article about Acne Facts versus Fiction, as well as other acne treatment articles.

1. A lot of you have asked if popping acne pimples/zits helps make them go away faster; this is clearly a myth. While it does "sometimes" reduce their size, popping pimples will spread acne bacteria making the blemish worse and causing it to take longer to heal. Popping or picking at pimples can also cause scars and dark spots to form. It is best to use a potent acne spot cream directly on the acne blemishes to diminish them and reduce the inflammation associated with acne.

2. Another common question from some acne sufferers is how many times a day should you wash your your face? When suffering from acne, it is very important to keep the facial skin clean, however, you should only wash your face a couple times a day with an acne face wash that contains Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree extract. To maintain your face clean and clear from dirt, oils and acne-causing bacteria throughout the day you should remove oily residues and buildup with acne pads or a face tonic. These are gentle on the skin an help heal and repair acne-stressed skin.

3. Foods and diet seem to be another big concern from people suffering from acne. There is no real hard-evidence to claim that greasy or oily foods are directly linked to causing acne. However, you should try to eat a balanced diet full of vitamins from fruits and vegetables, and drink a lot of water for overall well-being. After all, this will help you keep your skin naturally moisturized from the inside out.

4. The biggest question seem to be which is the most effective ingredient for acne treatment? So far, the best antibacterial ingredient prescribe by dermatologists for topical acne treatment is Benzoyl Peroxide. It's been proven to clearly help rid acne, while absorbing excess oils and clearing pores. The best acne treatments combine Benzoyl Peroxide with other acne-soothing ingredients such as Green Tea, Urea and Allantoin to help clear acne-irritated skin.

Our last acne issue has to do with people getting a bit too anxious about seeing fast results from their acne products. Dealing with acne can be very frustrating -- a lot times the skin will take a turn for the worse before it begins getting better. With any acne treatment, especially dermatological-grade acne products, it may take some time for the skin to get used to the powerful antibacterial and exfoliating ingredients. Once skin has become accustomed to the acne treatment, irritation, redness or dryness usually disappear. The most important thing is to KEEP usage regular. Your best bet is to apply a small amount only once a day, and then increase frequency gradually over 5 – 6 days. If too much dryness occurs, decrease frequency and gradually increase again. Now, if for some reason your skin remains irritated for a long period of time, stop acne treatment and consult a doctor.

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