Fighting off Viruses: Advancements in Antivirus Software Suites


 Protecting your computer from a virus is getting harder and harder each day.  While it may border on the paranoid, it goes without saying that you can’t leave your guard down for one second.  Even corporate giant Microsoft has found its own systems compromised on more than one occasion. 

Remember the “good old days”, before the advent of the Internet and downloadable programs?  Life was simple then in terms of computer viruses.  With the primary way in which a virus could be transmitted being limited to floppy disks, the ability to catch and eradicate the virus was a lot easier.    By today’s standards, it used to take quite a while before a virus was able to infect a computer and slow down the system.  The antivirus software of that time was typically able to identify and eradicate viruses before they caused too much damage.  Additionally, computer users were pretty savvy on how to protect themselves in terms of scanning all floppy disks before copying them to our desktop. 

The Internet helped change all that.  The Internet provided a conduit by which viruses could move from host to host with lightening speed.  No longer could a computer user just worry about floppy disks as points of entry, but they now had to worry about email, email attachments, peer-to-peer file sharing, instant messaging, and software downloads.  Today’s viruses can attack through multiple entry points, spread without human intervention, and take full advantage of vulnerabilities within a system or program.  With technology advancing everyday, and the convergence of computers with other mobile devices, the potential of new types of threats also increase. 

Protecting Your Computer
Luckily, the advancement of antivirus software has kept pace with current virus threats.   Antivirus software is essential to a computer’s ability to fend off viruses and other malicious programs.  These products are designed to protect against the ability of a virus to enter a computer through email, web browsers, file servers and desktops.  Additionally, these programs offer a centralized control feature that handle deployment, configuration and updating.
A computer user should remain diligent and follow a few simple steps to protect against the threat of a virus:

1.         Evaluate your current computer security system.
With the threat of a new generation of viruses able to attack in a multitude of ways, the approach of having just one antivirus software version has become outdated.  You need to be confident that you have protected all aspects of your computer system from the desktop to the network, and from the gateway to the server.  Consider a more comprehensive security system which includes several features including antivirus, firewall, content filtering, and intrusion detection.  This type of system will make it more difficult for the virus to penetrate your system.

2.         Only install antivirus software created by a well-known, reputable company. 
Because new viruses erupt daily, it is important that you regularly update your antivirus software.  Become familiar with the software’s real-time scan feature and configure it to start automatically each time you boot your computer.  This will protect your system by automatically checking your computer each time it is powered up. 

3.         Make it a habit to always scan all new programs or files no matter from where they originate.
4.         Exercise caution when opening binary, Word, or Excel documents of unknown sources especially if they were received during an online chat or as an attachment to an email. 
5.         Perform regular backups in case your system is corrupted.  It may be the only way to recover your data if infected.

Recommended Antivirus Software
There are numerous applications available to consumers.  With a little research, you can pick the program that is right for you.  Many programs provide a trial version which allows you to download the program and test its abilities.  However, be aware that some anti-virus programs can be difficult to uninstall.  As a precaution make sure to set up a System Restore point before installing. 

Here are a few programs which typically receive high marks in terms of cost, effectiveness, ease of use, and customer service.

The Shield Pro 2005™ provides virus protection and hacker security through ongoing support and updates. When a virus breaks out, The Shield Pro 2005™ promises to provide a patch within 2-3 hours and a fix for the virus within 5 hours. You can set your computer to update viruses weekly and run a complete virus scan.

BitDefender 9 Standard provides antivirus protection, as well as Peer-2-Peer Applications protection, full email protection, and heuristics in a virtual environment.  This provides a new security layer that keeps the operating system safe from unknown viruses by detecting malicious pieces of code for which signatures have not been released yet.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal 5.0  program is simple to install and use. The user only needs to choose from three levels of protection.  It allows updates as frequently as every hour while promising not to disrupt your computer.  The program also offers a two-tier email protection feature and round-the-clock technical support.

PC-cillin Internet Security  combines antivirus security and a personal firewall—for comprehensive protection against viruses, worms, Trojans, and hackers. It also detects and removes spyware and blocks spam. It even guards against identity theft by blocking phishing and pharming attacks.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition  is a free downloadable antivirus program that has received high marks for its reliability.  In the past, free downloadable antivirus programs have been viewed skeptically because of issues relating to its reliability.  However, AVG from Grisoft, remains one of the best-known free anti-virus programs available.  While AVG can not be installed on a server operating system and there is no technical support, it still makes a good choice for many home computer users.  The best part is that since it is free, you can try it with no further obligation necessary.


Department of Defense Crackdown on Security


 The top commander of the department of Defense network operations  just ordered a crackdown on security. According to a recent article by NetworkWorld on January 16,2006,  Lt. General Charles Croom is quoted as saying, “The attacks are coming from everywhere and they’re getting better.” His talk was the keynote address at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference held on  January 9 - 14, 2005  in Clearwater, Florida.  The event is sponsored by the Defense Cyber Crime Center and the Joint Task Force.  Over 500 computer crime specialists from the FBI and the military attended the event.
The crackdown was related to a recent arrest of a “Computer Virus Broker” named  Jeanson James Ancheta.  On further investigation, a Department of  Justice press release from Nov 3rd, 2005 offered the  following information on this incident, “In the first prosecution of its kind in the nation, a well-known member of the “botmaster underground” has been indicted on federal charges for profiting from the use of “botnets” – armies of computers that are under the control of the botmaster and are used to launch destructive attacks or to send huge quantities of spam across the Internet.
Jeanson James Ancheta, 20, of Downey, California, was arrested this morning by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ancheta was indicted yesterday in two separate conspiracies, as well as substantive charges of attempting to cause damage to protected computers, causing damage to computers used by the federal government in national defense, accessing protected computers without authorization to commit fraud and money laundering.”
The press release goes on to describe more details of this scheme that clearly show why the Deparment of Defense is so concerned (for more information go to:  http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/anchetaArrest.htm )
“Ancheta had become an affiliate of several different advertising service companies, and those companies paid him a commission based upon the number of installations. To avoid detection by network administrators, security analysts and law enforcement, Ancheta would vary the download times and rates of the adware installations. When companies hosting Ancheta’s adware servers discovered the malicious activity, Ancheta redirected his botnet armies to a different server he controlled to pick up adware. To generate the roughly $60,000 he received in advertising affiliate proceeds, Ancheta caused the surreptitious installation of adware on approximately 400,000 compromised computers. Ancheta used the advertising affiliate proceeds he earned to pay for, among other things, the multiple servers used to conduct his schemes.
Ancheta used programs powerful enough to cause the infection of computers at the Weapons Division of the United States Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, as well as computers belonging to the Defense Information Systems Agency, a component of the United States Department of Defense. Both networks are used exclusively by the federal government in furtherance of national defense. After being arrested this morning at the FBI Field Office in Los Angeles, Ancheta was transported to United States District Court in Los Angeles. It is unclear if he will make his initial court appearance this afternoon or tomorrow. Ancheta is charged with two counts of conspiracy, two counts of attempted transmission of code to a protected computer, two counts of transmission of code to a government computer, five counts of accessing a protected computer to commit fraud and five counts of money laundering. Count 17 of the indictment seeks the forfeiture of more than $60,000 in cash, a BMW automobile and computer equipment that the indictment alleges are the proceeds and instrumentalities of Ancheta’s illegal activity.”

Some recent news.  Ancheta pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to violate anti-spam and computer misuse laws, and fraud and will serve from 4-6 years in prison, under the plea agreement - plus heavy fines.

Spyware Beware


Spyware and Adware are not only an ever increasing nuisance for computer users everywhere, but also a booming industry.   According to Webroot Software, Inc., the distribution of online advertisements through spyware and adware has become a $2 billion industry. 

The aggressive advertising and spying tactics demonstrated by some of these programs, require an equally aggressive response from a seasoned eradicator.  Sunbelt Software is such a company.  A leader in Anti-Spyware, Anti-Spam, Network Security and System Management tools, they gave consistently remained on the cutting-edge of anti-spyware programming since 1994.

One of their more notable software applications is CounterSpy 1.5.  CounterSpy is designed to detect and remove spyware that is already in your computer system.  Additionally, it provides real-time protection while preventing browser hijacking and changes to your computer’s Registry.

Other notable features include:
¨     Detection and Removal of Tracking Cookies – while it is true that applications like Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta are free, they do not include the ability to detect and remove tracking cookies like CounterSpy does.
¨     History Cleaner - erases any traceable trails left on your computer as you surf the Internet.
¨     Secure File Eraser - a powerful deletion tool that can completely eliminate all files you want removed from your computer including images, music, movies and applications.
¨     PC Explorer - allows you a look into files and areas that are normally inconvenient to access, such as your startup programs, browser helper objects, and ActiveX programs that are being downloaded or used.
¨     Support for Older Operating Systems – includes Windows 98SE, Windows ME, and Windows NT.

Recommended by PC World, ConsumerSearch, and Dell, CounterSpy holds one of the highest effective ratings for spyware removal.  It also received high marks from TopTenReviews (2006) for ease of use, customization/installation, and help/support.  For only $19.95 per machine, users can receive a one year subscription with updates, upgrades, and technical support from real live humans.  CounterSpy definitely provides ease of use and affordability for just about any computer user from the novice to the expert.

Computer Viruses that Come a Callin’


Every day new computer viruses are created to annoy us and to wreck havoc on our computer systems. Below are ten viruses currently cited as being the most prevalent in terms of being seen the most or in their ability to potentially cause damage.   New viruses are created daily.  This is by no means an all inclusive list. The best thing you can do is to remain vigilant, keep your anti-virus software updated, and stay aware of the current computer virus threats.

Virus:  Trojan.Lodear
A Trojan horse that attempts to download remote files. It will inject a .dll file into the EXPLORER.EXE process causing system instability.

Virus:  W32.Beagle.CO@mm
A mass-mailing worm that lowers security settings.  It can delete security-related registry sub keys and may block access to security-related websites.

Virus:  Backdoor.Zagaban
A Trojan horse that allows the compromised computer to be used as a covert proxy and which may degrade network performance.

Virus: W32/Netsky-P
A mass-mailing worm which spreads by emailing itself to addresses produced from files on the local drives.

Virus:  W32/Mytob-GH
A mass-mailing worm and IRC backdoor Trojan for the Windows platform.  Messages sent by this worm will have the subject chosen randomly from a list including titles such as:  Notice of account limitation, Email Account Suspension, Security measures, Members Support, Important Notification.

Virus:  W32/Mytob-EX
A mass-mailing worm and IRC backdoor Trojan similar in nature to W32-Mytob-GH.  W32/Mytob-EX runs continuously in the background, providing a backdoor server which allows a remote intruder to gain access and control over the computer via IRC channels.  This virus spreads by sending itself to email attachments harvested from your email addresses.

Virus:  W32/Mytob-AS, Mytob-BE, Mytob-C, and Mytob-ER
This family of worm variations possesses similar characteristics in terms of what they can do.   They are mass-mailing worms with backdoor functionality that can be controlled through the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network.   Additionally, they can spread through email and through various operating system vulnerabilities such as the LSASS (MS04-011).

Virus:  Zafi-D
A mass mailing worm and a peer-to-peer worm which copies itself to the Windows system folder with the filename Norton Update.exe.  It can then create a number of files in the Windows system folder with filenames consisting of 8 random characters and a DLL extension.  W32/Zafi-D copies itself to folders with names containing share, upload, or music as ICQ 2005a new!.exe or winamp 5.7 new!.exe. W32/Zafi-D will also display a fake error message box with the caption "CRC: 04F6Bh" and the text "Error in packed file!".

Virus:  W32/Netsky-D
A mass-mailing worm with IRC backdoor functionality which can also infect computers vulnerable to the LSASS (MS04-011) exploit.


Virus: W32/Zafi-B
A peer-to-peer (P2P) and email worm that will copy itself to the Windows system folder as a randomly named EXE file. This worm will test for the presence of an internet connection by attempting to connect to www.google.com or www.microsoft.com.  A bilingual, worm with an attached Hungarian political text message box which translates to “We demand that the government accommodates the homeless, tightens up the penal code and VOTES FOR THE DEATH PENALTY to cut down the increasing crime. Jun. 2004, Pécs (SNAF Team)”


Just what is Intelligent Explorer? For your safety, you really need to know


I recently hit, by mistake, what I thought was an Explorer upgrade option.  It turned out to be a pop-up appearing legitimate but really was not. It uploaded a product called Intelligent Explorer on my machine.  What a nightmare!

I did some research on the web and found messages like this one from a BullGuard Antivirus Forum,

"PLEASE HELP!!!  I HAVE A SPYWARE, TROJAN AND HIJACKER ON MY COMPUTER.  I HAVE RUN BULLGUARD, CWSHREDDER AND AD-AWARE.  ALL HAVE PICKED UP THE VIRUSES AND SAID THAT THEY HAVE BEEN MOVED/REMOVED BUT WHEN I LOG ONTO THE INTERNET THAT DAMN INTELLIGENT EXPLORER TOOLBAR IS SHOWING"

Another message from spywareinfo Forum goes something like this:

"Hey I'm having issues with something called Internet explorer toolbar - Intelligent explorer. I can’t find a way to remove it from my comp and I really don’t want to reinstall windows. I've used spybot, ad-ware, and cw shredder but nothing seems to work."

It appears that Intelligent Explorer allows other software to be downloaded to your machine and this is where the problem occurs. What is even more remarkable is that by downloading Intelligent Explorer, their license grants them the right to install software add-ins on your computer at their will.  Take a look at what the software license for Intelligent Explore says (go to http://www.ieplugin.com/terms.html to read it all):

"You grant to us the right, exercisable by us until you uninstall the Software or this agreement is otherwise terminated, to provide to you the Service of downloading and causing to be displayed advertising material on your computer, through ‘pop-up’ or other display while you use your browser.  You acknowledge and agree that installation of the Software may automatically modify toolbars and other settings of your browser.  By installing the Software you agree to such modifications."

The company, IBC incorporated, is incorporated in Belize.  I really can't believe this license!


One end user found highly objectionable pop-up advertisements generated by this software bundled with Intelligent Explorer in the form of extreme pornography.

I have yet to break this.


Intelligent Explorer is a plug-in, which can create a new home page, as well as start up and endless loop of pop-ups. You can remove the view bar, but then starting up Internet Explorer will cause it to reappear.  I asked some friends to help, and no one could tell me what to do.

This is what I did:

    I bought a copy of a program called XoftSpy and it removed the software. It took two scans and a reboot to do it. This is not an advertisement for this product.  They advertised it was free, which it was to run, but then I had to buy it to actually fix anything. It cost me $40 and I am sure that there are freeware products out there as well, but that is what ended the nightmare for me. Other spyware products I have seen out there include spybot, NoAdware, Spyware Eliminator, Pal Spyware Remover, and Spyware C.O.P.

    Let the buyer beware!

About Encryption and Making Your System Secure


What does encryption do for me?


Encryption and cryptographic software has been used in many different ways to make systems more secure.  This article discusses only a few ways that such software can make your system more secure, including:

1) Encrypting your email

2) Encrypting your files

To programs are mentioned that will help encrypt information. There are many more programs out there that will help, but these programs are good and a good place to start as any. They have the added benefit of both being free with source code available.

Will encryption stop people from accessing my information?

Encryption simply makes it harder for people to gain access to important information, like passwords or sensitive information in a file. The first thing you should know about encryption is that the algorithm that is used to encrypt can be simple or more complex and that affects how securely what you have encrypted is protected.  Encryption systems have been broken when the method of encryption is understood by hackers and is easy to break. 

Why bother to encrypt my email?

It should be noted that email is far less secure than paper mail for two very good reasons:  first, electronic data can be accessed easily over an Internet and secondly, electronic data is really simple to copy. There is a very good chance that someone has snooped around in your email despite your best intentions to stop it.

How do I go about encrypting my email?

There are many programs out there that can help you encrypt your email.  A very popular one is PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) or its Gnu offshoot GPG.  

PGP (http://www.pgpi.org/) self-describes itself this way: This "is a program that gives your electronic mail something that it otherwise doesn't have: Privacy. It does this by encrypting your mail so that nobody but the intended person can read it. When encrypted, the message looks like a meaningless jumble of random characters. PGP has proven itself quite capable of resisting even the most sophisticated forms of analysis aimed at reading the encrypted text."

Why bother to encrypt my files?

The answer to this boils down to what you store on your computer.  If you have financial data with important information like social security numbers, email addresses, account numbers and passwords, then you open yourself up to losing very valuable information.  Most corporate Internet security employees will attest to the widespread theft of very valuable information. As long as you are connected to the Internet you are vulnerable.

How do I go about encrypting my files?

AxCrypt File Encryption Software  (http://axcrypt.sourceforge.net/) Self-described as "Free Personal Privacy and Security for Windows 98/ME/NT/2K/XP with AES-128 File Encryption, Compression and transparent Decrypt and Open in the original application."

Phishing For Your Identity

Who hasn’t received an email directing them to visit a familiar website where they are being asked to update their personal information?  The website needs you to verify or update your passwords, credit card numbers, social security number, or even your bank account number.  You recognize the business name as one that you’ve conducted business with in the past.  So, you click on the convenient “take me there” link and proceed to provide all the information they have requested.  Unfortunately, you find out much later that the website is bogus.  It was created with the sole intent to steal your personal information.  You, my friend, have just been “phished”.

Phishing (pronounced as “fishing”) is defined as the act of sending an email to a recipient falsely claiming to have an established, legitimate business.  The intent of the phisher is to scam the recipient into surrendering their private information, and ultimately steal your identity.

It is not at easy as you think to spot an email phishing for information.  At first glance, the email may look like it is from a legitimate company. The "From" field of the e-mail may have the .com address of the company mentioned in the e-mail.  The clickable link even appears to take you to the company's website, when in fact, it is a fake website built to replicate the legitimate site.

Many of these people are professional criminals.  They have spent a lot of time in creating emails that look authentic.  Users need to review all emails requesting personal information carefully.  When reviewing your email remember that the "From Field" can be easily changed by the sender.  While it may look like it is coming from a .com you do business with, looks can be deceiving.  Also keep in mind that the phisher will go all out in trying to make their email look as legitimate as possible.  They will even copy logos or images from the official site to use in their emails.  Finally, they like to include a clickable link that the recipient can follow to conveniently update their information.
A great way to check the legitimacy of the link is to point at the link with your mouse. Then, look in the bottom left hand screen of your computer.  The actual website address to which you are being directed will show up for you to view.  It is a very quick and easy way to check if you are being directed to a legitimate site.

Finally, follow the golden rule.  Never, ever, click the links within the text of the e-mail, and always delete the e-mail immediately. Once you have deleted the e-mail, empty the trash box in your e-mail accounts as well. If you are truly concerned that you are missing an important notice regarding one of your accounts, then type the full URL address of the website into your browser.  At least then you can be confident that you are, in fact, being directed to the true and legitimate website.

2006 Security Watch - What is this year going to have in store for us?




There is a lot going on in the information security space. 2006 looks to be an interesting year in these regards. Below are some things to watch for in 2006, some of them are good and, unfortunately, some aren’t.  


First the good news:

- We are getting a lot more serious about our security. This has a lot of reasons behind it. For example, new privacy laws are mandating organizations to tighten their security.  Look to see more consumer privacy laws passed in the coming year and more tightening of security systems.

- Authentication requirements are increasing. This is closing in large security holes.  Corporations are requiring a great deal more of authentication to get into secure systems (this also is on the bad news side)

- There is a plethora of sophisticated programs to help us be more secure and they will continue to get better. Competition right now is strong in the security industry sparking a lot of innovation.

- ISPs are now taking on the responsibility to help us with our security. Take AOL's recent commercials as a good sign that others will follow the trend.



Now the bad news:

- Securing our networks is costing us.  Most companies are globalizing their organizations and making them secure costs a lot of money.  It will get worse before it gets better.

- Authentication requirements are increasing. This is getting claustrophobic.  Corporations are requiring a great deal more authentication to get into secure systems (This is also on the good news side) Unfortunately, for the end user, it is one more thing to be unhappy about, not unlike airport security lines.

- Hackers are getting more sophisticated.  For example, Botnets are becoming more complex and harder and harder to catch and stop. Do a search on botnets on the Internet. They really are causing a whole lot of problems, but it does not stop there. The number of viruses and malware out there is staggering.

- Spammers keep finding more creative ways to fill our email boxes.  Don't look for this trend to stop anytime soon.

7 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Everyone would like to feel more energetic during the day.  You naturally go through periods of higher activity which contrasts with times of relaxation.  The problem occurs when more energy and concentration is required than we can give. Or when we try to sleep and can’t. Follow these invaluable tips to a new you!

1) Stay on a regular sleep schedule.  You can’t stay up late during the week-end and suddenly on Monday morning wake up refreshed.  If you do enjoy later nights on Friday and Saturday vow to get to bed early on Sunday to wake up rested.

2) Avoid the sugar and caffeine roller coaster.  Eat some protein and foods with a bit of fat in the morning.  The brain needs protein and the body does not store it.  You don’t have to eat very much- a glass of low fat milk, a piece of cheese, or a  handful of nuts will get you going instead of pure carbohydrates like a plain bagel. 

3) Take a 5-10 minute power nap around lunch.  Even if you just close your eyes and let your mind drift you will be refreshed for the afternoon.  This is also effective anytime you feel yourself not concentrating, reading the same material over and over.  Give in to the urge and completely relax for a few moments.

