Hi Claire, I have been having problems with un-controlable acne, usually my face doesn’t break out this bad as it has been doing for the last few weeks, I need some help, I read your article on 22 remedies for clearing up acne/ blemishes. It was helpful!! But do you have any remedies for if I am going to bed? Do you think olive oil would work? Should i just rub that into my face then go to sleep? I also have a problem with picking at/ popping my pimples. I can’t help it though, I want my blemishes to whine down for awhile. My peers at school always talk about how “jacked” up my face is (referring to my blemishes/acne) do you have any advice for keeping myself under-control form touching and picking at my acne? I left my mom’s email so you can get back to me if i’m not around, P.S You sound like an INSPIRING soul! 🙂 Sanaa 11 yrs. old M.O
Antibiotics , either topically applied to the skin (clindamycin, erythromycin), or taken orally (tetracycline and its derivatives, ethoprim-sulfamethoxazole) control surface bacteria and reduce inflammation in the skin. Antibiotics are more effective when combined with benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. The oral retinoid isotretinoin (Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan and Zenatane) is reserved for people with severe (nodular or cystic) disease. Isotretinoin shrinks the size of oil glands, the anatomic origin of acne. Without active, plump oil glands, acne actively diminishes. Side effects can include dry skin, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, and birth defects. Women of childbearing age must practice birth control before, during, and after treatment (often a year) with isotretinoin. The use of isotretinoin requires rigorous testing (cholesterol, pregnancy) and follow-up for the prescribed period (5 or more months). It is reserved for the most severe types of acne that do not respond to other treatments.
I do get acne, but not too bad. But it seems like i get one and it goes away, but leaves a brown spot. Well good no more pimple but hello brown spot. I apply every morning and every night lime juice with a q-tip (only on the spot). It burns a little but it makes a great difference. This really works. Also about twice a week I apply cooked oatmeal with copped onions and some honey. This works great for me. The oats help clear pores while the onions are anti-inflammatory. The honey soothes your skin. I almost forgot add water to it all but not too much. So its some what like a paste.
When he saw the severity of my breakouts, Dr. Crutchfield prescribed Accutane, which is an oral retinoid reserved for the most serious forms of acne. Accutane (isotretinoin) works by stopping oil production. The drug is heavily regulated by the FDA, and it’s not to be taken lightly. It has some extreme side effects like intense dryness of the skin, and it can cause birth defects if you get pregnant while on the medication. (I had to join the iPledge program to prevent fetal exposure to isotretinoin, which requires patients to use a form of birth control or maintain abstinence while on the drug; I chose the latter.)
You might thiink “oh she’s so young to say this” But seriously Ive had the worst acnes on my forehead and my cheeks just now started breaking out little by little… I have this big spot on my chin where it looks like I have a piercing but no its just a scar of a pimple! Since I was 11 everyone would make fun of me or make smart remarks about my acne since they didnt have any. I always replied by staying shut because the truth is the truth but the truth hurts sometimes.. Its soo depressing because I have tried proactive, clean and clear, clearasil, benzoyl peroxide, dove, Ives, Johnson & Johnson, Soft soap, Oxy, neutragena, neutragena pads, cinnamon and honey… but nothing seems to work! =…[ I’m so frustrated and sad and tired of trying so mannnyy things! I looked through all of these remedies and seen alot that people contradict or say no it doesnt work and another person says yes it does. I try to drink water at times but I get nauseous when I drink water. I don’t know why. I can only drink water when its really cold or in a strawberry gatorade bottle. *sigh* I eat alot of avocado and I am in love with fruits but its just hopeless. I stress when I see a new pimple and especially the ones that hurt when you touch them I get like 1 or 2 of them at the same time a few times in 6 months. Around my period I tend to break out, but when my period comes I get clearer. I dont even eat that much chocolates and candy for a kid. I was always not that in love with it. And sometimes when I used products my face gets even more sensative and all. Right now on the bright side… I just tried the oats and water paste mix and it seems to be working. My face as I feel is softer and my pimples are hardening as if theyre drying up. So I think I will stick with that one for some time but soon I will be back to this page again searching for answers 🙁
Stress and a diet full of garbage can take their toll on your skin. So can excess drinking. It stands to reason that you should therefore, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, don’t eat pizza three times a day, and get moderate exercise.
Great post! But something is missing. Zinc supplements in the correct form. Zinc ointment. Youngivity by doctor Wallach will sure help!!! Lavender oil for the skin, undiluted also gets red of acne! But acne is also a zinc deficiency!! I cured my acne of 7 years with zinc liquid syrup!!
Acne: what causes it and how to relieve it Acne troubles many people, especially adolescents. The effects are physical and psychological, but treatment can alleviate even the most severe cases. Read now
Pimples on the back are more likely to scar than those on the face. “The face will theoretically heal better because it has better skin cell turnover, more healing potential, and better blood supply,” Meinhardt says. What’s more, she says, the back is more prone to getting keloids, which are raised, overgrown scars. Antioxidant-rich formulas are key to getting the redness left behind to fade quickly—and it’s important to start treatment right away. “When scars have healed but are still red or pink, I recommend using topical antioxidants twice daily,” Palmer says. That goes for the face and back. Her favorite antioxidant for bacne C, and she recommends Replere Protect & Rejuvenate Day Lotion ($90; replere.com) to her patients. Remember to apply morning and night, and you’ll be ready to rock that backless dress in no time.
Topical retinoids are used in anti-aging efforts, and can speed up the rate of cell regeneration, aiding your skin in sloughing off the dead skin cells at a regulated rate. In some patients, retinoids can also serve as an anti-inflammatory agent, but they have been known to cause irritation when first used.