Acne develops when sebum — oily substance that lubricates your hair and skin — and dead skin cells plug hair follicles. Bacteria can trigger inflammation and infection resulting in more severe acne.
Clinical trials have shown that estrogen-containing oral contraceptives can be helpful;31–33 the various formulations are thought to decrease levels of free testosterone by increasing sex-hormone-binding globulin and are considered equally effective. The choice of combined oral contraceptive should be based on a patient’s tolerance and potential side effects. It is not known whether other estrogen-containing contraceptives (e.g., vaginal rings, transdermal patches) are effective. Contraceptives containing only progesterone may worsen acne.4
A decrease of oxygen in your blood caused by a certain type of abnormal red blood cell (methemoglobinemia). If your lips, nail beds, or the inside of your mouth turns gray or blue, stop using ACZONE® Gel 7.5% and get medical help right away.
Cordain, Loren; Lindeberg, Staffan; Hurtado, Magdalena; Hill, Kim; Eaton, S. Boyd; Brand-Miller, Jennie (1 December 2002). “Acne Vulgaris”. Archives of Dermatology. 138 (12). doi:10.1001/archderm.138.12.1584.
Herbs that are usually found around the house are commonly used for treating acne. Many of the home remedies listed above use herbs to clear the infection and reduce acne scars. Some examples of the herbs are turmeric, garlic, aloe, and neem.
Get a facial peel. A facial peel is a specialized gel containing acid that dissolves dead skin and bacteria cells. Getting these on a regular basis can greatly reduce acne over time in addition to your regular skincare regimen.
Use your fingertips to apply a non-abrasive, gentle formula that won’t strip your skin.1 Using a washcloth, mesh, or other rough fabrics can irritate your skin.1 Talk to your dermatologist about products that work with your acne treatment.
Wash your sheets regularly. Dead skin cells and dust collect quickly on sheets. Pets that sleep on the bed will also be tracking in dirt. Remove the sheets and wash them twice weekly or change them twice weekly.
To make your own exfoliate mix two tablespoons of the dry ingredient of choice with 1–2 tablespoons of the base of choice. Rub into skin in a circular motion. Start at the forehead and work your way down, paying particular attention to problem areas. Remove with a damp cloth, and rinse well.
Getting rid of stubborn pimples, blackheads and whiteheads starts with thorough but gentle cleansing of the skin. Try my recipe for Homemade Honey Face Wash to cleanse skin without causing irritation. It features apple cider vinegar, honey, coconut oil, probiotics and essential oils (like tea tree oil). The honey soothes the skin, the coconut oil helps to fight bacteria and fungus, and the tea tree oil helps to invigorate the skin. Dampen skin with warm water, and massage into face and neck. Rinse well and pat dry. Do this each morning and evening and, if needed, after workouts. Refrain from cleansing more often, as this can irritate the skin and cause an overproduction of oil.