4) Drink more water and liquids.  I know, everyone says to drink more fluids.  But most Americans are in a constant state of dehydration from filling up on coffee, tea, and sodas with caffeine.  This is very stressful to the kidneys and can cause irritation to the bladder.  Keep a sports bottle filled with your favorite flavored water or just plain and keep it with you at all times.  Set a goal- empty by lunch, refill, empty again by the time work is over. Carry plenty of water in the car too for you and your family.

5) Exercise regularly.  This is easier said than done with a busy schedule.  A poor conditioning level causes you to be short-of-breath and your heart to race when just doing simple things like climbing a flight of steps or doing household chores.  Park farther away when shopping and walk Dust off that exercise machine or get an exercise tape to play when weather is bad. Set an example for the rest of your family and maybe they will join in too!

6) A joke a day keeps the doctor away.  Seriously, laughter has many beneficial effects on the body.  The brain chemicals for experiencing pleasure, happiness, and peace increase with good, hearty  laughs.  Live alone?  Get a funny movie or watch a light-hearted comedy on tv.  Nothing sarcastic or put-down, however.

7) Avoid confrontations and situations with negative people.  You know who they are.  They are not going to change but they will bring you and your mood down.  The complainers, gossipers, and generally unhappy souls we all have to deal with on a day-to-day basis drain our energy if we allow them. Be polite but avoid arguing or getting hooked into listening to their constant problems.

8) Take regular, daily supplements of the highest quality.  Our food and diets simply do not meet the amounts needed for maximum health.  There is a difference between avoiding nutritional deficiencies and optimum performance.


Retin-A Revitalises Your Skins Like Never Before

Skin problem is undoubtedly the most embarrassing problem that one may face during his or her life. It makes people to hate themselves and in many circumstances doesn’t provide the zeal to move further in life. It gives the heaviest inferiority complexes within oneself. Even at times one may feel left behind by their colleagues. So lots of circumstances may arise due to problems related to skin and when the problem is on your face.

But we should be thankful to today’s medical science. As a result of some hectic and tough grind researches dermatologist across the globe are successful in finding concrete solutions for skin problems.

This medication is used in the treatment of acne. It reduces the formation of pimples and promotes quick healing of pimples that do develop, especially in the case of blackheads, pimples and papules.
It is also found very effective in the treatment of aged or sun damaged skin. Within a use of one year continuously, it reverse aging of the skin a continuation can improve the appearance of the skin even ten years after starting treatment.

Clinical trials show that 0.1% Retin-A significantly improves the appearance of old stretch marks and works best on those stretch that are new and young.

It is recommended to apply a thin layer on the affected area once a day before bedtime. But wash the area before applying the medicine. Precautions should be taken by avoiding direct contact into the eyes, mouth or open cuts. If contact occurs, rinse the area carefully with plenty of clean water. Acne may appear to worsen at the initial stage of medication but continue the therapy. It may take 4-6 weeks before the full benefits Retin A are seen. So have patience and continue it.

Due to the possibility of side affects like irritation it is wise to begin treatment on a small area of the body skin. Though no critical side affects has been recorded till date, but during the first week of medication there may be apparent worsening of the skin problem. This medication can be very sensitive to wind and heat depending on your skin. So, in order to avoid severe infection better consult a reputed dermatologist for its better use.

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Retin-A is Really Effective in Treating Acne Problems

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While most products promise to cure acne, they really don’t give the results one is hoping for. However Retin A can help successfully control it. But it is important to remember that Retin A is a treatment that requires patience. It significantly improved patient’s acne by 10-12 weeks. Be sure to apply dosages prescribed by the doctor and if any side effects persist consult the doctor soon.


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You try to hide them with a heavy facial make up, but can’t ignore the fact or hide your face from the mirror. Embarrassing situation right! It is a general scenario for people suffering from acne. Most people feel that acnes are a part of life and sign of adolescence but go suffering when the situation turns bad to worse.

Acne is a result of an imbalance of two or more factors in skin physiology relating to the sebaceous gland and duct system. Acne develops when the hair follicle of skin gets plugged by overproduction of sebum, dead cells and become infected by bacteria. This leads to swelling, redness and pain at the site of infection.

The most common causes of acne are an increased production of sebaceous material due to hormone imbalance or side effects of stress that cause an overproduction of sebaceous material.

Dealing with acne needs patience and perseverance. If something goes wrong the scars of acne will follow you through out your life. But oflate there is good news. Medical science has successfully found a breakthrough for treating acne problem significantly and for good. Over the counter remedies like cleansers creams, ointments, Retin-A is found to be very effective for the treatment of acne. It is available in the form of liquid, cream, or gel.

The main constituent of Retin A is tretinoin (retinoic acid and vitamin A). This tretinoin somehow loosen the connections between the skin cells while at the same time stimulates the growth of new cells. There is also some research that shows that it minimizes fine lines and may reverse some of the effects of sun damage.

It is very safe when used as directed and side affects are negligible. At the first few weeks of the treatment, Retin A unplugs acne follicles and brings acne to the surface making the face uglier then before. But, as the day passes by, it reverses the chances of further acne problems. Studies show Retin A is safe to use during pregnancy, but should use if this is fine with your obstetrician.


Going For Acne Laser Treatment?

If some one has acne, they have a lot of spots on their face, neck and body. Acne is very common among teenagers. It is the most unfortunate situation for the youth to have stubborn case of acne on their face. For, that is the stage of life, when they like to be not only healthy but much more attractive and presentable!

Common skin problems related to acne include skin rashes; popping of blackheads, whiteheads and nodules in the form of pimples and acne; and formation of dry, oily areas and reddish-brown blotches on skin. Greasy and spicy foods can also cause acne prone skin.

Healing of the acne lesion is not the end of the problem. It is the beginning of a new series of problems, to solve which a lot of patience and understanding is required. Repeated trips to the clinic of the dermatologist are necessary thus.

The post inflammatory effects caused by acne are part of the skin's natural healing process. Medication and practices in vogue can only help facilitate this healing process. Laser therapy, in the treatment of acne, is still at the kindergarten level. Researchers and scientists in this area are themselves confused a lot, and so far, unable to arrive at definite conclusions. Their problem is also the same as faced by the specialists of acne treatment in other branches of science.

No single treatment is right for everyone. Type of skin varies from person to person. The topography and skin texture of each person is different. Therefore, the person who opts for and the person who gives treatment, both have to be realistic about the results, while tasking up the option of laser treatment.

Two types of acne patients are likely to opt for laser therapy. One, those who are interested in getting rid of the scars, pimples or whatever it may be, on emergency basis and secondly those who are willing to wait but wanting to have a permanent cure. The typical side effects that go with other systems of acne treatment are applicable to laser therapy as well. The damage is likely to be caused by the laser system that is still in the stage of research and development. Well, no one should be in a hurry to own it.

Laser treatment specialists are also fully aware of their own limitations about the present status of this system. Proper skin care will still remain a problem even after you get rid of the unwanted part of the skin. Improved tissue metabolism that will boost the blood flow to pores, causing them to open, is the only answer. e researchers are not themselves convinced about the efficacy of laser treatment, how can your dermatologist advise you to go fort it? Even if he does, you please be guided by what you have decided for you!
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Got Acne?  Limit your Dairy Foods Intake

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Information on Acne and a study that shows dairy products can cause Acne


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Acne, acne cures, acne relief, pimples, zits, blackheads


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Many experts estimate that Acne affects 85% of Americans making it the most common skin disorder in the United States.  While it mostly affects teenagers, unfortunately, Acne can carry through to adulthood as well causing self esteem issues for anyone who has this particular affliction.  With so many remedies available, what is an Acne sufferer to do?

Dermatologists believe what largely determines whether a person develops acne are genetics and hormonal fluctuations, thus the tendency for it to occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Many folks believe that another contributing factor is chocolate and/or greasy foods, but dermatologists are not quite sure yet.  Continued research has now revealed there is one food group that has now been shown to contribute to higher outbreaks.  The food group is dairy products.  That's right, got milk?

A study published last year in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology by a team at Harvard suggests that a diet high in dairy products can increase your likelihood of Acne.

The researchers analyzed the habits and diets of nearly 50,000 people, looking especially at what they ate while in high school. Those who drank three or more cups of milk a day, the study found, were 22 percent more likely to experience severe acne compared with those who drank one serving a week or less.

Skim milk had the greatest effect. Cream cheese and cottage cheese were also associated with outbreaks, while chocolate and greasy foods were not. The researchers attributed the effect to hormones in milk; other studies have had similar findings.

It is interesting to note the wide range of intake of dairy products for this study.  Students who drank three cups of milk a day vs. those who drank one serving a week were the ones who were 22% more likely to experience severe acne.  That is a huge difference in daily intake.  Those in that group suffered “severe” acne. 

As you know, each person reacts to a specific food or medication differently.  Taking this study into consideration, it proves that diet can have an impact on your acne breakouts. 

While dermatologists are in disagreement about chocolate and greasy foods, my own personal experience suggested that they did indeed impact my outbreaks.  As an Acne sufferer, you need to monitor your diet to test if certain foods are contributing to your outbreaks.  Our diets and the foods we eat are significantly different that what we ate 25, 50 or 100 years ago.  It is very likely that these changes have contributed to such a high percentage of the population suffering from Acne at some point in their life.

So how can you tell which foods are causing your Acne outbreaks?  Start keeping a log of the foods you eat and when Acne outbreaks occur.  While this may sound simple enough, it will require some diligence on your part to truly keep an accurate log.  Pay special attention to foods that are not natural.  For example, it is unlikely carrot sticks will cause an outbreak, but that big bag of Sour Cream and Onion Ruffles might.  I know from my own experience, it seemed like anytime I ate a chocolate bar, I had an outbreak within 1-2 days.  When keeping your logs, pay close attention to these patterns.  If you are a heavy consumer of dairy products, you may want to pay special attention to your intake in this area and modify your diet accordingly.  Make sure to pay special attention to what nutrients you might be losing if you cut back on milk, such as calcium and vitamin D.  As always, consult your doctor and/or dermatologist if your problem persists.

In the event that somebody has skin break out, they have a great deal of spots all over, neck and body. Skin break out is extremely normal among young people. It is the most sad circumstance for the adolescent to have difficult instance of skin inflammation all over. For, that is the phase of life, when they like to be solid as well as significantly more alluring and satisfactory!

Basic skin issues identified with skin break out incorporate skin rashes; flying of clogged pores, whiteheads and knobs as pimples and skin break out; and arrangement of dry, sleek zones and rosy earthy colored blotches on skin. Oily and fiery nourishments can likewise cause skin break out inclined skin.

Mending of the skin break out injury isn't the finish of the issue. It is the start of another arrangement of issues, to settle which a great deal of persistence and comprehension is required. Rehashed excursions to the center of the dermatologist are essential in this manner.

The post incendiary impacts brought about by skin break out are a piece of the skin's common mending process. Medicine and practices stylish can just assistance encourage this mending procedure. Laser treatment, in the treatment of skin break out, is still at the kindergarten level. Specialists and researchers around there are themselves confounded a great deal, thus far, incapable to come to distinct end results. Their concern is likewise equivalent to looked by the pros of skin break out treatment in different parts of science.

No single treatment is directly for everybody. Kind of skin fluctuates from individual to individual. The geology and skin surface of every individual is unique. Along these lines, the individual who settles on and the individual who gives treatment, both must be practical about the outcomes, while entrusting up the alternative of laser treatment.

Two sorts of skin inflammation patients are probably going to decide on laser treatment. One, the individuals who are keen on disposing of the scars, pimples or whatever it might be, on crisis premise and besides the individuals who are eager to stand by however needing to have a perpetual fix. The average reactions that go with different frameworks of skin inflammation treatment are pertinent to laser treatment too. The harm is probably going to be brought about by the laser framework that is still in the phase of innovative work. All things considered, nobody ought to be in a rush to claim it.

Laser treatment pros are additionally completely mindful of their own confinements about the current status of this framework. Appropriate healthy skin will in any case stay an issue significantly after you dispose of the undesirable piece of the skin. Improved tissue digestion that will support the blood stream to pores, making them open, is the main answer. e scientists are not themselves persuaded about the adequacy of laser treatment, in what capacity can your dermatologist encourage you to go fortress it? Regardless of whether he does, you please try to remain guided by what you have chosen for you!

Title:
Green Tea as a Natural Remedy For Acne

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458

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How and why Green tea is used as a natural acne treatment option.


Keywords:
GREEN TEA, ACNE, ACNE CONTROL,natural home remedy, acne treatment,acne skin care,green tea as a natural acne remedy,skin care,acne cure, proactive skin care


Article Body:
Natural remedies have become very popular in recent years.  People have stopped looking at the expensive medications and creams to cure various conditions, and have started looking at remedies found closer to home.  This is, in part, because they are less expensive, but they are also on hand and easily obtained.

Acne is a common condition in teens and adults alike, and is no exception to the theory that a home remedy can sometimes be better.  If it's worked for many years, why wouldn't it work now?  One such remedy believed to aid in the healing of acne is green tea.

While many teas are fermented, green tea instead, is steamed soon after being picked so as to prevent the oxidation of its leaves.  This helps to retain the active substances the leaves contain.  Camellia Sinensis, or as we know it, green tea extract, contains a high content of Polyphenol, along with other important antioxidants. 

Green tea can serve many purposes, and it is recommended for a number of reasons.  It acts as an anti-bacterial substance, decreasing hormonal activity.  Since acne is often caused by hormones, which produce excess oil and clog pores, thereby causing blemishes, green tea could be a good remedy for this problem.

The antioxidents contained in green tea have been shown as very beneficial to acne prevention because they help the body fight against free radicals that cause cell and tissue damage.  Green tea also has very few potential side effects, especially when compared to other acne products and medications.

Because of its advantages, green tea is also used in various creams and other topical products used to treat acne.  When compared with other commonly used acne treatments, it ranked high, because of its natural anti-bacterial properties.

Other products containing green tea extract are also sold and developed, and are available as herbal remedies.  It can be purchased as a cream. 

Green Tea and honeysuckle is often called "Pimple Tea" in China.  It also helps your body rid itself of toxins, which helps prevent acne. 

Green tea is also easily available.  It can be purchased in most stores that carry various herbal and other natural remedies, and can also be bought through many on-line sources.  It comes in the form of tea that you drink, or can be purchased in the form of the cream mentioned above.

Drinking green tea will help cleanse your body from the inside out, while applying the topical cream, which goes directly onto the skin, will help cure and prevent acne at the source.  No matter how you choose to use it, it can serve many purposes, and may be a welcome alternative to harsh products or unwanted medications. 


Steve
Acne Control

Title:
Hair Transplantation Surgery

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347

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Proper hair transplant information is important before going for a hair transplantation surgery. Hair transplantation is the process of transplanting hair-bearing portion of the scalp onto the bald area. Recent technological advances have made the operation more convenient, affordable and effective.


Keywords:
hair transplant information, hair transplant info, hair transplant facts   


Article Body:
Proper hair transplant information is important before going for a hair transplantation surgery. Hair transplantation is the process of transplanting hair-bearing portion of the scalp onto the bald area. Recent technological advances have made the operation more convenient, affordable and effective. 

Some basic hair transplant facts



Hair transplantation operation involves several steps like pre-surgery care, post-operation care.


Pre-surgery care - You are supposed to follow certain pre-operation precautionary measures. For example, you need to follow the list of dos and don’ts provided by the surgeon. These dos and don’ts include abstaining from alcohol and medicines not prescribed by the surgeon.


Post-operative care - You have to take certain precautions after the transplantation. For example, you must not expose the operated area to sunlight for some days. Shampoos and chemicals are also to be shunned.

You may experience falling of displaced hair from the recipient zone. It is a perfectly normal phenomenon.


Hair transplant cost - The hair transplant cost depends mainly on the clinic and the surgeon’s fees. The required number of grafts, that depends on the balding area size, also matters in this regard.


Hair transplantation is the most effective way to deal with pattern baldness. The process entails removal of the scalp’s hair-bearing portion and transplanting it onto the bald patch. Recent technological advances have enhanced the convenience and affordability of the surgery, making it most popular method of medical hair restoration. 

Follicular unit transplantation



A discussion offering basic hair transplant information is incomplete without a special discussion on follicular unit transplantation.  This process is considered the most effective among the various hair restoration methods. The surgery involves transplanting hair from the permanent zone in the back of the scalp onto the affected areas.

The donor tissue is removed in one piece to ensure that the follicular units being relocated from the scalp back are not damaged. An integral part of follicular unit transplantation is single-strip harvesting. It ensures that no damage is caused to the individual hair follicles.

Title:
Have You Heard Of This Acne Cure?

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438

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People have been trying for centuries to tame the evils of a bad complexion. The nice thing about the methods of acne cure that are offered at present is that they do not involve monkey feces, or pig blood, etc. However the problem with most of the available cures offered is that they still don't work. You could spend 8 hours a day for 3 weeks researching and sifting through all of the mumbo-jumbo, namby-pamby claims to secrets for a smooth face and you would still be sitting...


Keywords:
acne cure


Article Body:
People have been trying for centuries to tame the evils of a bad complexion. The nice thing about the methods of acne cure that are offered at present is that they do not involve monkey feces, or pig blood, etc. However the problem with most of the available cures offered is that they still don't work. You could spend 8 hours a day for 3 weeks researching and sifting through all of the mumbo-jumbo, namby-pamby claims to secrets for a smooth face and you would still be sitting there with unwanted zits and no real solutions.

So what do you do? Well you look for people who actually have credible success with acne cure and good scientifically based evidence to back it up OR you try all of the things you can find and hope that one day you will stumble upon the truth. I for one recommend the former.

But you still have a problem and that is where do if find a person who really has success with good research to prove it. Well start with your doctor for one. They have access to lots of valuable information and the expertise to help you sift through the evidence. They also can refer you to a skin expert or dermatologist who spends a large part of their life training and then most of their time after that "practicing" helping people in their quest for an acne cure.

They will be able to help you understand the root physiological processes that cause acne including the skin cells and layers involved, hormones, stress, the reason for the inflammation, what inflammation involves and the available anti-inflammatories. They will also be able to offer suggestions on what you can do to prevent exacerbations in the future, as well as how to deal with current eruptions, what medications and products are best for acne cure and which ones are a waste of time.

You can be sure that there is such a thing as an acne cure. After all how many people with perfect complexions do you see in magazines, and on tv, and the big screen. There skin isn't any different than yours but their lives depend on good complexions and they can pay other people to search for an acne cure for them. This isn't to scare you off--you don't need millions to have a pimple free photo! All you need is a little direction and some basic medical principles and medications and you too can be zit free! So don't waste a second call your doctor and start out running on the road to improved self image and social confidence.

Title:
Healthy Lifestyles Can Fight Acne

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661

Summary:
If you're seriously interested in knowing about acne, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about acne.


Keywords:
acne, pimples, clear face, treating acne, beautiful skin, skin care


Article Body:
If you're seriously interested in knowing about acne, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about acne.

This information is simple. Make certain you don't let important acne information slip by you.

I am sure that every one of you is familiar with acne. Almost all of us got this skin disorder, right? Well, technically known as acne vulgaris, this skin disorder affects millions of people from different walks of life, annually.  Studies have found out that most of the adolescents are the usual target of this disease, although infants and adults are also affected. It is even found out that about 80 percent of the teenagers develop acne, particularly for women. 

What is acne?

According to certain studies, acne varies from quite mild to tremendously severe. It typically forms when the lining of the skin duct as well as the sebaceous glands start to work overtime. With the onset of acne, the lining of the duct actually shed cells which are then transported away to the shell of the skin by the sebum. Once the duct is blocked, it is when the sebum and cells start to amass, forming a plug known as comedo.

Once the plug stays below the plane of the skin, whiteheads or "closed comedo" occurs. If the plug boosts and pops out of the skin duct, it is called "open comedo" or blackhead since the top is dark. As you may know, this is not absolutely dirt, thus it will not wash away.

There are a lot of factors that contribute to the formation of acne, but in terms of its real cause, no one is actually certain as to what exactly causes acne to develop or why it starts in adolescence.  However, factor like hereditary top the list. It has long been deemed as the most important factor that plays a large role in the acne's development. As what most people believe, if a member of your family had acne, there is a great possibility that you will have acne too.

Although acne is very prevalent among teenagers, acne should not control your life. There are a lot of ways to fight acne, and one of those is maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Experts have said that when treating a person for acne, the only way to obtain results from effective treatments is through various healthy lifestyle changes. When I say "healthy lifestyle changes", it includes the way you eat, sleep, work, play, etc. As much as possible, you should try to focus on all areas that need changing. This is very important in order for a sustained effort to be completed. If your goal is to treat your bothering acne, then try to treat your whole self as many ways as possible.

Overcoming Stress

One of the most common dilemmas that face people is stress. Stress that is not normal. So what happens when the body gets too stressed out? Experts have found out that in this case, the adrenal cortex converts adrenal androgens to the hormone testosterone in both men and women, which in turn results in overactive sebaceous glands. As found out, the ovaries of women are capable of producing 25 percent of the testosterone, while 75 percent of the hormone comes from the adrenal androgens.

When the body of both male and female is stressed, more adrenal androgen is released, causing a double amount of testosterone.  It is this doubling effect that causes the T zone of the face to be oily, while other areas are still dry from dehydration. Also note that adult acne is sometimes the by-product of stress and dehydration.  And, water and estrogen are the factors that calm the body's stress alarm system.

