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There have never been more ways pretending to
treat breakouts than right now. While these abundance of choices may look great
for acne sufferers at least at first glance, not all of them are effective or
even safe. Here are three increasingly popular trends that are making their
mark in the world of skincare that we need to take a closer look at as for
their real impact on treating acne (or their efficacy) and their safety
For a long time, acne treatment was all about
addressing the problem from the outside with things like creams and cleansers.
While topical acne treatments are no doubt still popular, many people are
beginning to see that what we put into our bodies is just as important as what
we put on them. Take sugar, for example. Studies have shown that frequently
eating high-sugar foods can cause skin inflammation that makes you more prone
to acne breakouts. For this reason, dietary approaches to preventing breakouts
have become increasingly important in the world of skincare.
It's true that the foods we eat can have an
impact on our skin's health. Yet, wildly specialized diets that require
you to eat certain foods in certain quantities at certain times may not only be
ineffective to really address the causes of acne (an overstimulation of
sebaceous glands and over production of skin oil (sebum)) but also
unnecessarily tedious and often unhealthy as they can limit your access to
necessary nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, fiber etc. For most
people, simply eating a balanced diet recommended for overall health will do
the trick. As long as you keep your calories in check, include lots of fresh
fruits and vegetables, and take precautions to avoid excess sugar, and fried,
over spicy dishes, this should be enough to promote healthy, resilient skin
that isn't prone to breakouts.
Milk and/or dairy have also been under the microscope as of
late as something that could contribute to breakouts.
If you think dairy could be contributing to your acne issues, take these next steps.
Acne treatment is no longer just about
over-the-counter products. There are now powerful creams and pills that can
only be prescribed by a doctor. Even though these treatment options can show
visible improvement in your acne symptoms, there is a lot of controversy
surrounding them. Prescription-grade products are usually very potent and have
serious and unpleasant side effects (ex. Accutane, the oral contraceptive
Diane-35, retinoids). We need to realize that our desire for quick fixes
must be tamed by the need for a balance between a quick fix that may lead to a
larger problem in the future or a more natural and safe solution to acne.
There's no doubt that some severe forms of acne
may require medical intervention and that the elimination of breakouts may
still, for some, be worth the side effects. However, these products should be
used with "open eyes," and hopefully as an absolute last resort.
Similarly to dietary treatments, addressing
breakouts with supplements focuses on trying to address the internal causes of
acne. However, this approach should not be confused with taking powerful and
sometimes troublesome acne medications. As you already know, they are made of
synthetic chemicals that may cause a whole host of potentially serious side
Treating breakouts with supplements may seem as
a gentler and more natural way to treat acne if of course they do not include
phytoestrogens or an overdose of vitamin A, E or B-Complex that can also have
an adverse, cumulative effect. Also, do you know if these
treatments have been tested for efficacy and safety? For example, AcnEase® is a new breed
medicine with a safe blend of natural
ingredients that addresses the underlying imbalance of sebaceous glands that
may lead to acne. As this imbalance is often created by the presence of
too much androgen in the blood that can over stimulate the sebaceous glands and
cause them to overproduce skin oil, AcnEase will not affect or change the
hormones and is therefore suitable for both women and men of all ages (from
teenagers to adults). It has been tested for efficacy and safety, and helps
minimize the interaction between your hormones and your skin by using a proven
mixture of herbs, plants and other natural ingredients that don't come with any
nasty side effects.
As you're making a decision, just keep your eyes
open, ask questions and make sure that your choice includes something that will
not do more harm than good to your body.
With a promise of clear skin,