Paul asks…I have moderate acne, what should I do as far as treatments go?
I am currently using AcneFree, have been for a short period of time. I have acne on my Face (Chin, upper lip, forehead and temples as well as black heads on my nose) I also have slight acne on chest and moderate acne on my back. Should I continue to use AcneFree or possibly go to Accutane? Any other suggestions would also be appreciated.
Daniel answers: Acne is caused by the over-functioning of sebaceous glands in your skin. The over-activity of sebaceous gland results in the over-production of sebum which is an oily substance. If you are prone to acne, the sebaceous glands in your skin will produce excessive amount of oil due to the influence of testosterone which is a hormone found in both men and women. At the same time, the dead cells of your skin would not shed and clog up the follicles. The buildup of oil due to these factors causes blackheads. In some people, the buildup of excessive oil provides an ideal environment for a bacterium called Propionibacterium. Because of this bacterium creating some substances on your skin, your immune system starts its functioning and your skin becomes red and you experience spots on your skin.
Contrary to the popular belief, acne is not caused by lack of personal hygiene and you cannot catch it from others. Your food or drink can however, have an effect on the appearance and severity of acne. When you are undergoing the acne treatment, you can make things better for yourself through the implementation of effective cleansing routines.
George asks…acne products that work really good for teens?
I use AcneFree as a treatment but i need to use some other products that actually work, and make the pimple fade as fast as it can. For example Neutrogena, Clearasil, etc. What acne product works?
Daniel answers: Skin ID from Neutrogena. I ordered it and it works wonders!
Sandy asks…Does acne free work on sensitive skin?
I have acne and scars I would like to get rid of it, but I have sensitive skin I don’t use over the counter products because they burn my face. I want to know if AcneFree will work or anything else can help.
Daniel answers: I wouldn’t use anything that’s cheap you want to consult a dermatologist, don’t do anything you’d regret. You don’t want to have a chemical reaction.
James asks…What is the best fast working acne treatment?
I have moderate acne/pimples. I would like to get rid of most of my acne before I go back to school (which is like a month and a half from now). I have tried AcneFree, and tons of other systems and they have not helped too much. I will be willing to spend between $25–$35 per month for something that works. If anybody knows anything that you think would work for me that would be great! Thanks!
Daniel answers: Hey, there’s multiple ways to help reduce/ get rid of acne.
- First, while the old myth that fried foods and chocolate has been disproved, eating right and having good nutrition helps the body and strengthens the immune system, so proper diet is still recommended. Eating whole grains, vegetables, lean meats, fruits and only limited dairy products can help. Also make sure that you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. It might be necessary take a good quality vitamin supplement. Along with a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise will go a long way to good health in general and a healthy immune system. Moderate amounts of exercise three times a week will improve health. Avoiding smoking, alcohol and dangerous drugs is a given.
- Next, it is important to practice proper hygiene. There is an old myth that says acne comes from bad hygiene, and that is not true, but acne will certainly take advantage of chances to grow. One of the causes of acne is a bacterium on and under the skin. Moderate washing will help. Also exfoliating with a mild over the counter-exfoliate helps many people.
- Next, take a look at the topical antibiotics and antibacterial agents available in many of the over the counter medications and washes sold to help acne. The good ones may contain Benzoyl peroxide, the most common acne treatment available without a doctor’s prescription. It kills the bacteria and the pimples do not develop a resistance to the medication. For this reason Benzoyl peroxide will not lose its effectiveness in fighting and killing bacteria. If using it, begin with a low concentration and work up. Be sure when you buy it that it is non-comedogenic, which means that the medication will not clog the pores. If you are into natural remedies, tea tree oil is a popular natural remedy that works the same way Benzoyl peroxide works, but is less irritating to the skin.
- Another over the counter acne remedy that works and is popular is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid unplugs the pores and helps to get rid of dead skin cells, which attract bacteria and make acne worse. There are many good over the counter remedies available that contain salicylic acid and it is good to use it in conjunction with Benzoyl peroxide. The two make a good two-fisted team.
- Sulfur works in many ways like Benzoyl peroxide. It is not as widely used; however, it is believed to be not quite as effective. However, if for some reason you cannot use tea tree oil or Benzoyl peroxide, the by all means give sulfur a try.