Now you can be a confident expert on acne. OK, maybe not an expert. But you should have something to bring to the table next time you join a discussion on acne.

Title:
Helping Your Teenager Deal With Acne

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407

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Advise for parents of teenagers on dealing with acne.


Keywords:
acne, acne control, acne treatment, acne medicine, acne information


Article Body:
As a common skin condition, acne has the power to dramatically impact a teenager's life. It is estimated that 85% of adolescents have acne. Although we as adults know acne will pass, this is small consolation to the teenager who suffers from embarrassment, worry, waning confidence or even depression as a result. We as parents need to be supportive, but that isn't enough. Parents need to provide information and direction about how to treat acne. In most cases treatement can radically reduce the affects of acne.

Unfortunately, acne doesn't have a "one-cure-fits-all" solution. There are many types of acne, treatable by even more types of methods. It is important for you to help determine which type your teenager is experiencing to help make appropriate decisions regarding the direction of treatment. New medications have been developed since we were teenagers. What worked for us may not work for teenagers today. The best news is that most common acne conditions can be brought easily under control even if it can not be completely cured.

Your teenager is undoubtedly trying everything conceivable to control his/her acne. It is important to remember even if your teen isn't asking for your help, he/she still wants it. Be supportive when approaching your teen, not accusatory. Myths about oily foods, chocolate, or sex causing acne have been proven untrue. Even discussing your personal experiences with acne may help minimize the stressors for your teen, and help "humanize" you so he/she is more comfortable discussing it.

It is also wise to advise your teenager that most teenager suffer from acne-they are not alone. Of the 85% of adolescents inflicted with acne, 40% of the cases are severe enough to need professional treatment by a dermatologist.

Consulting with a dermatologist is prudent toward reassuring your teenager. Although the spots on your teenager's skin are most likely acne, there is potential the condition could be something else. A dermatologist can give you a definitive diagnosis, with as many treatment options as possible.

If your teenager has tried a few over-the-counter medications with little to no success, encourage him/her to seek the advice of a dermatologist. A dermatologist may recommend an alternate, prescription-only ointment, lotion, or even oral medication to help clear up the condition and offer relief from physical discomfort.

Most importantly, remind your teenager that acne does not last forever. As a teenager nears their early 20s, acne should become a thing of the past.

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Herbal Acne Home Cures

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502

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Herbal acne home 'cures' can provide a useful adjunct to conventional, over the counter treatments. Find out how they work, and some suggested herbal acne home remdedy combinations.


Keywords:
acne home remedies, acne home cures, acne


Article Body:
Herbal acne home cures can be an effective adjunct to whatever other treatments are being used. It is important to understand that they are not hard and fast 'cures' in the absolute sense, but will instead support the body's capacity to metabolize fats and carbohydrates, and encourage elimination through the lymphatic system.

The class of herbs known as alterative herbs are conceptualized traditionally as 'cleansing' the body's tissues. They are thought of as detoxifying herbs, but they don't work in any obvious way on the body's elimination channels. - Namely, the lungs, kidneys, or colon. As such, they do not easily fit into a Western model of understanding the body. However, they do have a long tradition of use, and are certainly worth trying as an acne home remedy. Because they work on the internal condition of the body, they are not going to replace any of the topical, over the counter acne treatments. But they may provide benefit in an indirect way that these acne products don't.

Alterative herbs tend to be quite gentle in their effect, so they are best used as a long term treatment. Results won't be sudden, but they will improve the general health of the body. They tend to be given for chronic inflammatory problems, especially relating to the skin, such as acne.

These herbs include burdock, cleavers, red clover, figwort, poke root, echinacea, and blue flag. A great combination is blue flag, burdock, yellow dock, and echinacea. These can be mixed together and infused with hot water to make a tea. Drink a cup of this 3 times a day. You can put a little honey in it to make it taste better.

Another possible combination is burdock, dandelion, and sarsaparilla (not the cola!). Mix these together when they are dry herbs, and make a tea in the same way. They can be used separately as well.

There are a number of options for topical acne home remedies as well. Tea tree oil can be applied directly to breakouts, though for those with sensitive skin this may need to be diluted. Fresh cabbage juice can also be applied directly to acne blemishes, and this may be a better option for those with sensitive skin.

An anti inflammatory skin wash can be made from calendula and chamomile. Make a tea as above, then let it cool and keep it in the fridge. Spray or dab this onto the affected areas regularly.

Another combination for an acne home cure skin wash is yarrow, elder flowers, and lavender.

Colloidal minerals such as potassium phosphate and magnesium phosphate can help support the skin. Zinc is excellent to help prevent scarring, as well as fortifying the immune system, and help supports the normal functioning of hormones.

Vitamin C is excellent for encouraging the healing of acne lesions, as well as providing antioxidant support to the immune system.


References:
1. Simon Mills, The Essential Book Of Herbal Medicine
2. Judy Jacka, A - Z Of Natural Therapies
3. Paul Bedson, The Complete Family Guide To Natural Healing

Title:
Herbal Acne Treatment Product

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256

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Although most of the dermatologists disregard the importance of healthy diet for a healthy skin as diet lacking vital supplements is scientifically proven not to affect the skin quality in any way, but there are some diets that tone the skin and make it healthy.


Keywords:
natural Acne treatment, acne treatment, acne skin care, acne medication, acne treatments, acne product, facial acne, body acne, acne cure, blemishes, pimples, blackheads, home treatment for acne, New


Article Body:
Although most of the dermatologists disregard the importance of healthy diet for a healthy skin as diet lacking vital supplements is scientifically proven not to affect the skin quality in any way, but there are some diets that tone the skin and make it healthy.

The first step of herbal acne treatment should be making sure that your diet contains enough fatty acid foods and foods that are the source of multi-vitamins.

Features of Herbal Acne Treatment Products:

Herbal acne treatment products are famous for their following features.

Noticeable improvement in acne condition within one week

Complete removal of acne within three weeks

Elimination of acne scars

Inclusion of herbs that beautify the skin after the disappearance of acne and the scars

All the above benefits with virtually no side-effects

Affordability

Herbs in Herbal Acne Treatment Products:

Following herbs are commonly included in herbal acne treatment products.

Rose Hips:

Rose Hips or Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa in herbal acne treatment products provide rejuvenation to dry and aging skin. It is also a proven cure for acne.

Lemongrass:

Lemongrass or Cymbopogon Citratus is the herb many herbal acne treatment products contain due to its capability to calm acne.

Chamomile:

Chamomile or Matricaria Recutita helps soothes sensitive skin and is commonly found in many hot-selling herbal acne treatment products.

Rosemary:

Rosemary or Rosmarinus Officinalis is another herb that is included in the best rated herbal acne treatment products. This herb is known for its capability to stimulate and protect skin. This is also famous for its acne healing effects

Title:
Herbal Remedies And Other Non-Traditional Acne Treatments

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740

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In general, over-the-counter acne treatments and traditional prescription medications have proven effective in the reduction and virtual elimination of acne, there are other less traditional ways to approach the treatment of acne. When delving into non-traditional medicine most are dealing with approaches such as acupuncture, herbal medicines, homeopathic medicine, mind/body medicine, Ayurveda and Kampo as well as dietary and nutritional considerations. The following takes a ...


Keywords:
acne treatment, acne cure treatment, acne cure, acne, acne medicine, acne product, acne medication


Article Body:
In general, over-the-counter acne treatments and traditional prescription medications have proven effective in the reduction and virtual elimination of acne, there are other less traditional ways to approach the treatment of acne. When delving into non-traditional medicine most are dealing with approaches such as acupuncture, herbal medicines, homeopathic medicine, mind/body medicine, Ayurveda and Kampo as well as dietary and nutritional considerations. The following takes a look at each of these areas as they relate to acne.

Acupuncture: The use of acupuncture in the treatment of acne has not been scientifically evaluated but there have been reports that two acupuncture procedures have reduced the symptoms of acne: auricular acupuncture (acupuncture applied to the ear) and electro-acupuncture (acupuncture using a mild electrical current).

Herbal medicine: Some herbs are known to have anti-inflammatory properties and, for that reason, they may be helpful in the treatment of acne (as well as other skin conditions):

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) and flaxseed oil
Tea Tree Oil

The herbs that help reduce acne inflammation do so by reducing the amount of the P.acnes bacteria produced by the body as a reaction to clogged pores. Tea Tree oil has been favorably compared to benzoyl peroxide in the reduction of P.acnes and is said to have fewer side effects (stinging, itchiness and dry skin).

Homeopathic remedies: Homeopathic professionals evaluate the individual (their physical, emotional and intellectual makeup) before prescribing a treatment and then tailor the treatment to the individual. While homeopathy has not had the benefit of many scientific studies, professional homeopaths have found that certain homeopathic treatments reduce certain symptoms of acne:

Belladonna works best for people who are experiencing “hot” areas on their face or those who have pus-filled acne blemishes.

Calendula is used to treat pus-filled blemishes or blisters.
Hepar sulphur is useful for pus-filled blemishes that are painful.
Kali bromatum is used for deep acne blemishes, especially those on the forehead.
Silicea is used for deep, pus-filled acne blemishes.

Mind and body medicine: Mind and body approaches to the problem of acne are primarily through the practices of biofeedback, cognitive imagery and hypnotherapy.

Biofeedback and Cognitive Imagery: Biofeedback and cognitive imagery are relaxation therapies used because emotional stress can have an aggravating effect on acne. Biofeedback techniques train the individual to control some internal processes such as heart rate and muscle tension. Cognitive imagery (also called guided imagery) involves the use of mental pictures to relax and evoke helpful physical and emotional conditions. Together, when used properly by a person who has mastered the techniques, these methods have been shown to lessen the severity of acne breakouts.

Hypnosis: Hypnosis works pretty much the same way that biofeedback and cognitive imagery work, by relaxing the patient. The obvious difference is, of course, in the case of hypnosis, a professional practitioner is controlling the process.

Ayurveda: Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine originated in India. Ayurveda focuses primarily on diet and lifestyle. Each person, as we all know, is unique and Ayurveda treatments recognize this by tailoring recommendations to the individual.

The practitioner of Ayurveda observes the individual and applies knowledge he or she has learned through ancient texts that document the 'energetic forces' (called Tridoshas) that influence everything in nature -- including, of course, humans. Ayurvedistic remedies tend to be herbal; for example, the one Ayurvedic preparation that has proven best for acne relief, a preparation called “Sunder Vati” is an herbal remedy that consists of Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Holarrhena antidysenterica and Embelia ribes.

Kampo: Kampo is a Japanese version of traditional, ancient Chinese medicine. A Kampo treatment for acne, the treatment called: Keigai-rengyo-to (TJ-50), has proven effective in some cases. TJ-50 consists of seventeen herbs that have combined anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Among there herbs are: Skullcap root (Scutellaria lateriflora), Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Mint (Mentha arvensis), Angelica root (Angelica archangelica), Peony root (Paeonia lactiflora).

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements: It has been pretty well proven that, at least as a general proposition, diet has no effect on acne but there are certain foods that effect certain people in certain ways. There are many reports from individual acne sufferers that certain drinks or foods (it seems that nuts are particularly suspect) make their acne worse. All that can be said about this is pay attention to what you eat and how it affects you over the next few days.

Title:
Holistic Answers to Acne Questions

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792

Summary:
Learn how tea tree oil combined with medication, diet and lifestyle changes can treat and even cure acne.


Keywords:
acne,holistic acne treatment,acne cure,Kathryn Beach


Article Body:
People tend to think of their skin as a covering, like they think of their clothes, something that covers their bodies to make them more attractive and protect what lies beneath it.

Actually, our skin is an organ of the body, the largest organ. One of its purposes is to deliver an oily substance called sebum to the surface of the skin via fine hair follicles, through the openings called pores. This is part of our bodies' cleansing process.

The hair, sebum and the cells that line the follicle can form a plug which prevents sebum from reaching the surface; this is the beginning of acne.

The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) that normally live on the skin to grow in the plugged follicles. These bacteria produce chemicals and enzymes and attract white blood cells that cause inflammation.

When the wall of the plugged follicle breaks down, it spills everything into the nearby skin – sebum, shed skin cells, and bacteria – leading to lesions or pimples.

What is acne?

Acne is an imbalance believed by doctors to result from an increase of male sex hormones in both males and females, which causes the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Some research indicates genetics can affect the tendency to develop acne, also using certain drugs or greasy cosmetics.

Acne can occur during puberty, pregnancy, or while starting or stopping birth control pills. Acne is most commonly found in teenagers, usually disappears by the 20's or 30's, but has been known to extend into the 60's in some people.

Acne is usually not a serious health threat, but it can be accompanied by both emotional distress and physical discomfort. Permanent scarring can result in severe cases.

How can acne be treated?

Acne, like all chronic health problems, requires a systemic,wholistic approach for its control, and in some cases cure.

The goals of treatment are to heal existing lesions, stop new lesions from forming, prevent scarring, and minimize the psychological stress and embarrassment caused by this disease. Treatment options include drug treatment, skin treatments, diet, and lifestyle changes. Any and all treatment should be conducted under the supervision of a doctor.

Drug treatment is aimed at reducing several problems that play a part in causing acne:

    * abnormal clumping of cells in the follicles
    * increased oil production
    * bacteria
    * inflammation.

Be forewarned, all medications can have side effects. Check with your doctor and pharmacist.

Tea tree oil has been proven effective at killing acne bacteria and healing scars, and it won't clog pores, but many acne sufferers are very sensitive to the oil. So start out with a very mild dose. Add only a drop or two of pure tea tree oil to an ounce of pure aloe vera gel, which is particularly soothing and healing to irritated skin. Increase the amount of tea tree oil as you wish.

Limited research indicates that tea tree oil applied to acne lesions on the skin may work slower and may also cause fewer adverse effects (skin dryness, itching, stinging, or redness) than do other commonly prescribed acne drugs. The speed of action depends on the strength of the tea tree oil application.

Aside from individual experiences of irritation, there are no known side effects from using tea tree oil, but the oil may cause excessive drying of the skin when used with some other drugs that are used to treat acne, such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova) or isotretinoin (Accutane).

Dietary and lifestyle changes can help

There's more to this story; more than can be written in a short article. I will briefly touch on research-based information that supports dietary and lifestyle change to limit or help eliminate acne.

Most importantly, your diet will not cause or prevent acne, but if you are predisposed to getting acne, certain eating habits will encourage flareups, other habits will help your body fight the problem.

Firstly, eating refined carbohydrates and sugar leads to a surge in insulin and an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1. This in turn leads to an excess of male hormones, which encourage the skin to excrete large amounts of sebum.

Secondly, a diet rich in raw foods and antioxidants means that we consume more nutrients and fewer acne aggravating free radicals.

Lifestyle changes eliminate other factors that may trigger or worsen acne outbreaks. These include avoiding oily skin products and grease in the work environment (don't work in a kitchen where foods are deep fried, for example!), pressure from sports equipment and helmets, backpacks, tight collars, or tight sports uniforms; and environmental irritants, such as chemicals, pollution, and high humidity; touching your skin excessively or squeezing blemishes; hard scrubbing of the sking; and avoiding stress.

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Home Acne Treatments

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Quick home tips for curing acne.


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Using home treatments for mild cases of acne can easily be done if you follow a few guidelines. First off, though, it is important to keep in mind that for more severe cases like cystic acne, a consultation with a dermatologist is advised before beginning an at home regimen. However, home treatment of mild to moderate acne can dramatically reduce the appearance of acne on your face, giving you clearer skin and more confidence in your appearance.

After you decide that you want to treat your acne at home, it is essential that you are patient for the first couple of weeks. Acne medications do not work in a matter of days, as they need to fight deep below the surface to balance your skin, but after a couple of weeks you should start to see results. The same rule holds for prescription medications, as noticeable results will occur after a couple weeks. One of the first steps to improving your complexion is washing your face thoroughly two to three times a day. Wash your hands with an anti bacterial soap and, using a mild bar soap or acne scrub, thoroughly wash your face for about thirty seconds. Make sure that your bar soap is fragrance and color free as these can clog your pores and irritate your skin, causing inflammation and increased redness of your face.

If washing your face is not enough, further measures can be taken for home acne treatment. One of the most common is the use of benzoyl peroxide, which can be found in face wash, bar soap, topical cream or gel. Benzoyl peroxide is typically used once or twice daily, but initially most people should only apply it once a day or every other day to avoid redness and excessive drying. Generally, results will be evident after a few weeks, but if you do not notice a difference by then you should consult your dermatologist for advice.

Another popular home acne treatment is salicylic acid. You can usually find this in medicated facial pads and also in some face washes. Salicylic acid prevents your hair follicles from shedding excess skin and clogging your pores, thereby fighting the cause of most acne and blackheads.

Whichever home treatment you believe to be best for your acne, always keep in mind that the results are gradual and will be noticeable in a couple weeks. Follow the directions for your product and only use it the specified number of times per day. Also, combining treatments at the same time may cause irritation and excessive dryness to your face, so benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid should only be used one at a time. If you do not notice results for your home acne treatment after several weeks, contact your doctor for further advice.

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Home Acne Treatments Tips

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Home medication is the most common treatment of acnes. These are some ways of home acne treatments.


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Over the counter and prescription acne treatments often contain chemicals that many people do not wish to use. Instead, these people search for home treatments for acne. There are many home treatments for acne that actually do work. Here are some things you can try.

1. Apply essential oils, such as Tea Tree Oil, Bergamot Oil, Clove Oil, Lavender Oil, and Rosewood Oil. For sensitive skin, dilute the oil with grapeseed oil. Apply the oil before going to bed at night, then wash it away in the morning with a pure soap, such as Ivory, and clean water.

2. If you are not taking any medications that could cause you to be overly sensitive to the sun, try getting some sunshine everyday. The purpose is not to tan to hide the acne. Instead, the sun actually kills the bacteria, and dries up the sebum oil that produces acne. This is a common home treatment for acne that doesn't cost anything.

3. Acne begins on the inside of the body, not on the surface of the skin. Drink plenty of water - at least eight glasses per day - to help detoxify your body and cure acne. Also eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

4. For home treatment for acne, apply an oatmeal mask at least once or twice a week. Cook oatmeal, and while it is still warm (not scalding hot) apply it to your entire face. Allow the oatmeal to dry, then wash it away. You can also use dried oatmeal, dampened - but not cooked - with warm water as a facial scrub to exfolliate the skin and clean the pores.

5. Avoid eating processed foods, and stick to more natural fruits and vegetables. No food has ever been scientifically proven to cause acne, however, if you have a food allergy, the allergy often results in acne. Many people have food allergies, and go their entire lives without knowing it. Don't assume that a food allergy will leave you unconscious on the floor - the allergic reaction can appear in many forms, like acne breakouts. You can visit an allergist for a simple blood test to find out if you have any food allergies.

There are many other home treatments for acne, some of which work, and some of which do not work. The important thing is to drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, get plenty of sleep, wash your face at least twice a day, and take vitamins - especially vitamin A and vitamin E.

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Homemade Acne Treatments - Are They Really Working?

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Treatments for acne can begin from your kitchen. There are several vegetables and fruits which can be used to cure acne.

Most people are not convinced about the effectiveness of the homemade acne treatments. But if you check the ingredients of popular medicines for acne you will find that most of them consist of substances found in common vegetables and fruits. Acne is the result of the lack of vital vitamins like Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Pantothenic Acid. Deficiency in th...


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Treatments for acne can begin from your kitchen. There are several vegetables and fruits which can be used to cure acne.

Most people are not convinced about the effectiveness of the homemade acne treatments. But if you check the ingredients of popular medicines for acne you will find that most of them consist of substances found in common vegetables and fruits. Acne is the result of the lack of vital vitamins like Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Pantothenic Acid. Deficiency in these vitamins leads to the growth of bacteria that clogs the skin oil. This in turn leads to acne. Most of the medicines try to replenish the essential vitamins, which can be easily got by filling your diet with vegetable and fruits containing those vitamins.

Keeping the skin clean is an important part in the acne treatment. Cleaning the skin with lemon is an effective acne treatment. Lemon is used for several purposes mainly due to the presence of citric acid. The citric acid has several essential properties required to kill the harmful bacteria. Rub lemon on your skin before going to sleep and you will find a clear skin in the morning. Similarly, you can get rid of acne scars by applying tomato slice. Applying garlic on the spots is another effective homemade acne treatment. Mint juice also can remove skin lesions and scars.

Other homemade acne treatments include applying the paste of orange peels. This paste cleans the skin and fights harmful bacteria. Application of raw papayas can also bring relief to acne. Daily application of tea tree oil, coconut oil, lavender oil and jojoba oil before bathing for an hour can reduce acne. Including large amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet and drinking lot of water are part of acne treatment.

The success of homemade acne treatments depends on the dedication shown by the person. Simply rubbing lemon or tomato for a day will not cure acne. All home made acne treatments should be strictly followed for over a period of time.

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Homemade Acne Treatments - How To Do It The Right Way?

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Experts say acne facial treatments should begin with the diet and hygienic habits. Then there are over-the-counter drugs available, which have improved over the years and can bring about immediate results in most cases. But these things are successful in ‘most cases’ and not in all cases. For such exemptions – people who have experienced allergic reactions to medicines or for those the diet adjustments do not work – it is advisable to try out homemade acne treatments. Such ac...


