A lot of acne sufferers will try only one acne treatment and if it does not help they throw up their hands. The problem with most acne treatments and acne products today is that not everyone will react the same way to the same treatment or remedy; what worked for one person may not work for another. If you or if you know of someone you care about who suffers from acne - what you no doubt want to know is what you can do about it.
One type of acne is baby acne; a red rash seen on the cheeks, chin, and forehead of infants. Acne vulgaris is most commonly experienced around puberty, usually on the face, shoulders and chest. The most common type of acne today is acne vulgaris. The most common types of pimples are blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.
Acne, zits, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and a host of other skin disorders are usually, but not always, the result of a poor diet. The liver gets rid of non-nutrients; toxins from bad food, junk food, fast food, drugs and chemicals and sends them through the skin resulting in eruptions, acne, pimples and other skin disorders. Scientists are working daily to try find out the cause of acne and working on ways to prevent plugs.
One treatment method some people have used is to apply cornstarch, egg whites or milk of magnesia as a facial mask. Some skin specialists are using the new red light-blue light combination therapy to treat severe cases of acne; ask your skin doctor or dermatologist if he or she is familiar with it. Try using papaya and the seeds for exfoliating.
If you shave, shave carefully and try both electric and safety razors to see which works best. Raw apple cider vinegar application to the skin is a cheap, alternative acne treatment that has worked for many adults, teens and children with acne, zits, pimples, or other blemishes. You always want to avoid squeezing, pinching, picking or popping your pimples because it can cause scars or leave dark spots on the skin.
Popping pimples can cause infection and scarring; it is best not to pop them, no matter how much you're tempted. If you also have eczema or dry skin, coconut oil will treat those skin conditions too. It's been reported that a new, non-invasive treatment using red light and blue light in combination has been successful on severe acne, but check out the side effects or any long term known side effects if any; may be too new to evaluate it though.
I can't stress enough that you want to be good to your skin and never pop or squeeze a pimple no matter how tempting it is. Acne and its conventional treatment is one of the most misunderstood topics there is when it comes to acne skin care. And never underestimate the healing, restorative power of a good night's sleep for your skin.
Try a light application of coconut oil several times a day and at bedtime to see the healing benefits. Another remedy is a little messy but you can try making a paste by mixing three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon together and applying the paste on your pimples at bedtime for two weeks, and wash it off each morning; honey has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action - a nice, cheap, natural home remedy.
Besides external topical acne treatment it's even more important to work from the inside out. Essential fatty acids are particularly important for people with inflammatory conditions like eczema and acne. In any case, no matter what skin or acne treatment you do choose, whether it's conventional chemicals or drugs or alternative natural methods, changing your diet alone will be the best treatment or remedy you can do for your acne and you will achieve overall good health at the same time.
Adding a lot of fresh, raw fruit to the diet has helped many people clear up their skin; there are tons of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in fruits. Eat huge dark green salads - try soft red leaf lettuce or crunchy green leaf lettuce, not nutrient-lacking iceberg lettuce. Drink lots of pure, unchlorinated filtered water each day.
For an easy fiber boost, mix in two tablespoons or so of ground-up flaxseeds (use an old clean coffee grinder) into raw applesauce, from two to three apples, made in your food processor. Put two tablespoons of coconut oil in your smoothies (made from fruit only-fresh and frozen okay) and blend. Drink freshly extracted carrot juice if you can, every day; carrot juice is an excellent cleanser for the liver, great for the skin and contains tons of phytonutrients, all beneficial for acne, eczema and all types of skin conditions.
Consider taking cod liver oil or fish oil supplements every day for essential fatty acids and vitamin D3. Optimum nutrition will help your skin from the inside out; you'll see the benefits in a clear skin in a short period of time.
Besides changing your diet, start now and pick two or three cheap home remedies or natural treatments and try them out on your skin carefully. Don't give up - try everything you can until you get relief from your acne condition. And whatever you do, stop wasting your money buying hundreds of dollars in acne skin care treatments and acne skin care products; find alternative cheaper natural methods.