- Glycolic acid is another ingredient that works. It gets rid of dead skin and it stimulates the production of new cells, which many believe will help unclog pores.
I’ve personally used Proactive and had wonderful results, HOWEVER once you start using these products; you’re going to be depending on them. (If you stop using it, you can break out again).
Mary asks…What are some natural ways to get rid of acne and possible acne scarring?
Hello. I am a 14 year old teenager suffering from moderate acne problems. I’ve had it for now 4 years and I have to say it did get better with time. However, acne really is a huge blow to my self-esteem and more. Because of acne, I hate looking at myself in the mirror and tend to get nervous when I meet new people even when it is just to order food. I’m in my puberty years so of course I do feel jealous of my friend’s perfect skin. I’ve used multiple acne treatments and applied Benzoyl Peroxide that I got from over the counter but apparently I’m allergic to them since the next morning my face would have red, blotches and would itch.
My parents didn’t have any acne except for my mom who would have it occasionally. I also have blackheads on my nose which upsets me very much since its visible. I stay away from those pore strips because they can damage the skin. Also, I used to pick at my acne on the sides of my face (around the hairline) because I hated having those hard, pits. They’ve left a bit of a scarring- I’m not really sure because they are just brownish in color and a few actual scars. I’ve stopped picking at them now but they are what actually make me look like I have tons and tons of acne when I really don’t.
School is starting soon and I want to start my freshmen year acne-free. Some people tell me that the scars will fade away since I’m only a teenager. My mom does steam towels on my face about once a week and the next day it clears up. I’m not sure why but it tends to get a bit worse when I’m near my period. I’ve tried to tell myself that it’ll pass but some days I sit in front of the mirror and cry. Can someone tell me some good natural remedies or not too expensive medication to get rid of acne, acne scarring(?), and blackheads? Thank you.
Daniel answers: I would suggest you try using Jojoba Oil as it is almost identical organically-speaking to sebum, which is the natural oil produced by your skin. As well as being a great natural moisturizer it can also help with acne, Jojoba Oil penetrates into the skin without clogging pores and is suitable for all skin types it contains vitamin E and antioxidants which are great for fighting aging signs and moisturizing the skin.
Jojoba oil works in two ways. First its moisturizes your skin first and then diffuses into the skin to soften and smooth. So with regular application acne scars and other skin conditions can be lessened and in many cases healed completely
Plus studies on jojoba oil show that it has the ability to prevent skin from becoming too oily. This is due to the fact that putting jojoba oil on our skin can trick our cells into thinking they have produced enough oil.
Remove any surface dirt from your skin, then put just a few drops of jojoba oil into your hand and rub it into your skin when you start to work jojoba oil into the skin, the oil penetrates into the pores. As jojoba closely resembles your skin’s own oil, moisturizing with jojoba oil sends the message to your pores to stop overproducing the sebum that causing the oily skin.
For the acne spots pimples:
Tea Tree Essential oil it has great on acne as it has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Simply put a couple of drops on a cotton bud and dot onto each spot. Don’t use it over your entire face as it can irritate the skin for some people.
Lavender Essential oil has well known antifungal and antiseptic properties and is widely used in treating acne. For that stubborn pimples lavender can be applied neat using a cotton bud or pad. Redness, swelling and irritation will be dramatically reduced.
The Lavender and tea tree if applying to larger areas, should be used in dilution for larger areas, I would recommend between 10-20 drops of essential oil to 50ml of jojoba oil.
Susan asks…How in the hell can you get rid of acne? Or is it no solution?
I’ve tried all store bought things, like Clearasil, clean and clear, acne soap, acne wash, creams, and I tried Proactiv, but it only made my skin oily and it made me developed more acne. But I also tried AcneFree, it cleared my skin but it had to break me out first in order to clear my skin, and that’s not healthy, then 2 weeks later I had the same spots back and I hate covering up my face, I’m 17 and I had acne for 5 years now non-stop, what can I do? Or is it impossible, I know there’s no cure but please tell me what should I do, It can’t be the way I eat because mostly I eat all my vegetable, especially my fruits…
Daniel answers: I’m going to give you link to a company that my friend uses. She had acne her whole life and finally found something that really works. She struggled with it for years (she’s now 44 and only found this a couple of years ago). http://www.myseriesse.com/JANABOO
I sincerely hope this helps! Best wishes!