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Experts say acne facial treatments should begin with the diet and hygienic habits. Then there are over-the-counter drugs available, which have improved over the years and can bring about immediate results in most cases. But these things are successful in ‘most cases’ and not in all cases. For such exemptions – people who have experienced allergic reactions to medicines or for those the diet adjustments do not work – it is advisable to try out homemade acne treatments. Such acne facial treatments are effective and cheap and one does not need the advice of a doctor to try it out.

One of the effective homemade acne facial treatments is cleansing the facial skin regularly using cotton dipped in alcohol. The alcohol not only cleanses the pores, but it also kills the bacteria causing infection. But take care not to over do it as excessive use of alcohol can cause skin irritation or cause the skin to peel off.

For somebody having a heavily oily skin, using oatmeal mask can bring about substantive results. This acne facial treatment makes use of a paste of oatmeal and water, which the person has to apply to his/her face twice a day. Keep the paste there on the face for 15-20 minutes and as the oatmeal paste dries up, it starts absorbing the excess oil from the skin. After removing the mask, rinse well with cold water.

Another successful homemade acne facial treatment is the facial mask made using honey and apples. In this technique, grated apple is mixed with four teaspoon full of honey and the resulting paste is applied on the face for 10 minutes. After removing the mask, rinse the face with warm water. Repeat the procedure twice or thrice a week.

Tomatoes also work wonders for oily skin. Apply mashed and drained tomato on the facial skin for 10 min and rinse well with warm water. For better results, this acne facial treatment must be done everyday at least once.

Caution – If you have pimples on your face, abstain from pricking it with your finger nails. Such an act could aggravate the conditions further. If any one treatment acne is not working, try out another; but touching and picking at the inflammations will help neither the person nor the medical condition.

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How A Dermatologist Can Help With Acne Problems

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Whether you're dealing with a mild case of acne or one that's more severe, a dermatologist can help you find the best treatment. Find out what you should know when you visit your dermatologist, including the questions that you should be asking.


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While a mild case of acne isn't necessarily a serious problem, it's still a good idea to see a dermatologist. They can give you helpful information about what could be causing your acne as well as the best treatments.

Plus, there is another skin condition called keratosis pilaris that is sometimes mistaken for acne and a dermatologist can tell you if that is what you're dealing with, saving you the time and hassles of using the wrong treatment.

It's a good idea to prepare for your visit with the dermatologist by making notes about your acne - as much as possible. They will ask you about your background - things like how long you've had acne, how you've treated it and what form it has taken (lesions, whiteheads, blackheads, etc.) They might also ask if there is a history of acne problems in your family.

Be sure to tell the doctor if you are allergic to any medications. Females might be asked about their menstrual cycle and males might need to tell the doctor how often they shave.

You might be given a choice of treatments so it helps to know a little about the options before you make your choice.

Antibiotics are one treatment - they're used to kill the bacteria that leads to acne. They can be taken orally or as a lotion or ointment that gets applied directly to the skin. In severe cases, it may be necessary to use both forms.

Topical treatments include things like benzoyl peroxide and retinoic acid. They usually come in the form of a gel and can sometimes cause redness and dry skin.

In more severe cases of acne, the dermatologist may recommend a physical treatment. This could include removal of whiteheads and blackheads and possibly drainage of cysts.

Whatever type of treatment you end up choosing, it's critical that you follow the doctor's directions. Take the recommended dosage - no more or no less. And even if your acne clears up, you need to continue to take the medication for as long as the doctor tells you to or the acne may reappear.

Some of the questions you should keep in mind to ask the doctor include:

- What kind of treatment would work best for my acne?
- How long will it take before I see results?
- What is the best way to care for my skin?
- What can I do to prevent scarring?
- Is it okay for me to use makeup?
- Does this treatment have any side effects?
- How long will I need to take this medication?

As acne treatments can go on for some time, make sure you ask any questions you have each time to see your doctor. Being as informed as possible will make your treatment much easier to deal with.

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How A Simple Home Remedy For Acne Got Rid Of My Acne

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As a sufferer of acne, I was finally glad to get my life back after using a simple home remedy for acne that worked and got rid of my acne.

I always hated life, I would awake in the morning and just couldn't face the mirror in my room, the sight of my own face would turn me off even more, I would just sit there feeling depressed.

No one can imagine the many different acne treatment solutions I tried, one after the other, it seemed as if nothing worked. But, I just never...


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As a sufferer of acne, I was finally glad to get my life back after using a simple home remedy for acne that worked and got rid of my acne.

I always hated life, I would awake in the morning and just couldn't face the mirror in my room, the sight of my own face would turn me off even more, I would just sit there feeling depressed.

No one can imagine the many different acne treatment solutions I tried, one after the other, it seemed as if nothing worked. But, I just never gave up hope that one day I would finally be able to rid myself of acne.

I would face the day asking myself one question:

Is there a acne cure that works for me?

I began to get depressed and tried to avoid my friends and family, my bedroom became my world, just living compound to those four walls. I used to spend hours and come up with very lame excuses, just to not face anyone.

The one day it happened, I saw an online ad, that stated that an overlooked yet simple home remedy for acne can rid you of acne.

I read that page at least one hundred times, and decided to take a chance and see if this would work, and I am glad I did.
Yes, it really worked, that simple home remedy for acne cured my acne. I was finally free.

That is where I also learned that many people believe they have acne, but they are actually only suffering from skin conditions that are related to acne, by simply balancing the skin PH value you can heal that condition.

It is very important to understand what causes your acne, because only then can you discover a cure to rid yourself of that skin disease.

Nothing can change the way I feel now, because I have had many years of hiding and not being able to look anyone in the face, but there is hope for all, take a chance, and see if this simple home remedy for acne can be the answer to your problems.

Another problem I hear people talking about is that adult acne isn't as serious as teenage acne, well that is a whole load of hog wash.
Acne is horrible no matter at what age, I guess those touting that rumor has never suffered with acne, and they have no clue what they are talking about.

I can only offer you hope and insist you never give up trying to find your acne cure, as each one of us is different, but we seek the same gold and that is to find a simple home remedy for acne that will not cost too much.

My best friend face was constantly red, he thought he had acne, well he didn't and that is where the problem starts, not because you think it's acne, that means it is.

Get the facts, and learn the exact steps I took to cure my acne by following this simple home remedy for acne. I know my English isn't the best and I am no doctor, but I do know what worked for me.

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How Acne Starts and How yuo Can Stop IT

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This article states the most common way of acne's growth. It also has the ways of stoping it from growing.


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Acne affects almost everyone — more than 90% of all adolescents, nearly 50% of all adult women and 25% of all adults. Crossing gender lines as well as national borders, it's one of the most widespread medical conditions in the world. Yet there's still no cure.

But there is hope. While acne is not curable, it is treatable. We now know more about controlling this condition than ever before. The secret to managing acne is prevention — stopping this condition before it exhibits visual symptoms. Once you have found an acne treatment that helps you accomplish this, it's important to stick with it. Even after pimples disappear, you may need to continue treatment to keep new blemishes at bay. It's also crucial to begin treatment as soon as the first signs appear; the sooner you address your acne, the less likely you are to experience permanent damage to your skin. Of course, in order to stop acne, we must first find out how it starts.

What causes acne? One of the most important things you can learn about acne is this:

It's not your fault. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by anything you're doing — what you eat, how often you wash your face or work out — but by a combination of factors at work far beneath the surface of your skin.

A healthy follicle
A blemish begins approximately 2–3 weeks before it appears on your skin's surface. It starts in your sebaceous hair follicles — the tiny holes commonly called pores. Deep within each follicle, your sebaceous glands are working to produce sebum, the oil that keeps your skin moist and pliable. As your skin renews itself, the old cells die, mix with your skin's natural oils, and are sloughed off. Under normal circumstances, these cells are shed gradually, making room for fresh new skin.

But sloughing is different for everyone. Some people shed cells evenly; some don't. Uneven shedding causes dead cells to become sticky, clumping together to form a plug — much like a cork in a bottle. This plug, or comedo, traps oil and bacteria inside the follicle.

A plugged follicle
The plug traps oil and bacteria within the follicle, which begins to swell as your skin continues its normal oil production. Your body then attacks the bacteria with a busy swarm of white blood cells. The whole process takes 2–3 weeks, culminating in a pimple.

An inflamed acne lesion
Why me? There is no one simple "cause" of acne — the condition is influenced by many factors, many which are out of your control. The regularity with which you shed skin cells can change throughout your life. The rate at which you produce sebum is affected by your hormone balance, which is often in flux — especially for women. Research has also shown that genetics play a big part in the development and persistence of acne, so your family history is a valuable prediction tool as well when considering the various causes of acne.

One of the best weapons in the fight against acne, however, is knowledge; if you know what causes acne, it's easier to formulate a good plan of attack. There are five primary culprits contributing to this process. Each of these factors may vary dramatically between individuals. While you don't have control over these factors, understanding them can help you in your search for the proper acne treatment.

Acne Causes - Culprit #1: Hormones. For the majority of acne sufferers, the trouble begins at puberty, when the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body's development. In acne sufferers, however, the sebaceous glands are overstimulated by androgens, sometimes well into adulthood. Androgens are also responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle and, on occasion, pregnancy.

Acne Causes - Culprit #2: Extra sebum. When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum. In its journey up the follicle toward the surface, the sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging — and can cause acne.

Acne Causes - Culprit #3: Follicle fallout. Normally, dead cells within the follicle shed gradually and are expelled onto the skin’s surface. But in patients with overactive sebaceous glands — and in nearly everyone during puberty — these cells are shed more rapidly. Mixed with a surplus of sebum, the dead skin cells form a plug in the follicle, preventing the skin from finishing its natural process of renewal.

Acne Causes - Culprit #4: Bacteria. The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, (P. acnes for short) is a regular resident of all skin types; it’s part of the skin’s natural sebum maintenance system. Once a follicle is plugged, however, P. acnes bacteria multiply rapidly, creating the chemical reaction we know as inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.

Acne Causes - Culprit #5: Inflammation. When your body encounters unwanted bacteria, it sends an army of white blood cells to attack the intruders. This process is called chemotaxis; or, simply put, the inflammatory response. This is what causes pimples to become red, swollen and painful. The inflammatory response is different for everyone, but studies have shown that it is especially strong in adult women.

What can I do? Fortunately, you have options! There are many kinds of acne treatments available today. But first, you should try to determine the type and severity of your condition. Acne, like a person, is highly individual — it can take many forms, and have a highly variable response to treatment. The more you know about your specific form of acne, the more likely you are to find a treatment that works for you. Learn more about the types of acne.

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How Does Vitamin Deficiency Cause Acne

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Acne is a major concern in the world today. As the media continues to grow, people become more and more self conscious and worry about their looks constantly. Acne is a major cause of low self esteem in many people and this can lead to future problems. There is a huge push in the fight against acne and the high sales of acne fighting products shows this. However, there are a few other methods to help battle acne that should also be considered.

Before thinking about treatin...


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Acne is a major concern in the world today. As the media continues to grow, people become more and more self conscious and worry about their looks constantly. Acne is a major cause of low self esteem in many people and this can lead to future problems. There is a huge push in the fight against acne and the high sales of acne fighting products shows this. However, there are a few other methods to help battle acne that should also be considered.

Before thinking about treating acne, one should know the basics of it. Although the basic causes of pimples is unknown, what is known is that they are caused by the pore collapsing on itself and preventing the sebum (the oil) from escaping. Causes of acne can range from hormones, diet, biology (genes), vitamin deficiency, and stress. Most often the causes involve a variety of these factors.

Since the exact cause of pimples and acne can't be traced and targeted, dealing with the other factors that can lead to acne is the next best thing. Obviously, medication can't help things like biology, hormones, and stress. However, diet and vitamin deficiency are two important factors that should be considered when looking to combat acne. Whenever a person considers taking steps to fight their acne, looking to change their diet and increase their consumption of certain vitamins should be at the top of their list and should always be involved in their battle plan.

While there are many vitamins that can all contribute to the vitamin deficiency that can be a factor in causing acne, the main ones are Vitamins A, B, C, E, Chromium, and Zinc. The simple fact is that most people are deficient of vitamins and minerals, most in fact, due to diet habits. In fact, it is estimated that only between 10-20% of Americans actually consume the recommended amount of most vitamins and minerals. Due to this, it is no wonder that vitamin deficiencies led their hand to many problems such as causing acne.

You're probably thinking, "How can vitamins possibly help?" Well, one important thing to remember is that your skin is the largest organ on your body. Although the outer layer may be dead cells, the skin is still a living, growing, replenishing organ that requires nutrients and case just like any other organ in the body. A lack of these nutrients can cause many problems, one of them being that nuisance acne, and it important to keep the body and the skin well nurtured.

No vitamin is a miracle cure that will wipe acne out of your life and be some sort of savior. However, used in combination with other methods of acne prevention and cleansing, vitamins help to flush out the skin and actually promote the defense against acne. Many of the vitamins mentioned are antioxidants and will help to flush toxins and free radicals from the body, including the skin. Other vitamins have antibacterial effects and actually help to fight acne before it starts. Both of these are extremely important factors in fighting and preventing acne.

It is also very important to note that any vitamin taken too excessively is toxic and can lead to many negative effects and is very dangerous. Remember, these aren't miracle cures. Fighting acne is not a quick process, it takes time, and taking too many vitamins not only won't clear up the acne any quicker but it also will can cause illness and other problems. Be patient and smart about any vitamins you decide to take.

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How New Acne Drugs Are Developed

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states its purpose in the following mission statement:

"The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effecti...


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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states its purpose in the following mission statement:

"The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health."

In 2005 the FDA provided a public draft guidance document to the pharmaceutical industry on the development of drugs to treat acne vulgaris, or acne. The draft guidance document contains the FDA's current thinking on the development of acne drugs and the methods that should be used.

Some of the guidance document information is summarized below. At the time of this writing the FDA document had not been finalized.


Types of Acne Lesions

The two major types of acne lesions are classified as non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne lesions are more commonly known as whiteheads and blackheads. Inflammatory acne lesions include papules and pustules and are more deeply seated in the skin than the non-inflammatory lesions.


How Acne Severity Is Rated

Currently there is no standardized method for rating the severity of acne outbreaks. Several methods have been proposed, but each has its difficulties. A sample scale for rating acne severity is summarized below, from least to most severe:

0 Clear skin with no inflammatory or non-inflammatory lesions

1 Almost clear; rare non-inflammatory lesions with no more than one small inflammatory lesion

2 Mild severity; greater than Grade 1; some non-inflammatory lesions with no more than a few inflammatory lesions (papules/pustules only, no nodular lesions)

3 Moderate severity; greater than Grade 2; up to many non-inflammatory lesions and may have some inflammatory lesions, but no more than one small nodular lesion

4* Severe; greater than Grade 3; up to many non-inflammatory and inflammatory lesions, but no more than a few nodular lesions

(* worsening beyond Grade 4 is possible).


Acne Drug Treatment Study Groups

Acne drug test groups should be large enough to be statistically significant so that any claims of success and safety can be supported. Test patients are usually recruited during their most severe acne breakouts.

Acne drug trials are recommended to be randomized, blinded, multicenter trials, and other requirements will also apply. A control or placebo group should be utilized.

Furthermore, those doing testing should recruit test populations that are representative of the age, race, gender, and geographic location of acne patients in the United States.


Determining The Success Of Acne Drug Treatments

Acne severity is rated at the beginning and end of every test. Photographic evidence and/or lesion counts may also be taken. It is proposed to measure the success of acne medications as either a success or a failure, based on one of these two methods of measuring success:

1. Success meaning a rating of clear skin or almost clear (severity rating 0 or 1) within the test period; or

2. Success meaning an improvement of 2 severity grades within the test period. Under this definition, a successful test subject would have a severity improvement from 4 to 2 within the test period, as an example.


The Final Decision On New Acne Drugs

Several phases of testing are recommended for proposed acne drugs. Studies must be designed to account for effects such as test dropouts. Rigorous data analysis must be performed in conformance with FDA regulations. Only acne drug test data that has been validated and undergone quality assurance testing should be submitted to the FDA for approval.

Only through a rigorous and tightly-controlled testing and analysis procedure, followed by FDA approval, can new acne drugs be made available to the public.

The resource link below contains free information on the best ways to utilize FDA-approved prescription and over the counter acne drugs and treatments.

Source: Guidance for Industry, Acne Vulgaris: Developing Drugs for Treatment, DRAFT GUIDANCE, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), September 2005, Clinical/Medical.

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How the Liver Prevents Acne

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The liver is responsible for detoxifying the blood as it comes from the colon, lungs, and lymphatic system.  Discover how the liver contributes to acne or other skin disorders.


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The liver is responsible for detoxifying the blood as it comes from the colon, lungs, and lymphatic system.  Once detoxified, this blood moves into your entire body to provide your cells with oxygen and digested nutrients.

Because you eat, breathe, and create so many toxins, the liver has a hard time neutralizing these toxins.  If you are constipated, this puts an extreme toxic load on your liver, which eventually leads to the excretion of these toxins through your skin and face.  Excessive toxins coming out through your skin can lead to acne and other skin disorders.

All cellular wastes, used up hormones, and excess hormones are routed to the liver through your lymphatic system.  Once in the liver, the liver starts the detoxifying process.  If the liver is overloaded with toxins, it will start to store these toxins in its own cells, in the cells of your organs, in your joints, in your skin, or any other place where the body is weak.

Hormones, such as androgens that are not neutralized by the liver, can get back into the blood and move into the skin cells where they pile up and cause an over production of sebum that will flow into the hair follicle.  This over production can cause acne.

Eating good fiber daily can keep your colon clean and free of constipation.   Fiber can also trap excess hormones and prevent them from being reabsorbed into your blood through your colon walls.

If you are a typical eater, then most likely you have been surviving on junk food.  The quantity of toxic chemical and non-food additives that are in the food that you eat accumulates in your colon, your liver, your blood, and in your face as toxins that needs to be neutralized and eliminated.

All junk food and processed food is detrimental to your health and to your face.  Once you stop punishing yourself and forcing your body to process toxic food products, you will have a chance of clearing your colon, liver, blood and the blemished conditions of your face.

One other thing, when the liver is congested and weak, it does not produce enough bile.  Bile is needed in your small intestine to help digest fat and to promote good colon health.  In your colon, bile helps to activate peristaltic action and thus prevents constipation.

Title:
How To Acne Best Treatment Program

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685

Summary:
How To Acne Best Treatment Program - Guaranteed! Quickly and Easily!


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How To Acne Best Treatment Program


Article Body:
Despite acne treatments and medications having improved dramatically over the years, acne still seems to take a firm hold on many people.  If your acne has not improved within 4-6 weeks following treatment with such products, you should consult your doctor.  Current understanding of the different presentations of acne allows for individualized treatments and improved outcomes.  Also, treatment must be given constantly to all acne-prone areas, and not just to individual existing pimples.

    Severe Acne: Antibiotics given by mouth, including tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, and erythromycin, are reserved for the treatment of severe acne.  It's essential that teens with acne be given an appropriate treatment regimen.  However, acne scar treatment available today cannot only wipe out the infliction(in many cases), but can also deliver smooth, refreshed skin.  Even if outbreaks of acne cannot be eliminated, conventional treatment can provide relief.  Even dermatologists cannot cure a severe case of acne but can only provide an acne treatment regimen.  We have a growing impressive line of therapeutic quality natural herbal based treatments to keep your acne and oily skin healthy.  Little is known about how personality and emotional traits affect acne and its impact on quality of life and treatment.

    Objectives To evaluate the relationship between TA and acne severity, skin-related quality of life, satisfaction with treatment, and adherence to treatment.  Unfortunately, 60% of these women either do not respond to standard acne treatment or build up a tolerance to frequently used medications.  You can then build up your use gradually.7 No home treatments for acne will work immediately.  Unfortunately, about 60 percent of these women either do not respond to standard acne treatment or build up a tolerance to frequently used medications.  Most people who suffer from acne go out and spend good money on common over-the-counter acne treatment products.  For healthy skin, Americans spend billions of dollars on acne treatment and anti-aging skin care products every year.

    Most people who suffer from acne go out and spend good money on common over-the-counter acne treatment products.  And no matter what a drug ad says, acne treatments alone will not help you win the battle against acne.  CEighty percent of inflammatory acne cases clear up after four weeks of twice-weekly treatments, Leal says.  "Basically if someone with mild acne presents for treatment, your first line of defense will be a topical regimen," says Dr.  Alternative therapies continue to gain new respect in acne treatment.  Even after blemishes disappear, you usually must continue to use an effective acne treatment to keep new blemishes from forming.

   Once you've got your acne cleared up it's important to continue with the treatment that's working so it does not return.  Cryotherapy is another treatment for acne scars, using repeated freezing to gently shrink scar tissue.  Here you will find information about acne scar treatment.  An individual can either use any generic mild facial soap or a soap made especially for acne by major treatment brands.  We are particularly interested in how Alabu soap may have helped with acne treatment and other acne skin conditions.  (17) In the 1800s dermatologists used acne treatment such as sulfur in which this dried out the skin.  Although long used in treatment of acne, it is not known how sulfur acts on the skin to influence the development of acne.  Sulfur is less frequently used by itself as an acne treatment due to its unpleasant odor.  What is known as an anti-inflammatory treatment for acne is embracing a certain lifestyle.

