Most cases of acne fit within one of three main categories, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine and a specialist in laser therapy for acne, who practices in New York City:
Get a prescription lotion/cream prescribed just for you by a family doctor or a local pharmacy/clinic doctor. Or if you want your pimples gone within one to two weeks then use birth control pills, even though there are many side affects. 🙁
Egg whites provide a cheap, easy and quick way to remove pimples. They also eliminate scars. Egg whites contain vitamins and amino acids that help to kill pimples and re-build your skin’s cells. Separate 3 egg whites from their yolks. Whisk them properly and allow them to settle for 3 minutes. Apply the whisked egg whites to the pimples using your fingers. Wait for it to dry then repeat this 4 times. Then leave the final mask for 20 minutes, rinse off and apply a suitable skin moisturizer.
Sugar is one the simplest ingredient tos use to exfolitae your skin. Sugar is also less abrasive than salt because it dissolves more easily. Plus you probably won’t need to buy any as you surely have in your kitchen. Any types of sugar (plain white, brown) will work fine but keep in mind brown sugar is usualy the finest and least abrasive so it is best for sensitive skin. So if you have sensitive skin, stick with brown sugar.
Skin irritation from topical antibiotics is rarely severe. Occasionally, irritation means that the patient should stop using the product. Lotions are less likely to cause irritation than solutions or gels.
Topical skin care products containing such ingredients as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and nicatinamide (also called niacinamide) can be effective for people with mild acne and are widely available without a prescription. Examples include Benzac and Papulex products.
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Clean & Clear’s Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, a 10 percent benzoyl peroxide facial cleanser, is one of the best face washes designed for everyday cleansing if you have acne. Add an oil-free facial sunscreen as well.
“Fluctuation in hormones, such as before one’s menstrual cycle, is the main cause,” explains dermatologist Julia Tzu, M.D., of Wall Street Dermatology. Specifically, androgens (male hormones) like testosterone. This usually rears its ugly head in the form of deep (painful) cystic acne around the chin, neck, and back, says dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, M.D., F.A.A.D., of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology.
Another factor that may explain the prevalence of adult acne in women? Hormones — in particular, the kind of hormonal fluctuation that accompanies the menstrual cycle. As your period approaches, estrogen levels in the body dip, leaving your testosterone levels unchecked. Since testosterone (an androgen) can crank up your skin’s oil production, that also means a higher chance of clogged pores and big, angry pimples.
Chandan Paste: Another thing which has worked amazing on my skin is a chandan paste. In order to make this paste, roll the stick by adding water or milk over a flat stone till thick paste of sandalwood is obtained. The powerful antibacterial properties of sandalwood work effectively in fighting the bacteria and fungi and prevents the breakout of pimples and acne.
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For UVA protection, a sunscreen with a high UVA protection of PA+++ or higher of PA++++ as recommended, especially to treat PIE. PPD is the UVA equivalent of SPF; use a sunscreen with a minimum of PPD20. The PA+ system has a + that corresponds to a tier of PPD protection. Of note, different countries use different PA systems. Japan and Taiwan changed their PA system to a 4+ tier system while Korea uses a 3+ tier system.
Aloe vera gel has a pleasant soothing effect on the skin. In addition to its antibacterial properties, it also reduces redness and swelling. You can use aloe vera alone or with several other substances like garlic or tea tree oil. Aloe vera is a nice indoor plant, so you should consider growing it at home. But you can also buy the extracted gel and use to spot treat the pimples on your face.
If you dont want to use ice, you can always wet a spoon and put it in the freezer. Then when its cold, apply it to your pimple until its no longer cold. Then repeat for better results. I did this after applying lime to my face and it works fast. I had a really huge pimple too. *Must try*
Erythromycin and azithromycin are second-line therapies called macrolides. Azithromycin is dosed 3 times per week to 4 times per month to treat acne. Macrolides can cause GI upset and, in severe cases, cardiac conduction abnormalities and even hepatotoxicity.
Barlean’s uses organic coconuts grown in the Philippines for their product. If you’re into using coconut oil for acne but also environmentally or socially conscientious, you’ll like that Barlean’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is also fair trade, non-GMO and vegan.
The problem with prescription benzoyl peroxide usually is that it is too strong to use over the whole face. Most people experience stinging, burning, itching, flaking, peeling, and redness when they use benzoyl peroxide gels that contain more than 5% benzoyl peroxide, and doctors often start off their patients at 10% or more. Expect to see such side effects the first few weeks after starting treatment. This is normal and is known as the ‘hardening effect’ of Benzyl Peroxide. However, 1% to 3% of individuals who use this product react allergically to it. This results in extreme crusting of the skin and inflammation. This is not similar to the ‘hardening effect’ of BP, so it should not to be confused with it.
Research is constantly going on to find causes and cures, and other less invasive ways of treating this. What is important is that you realise that other people also suffer from acne. You are not alone in the quest to find a solution to this.
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Combined oral contraceptives containing less androgenic progestogens, such as drospirenone + ethinyloestradiol (Yaz and Yasmin, not subsidised) or desogetrel + ethinyloestradiol (Mercilon and Marvelon, partly subsidised) may also be suitable.10 However, these are more expensive to the patient than fully subsidised options, and have a similar risk of venous thromboembolism as cyproterone-containing contraceptives.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a procedure that treats precancerous cells, in addition to other types of cancer cells. The medical treatment does this with the help of a photosensitizing drug and a light source that activates the applied drug, destroying cancer cells. PDT is approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and Barrett’s esophagus. It’s used to treat actinic keratosis, as well as acne, rosacea, skin cancer, sun damage, oily skin, wrinkles, warts, psoriasis, and enlarged sebaceous glands.