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Avoid using strong soaps or products that strip all oil and moisture from your skin. Your skin’s natural reaction is to try to compensate by producing more oil, which will worsen your acne in the long run!
Allergy – oral antibiotics can cause a variety of rashes in those susceptible. These can be mild or life-threateningly severe. Allergy to a tetracycline or to erythromycin is very uncommon, but more than 2% of those on trimethoprim or cotrimoxazole become allergic to it. Tell your doctor if you have ever reacted badly to an antibiotic.
It is a matter of public record that Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to be the next director of the CIA, played a key role in the agency’s now-defunct program of “enhanced interrogation techniques”—an Orwellian euphemism for a system of violence most Americans would recognize as torture. Indeed, Haspel was in charge of one of the agency’s secret “black sites” where at least two detainees were tortured.
If you have popped a pimple by mistake, wash your hands and gently wash the affected area. Use an antiseptic to disinfect the area. A simple home remedy would be to just dab some turmeric powder on the popped pimple and leave it on. This will prevent the pimple from getting infected again and also reduce the chances of the popped pimple leaving a scar. Follow the same steps even if the popped pimple bleeds after being squeezed. Disinfection and using an antiseptic/antibacterial is essential.
Limit washing your face (and body if you have body acne) to two times per day or after heavy sweating. Over-washing and over-drying your skin will actually stimulate sebaceous glands (it is a skin self-protection mechanism) to produce more oil.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the result of significant shifts in a woman’s hormones. This shift can the production of androgens to increase and overwhelm estrogen levels, signaling the production of excess sebum. This hormonal imbalance can result in painful cysts, period changes, infertility issues, heart disease, diabetes, and skin conditions like acne. One research study performed purported that 27 percent of all women struggling with acne also were diagnosed with PCOS. Those with PCOS are more prone to inflammation, which can worsen the severity of acne.
The fruits and vegetables supply the body with essential vitamins A, C, E, and K and also minerals that will ensure optimum health of your skin and make it clear of any pimples or zits. These fruits and vegetables also contain antioxidants that will detoxify the body (48, 49).
Oral isotretinoin (sold under a variety of different names) is used to treat cystic acne and commonly causes dry lips, skin and sun sensitivity. More seriously, it has been linked to birth defects, liver disease, severe depression and suicidal thoughts. Chinese medicine teaches that cysts and nodules associated with acne come from a build up of “phlegm” and “dampness.” Ice cream, cheese and milk are a direct cause of phlegm production. Sugar creates “dampness,” which lays the foundation for cystic acne to develop.
Foods To Avoid – Food items that increase the sugar and insulin levels in the blood can increase the risk of inflammation and cause excess sebum production. It is better to avoid these to prevent acne breakouts:
These peel pads are both anti-acne and anti-acne scars. “Salicylic acid is anti-inflammatory,” says Dr. Bank, “which brightens skin and promotes skin cell turnover and may help reduce breakouts.” In these pads, it’s paired with lactic acid, a gently skin exfoliant and hydrator, and probiotics, those good-for-you bacteria that help balance the skin and reduce inflammation.
Keep bathwater lukewarm, and limit exposure to 10 minutes or less. Avoid soaps with harsh lathering agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate. Stick to gentle cleansers that contain soothing ingredients like aloe vera.
I have often heard PCOS referred to as the “Thief of Womanhood.” If left unmanaged, it can rob you of your fertility, femininity, health and happiness. I understand this label and struggled with all of the PCOS symptoms. It wasn’t until I realized that a PCOS diagnosis isn’t the end of the world – it is a chance for a new beginning – that my real healing journey began. When I started taking care of myself, loving myself and making me a priority (in spite of my PCOS) I became a new woman. My husband started calling me a diva. What a compliment!
Treatment of acne scars: For those patients whose acne has gone away but left them with permanent scarring, several options are available. These include surgical procedures to elevate deep, depressed acne scars and laser resurfacing to smooth out shallow acne scars. Newer forms of laser resurfacing (“fractional resurfacing”) are less invasive and heal faster than older methods, although results are less complete and the procedures may need to be repeated three or more times. These treatments can help, but they are never completely successful at eliminating acne scars.