   When choosing a treatment for your acne condition, it is important to know about acne treatment lifestyle changes.  A wide range of (lifestyle) treatments can give you control over your acne.  Objectives To collate and evaluate the evidence on the clinical efficacy of minocycline in the treatment of inflammatory acne vulgaris.  The review found that there was no reliable evidence that minocycline was better than any other acne treatment and that more research is needed.  Objective  To review the best evidence available for individualized treatment of acne.  Shaw JC: Low-dose adjunctive spironolactone in the treatment of acne in women: a retrospective analysis of 85 consecutively treated patients.
http://www.acne-proactive-treatment.com/acne-best-treatment/

Title:
How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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983

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This holiday season buck the trends and avoid the Seasonal Seven (the average weight most of us will gain between Thanksgiving and the New Year). That’s one trend you don’t want to participate in!  Learn tips to help you get through the season without gaining weight.


Keywords:
exercise, fitness, weight loss, diet, holiday


Article Body:
The holiday season is undoubtedly a time for rejoicing. Unfortunately, the average adult does a little too much celebrating during this time of year, which leads to extra baggage when the New Year rings in. Festivities that include indulging in extra helpings, snacking on seasonal treats, and little to no workout time all contribute to the increase in dieters in January.
So, this holiday season buck the trends and avoid the Seasonal Seven (the average weight most of us will gain between Thanksgiving and the New Year). That’s one trend you don’t want to participate in!

Even though this time of year may bring upon additional stresses and challenges, there are ways to find balance and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Though at times it may seem impossible to bypass the season's traditional foods, there are many ways to partake in the fun without increasing your pant size. The festivities don’t have to be eliminated or avoided. You can have a fabulous time while also maintaining your weight and your fitness regimen.

Moderation is the word of the season. It’s the secret to achieving a fun but also healthy holiday time. With a moderate approach both to what you eat (or don’t eat) and how much exercise you do (or don’t do), you can avoid packing on weight AND also partake in all the fun of this time of year. So this season, get a head start on the New Year instead of starting January with extra pounds to lose.

Here are some tips to help you during those hectic holiday weeks:

Create a plan ahead of time. Before the holidays sneak up on you, create a plan for incorporating fitness and good nutrition into your daily routine. Evaluate your holiday schedule and then determine how much time you will realistically have available to devote to working out.
If you work in an office setting be prepared for the deluge of guilty treats your co-workers and other business associates will graciously want to share. Stash your own healthy snacks in your desk so you won’t be tempted to overindulge when your grumbling stomach demands a 3:00 snack time.
Don’t put your fitness goals on hold until the New Year. If you can’t exercise as often during this time period as you normally do, adjust appropriately. Don’t use the excuse that since you don’t have time for your full workout you just won’t workout at all. Instead accept your limited availability and simply reduce the frequency and/or duration of your exercise. It’s much better to cut your fitness time in half than to completely eliminate it.
When attending a holiday function, try to eat ahead of time to lessen your hunger. If the party is in the evening, eat breakfast, lunch and a snack before hand (just as you would on any other day).  Since you have eaten meals earlier in the day, you’ll be less tempted to go overboard and eat everything in sight. However, if you instead starve all day long attempting to “save up” all your calories for the party, you will be so famished by the time it begins that it will be difficult not to overeat.
Schedule your workouts. Mark them on the calendar and set-aside time to complete them. Consider them as important as any other appointment or event you have marked on your calendar.
At holiday dinners, skip the gravy, dressings, and high-calorie condiments.
On days that you really lack motivation or simply do not have time for your complete exercise routine, commit to do just 10 minutes of exercise. You’ll probably end up doing more than that once you get started. Even if you only end up completing 10 minutes, that is still a lot better than zero minutes.
When at a party, scout out healthy food options rather than doing a grab and run on all the unhealthy selections. For example, vegetable sticks (without dip), fruit pieces, plain chicken pieces, etc. Then move on to some of the less healthy (but yummy) offerings. You will be less likely to overindulge on these foods if you have already filled-up on some of the healthier items. Yet, you will not feel deprived or unsatisfied.
Exercise at home. You’ll be more inclined to follow-through on your exercise commitment if you don’t have to drive somewhere to do your workout. Plus, you won’t waste any time on driving, parking, the locker room or waiting to use equipment. Working out at home requires very little equipment (it even can be equipment-free) and is quite inexpensive.
Avoid wasting calories on alcoholic beverages. The average alcoholic drink contains 150-200 calories per glass. Indulge in just 2-3 drinks and you’ve drunk the equivalent calories of an entire meal. If you partake in these beverages, choose wisely. For example, instead of having a full glass of wine, try mixing half a glass of wine with sparkling water or with a diet soda. This will help cut your calories in half.
When running errands or shopping, be sure to pack some healthy snacks to have on-hand. Then after you work-up a big appetite, you won’t be tempted to grab something at the mall food court or the fast food restaurant on the way home.
Don’t linger at the buffet or in the kitchen. If you loiter in close proximity to all the guilty temptations, you’ll struggle to keep from unconsciously shoveling food into your mouth.
Focus on socializing. Remember one of the great things about the holidays is spending time with friends and family. During get-togethers spend the majority of time sharing conversation instead of sharing desserts.

Hopefully these tips will help you find a balance between staying fit and also enjoying the fun of the season. Remember, moderation is the key. Have a great holiday season!

Title:
How to Control and Treat Acne During Pregnancy

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478

Summary:
A major problem faced by women during pregnancy is acne.  The utmost care has to be taken to control pimples during pregnancy with safe medications.


Keywords:
Acne, pimples, pimple, acne treatment, acne in pregnancy, acne tips, adult acne, adolescent acne, skin care.


Article Body:
The period during pregnancy is considered to be the most pleasant moment in any woman’s life, as it brings a new life into this world.  It can be different for different women. Some may face a lot of side effects during pregnancy, while others do not face any.  A major problem faced by women during pregnancy is acne.  It is likely to develop in the first trimester of the pregnancy due to hormonal changes that take place in the body.  The difficult part is that, acne treatment can be frustrating, as it should be kept in mind to ensure that any medication taken to control acne does not harm to the fetus.  Most of the acne treatments are not safe to be used during pregnancy. The over-the-counter drugs for treating acne can even cause birth defects in the baby. 

Treatments to be avoided during pregnancy:

Acne treatment which contains Accutane :  Studies have revealed that when this ingredient is used, it might be very dangerous to the baby causing birth defects, or in some cases, it might lead to miscarriage.  This ingredient is not to be used even during breast feeding period.

Tetracycline usage too is not recommended:  Tetracycline is an oral antibiotic used in the treatment of adults and teenagers, but not recommended during pregnancy as it may lead to poor bone development in the baby.  It is also said to cause discolored teeth in them.

Medications containing female hormones: Researchers are still inconclusive on this subject, which are related with the development of the fetus and the female hormones, certain hormones can be passed on to the baby either during breast feeding or during pregnancy.  But then, it is thought to cause birth defects in the baby.

Even though acne during pregnancy is not uncommon, it could cause fears of using topical drugs or any kind of treatment during such period for acne, hence could cause stress.  With the hormonal changes happening and the growth of new life within during pregnancy period, it could pose a challenge to control acne too during such period.

By following a simple and easy- to-follow methods, women can avoid and control acne during pregnancy without any side effect:

Drink plenty of water, for a clear skin.  Mild exercises during pregnancy can stimulate the blood circulation to all the parts of the body preventing from the outbreak of acne.  Fresh fruits and vegetables should be consumed after a thorough wash.  Pregnant women should avoid junk foods and foods prepared in the microwave oven. Cleanliness is the secret in the prevention of acne, hence pillows covers can be changed often, Hair brushes and combs should be free from dirt, face could be washed with mild soap and cold water, if possible massaging and steaming can be done to get a clearer skin.

Title:
How to Cure Acne Naturally

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731

Summary:
Take it from a guy who suffered from acne for close to a decade, if you’ve given up hope on how to control your acne or are looking for how to control this skin disorder, this article will explain how you can cure your acne naturally.


Keywords:
Acne, Health, Diet


Article Body:
Let’s face it: We mostly judge people on how they look.

This is a fact that cannot be denied and the reason why almost everyone is obsessed with their appearance. This is also why if anyone suffers from acne, they often go to any length to control this image distorting skin disease.

I am saying this from first-hand experience, pimples, commonly known as acne, can literally make you miserable. Imagine having a big bump nestled right on your lower lip with other small bumps crowding your face and all the while you’re talking to someone you keep wondering : “ Is this person looking at the bump…?”

Perhaps you may have tried everything from the popular products advertised on TV, to the over the counter drugs at the local pharmacy. Believe me, I have and NOTHING worked, on the contrary, they made matters worse.

I tried exfoliating, using a mask, applying astringents, creams. My roommate literally had to yell once: “What’s with all this ‘make-up’ like you are a Vegas show-girl?”
It would be an understatement to say my experience with acne was horrible.

I had just about given up hope and decided to accept the myths that maybe just maybe it was in my genes or as my pastor at the time said: “It was God’s will for me…” but, it was right around this time that I stumbled upon an associate whose conversation with me that day forever changed my life-at least in regards to dealing with acne.

He asked what I was using to control the acne and if you are a sufferer, you may know the feeling that arises within when someone brings up the subject of your malady. I got defensive and mentioned the product I was using rather snappily. He kept right on and as if sensing my discomfort, assured me he was only trying to help.

He introduced me to juice fasting as a therapeutic measure of healing (not the religious practice I thought it was) and also discussed facial massaging and how to properly cleanse the face. I was intrigued by these methods for the following reasons

1. They were natural
2. They cost little or nothing
3. They made the most sense

After trying each of the methods simultaneously, within about 3 or 4 days, I was relieved of the acne and even the razor bumps I also had. If felt good to be able to walk into the office and know that the girls were looking at me admirably and it was also a relief to know this horrendous mask was finally taken off me!

Years later after learning more about Naturopathy, Yoga and diet, I decided to dedicate a page on my website to offer this free information on how to cure acne naturally to my readers and am now including some of the tips in this article.

1. If you want to control your acne; you must make a change in your diet now.
This will not only clear up your skin, but will increase your all around health and well-being. A suggested diet will be a mucus-less diet comprising of raw and cooked Fruits, Leafy and Root vegetables augmented with a fast of some type. Remember the quote by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine: “Let your foods be your medicine as nature heals ALL diseases!”

2. I can boldly say rid yourself of all topical and ingested drugs you are using to control acne as they only- from my experience- make matters worse.

3. Learn how to massage the face. You can type up facial massaging in your favorite search engine or simply view the free instructions and photos on my site. (Thank Goodness for the internet eh…?)

4. Change your pillowcase daily.

5. Steer clear of using microwaves. My anecdote on this device is in the same section mentioned in tip #3.

6. Engage in some form of vigorous exercise. This not only makes you fitter and healthier but aids tip #1 in detoxifying the skin, this being the second most important eliminating organ next to the lungs as stated by Dr. Stanley Burroughs, the author of the Master Cleanser.

In applying these steps above, you will definitely notice a drastic improvement in your skin. You too can cure your acne naturally without drugs and expensive visits to the dermatologists; you only need to be shown how.

If one way is true, it is the way of Nature.

Title:
How To Deal With Acne

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502

Summary:
People who suffer from acne know that it is no laughing matter. Having bad acne can lead to shyness, under-confidence and insecurity so any product on the market that promises to solve acne problems is sure to be popular. However, if you are an acne sufferer then there is some good news; when you are in the later years of your life, your skin will be wrinkle-free. This is because acne sufferers have oily skin and these active oil glands will be of great benefit in later years...


Keywords:
acne pimples skin cream treatments blackheads medicine spots


Article Body:
People who suffer from acne know that it is no laughing matter. Having bad acne can lead to shyness, under-confidence and insecurity so any product on the market that promises to solve acne problems is sure to be popular. However, if you are an acne sufferer then there is some good news; when you are in the later years of your life, your skin will be wrinkle-free. This is because acne sufferers have oily skin and these active oil glands will be of great benefit in later years when the skin looses its elasticity.

Acne is usually found where the oil glands are more active and where the skin has more pores. The pores are the holes where the body hair comes through, and the oil glands that are around these pores secret sebum. The sebum may be produced in excessive amounts and this combined with any grime that is on the skin, will develop into acne.

The other thing to remember about acne is that it will clear up. Most people do suffer with acne when they are a teenager, but the acne will lessen as you get older, and having wrinkle-free skin in the later years in life is a great thing to look forward to!

Many people will try an array of products to try and get rid of acne. But you do not need to use expensive toiletries or cosmetics to help acne. There are a few basic things that you can do to help clear up acne and calm the skin down. Firstly start with a cleaning regime that you do everyday. By strictly keeping the skin clean, by cleansing toning and moisturising you will help your acne. You don’t need to use very expensive products for this; just by cleaning and toning your skin everyday should help with your acne.

The other thing that you can do to help with acne problems is look at your diet. It is always important to have a healthy diet, and this can be of great importance where acne is concerned. Make sure you have a varied diet and eat an array of all of the food groups.

Drinking plenty of water and eating a lot of fruit and vegetables will help not only your health but also your acne. Another great way to combat acne is by doing exercise. Increasing the blood flow to the skin will help with acne, but it is important to remember to keep clean when exercising and shower before and after.

If you make these simple changes to your life you will feel the benefit and you will also see an improvement to your acne. Acne can be a real problem but if you do all that you can by changing what you eat and how you exercise you will soon see an improvement in your acne. It’s important to remember that acne does not stay forever, so no matter how bad you think your acne is now, it will get better.

Title:
How To Get Rid Of Acne: 3 Steps Toward A Fair Complexion

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426

Summary:
There are many types of acne, but the most common form occurs during the teenage years when young adults experience a dramatic increase in hormone levels. These hormones signal the skin glands to produce more oil. When this oil mixes with dead cells, it can clog pores in the skin and trap bacteria as well. The result is often a raised tissue area characterized by swelling, redness, and pus. These bumps are also known as “pimples,” the symptom most commonly associated with acn...


Keywords:
get rid of acne


Article Body:
There are many types of acne, but the most common form occurs during the teenage years when young adults experience a dramatic increase in hormone levels. These hormones signal the skin glands to produce more oil. When this oil mixes with dead cells, it can clog pores in the skin and trap bacteria as well. The result is often a raised tissue area characterized by swelling, redness, and pus. These bumps are also known as “pimples,” the symptom most commonly associated with acne.

Acne can occur anywhere on the face, neck, back, or chest, and severe cases can lead to social alienation, or emotional and physical scars. Although mild acne can not be entirely prevented, you can take three steps to minimize its impact.

Gently Cleanse Your Skin: Each day, gently wash your skin with lukewarm water. Avoid scrubbing your face too hard or washing it too often. Doing so can make your acne worse. Also avoid using skin and hair care products that contain excess oil. Instead, use water-based skin care soaps that gently cleanse your skin, such as Neutrogena or Dove.

Apply Topical Ointments: At least once daily, but no more than three times a day, apply a nonprescription topical ointment to problematic areas. One of the best products is Clearasil because it contains both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Benzoyl peroxide works to unplug clogged pores, while salicylic acid helps clear up blemishes by causing the top layer of skin to peel. Products that contain tea tree oil (commonly found in gels, creams, and lotions) or alpha-hydroxy acid are also desirable. However, remember that if you use a product too often, your acne can get worse. So confine your applications to less than three times per day unless otherwise directed by a doctor.

Avoid the Following: Make sure to avoid the following acts which can trigger acne flare-ups: overexposure to the sun, the wearing of tight-fitting items that rub against the skin, excess stress, constant touching of the face, working with oils or harsh chemicals, excessive sweating, hair hanging in your face, or the use of hair care products that contain oils. Also avoid squeezing pimples. Squeezing pimples can result in an infection and/or long-term scaring.

While mild acne is annoying, it will eventually pass. Most people will outgrow acne by their early-twenties, so there is reason to be optimistic. Make each of the above steps part of your daily routine, and you should be able to control your acne. However, those with more severe cases of acne should consult a dermatologist.

Title:
How to identify the best skin care lotion for you

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552

Summary:
How to identify the best skin care lotion for you


Keywords:
skin care acne lotions creams


Article Body:
Lotion is a beauty product made from water and oil mixture that is being applied to skin to keep it soft and younger looking. Lotions available in the market today are being used as antiseptics, antibiotic, antifungal, and anti-acne agents. In addition, they are also being used as protective or soothing agents and commonly use to aid body massage.

Lotions are enriched with essential oils and/or botanicals to care for the skin. They are specially formulated to leave skin feeling soft and silky smooth. In addition, they beautify, improve tone, and hydrate all sensitive and delicate skin types.

When people buy lotion, they must consider their skin type first to get the most appropriate one. Here are some tips when buying skin care lotions:

1.    Normal skin.

People who are lucky enough to have normal skin can use any type of lotion. These people do not have noticeable blemishes or acne. Their skin is soft and supple. Also, their skin has beautiful texture and pigment and does not have oily sheen. These people can get any lotion available in the market today and won’t have problems keeping their skin looking brilliant and attractive. However, dermatologists recommend lotions that contains Vitamin E, A, and C to keep the skin smooth and soft.

2.    Oily skin.

Oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous gland. People who have oily skin have wet sheen around the chin, nose, and forehead. They also have visible pimples and blackheads all over the face and sometimes on some other part of the body. These people usually have large pores on the face that have greasy feel. To dry out the oily skin, these people must choose a lotion that is specially formulated to regulate the sebaceous gland. These lotions are often expensive compare to other lotion in the market but they usually work. The good thing about having an oily skin is it is not prone to wrinkles.

3.    Dry Skin.

Dry skin can be a result of cold weather, genetics, excessive bathing, or allergic reaction. It is commonly rough, scaly, and itchy if not remedied. People who have dry skin are sensitive to cold and heat, they also have flakes on the cheeks, although they are unlikely to develop acne. The secret in soothing dry skin is regular use of moisturizers and thicker lotions. Lotions that are specifically designed for dry skin contain Alpha hydroxyl acids that is being used to exfoliate the top layer of the skin to get rid of dryness. Dermatologists recommend regular use of moisturizer and lotions to achieve soft and supple skin.

Skin condition must also be taken into consideration when buying lotion. People who are suffering from Eczema for example must use especially formulated lotion recommended by their dermatologists.

Knowing the skin type is very important when getting a lotion that would match the need of the skin. This is a sure fire way in attaining attractive and soft skin.

Most skin care lotions in the market today are generally safe and do not have side effects. They can be applied directly to the body as directed. However, if irritation, itching, or redness occurs immediately seek medical attention. Also, do not forget to inform the dermatologist right away about allergic reaction to some substances and skin disorder/infections before trying out new lotions.

Title:
How To Pay For Expensive Acne Treatments

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420

Summary:
With all of the doctor visits, possible procedures and medications, acne treatments can be very expensive.  For those who have health insurance, it may or may not be covered in your policy.  Because acne treatments may be considered as cosmetic, some health insurance companies may not cover the costs associated with it’s treatment.


Keywords:
acne, medicine, health, scar, scars, treatment, skin, care, blemish


Article Body:
With all of the doctor visits, possible procedures and medications, acne treatments can be very expensive.  For those who have health insurance, it may or may not be covered in your policy.  Because acne treatments may be considered as cosmetic, some health insurance companies may not cover the costs associated with it’s treatment.  The best way to find out, however, is to review your health insurance policy or call your local agent for more information.  Many individuals, for various reasons, do not have health insurance and they are often the ones who are most concerns with the related costs.  Whether you do or do not have health insurance, there are ways to pay for expensive acne treatments if you find yourself carrying the full financial responsibility.

An increasing number of hospitals and/or private practice physicians offer a convenient payment plan, which allows their patients to set up a scheduled payment system for their high-cost acne treatments.  This doesn’t usually require a credit check and is not a line of credit, but is rather a way of offering patients a convenience of gradually payment for services after they have been rendered.  This is a privilege that is not available everywhere, but is rapidly catching on.  In order to find out if your physician offers this type of plan for acne treatments, check with the billing office.  There will typically be a schedule set up for payments and it is important not to miss it.  The reason is because, if payments are missed, the physician or medical care facility may revoke your plan and demand payment in full.  In addition, it isn’t likely that you would be granted this same privilege if payments for acne treatments are late or collection efforts must be pursued.

If acne is extreme and neither of the above mentioned financial scenarios are possible, consider selling some of your unwanted items around the house at online auctions, yard sales, flea markets, etc.  These are all terrific ways to earn some extra money, which can quickly add up and help you to pay for expensive acne treatments.

This article is to be used for informational purposes only.  The information contained herein is not intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice regarding the use of acne treatments.  Prior to beginning any treatment regimen, the patient must consult a licensed medical doctor or dermatologist for advice and/or to determine the best course of action for his/her individual situation.

Title:
How To Prevent Acne

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367

Summary:
Many young people as well as older adults suffer from Acne. There is really no “cure” for acne and one can only take measures to help prevent acne. Acne is a condition of clogged pores caused by overactive oil glands. This usually occurs in puberty and can continue into adulthood in some cases. There are some measures you can take to prevent acne or at least keep its severity to a minimum:

· Make sure that you keep your skin clean. Wash regularly. Washing regularly helps t...


Keywords:
how to do things, how to get things done, doing things, how-to instructions, how to tips


Article Body:
Many young people as well as older adults suffer from Acne. There is really no “cure” for acne and one can only take measures to help prevent acne. Acne is a condition of clogged pores caused by overactive oil glands. This usually occurs in puberty and can continue into adulthood in some cases. There are some measures you can take to prevent acne or at least keep its severity to a minimum:

· Make sure that you keep your skin clean. Wash regularly. Washing regularly helps to get rid of the excess oil on your skin plus bacteria and dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause outbreaks.

· Get the proper amount of rest. Your body restores and refreshes skin cells while you are resting. Teenagers are notorious for not getting enough rest but it is essential in helping to prevent acne.

· Don’t squeeze or pick at pimples because this has the risk of producing a more severe infection.

· After you exercise take a shower so that the sweat does not contribute to clogging your pores and producing another acne outbreak. This is a very important consideration because many people have a shower many hours after they have finished their exercise, by which time some of the damage will have already been done. The best advice is to exercise at a place where there are shower facilities.

· Wear clean white t-shirts to help keep acne off your back. The white t-shirts tend to absorb the excess oils in your skin and will help to prevent acne on your back at least.

· Take off any makeup before going to bed. Again, the key here is to keep your pores clear of oil and bacteria and help prevent acne outbreaks.

· Don’t use oil-based sunscreen or skin lotions if you have a tendency for acne outbreaks. These will only contribute to the problem.

· After washing, you can also use a cleaning solution on your skin containing what is known as Salicylic Acid. Only use a 2% solution. This can be found in some acne cleaning pad products.

The most important key to preventing acne outbreaks is to keep your pores clear. Clogged pores are the main cause of acne.

Title:
How To Remove Your Acne

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395

Summary:
Acne is an inevitable experience for most teenagers. It's a universal enemy of most young adults and ironically a result of growing from child to adult. While it's not entirely avoidable, there are ways to reduce one's acne.

Dermatologists worldwide have been battling acne for years - most of them are consulted after the acne has started. And what they contribute is great expertise, medications, tips on good hygiene, and emotional support that confirms that some acne is a ...


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Acne is an inevitable experience for most teenagers. It's a universal enemy of most young adults and ironically a result of growing from child to adult. While it's not entirely avoidable, there are ways to reduce one's acne.

Dermatologists worldwide have been battling acne for years - most of them are consulted after the acne has started. And what they contribute is great expertise, medications, tips on good hygiene, and emotional support that confirms that some acne is a normal part of life. None of this helps the self-esteem or confidence of the teenager who consistently deals with a face in the mirror they don't like. So consider some additional ways to limit the affect of acne in your life. Primarily, take care of your body. What type of food are you eating? How much sleep do you get? Do you wash with a hypoallergenic soap? These considerations are important ones. Food, for example, plays a big part in acne. Consult your dermatologist or online guide for more tips but be aware that fruits and vegetables are great for more than just healthy bones and teeth - they also lead to healthy skin. Similarly, watch your intake of sugar and manufactured products with heavy oil or fat.

Another preventative measure is to review and sample Proactiv, Clearasil, and other acne prevention or removal products and see if any of them work for you. Depending on your skin type, the type of acne you have, or how your body responds to different forms of medication, these products may have a selective benefit for you.

Finally, take care of your insides. No matter what effect acne has on your outside appearance during your teen years, only you can determine how you feel about your appearance and your looks. I'm not trying to minimize the emotional affect of acne, especially if some of the scars are permanent, but appearance alone is still only one factor that contributes to one's confidence and ultimately their enjoyment of and success in life. If you can regularly look in the mirror and say "I like myself" or "I like who I'm becoming", acne will never determine your sense of self. Do your best to prevent or reduce acne's affect on your physical appearance, and don't forget to take care of your inner self as well.

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How To Select The Best Acne Product

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Acne affects close to 80% of the American population at some point or another. Because of the wide range of acne products available in the market, most acne sufferers have problems deciding which acne product to use for treatment. In fact, prior to consulting a dermatologist, most would first use over the counter drugs and medications.

Dermatologists often advise the use of such acne products (example Neutragena, Eucerin, Aquanil, Cetaphil and Extra Gentle Cleanser) if yo...


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best  acne product, acne products, acne treatment, cure acne, prevent acne, acne remedy


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Acne affects close to 80% of the American population at some point or another. Because of the wide range of acne products available in the market, most acne sufferers have problems deciding which acne product to use for treatment. In fact, prior to consulting a dermatologist, most would first use over the counter drugs and medications.

Dermatologists often advise the use of such acne products (example Neutragena, Eucerin, Aquanil, Cetaphil and Extra Gentle Cleanser) if your case is severe. They will however, usually discourage the use of rough cleansers and scrubs. Also, vigorous rubbing of the skin is best avoided as these may create further irritation and may eventually lead to more acne.

To be able to select the best suitable acne product for yourself, you must learn how to read labels. That is, you have to acquire an understanding of the ingredients of the acne medications. Also, you have to identify which ingredients and which acne products work best for your type of skin.

Benzoyl peroxide, a common ingredient contained in most acne medications are effective in reducing the acne infecting bacteria termed as the "Propionibacterium acnes". These are known to clog the pores while creating acne lesions. Moderate cases of acne are usually treated with such over the counter medications. Some of these medications also remove dead skin cells, thus preventing the appearance of comedones. They have been highly regarded among experts for decades now and is still rising in popularity as a safe way of clearing acne form the skin. However, the only serious side effect from using benzoyl peroxide is abnormal dry skin.

Another acne product that is noted to obstruct the quick shedding of the skin and the clogging of the skin pores is salicylic acid. This does not reduce the presence of the natural oil , but it prevents the formation of lesions in the hair follicles.

It is advisable that you continue using these two acne products even after the severity of the skin disease disappears to minimize the likelihood of future acne breakouts. However, over time, it is a good idea to cut down the usage of these products once you have no more acne.

The effective ways to determine which product, from the multitude of acne products available, is to distinguish the result of the active ingredients. Take note of what they do to your skin. It is recommended to avoid alcohol and oil-base products as these may either dry your skin extremely or add to the problem of excess oil. As you experiment with acne products, take note which leaves a soft feel and which results to itchiness and irritation.

Make it a habit to apply only small amounts at the beginning of each acne treatment. Also, pay close attention to the acne products for which your skin reacts constructively.

There is really no way round selecting the best acne product other than understanding what the ingredients in each product are for and through experimenting which works best for your skin condition. In time, after due diligence and careful analysis, you will be able to determine the best acne product for yourself.

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How To Treat Acne

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Zits or pimples may appear harmless but it can ruin a person’s social life and can even destroy his self confidence. For one, it is disfiguring and can mar even a beautiful face. A person who has a severe case of acne usually has low self regard and prefers to live away from people.

Pimple or acne usually appears during puberty, a point in a person’s life when he still has not yet fully developed his confidence. Having acne at that young age limits a person’s social life b...


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Zits or pimples may appear harmless but it can ruin a person’s social life and can even destroy his self confidence. For one, it is disfiguring and can mar even a beautiful face. A person who has a severe case of acne usually has low self regard and prefers to live away from people.

Pimple or acne usually appears during puberty, a point in a person’s life when he still has not yet fully developed his confidence. Having acne at that young age limits a person’s social life because he may have bad feelings about showing his face to others. Ultimately, it can destroy a person’s future.

It is unthinkable how many people allow their lives to be inhibited by acne when there are numerous ways of treating such skin disorder. A person, or even his parents, should immediately seek treatment for this skin disorder as soon as possible to avoid further damage top the skin.

Acne is caused by the secretion of oil that is thickened and leads to the clogging of pores. When the pores get clogged, it can lead to inflammation and infection and then to scarring.

While acne is commonly identified with those facial zits, other body parts like the back, neck and chest can also experience acne breakouts. However, most people do not really fuss about these zits since these are located in hidden body parts. Facial acne is however another story since it is the first thing that a person sees.

To avoid acne, you have to keep your skin clean and free of oil all the time. Too much oil build up in the skin can cause acne. Some people are more prone to getting acne so they have to be more careful about keeping their skins free from oil build up.

People who have acne can resort to topical treatments at first but if it does not work out, then it is best to seek treatment and proper prescriptions from licensed dermatologists.

When stronger acne treatments have been prescribed but they do not work, your dermatologist may recommend accutane. This is a prescribed oral medicine which can be effective but its effects can only be seen after a few months of taking it.

Whatever you do with your acne, never prick them because it can only add to the bacteria and can result to scarring. Acne treatments that work for other people may not work on you but keep on seeing your dermatologist until you come up with an effective treatment.

Do not let acne limit your social life. Get help and get some acne treatment before your acne becomes worse and even more difficult to handle.

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How To Treat Acne Through Diet Changes

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According to older beliefs, acne can be caused by excessive consumption of greasy foods and chocolate. Many dermatologists and other skin professionals now say that there is no proven scientific connection between food and acne.

However, I prefer to believe that what you choose to put in your body will have a definite effect on your health, including your skin condition. Sugary foods, excessive caffeine, and greasy, fatty snacks—all have a negative effect on our bodies and...


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diet for acne


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According to older beliefs, acne can be caused by excessive consumption of greasy foods and chocolate. Many dermatologists and other skin professionals now say that there is no proven scientific connection between food and acne.

However, I prefer to believe that what you choose to put in your body will have a definite effect on your health, including your skin condition. Sugary foods, excessive caffeine, and greasy, fatty snacks—all have a negative effect on our bodies and overall health. Not drinking enough water also does not help in skin repair and formation of new tissue. If your skin is particularly susceptible to acne, having a poor diet will definitely not help the situation.

It is known that eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates can lead to a surge in insulin. This in turn may create a condition referred to as IGF-1, where an increase in insulin creates the production of excess male hormones. Excessive male hormones can create an excess of sebum, the greasy stuff that can clog pores, attract bacteria, and create monster zits. IGF-1 is also believed to cause keratinocytes to multiply, which can wreak havoc on skin.

Doctors have consistently warned of the health dangers of consuming saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated fats have an overall negative effect on the body, weakening the immune system, promoting inflammation, and for acne sufferers, perhaps raising the skin's oil production level. To have the best complexion possible, keep your body healthy and filled with good, health-promoting nutrients. You should strive to reduce saturated fats because they promote inflammation, and will not help you in your battle against acne.

Certain oils are, however, absolutely essential to your health. These essential fatty acids reduce inflammation, and help promote healthy skin, nails and hairs. Examples here include flax oil, olive oil, and fish oil.

You should also ensure that you have an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals on a regular basis. Vitamin A is paramount for promoting healthy skin. Avocados and carrots are excellent sources of Vitamin A. Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, and Zinc are other important nutrients for promoting a good complexion.

Another aspect to consider in terms of diet is your food allergies. Sometimes, people experience severe cases of acne, even if they lead a very healthy diet and have never suffered from severe acne before. In these cases, the cause may be a potential food allergy.

If you suspect your acne is caused by a food allergy, begin by increasing your daily amount of water consumption. Then try to rule out the root cause of your potential acne. Common causes of food allergies include dairy products, excess sugar, and certain refined flours and grains. Also, avoid foods rich in iodine, which have been linked to acne. Iodine-rich foods may include salt, liver, cheese, crabs, shellfish, clams, and kelp products. If you consume iodized salt, make the switch to sea salt. If you find dairy products worsening your acne, consider switching to soy or rice milk and cheese products.

The only way to prove whether there is a link between your acne and food is first by making definite changes to your diet. Observe carefully and see if you are better able to control your acne through the diet changes. Even if your acne is not caused by diet, you gain in terms of having a healthier and well nourished body. It is likely that your physical appearance will benefit from a body that is not filled with junk food!

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How To Use Blackhead Remover

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If you want to get rid of blackheads and acne, always use quality blackhead remover tool. This article gives you useful information on techniques of using blackhead remover.


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blackhead remover, skin care tool, how to use blackhead remover, beauty tools, blackheads, comedone


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When ever you go to a beautician, dermatologist, cosmetologist, Always prefer to take your own tools with you to prevent yourself from blood born infections like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV.

How To remove Blackhead.
It is highly advised that you should also consult your dermatologist for proper use of these quality tools. However, here we can give you simple technique to use comedone extractor.  Pesky blackhead is a mixture of dead skin cells, oil and bacteria that builds up inside our skin’s pores. Use the same tools as professional aesthetician or dermatologist use to extract blackheads, pimples & clogged pores. They can be exterminated by using a quality professional comedone extractor.

First, lay a warm, wet wash cloth on your face for a few minutes. After a shower is an ideal time to extract. Steaming the face or using a hot water compress is strongly recommended to help soften comedones. This will make them much easier to remove. When you're ready to begin the extraction process lay the looped side on top of the blackhead - basically encircling this area with the loop. Apply slow and even pressure lightly until the trapped sebum is forced out of the follicle. The blackhead — oil and all — will ooze up and out of the pore. Do not continue to attempt the extraction if the trapped sebum is not released easily. Applying too much force can cause infection and scarring. When piercing a whitehead with lancet (Pointed end), wait until the whitehead breaks open, then gently roll the tool over the whitehead. Be sure to disinfect the area when finished and clean your tool off with alcohol or hot water. A deep, cystic pimple should not be opened with the lancet. When dealing with deep acne, it's best to visit a dermatologist. A doctor may use a sterile needle, but only after a pustule has formed. Additional treatments depend on the severity of the acne.

Remember Never use fingers or suction guns for removing blackheads, that may aggravate skin infections.

Some women buy suction guns for blackheads. Suction Gun is made up of plastic, so can’t be sterilized. Suction gun toys never clean the pores completely and deeply, result is that you will get acne and pimples again. Suction Gun may cause broken capillary conditions and is also not very effective. Only the very superficial dead cells and dirt may be sucked away, leaving the condition with no evident improvement.

Always use Professional quality tools for your skin rather than buying cheap and lower quality implements.

To see complete range of blackhead removers, Blackhead Remover visit our site.

Title:
How To Welcome The Arrival Of Unwanted Guest— Acne?

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Acne is the most unwanted guest. It arrives at the most unsuspected time, without any notice. It is a universal skin disorder. Call it a skin disease. It is not contagious. Is it hereditary? There is no consensus on this point among the researchers dominating the acne wonderland. Acne spares none, not even infants, children, men. And for women, it is not only a physical ailment, it is more of a psychological one.

All the more, when acne attacks your face, 'a face saving de...


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Acne is the most unwanted guest. It arrives at the most unsuspected time, without any notice. It is a universal skin disorder. Call it a skin disease. It is not contagious. Is it hereditary? There is no consensus on this point among the researchers dominating the acne wonderland. Acne spares none, not even infants, children, men. And for women, it is not only a physical ailment, it is more of a psychological one.

All the more, when acne attacks your face, 'a face saving devise' has to be found on the top-priority basis. The market is flooded with soaps, lotions, gels, creams and antibiotics, and, above all, with highly capable sales-force to promote these products.

Acne infantilis is the term used for acne that grows on newborn babies. As for the middle aged people, it is known as acne rosaces. And there are many classifications of acne, according to the nature and severity of the disease. Comedo is the form where all the severe acne cases originate. Whiteheads and blackheads are two forms of comedo.
Wherein, whiteheads are deeply situated into the skin layers.

How do you know acne has arrived? Observe and take note of red swelling or small lesions on the skin. The skin coloration is on account of accumulation of dark skin pigments called melemin, supported by hardened sebum and other skin debris and particles. Pus filled lesions are termed as pustules. When acne assumes serious proportions, it is called cyst.

What is the cause of acne? Very difficult to pinpoint as such. But it is highly probable that some of the causes are, poor diet, stress, weather elements, hormonal imbalance and to some extent, genetic influences.

Greasy and spicy foods can cause oily or acne skin. Foods that aggravate acne are acid producing foods. Foods that benefit and help to mitigate the suffering of acne are those containing minerals, especially iron rich foods.

Dry, rough, scaly skin, wrinkling, itching, pimples loss of elasticity, premature aging, enlarged pores, irregular sebacious gland production, dandruff, split/peeling nails, poor night vision, burning and itching eyes, thickening of cornea, skin being slow to heal and grow— these all are the positive indications of the impending arrival of acne.

So, get advice and help from your dermatologist and cancel all the future appointments with acne!

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How To Win The Double Battle Against Acne And Acne Scars?

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Just as a war has a post-war effect (on the completion of the war), acne healing is not the end of the story. It is the beginning of a new series of efforts to control the scars, and if possible, to obliterate it totally. It is the reformation and rehabilitation process for that particular patch of the skin.

Many people recoup the original health of the skin, without any permanent effects. But many have to suffer disfiguring scars. Topical skin care products and medication...


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acne care, acne scar treatment, tips, remedy


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Just as a war has a post-war effect (on the completion of the war), acne healing is not the end of the story. It is the beginning of a new series of efforts to control the scars, and if possible, to obliterate it totally. It is the reformation and rehabilitation process for that particular patch of the skin.

Many people recoup the original health of the skin, without any permanent effects. But many have to suffer disfiguring scars. Topical skin care products and medications can work to some extent, but more efforts and ways and means will be required to find a lasting solution. A combination of surgical procedure and skin resurfacing have to play their part here. There are no other shortcuts or options to it howsoever.

The hyper pigmented mark on the skin, when the acne lesion is healed, should not be mistaken as a scar. At this stage, natural healing process has taken over, a post-inflammatory change. The result may not be immediate, nature is always slow, it goes placidly. The time frame for the scar-vanishing trick, may be anything between 6 to 12 months. If, even then the skin reverts to its original color, take it that you are going to be gifted with a permanent scar, and think of redrawing the plans for its permanent removal, in consultation with a dermatologist.

There are certain practices and medicines that can come in to play to expedite the healing process of the scar:

1. Wearing a good sunscreen is of utmost importance. Exposure to the sun causes damage to the skin and lengthens the process of healing.

2. Skin's remodeling process is amenable to certain tried and tested medicines. They heal up the post-inflammatory changes. One tested medicine is Tretinoin (Retin A-Renova, Avita).

3. Do not pick scabs under any circumstances. By doing so, you are rendering disservice to your own skin. You are interfering with the healing process of nature. By doing so, you are prolonging your own recovery.

Be realistic about the results. Do not try to achieve the impossible. Such efforts may cause more damage to the skin. No single treatment is right for everyone and your dermatologist knows what is best for you. Remember, treatment is addressed on a case-to-case basis.

No doubt, it is double punishment. Firstly to undergo the pains of recovery from acne and then to be the owner of a scar. Scars are there to remind you constantly and provide questioning room for others. In the ultimate analysis, let the advice and wish of the dermatologist prevail.

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How Your Diet And Acne Condition Are Related?

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What you are is what you eat! Whether this statement holds good in the case of acne has been a topic which has been under rigorous research. Some people believe that certain foods cause acne while others think vice versa. But, it is very much possible that acne may be the result of food allergies in some cases.

In such cases, the prevalent notion is that skin acts as an elimination organ. When you eat a food that you are allergic to, a toxic reaction occurs which leads the...


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What you are is what you eat! Whether this statement holds good in the case of acne has been a topic which has been under rigorous research. Some people believe that certain foods cause acne while others think vice versa. But, it is very much possible that acne may be the result of food allergies in some cases.

In such cases, the prevalent notion is that skin acts as an elimination organ. When you eat a food that you are allergic to, a toxic reaction occurs which leads the immune system of your body to set up defenses against it. Thereafter, the body starts expelling out the toxins from the food leading to inflammation on the skin in the form of papules and pustules.

According to a research published in December 2002 issues of Archives of Dermatology, certain high-glycemic foods cause acne. These food stuffs lead to high production of insulin in the body, which raises the male hormones. As an effect of rising hormones, there is excess production of sebum in the body which ultimately leads to clogging of pores thereby causing acne. Foods such as grains, milk, processed food, bread, french fries and potato chips are the main culprits in this case.

The experts suggest a switch over to a lower-glycemic diet. A lower-glycemic diet would contain the following:

1. Cereals that contain bran, barley and oats
2. A lot of fresh vegetables and fruits
3. Lots of water, herbal teas and vegetable juices

And a lower-glycemic diet would not contain the following:

1. Walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, and filberts
2. Large amount of dairy products and milk
3. Sodas and other aerated drinks
4. Potatoes

Vitamin B5 is considered to be a very important part of a nutrient rich diet. It is commonly found in foods such as pork, beef, chicken, eggs, saltwater fish, potatoes, wheat and fresh vegetables. The variety of foods is large, but the problem is that 50 % of the vitamin is lost during milling of grains and sadly, the average American diet lacks in fresh vegetables. Diet may not be the particular cause of acne and rosacea but can obviously help in the prevention and elimination of the same. Hot and damp foods such as sugary cakes, cookies, sweets, alcohol, chocolate, fried and greasy food, dairy products, peanuts, coconut products, fats and oils, generally trigger acne.

The link may not be direct but it is always advisable to stop the intake of these believed-to-be acne causing foods. A healthy and well-balanced diet keeps your body healthy and the health inside radiates outside on your skin.

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Identify Your Acne Before You Get Treatment

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Understanding how to treat your Acne involves knowing which type of Acne may have.  Acne has many variations, ranging in severity from mild to much more serious cases that can cause disfigurement.  There are many treatments for acne available on the market, but it is very important to first identify your Acne type before choosing a treatment.


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Understanding how to treat your Acne involves knowing which type of Acne may have.  Acne has many variations, ranging in severity from mild to much more serious cases that can cause disfigurement.  There are many treatments for acne available on the market, but it is very important to first identify your Acne type before choosing a treatment.

Acne Vulgaris
The most common form of Acne is named Acne Vulgaris.  This type of acne can be easily identified by looking at the characteristics of the lesions.

- Whiteheads:  When a pore becomes completely blocked by trapping sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria, you will notice a white appearance on the surface.  Whiteheads normally will disappear fast than blackheads on your skin.  You should resist the temptation to pop these pimples
- Blackheads:  When are pore is only partially blocked, the trapped sebum, bacteria and dead skin will have slowly drained to the surface of your skin.  The black color is caused by your skins pigment and melanin reacting with oxygen.  Blackheads will normally take longer to disappear than whiteheads.  You should also resist the temptation to pop these pimples too.
- Pustules:  You can identify a pustule by a red circle with a white or yellow center.  The pustule will look similar to a whitehead with the difference being inflammation.  Pustules are commonly referred to as Zits.
- Papules: The papule is a red, inflamed and tender bump on the skin with no visible head.  You should not attempt to squeeze this lesion as you may cause or exacerbate scarring.
- Severe Acne Vulgaris:  The sever types of Acne Vulgaris include Nodules and Cysts and will be quite painful.  You should consult your dermatologist for treating these types of acne.

Acne Rosacea
Acne Rosacea may look very similar to Acne Vulgaris and often causes confusion.  Millions of people are affected by Acne Rosacea, and it mostly strikes people over the age of 30.  It will start to appear as a reddish rash on the cheeks, forehead, nose and/or chin.  You may also notice small bumps, skin blemishes or pimples in the area.  Blackheads are not a symptom of Rosacea.  You should consult your dermatologist if you suspect you have Rosacea, because treatment is often very different.

There are other very serious forms of Acne such as Acne Conglobata, Acne Fulminans, Gram-Negative Folliculitis and Pyoderma Faciale.  These forms of Acne are very rare, but they can be disfiguring, painful and have psychological effects. 


It is always recommended that you consult with your dermatologist to confirm the type of Acne you have and the best treatments available.  The above information should only be used as a reference, and only a trained dermatologist can accurately diagnose your Acne.

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Intrinsic Acne Treatment

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The acne skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Most of the acne clear up products are available through prescription in the industry.


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The acne skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Most of the acne clear up products are available through prescription in the industry.

That is the prescription medications for acne are pretty expensive. If you are someone who think who can not purchase those heavily marketed expensive prescription medications for acne, you should try the alternative medication for acne.

Alternative medication for acne is an intrinsic or natural method for acne treatment. There are many intrinsic products for treating acne. Though they are indeed low in number as compared to the prescription medications, but they have worked for thousands of people.

Many people even don’t consider purchasing prescription medications for acne; even they can easily purchase the world-wide marketed prescription medicines without even a fraction of influence on their budgets.

Those people, to avoid getting the harsh side effects of the prescription medicines for acne treatment, come to the alternative means.

So, you should not be disheartened when coming to the intrinsic acne treatments. A lot of the rich and famous people invest their money in intrinsic acne treatment medicines.

Benefits of Intrinsic Acne Treatment:

Following are some of the benefits associated with intrinsic acne treatment that attract masses:

ַ One Hundred Percent Safe

ַ Highly Effective

ַ Low Cost

ַ Easy Availability

ַ Ease of Use

Another benefit of using intrinsic acne treatment products is that they are very effective for removing acne scars as well.

You gain everything and lose nothing with intrinsic acne treatment.

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iPledge for Accutane

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iPledge is a new computerized registry for patients taking the drug Accutane (isotretinoin). It has been mandatory since March 31, 2006.


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FDA Puts New Restrictions on Accutane
Accutane is the most effective drug we have to treat acne, but also the most controversial. The media has been irresponsible at times by reporting stories of questionable side effects and in effect “demonizing” this very safe and useful drug. However, the one side effect that is not in any way “questionable” is that Accutane can cause birth defects and therefore cannot be given to a woman who may become pregnant.

New Restrictions:
In an effort to eliminate Accutane-related birth defects, the thousands of Americans who take the acne drug Accutane -- and people who prescribe and dispense it -- must now enroll in a national registry.

Under the program, every patient -- men and women -- must enroll in the iPLEDGE computerized registry starting Dec. 31 2006 to receive Accutane or generic versions of the drug isotretinoin. Doctors must register, too, if they wish to continue prescribing the pills. Drugstores and wholesalers also must register in order for the pills' manufacturers to ship them any supplies.

Additional Step for Women:
Women must undergo two tests to ensure they're not pregnant in a laboratory or doctor's office before the initial prescription, and monthly pregnancy testing before each refill. Home pregnancy tests don't count. The doctor must enter the pregnancy test results into the iPLEDGE system, and the woman must buy her pills within seven days.

* These women also must agree to use two forms of birth control while using Accutane, and must self-register on iPLEDGE -- in addition to the doctor's initial registration -- to report that they're doing so. There's no way to know if women lie in this step, but the FDA sees it as an additional opportunity to warn of the pills' danger.

The last step occurs at the pharmacy. The pharmacist must check the computer database before filling a prescription to ensure that patients followed all these rules.

The Scope of the Problem:
The FDA estimates that 100,000 prescriptions for Accutane and generics are filled each month. Since Accutane began selling in 1982, the FDA has reports of well over 2,000 pregnancies among users (and possibly more that were never reported). The vast majority ended in abortion or miscarriage, but the FDA counts more than 160 babies born with drug-caused defects.

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Is Acne Medicine Safe?

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Many people take medication without giving any thought to safety or how their system will react to it’s presence.  The unfortunate truth is that many medications, both over the counter and prescription, present some serious risks to users.  This may range from a simple skin irritation to a more serious occurrence that may require hospitalization.  Acne medicine is no different and must be used responsibly and selected with your own personal health in mind.


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acne, medicine, health, scar, scars, treatment, skin, care, blemish


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Many people take medication without giving any thought to safety or how their system will react to it’s presence.  The unfortunate truth is that many medications, both over the counter and prescription, present some serious risks to users.  This may range from a simple skin irritation to a more serious occurrence that may require hospitalization.  Acne medicine is no different and must be used responsibly and selected with your own personal health in mind.

Prior to purchasing or using any type of acne medicine, make sure to read the outside packaging for any warning or cautionary notices.  In addition, pay close attention to the instructions and guidelines for usage, which must be followed thoroughly. 

If you are using any type of cream or lotion acne medicine, apply it to only a small test area of the skin at first.  This is done so that you can make sure the product does not irritate your skin prior to applying it to the rest of the affected area.  This is not only important to do with new medicines, but even with an acne medicine that you have used before.  A product that does not initially cause irritation may cause it during the next use, so always use the test application method prior to exposing your entire problem area to possible irritation.

When selecting acne medicine, choose one with little or no side effects.  Medicine is designed to treat an ailment and not to make it worse or create new ones in the process.  While it is true that many conventional medicines carry their own potential risks, there are products that do not.  It is very important to consider any/all side effects prior to using any type of acne medicine.

If you are purchasing an over the counter acne medicine, never use a product that has been opened or appears to have been tampered with.  It is best to purchase a product that is factory sealed and, if your product of choice is not sealed, consider ordering it online where it is kept out of high traffic areas prior to being shipped.  This is simply a good idea so that everyone passing through any given store doesn’t have the opportunity to open or use the product before you buy it.

This article is to be used for informational purposes only.  The information contained herein is not intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice regarding the use of acne medicine.  Prior to beginning any treatment regimen, the patient must consult a licensed medical doctor or dermatologist for advice and/or to determine the best course of action for his/her individual situation.

Title:
Is bread really a teenage acne stimulator?

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313

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Teenagers who eat lots of bread these days are most likely to get acne more than adults do. Studies show that acne comes up in 60% of 12-year-old and below and 95% of 18-year-old & teenagers.


Keywords:
acne treatment, acne cure, acne medication, adult acne, acne medicine


Article Body:
Why would you eat loads of bread every day when you do not know what it can do to you besides fulfilling your appetite? Teenagers who eat lots of bread these days are most likely to get acne more than adults do. Studies show that acne comes up in 60% of 12-year-old and below and 95% of 18-year-old & teenagers.

US dermatologists have conducted several researches that confirm that refined sugar, along with wheat and other grains, can raise insulin levels. Studies done previously may show that too much insulin can lead to acne also those new low-carbohydrate diets those are so popular right now. It is possible that they can lead to reduced acne breakouts for some.

Loren Cordain of Colorado State University conducted a research and suggested that insulin surges may be triggered by easily digested refined bread. IGF-1, a growth factor resembling insulin, can be produced as well. This combination of substances in the body can spike male hormones, which is known to created large amounts of sebum in the skin. Sebum, a thick substance that can build up in the pores of the skin, encourages the bacterial growth responsible for acne.

Further, a research has pointed out a lack of acne among teenagers living in other parts of the world, where food is largely unprocessed. Acne only appeared among the Inuit people of Alaska when people there switched from their traditional fare to a Western-style diet.

Dermatologists at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, are planning a major study to see if eating a low-carbohydrate diet can reduce the incidence of acne. The experiments will involve 60 teenage boys, tracked over the course of three months.

Dermatologists have seen lots of anecdotal evidence when they had their patients move to low-carbohydrate diets. However, the Australian research will be one of the first controlled studies to examine the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on acne.

Title:
Is Food To Blame For Your Spots?

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392

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Can an acne diet really help you to loose your acne? We take a look into the facts and myths surrounding food and acne.


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acne diets, acne diet, acne, acne treatment, acne treatments, spot, spots, zit, zits


Article Body:
Are you tired with spots? Can what you eat really afflict you with acne? Many of us have heard the stories of greasy foods or too much chocolate giving you spots. Do you really have to watch what you eat?

Actually, there are many acne diet myths out there and most of them stem back to an inaccurate medical study that was taken back in the 1960’s. This study put the blame on greasy foods and chocolates for afflicting teenagers with spots. However, more recent studies have dismissed the link between food and acne. Acne occurs when your pores clog up deep down which grows into a mild infection, not because of some food you’ve eaten.

However, there are some people who experience mild allergies to specific foods, and some trace minerals and additives in our foods might see the spots appear. However, if you have any reason to believe that a specific food is causing your spots, then try cutting that food from your diet for a few weeks. Then attempt to eat that food once more, if you break out in spots yet again, then you could well be allergic to it and just by cutting down that food, you have found yourself a useful acne treatment.

Also, foods which are strong in iodine will produce spots. You’ll find that seafood like shrimp is high in iodine, though you’d have to eat an awful lot of shrimp before you broke out in spots! You’ll also find that the growth hormone that’s in most milk (anything that isn’t organic) as been shown in a recent 2005 study to produce hormone production in individuals, and these hormone shifts are known to make some individuals see spots! Our hormones stimulate oil production, which aids in the clogging of our pores, which all leads to acne treatment!

If you are using diet to control your acne, then consider starting with a regular skin care treatment, then look to make some diet adjustments. When you are looking to clear up your skin, try sensible things such as a healthier diet and removing suspect foods from your diet. Just remember that there are quite a few scientists who don’t think there is a link between your diet and your skin’s appearance, but it might be a help to you.

Title:
Is it Possible to Prevent Adult Acne?

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346

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The only holistic adult acne treatment system in existance that will show you the treatments to end your breakouts. Our adult acne treatment does not include drugs or creams and it has helped thousands of people worldwide.


Keywords:
adult acne, acne


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The question of whether or not it is possible to prevent adult acne is very common.  There are many people who have suffered from this disorder who would like to tell others about how they can avoid this problem.  But the answer to this question is not a simple yes or no.  Unfortunately, it is much more difficult than that.  This is because there are measures that you can take to help prevent adult acne, but at the same time there are factors that are completely out of your control.

While it is not possible to completely prevent adult acne, there are some steps that you can take in order to keep it from progressing.

First off, make sure you are familiar with general skin care products.  By using a gentle cleanser that you can pick up at your local drug store, you will be ensuring yourself that your skin is kept clean.

One of the things that many people forget about adult acne is that heavy sweating can cause it to flare up.  If you know that you are going to be sweating a lot you will want to make sure that you shower immediately after you are finished.  This will help to prevent outbreaks.

Also, you will want to avoid touching your face at all costs.  This may not seem like that big of a deal, but it can definitely make your adult acne worse.  This is because every time you touch your face you are adding oil to it, and also transferring bacteria to the area.  If you can avoid this, you will be able to help cut back on outbreaks.

There is no cut and dry way of preventing adult acne.  Your best bet would be to take the necessary measures in order to prevent things from getting worse.  If you do this you will notice that your acne is not flaring up as much, and that your skin is clearing up. If you can't prevent your acne from flaring up, try using the Acne No More system to prevent your problems.

Title:
Know Your Enemy: Acne Basic Training

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381

Summary:
Acne affects almost everyone. But don't just look in the mirror and cringe. Fight back! Here's how.


Keywords:
acne, acne medication


Article Body:
You have company -- acne affects almost everyone. It strikes nearly 85% of the population between the ages of 12 and 24. 40% of acne sufferers have breakouts severe enough to require medical treatment.

Acne doesn't show favorites. Men and women of all races during adolescence and adulthood are nearly equally prone to acne.

Location

It's a widespread skin condition characterized by lesions that break out on the skin. The lesions form as whiteheads, blackheads, or cysts because pores get clogged.

The so-called 'T zone' of the face -- the nose, the chin and forehead -- are the most common areas for pimples to appear. The back is the second most common area for acne, followed by the neck, chest, and shoulders.

Timing

Usually acne first attacks during adolescence, most often at puberty because that's when the body starts producing an abundance of an oily substance called sebum. Normally a good thing, sebum keeps the hair and skin soft and lubricated. But during puberty, the body produces too much. The excess oil clogs the pores and leaves the skin feeling oily.

Puberty also triggers an excess production of follicle cells. Dying cells quickly build up and combine with sebum to form whiteheads. The oil and dead cell creates a breeding ground for bacteria that creates redness and swelling in the area resulting in pimples.

A Bad Image

Acne becomes a self-image difficulty for many people because it affects their appearance. Teenagers are particularly at risk as acne can cause feelings of reduced self-confidence and even depression. It causes some to withdraw from social interactions and others become angry and troubled.

Most people find their acne has cleared up by the time they reach their 20s. Although for some it can last throughout their adult years.

Treatable

The good news is there are many modern medical treatments for acne. The first line of defense is to keep the skin clean and oil-free. Do this by gently washing with soap and water twice a day, especially following activities or conditions that cause perspiration. There is a wide variety of medical treatments available, both prescribed and over-the-counter.

For serious cases, a dermatologist is needed for advice about nutrition, lifestyle changes, topical medications, and antibiotics that fight the bacteria causing pimples.

Don't just look in the mirror and cringe. Fight back!

Title:
Laser Resurfacing

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538

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Laser resurfacing is a highly effective skin rejuvenation procedure, uses a light beam from a CO2 laser. However, it is not ideal for all types of skins. Besides, it carries some risks and uncertainties.


Keywords:
Laser Resurfacing, Laser Scar Resurfacing


Article Body:
Laser resurfacing or “laser peels” is generally used to minimize the appearance of fine lines, mainly in the areas around the mouth and the eyes.

It is also an effective solution for treating facial scars or areas of uneven pigmentation.

Laser resurfacing is performed both on the whole face as well as in specific regions.

The procedure is frequent done in conjunction with another cosmetic operation, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery.

The benefits of laser resurfacing of skins are ahead of those offered by another skin rejuvenation option. It is the best treatment to ensure overall improvement of chronically photo damaged skin.

Skin damage caused by photo aging is presented in various forms like rhytides and actinic keratoses, scarring from severe acne, surgery, or trauma. These are all cosmetic disfigurements posing psychological problems to the patients. Most of these problems can be effectively cured by laser scar resurfacing.

The laser resurfacing procedure uses a light beam from a CO2 laser. The idea is to vaporize the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration.

A significantly positive side of laser resurfacing is that it produces less bleeding, bruising and post-operative discomfort than is typically seen with other resurfacing methods.

Eligibility for laser resurfacing



Before you proceed for laser resurfacing, you need to consult a doctor to check your eligibility.

The consultation will include a careful assessment of the problematic area.

Your skin condition will also play a crucial role in this regard. For example, dark skin types are more likely to complications from skin pigmentation after laser treatment.

Skin conditions helpful for laser resurfacing

A full-face laser resurfacing is likely to produce dramatic result mainly in aged, sun-damaged skin where actinic and seborrheic keratosis, lentigines, and telangiectasias are common. Besides, CO2 laser surgery seemingly gives good results for all scar types.

However, laser scar resurfacing is a better option for saucer-shaped distensible areas, rather than pitted scars for which dermabrasion is a better option.

Laser scar resurfacing is also a suitable option for problems like atrophic facial scars, hypertrophic scars and traumatic scars, which can also be ablated with considerable improvement of their appearance.

Laser scar resurfacing is of great help in blending the scar with the texture and color of the patient's skin.

Skin conditions not suitable for laser resurfacing

However, laser resurfacing has certain limitations as well. For example, the procedure is not that effective in treating the nasolabial folds.


Risks and uncertainties in laser resurfacing



Handling of laser resurfacing by a qualified and experienced surgeon reduces the chances and level of complications. However, the outcome of the surgery is not completely predictable.

The risks you should be prepared for in this surgery include –

burns or other injuries caused by the heat of the laser energy

scarring

obvious lightening or darkening of the skin area that has been treated


Sometimes the healing seems abnormal or delayed. Besides, sometimes there is evidence of abnormal pigmentation or scarring. In such cases additional coercive measures and treatment may be required.

The risks can be reduced to a great extent by choosing a plastic surgeon specially trained in laser surgery.

Title:
Laser Treatment for Acne Scar Removal

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351

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Acne scar laser treatment stands out among all acne treatments in effectiveness. It involves using a light beam from a carbon dioxide laser. The latter vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration.


Keywords:
Acne scar laser treatment, acne scar removal, best acne treatments


Article Body:
Acne scar laser treatment stands out among all acne treatments in effectiveness. Acne scarring comes under cosmetic disfigurements posing psychological problems to the patients. It is notable here that most of these can very well be corrected using laser as skin resurfacing modality.

Acne scar laser treatment involves using a light beam from a carbon dioxide laser. The latter vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration.


Development of selective photothermolysis

The development of selective photothermolysis has caused significant advances in the use of laser technology for skin resurfacing. The improved technology has helped reduce residual thermal damage. By using shorter pulse durations of laser light, the minimizing of thermal damage significantly reduced the risk for scarring on the skin.

The latest procedures involve an intense beam of light to destroy the skin tissue instantly. As of now, carbon dioxide and Er:YAG laser reportedly offer best acne treatments. They are able to perform highly specific vaporization of tissue using powerfully focused light to precisely remove the skin layers. Thus they vaporize the ridges of scars and wrinkles and smoothing out the surface of the skin.


Best lasers for acne scar removal

Er: YAG laser offers the best acne scar laser treatment. The benefit of Er:YAG laser for superficial to moderate acne scar removal stems from the fact that this laser produces less thermal damage compared to other types of laser.

The short pulsed Er:YAG laser has a water absorption coefficient 16 times greater than that of the carbon dioxide laser. The water in the tissue absorbs most of the energy of these lasers. That results in minimal optical penetration depth and thermal damage.

The more limited penetration of these lasers into the skin triggers a histo-pathological improvement less pronounced than that of carbon dioxide laser. However, Er:YAG laser shows potential as an acne scar removal treatment especially in the treatment of mild to moderate superficial rhytides and scars. In fact it is the best acne scar laser treatment for acne scars that are not very deep.

Title:
Learn the Truth About OTC Acne Treatments

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531

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Description of common OTC acne treatments and how they work.


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acne, acne control, acne treatment, acne medicine


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Acne is in most cases a fairly mild disorder, it is still highly recommended that you consult a physician
before attempting to treat it your self. There are many over the counter options for treating acne, most of which can be effective to at least some degree. It is tempting to just run down the corner store and purchase something based on the recommendation of a friend or a successful marketing campaign. You would be wiser thought to consult a Doctor, as they can advise you on the most effective type of treatment for your particular case of acne.There are a very large number of products available to treat acne at the current time. You can always take the advise of a friend that has used a particular product but you have to keep in mind that not all people react to medications the same and not all cases of acne are the same. There could be some significant differences between your acne and your friends. You will be better able to select the proper treatment for your situation if you have a basic knowledge of the active ingredients in the various acne medications.

Benzoyl peroxide is one of the more popular active ingredients found in current acne treatments. It can be found in gels and creams and fights acne with a dual action. First it helps treat the bacteria on the surface of the skin that actually causes pimples. Secondly it helps to remove the dead skin cells and oils from the surface of your skin. When sebum combines with these dead skin cells it blocks the pores and causes black heads and white heads.
Benzoyl peroxide has been determined to be safe in directly treating existing lesions. On clear
skin it can be used as a preventative treatment, this will help keep the acne causing bacteria from developing on the skin. The only side effect is a tendency to cause dry skin which can be controlled by
reducing the applications. Care should also be taken because it will bleach out hair and clothes.

Salicylic acid is another common ingredient in acne treatments. It works by removing the dead skin cells that accumulate and block the skin pores. Salicylic acid products need to be used even when the skin is clear to keep the acne from re-occurring. The only reported side affect is drying and irritation of the skin in some people.

The two other most common ingredients are sulfur and resorcinol. Resorcinol works by removing the entire top layer of skin which also effectively removes the dead skin cells before they can clog pores. Sulfur has been used to treat acne for over fifty years with significant success despite the fact that it is not known how it actually helps. Sulfur is frequently mixed with other treatments to help them be more effective but is not normally used on it's own because of the unpleasant odor.

Benzoyl peroxide is probably the most versatile of the above ingredients. It can safely be used in creams, lotions, gels and soaps. These products should be used several times a day directly on the pimples as well as the skin around them.

Skin break out is as a rule a genuinely mellow confusion, it is still enthusiastically suggested that you counsel a doctor

before endeavoring to treat it your self. There are numerous over the counter choices for treating skin inflammation, the greater part of which can be successful to probably some degree. It is enticing to simply run down the corner store and buy something dependent on the proposal of a companion or a fruitful promoting effort. You would be more astute idea to counsel a Doctor, as they can exhort you on the best kind of treatment for your specific instance of acne.There are an enormous number of items accessible to treat skin inflammation at the present time. You can generally take the educate with respect to a companion that has utilized a specific item however you need to remember that not all individuals respond to prescriptions the equivalent and not all instances of skin inflammation are the equivalent. There could be some noteworthy contrasts between your skin break out and your companions. You will be better ready to choose the correct treatment for your circumstance on the off chance that you have an essential information on the dynamic fixings in the different skin inflammation drugs.

Benzoyl peroxide is one of the more famous dynamic fixings found in current skin inflammation medications. It tends to be found in gels and creams and battles skin break out with a double activity. First it helps treat the microscopic organisms on the outside of the skin that really causes pimples. Besides it assists with evacuating the dead skin cells and oils from the outside of your skin. At the point when sebum consolidates with these dead skin cells it hinders the pores and causes clogged pores and white heads.

Benzoyl peroxide has been resolved to be protected in legitimately treating existing sores. On clear

skin it very well may be utilized as a safeguard treatment, this will help keep the skin inflammation causing microorganisms from creating on the skin. The main reaction is an inclination to cause dry skin which can be constrained by

diminishing the applications. Care ought to likewise be taken on the grounds that it will blanch out hair and garments.

Salicylic corrosive is another normal fixing in skin break out medicines. It works by expelling the dead skin cells that amass and obstruct the skin pores. Salicylic corrosive items should be utilized in any event, when the skin is obvious to keep the skin inflammation from re-happening. The main revealed side influence is drying and aggravation of the skin in certain individuals.

The two other most regular fixings are sulfur and resorcinol. Resorcinol works by expelling the whole top layer of skin which additionally viably evacuates the dead skin cells before they can obstruct pores. Sulfur has been utilized to treat skin break out for more than fifty years with huge accomplishment regardless of the way that it isn't known how it really makes a difference. Sulfur is as often as possible blended in with different medicines to assist them with being progressively compelling however isn't typically utilized all alone on account of the undesirable scent.

Benzoyl peroxide is likely the most adaptable of the above fixings. It can securely be utilized in creams, salves, gels and cleansers. These items ought to be utilized a few times each day legitimately on the pimples just as the skin around them.

Title:
Learnig More About Acne Scars

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644

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A general information all about the acne scars, effects of acne scars and its proper medication.


Keywords:
acne, acnes, FAQS, FAQ, ACNE, ACNES, faq, faqs


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Macules and Scars:
Before I jump into the topic of scars, I need to clarify the difference between Macules and Scars. Macules may look like scars, but they are not scars in the sense that a permanent change has occurred. Macules are essentially the final stage of most inflamed acne lesions. They are normally flat, reddish spots that can remain for up to 8 months. But the difference between a Macule and a scar is that a Macule will end up disappearing completely whereas a scar will remain for years or indefinitely.

As for scars, this can also vary from person to person. With some individuals, scars may remain for a lifetime without change but with others, their skin will undergo a form of remodeling that will eventually diminish the scar.

Another factor that needs to be evaluated is the human element of scarring. People simply have different feelings about acne scars. Those who are distressed about their acne scars are much more likely to actively seek out treatment to moderate or remove the scar than those who are more indifferent about the scars.


Cause of Scars:
Let us first gain a better understanding of acne scars by first determining the cause of scars. A scar is a mark left in the skin by the healing of a wound or surgical incision in which the normal functional tissue (skin) is replaced by connective tissue (scar). In the case of acne, the lesion is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to sebum, bacteria and dead cells that are trapped in the plugged sebaceous follicle.

When your skin tissue has suffered a lesion of some sorts, your body will attempt to heal the injured site. It does so by increasing the white blood cells in the area along with an array of inflammatory molecules whose function is to repair the damaged tissue and fight infection. In the end, the repair job can be messy, and the site of the lesion is now filled with fibrous scar tissue or eroded tissue. As for the inflammatory molecules and white blood cells, they can remain at the acne lesion for days and even weeks.

Take note of the fact that not everyone functions in the same way, and this holds true with our skin as well. Some people are simply more prone to scarring than others.

Treatment for scars:
Bear in mind that treating acne and treating acne scars are two completely different things. Treating your acne has nothing to do with treating an acne scar. Acne scars can indeed be treated, but it is important that an acne sufferer bring their acne condition under control first if they still suffer from moderate to severe acne.

Once your acne subsides, make an appointment with a dermatologist and discuss the methods (if applicable) of scar treatment(s) he/she recommend you undergo to treat your scars. Keep in mind that there are many methods with which you may treat your scars. These methods vary according to your scar type, size and location, type of skin, and of course, money $$$. All this should be discussed in great detail with your dermatologist.

Before undergoing scar treatment, ask yourself the following questions before having your dermatologist undergo the decided procedure(s).: Are you willing to wait and see if the scars will subside on their own with time? Do your acne scars affect you emotionally and socially? Is your scarring substantial enough to warrant scar treatment? Can you afford the treatment or what treatment options can you afford?

Keep in mind, the objective of scar treatment is not to necessarily rid you of all indications of scars by completely restoring your skin. It very much depends on the severity of your scars, your skin type, your skins ability to regenerate, etc. Significant improvements can definitely be achieved, but complete restoration is often impossible.

Title:
Living with Teenage Acne

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416

Summary:
You do not have to feel bad if you looked yourself into the mirror one morning and found a disgusting looking zit because majority of teenagers go through this distressing condition at some point of time in their teen life. Clinical studies are of evident that almost 100% of all teens have at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead or pimple.


Keywords:
acne medicine, acne treatment, adult acne, clear up acne, clear acne, how to clear acne scar


Article Body:
You do not have to feel bad if you looked yourself into the mirror one morning and found a disgusting looking zit because majority of teenagers go through this distressing condition at some point of time in their teen life. Clinical studies are of evident that almost 100% of all teens have at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead or pimple.

Several changes occur in your body and emotions while you step into adulthood because of hormone modifications. When hormones are highly active, the glands that are attached to hair follicles (sebaceous glands) produce more sebum—an oily substance that “lives” within the pores. An acne lesion (whitehead, blackhead or pimple) occurs when a hair follicle becomes plugged with the sebum and dead skin cells that are always being shed by the body. Brace yourself.


When acne begins sometime between the ages of ten and thirteen, it is usually going to go on for five, or even ten, years! The most severe cases in some teens stem from the development of comedomes. Comedones are skin-coloured, small bumps that frequently show up on the forehead and chin of those with acne. Some may be so small that they are not visible to the naked eye – these are called microcomedones. The heaviest breakouts will be at their worst at about 3 to 5 years after the first comedones appear.


The pimples and blackheads you’re experiencing right now should disappear sometime between ages of 20 and 25. However, the most severe cases -- nodular acne or cystic acne may not resolve until you’re 30 or over.

Most of all, try not to isolate yourself just because you’re breaking out. Take a look around you. Lots of the kids you know are also walking around with acne – your parents probably suffered with it as well when they were adolescents. Ask them. Acne has not singled you out besides, you’re not alone in feeling the way you do.

British teenagers conducted a survey and found that they are suffering the same emotional pain that you are. Almost 40% of them have avoided going to school because they were embarrassed. Over half of them felt that acne prevented them from having a boyfriend or girlfriend. About one-third said it got in the way of them being able to make friends. By treating your acne properly, you can protect yourself from the emotional effects of your condition, and you can stop the breakouts from getting worse. Thanks to modern sciences, that is making the availability of medications possible.

Title:
Mabye It's Time For An Acne Diet

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375

Summary:
If you've ever had acne, then you must know how traumatic this affliction must be if left unattended. And because this nuisance manifest in our appearance, it can erode confidence in some folks.

But make no mistake about it, the occurrence of acne is not rare phenomenon, so when its strikes, you must stop it by all means possible, and thankfully, with the awesome resource at our disposal can enable us strive for an acne free skin.

Although the correct skin care regimen ...


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Article Body:
If you've ever had acne, then you must know how traumatic this affliction must be if left unattended. And because this nuisance manifest in our appearance, it can erode confidence in some folks.

But make no mistake about it, the occurrence of acne is not rare phenomenon, so when its strikes, you must stop it by all means possible, and thankfully, with the awesome resource at our disposal can enable us strive for an acne free skin.

Although the correct skin care regimen and appropriate treatment methods are vital in preventing skin blemishes, it is not all about your outside. We should not neglect the internal activities of the body too. This is why acne diets are crucial.

The subject of acne diets might not be strange to you, as it concerns what you eat and how that manifest on your skin.

Some few winters ago I was in a doctor's office with my wife, who was there for a back ache assessment. During that period I had chapped lips, and had requested if the doctor had some lip balm.

Taking one quick look at me, the doctor informed me that my diet has to do with the present condition of my lips. And she explained that taking proper nutritious diets and fluids would prevent chapped lips. This surprised me, but I gave it a shot.

I have stopped using lip balms and my chapped lips are gone. The doctor's method though sounds bizarre, but it surely worked. And if can work on the lips, it means it can also be applied to the skin.

One fact most people don't know is that some substance the food we eat are excretes back through the skin pores, and this should make us realize that acne diets is crucial for some persons, and that foods such as snacks, that contains high fat and grease are the precursors of acne breakouts.

To maintain proper acne diets, you diet should include fruits, vegetables, organic products, non processed items, and plenty of water. This acne diet is highly recommended for people grappling with pimples problems.

It will certainly get rid of their skin blemishes. And if you want to know more details about acne diets, you can check the Internet.

Title:
Makeup For Acne Scars! Where Effective Cosmetic Products Camouflage Scars, Not Your Life

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488

Summary:
Are you dropping out of society due to experiencing scars after acne breakouts? Are you searching for quality makeup for acne scars to help you blend your skin imperfections, and to also eliminate any future blemishes?


Keywords:
makeup for acne scars, skin, acne, scars, treatment, treatments, makeup, products, scar, cosmetics, care


Article Body:
Are you dropping out of society due to experiencing scars after acne breakouts? Are you searching for quality makeup for acne scars to help you blend your skin imperfections, and to also eliminate any future blemishes? 

If your answer is yes to the questions above, then let me help you find the best cosmetic scar treatments that will allow you to get back out into the world, and enjoy your life the way you deserve to!

Nowadays, there are many advanced makeup products such as camouflage makeup specially designed for scars, and are widely offered by professional online skincare suppliers. These special skin products help you positively conceal such physical imperfections, such as scars, hyper pigmentation, rosacea, burns, and dark freckles to name a few.

If you happen to suffer from any of these conditions listed above, you’re not alone, and this is why quality acne cosmetics and scar treatments have been designed specially for you to help you in your current condition.

Now You Can Get The Scar Coverage You Need, Custom Made For You!

With treatment makeup, many of these uniquely designed scar products give you a large array of colors to choose from, helping match your skin tone perfectly, thus offering you that custom looking facial skin color blend. You pick 2-3 shades, and unify these colors together for that natural cosmetics look, and quality finishing touch!

The specially created Camouflage makeup products are made with mineral pigments that are fragrance and oil free, so it does not irritate your skin. The best thing is that the finish looks flawless, and your complexion will have virtually no signs of visible acne scars.

Don’t ever think that you’re the only one that has facial scars in this world! You would be surprised and amazed on how many of your favorite celebrities, and athletes have the same scar condition as you. This is the main reason why top quality scar cosmetics have been created, and when you’re under the camera and public microscope, these stars don’t want to take any chances of exposing their skin condition to their fans.

With that in mind, you can now take advantage of these quality skincare makeup products as well, and you don’t have to settle for the over-the-counter generic items that give you that caked on look, and do not properly blend away your scars. In most cases these retail products end up enhancing the look of your scar, rather than blending them.

You may notice that the prices on these products are a little higher than your retail store generic makeup products, but when you actually try them, you will understand why, and also realize that these uniquely designed scar care makeup items easily available to you online, are created for you in mind, and will eventually allow you to get your life back, by feeling comfortable in the public eye again!

Title:
Medical Advances Make Acne Scarring a Thing of the Past

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581

Summary:
Acne Scarring is a result of acne that can stay with people years after their blemishes have cleared up. Now, thanks to technological and medical advances, acne scarring can be over come.


Keywords:
acne, proactiv, proactive, acne, treatment, beauty, tips, skin, care


Article Body:
For millions of people across the world, acne scars are a daily reminder of puberty; that difficult period that everyone must go through and nobody wants to remember after it’s over. As if it wasn’t difficult enough, puberty can leave some scarred years after they thought they were done with all those annoying self-produced blemishes. The good news is that now, through medical and technological advancements, these long-suffering people can once again have beautiful and smooth skin.

In 2001, an index of the different types of acne scars that affected people was released. This made significant forward steps in the identification of acne scarring and therefore in the treatment of those particular scars. This breaks down into three major categories or types of scarring;

Rolling scars occur when the subcutaneous tissue that lies just below the surface of the skin becomes attached to one another. Treatment for this type of scarring requires the breaking up of the attached subcutaneous fibrous bands. Boxcar scars are oval or round shaped with sharp vertical edges. These can be shallow scars or run very deep. The deeper boxcar scars will more often require a treatment known as full-thickness. The shallower boxcar scars can be treated with less invasive skin resurfacing procedures. Ice pick scars are narrow, acute scars that can run deep and make the skin seem like it has been repeatedly punctured, as with an ice pick. Laser resurfacing and dermabrasion are usually the preferred methods of dealing with this type of scarring.

For milder cases, there are now a wide variety of topical creams and lotions that can be quite effective in covering and repairing shallower acne scarring. The important thing to do is to get the correct type of solution for your particular type of skin. A physician or dermatologist can be very helpful in determining what kind is the appropriate one. 

There are several treatment methods that have become available over the past few years. Consulting a dermatologist or similar specialist will help determine which would be the best option. Dermal fillers are injections in the skin that cause the surface of the scars to rise which gives it an even look as opposed to a rough pitted appearance. Subcutaneous Incisions are what is used in the treatment of the rolling scars. A surgical needle is inserted under the skin and used to break up the attached subcutaneous fiber bands. This surgery is a little more invasive and can cause bruising in the affected area that goes away in about a week. The last, laser resurfacing, is a treatment that is used for a variety of skin problems in addition to acne scarring. Basically, a laser is used to burn the surface layer of the affected area. Depth of the laser is in accordance with the depth of the scarring. As the treated area heals, the burned layer of skin is replaced with a fresh, healed layer. 

If you are considering one of these treatments, it is important to do some research about which is the right and most efficient one. Of course, because people who are highly specialized do these treatments, any of these procedures can end up costing a good deal of money.  You must decide which is the best for you and which one is the most conducive to your budget. Remember that there are lots of options out there, so don’t be afraid to do some research and find out what works best for you.

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Mild and moderate acne isn’t the end of the world!

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Admit it…there has been at least one time in your life where there was acne on your face at just the wrong time. Whether it is a first date, your senior prom, or that big job interview, you think that everyone will be focusing on your acne instead of the whole you. Today, with all the many scientific advances, there are several new treatments for acne that may be just the ticket to a clearer face and body.


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acne, zeno acne, acne medication, zits


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Admit it…there has been at least one time in your life where there was acne on your face at just the wrong time. Whether it is a first date, your senior prom, or that big job interview, you think that everyone will be focusing on your acne instead of the whole you. Today, with all the many scientific advances, there are several new treatments for acne that may be just the ticket to a clearer face and body.

The most common acne treatments on the market today can be purchased over the counter. Some common brand name treatments you can find at the drug or grocery stores are Clearasil, Seabreeze and Neutrogena. Most of these brands have creams, facial washes, acne pads and moisturizers. When using these treatments, don’t give up on the product if your acne has not shown a great deal of improvement in a day. Many times it takes trial and error to find the product that will work for you…and you need to give each product about two weeks to reach any kind of effectiveness.

A new wave in treating acne is the product Proactiv. After countless infomercials, ads in magazines and on the internet, it is becoming one of the most widely known acne treatments on the market. With celebrities raving about the results they get with this product, many people are trying it out…with mixed results. The ingredients in Proactiv can be found in many of the other treatments you can get at local stores. The difference between the products - the price.

One specific type of acne that many people find frequently on their face are blackheads, a particularly difficult type of acne to get rid of. Found mostly on the nose, cheeks and ears, this type of acne is a very deep, hard to reach blemish that can feel like it is impossible to treat. However, products are on the market to help with this type of acne as well. Commonly known as “nose strips”, this treatment consists of a strip that has a substance on it that dries and literally removes the blackhead from the pore. Washing does little to stop blackheads from appearing on your face, but washing should be done if you try to squeeze this type of acne. You can do more damage to your face trying to “self-extract” blackheads!

Today there is a relatively new treatment out there for mild to moderate acne. It is a hand-held device known as the Zeno Acne Clearing Device. This FDA approved acne clearing device applies a precise 2 ½ minute heat treatment to acne. This heat treatment essentially kills the bacteria causing the acne, thus healing the pimple. Unlike other treatments on the market, the Zeno Acne Clearing Device can actually clear up a pimple in a day as opposed to days or even weeks with other alternatives. Although the heat from the zeno device can cause mild redness to the area where applied for roughly 20-30 minutes after you use it, no other adverse side effects were reported by users…unlike the skin irritation that topical treatments can cause.

Good hygiene is still the best way to fight acne on your face and other parts of your body. Washing your face regularly with a mild soap will usually keep acne at bay. Regular soap and water won’t irritate your face like some acne treatment products may. Only those with severe acne will require any kind of visits to a dermatologist for prescription acne medications.

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My Acne Facts And Conclusions The Real Cause

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My Acne Facts And Conclusions about Acne cause and ralation to hormonal imbalance and liver


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Fifteen years of treating acne with almost every available topical and oral solutions,different treatments,without success, enforced me to search for a direct cause of acne.

My facts and conclusions:

1.Hormones are chemical substances ,which regulate ALL functions in human body (they tell organs and cells what to do)

2.In human body exist various hormones,but for acne,we are interested in testosterone (androgen)

3. The most active androgens are testosterone, precisely 5-testosterone (DHT) and they control SEBUM production. Too much of Sebum leads to acne formation. Why we have no acne before puberty? Simply because testosterone formation begins in puberty.

4.Other hormones can also aggravate acne, but they are not direct cause.Example:Stress situations,when our body produce hormone called glucocorticosteroids.

5.DIRECT cause of Acne is not: food,stress, poor hygiene,vitamins and bacteries on our skin. Bacteries are just last player in our story.Even hormones are not direct cause.

Direct cause of Acne is HORMONAL IMBALANCE on the first place, and toxins in our body on the second place.

This is my list of main acne causes:

Complex Mix of causes of Prostaglandin insufficiency > insufficiency of Prostaglandins > Hormonal imbalance > Liver can not remove all those hormones and send it to the skin > Acne

As you can see,liver health is very important.

What the hell is prostaglandin,you ask? The messengers, or communicators between the cells and the hormones are called Prostaglandins and without them there will be no communication between the cells and your hormones. When there is no communication, hormones will be out of balance. Prostaglandins are biochemicals that communicate with hormones and cells and trigger cells into action. Prostaglandins work inside the cells and help regulate the function of cells and organs through the communication of cells and hormones. Prostaglandins make sure your androgen hormones are in balance, as they regulate your hormones so that just the right amount of sebum will be produced by your skin oil glands and thus prevent excess amounts of sebum production that leads to acne.

6. Why there is no sufficient number of prostaglandins in our bodies? Because we have no enough of GLA- gamma-linnolenic acid , which is main precursor of prostaglandins. GLA is a special fatty acid from which the body can produce Prostaglandins. GLA is made from LA-Linolenic Acid, which we take through the various food. Main problem is inability of our body to convert LA to GLA ,because of stress.bad habits,foods,alcohol,lack of vitamins etc. (if we have no enough GLA ,our body can not produce prostaglandins,which regulate hormones).

7. What’s happening when we are out of prostaglandins? Hormonal imbalance! If there is an over-load of hormones in your body, the liver can have problems removing them.Liver sends overbalanced hormones our skin in form of ACNE! So,Strong Liver is a must for all acne sufferers!

8. So,what is the final solution for Acne? Answer is Restoration of Hormonal balance and making your liver stronger. This can not be done with topical and oral drugs. It can be done with HERBS and their extracts in form of tablets. GLA is main ingredient of Omega 6 fatty acid. It is best absorbed together with other fatty acids EPA and DHA.

Source Naturals ArcticPure EFA Fish Oil Contains : Essential fatty acids EPA, DHA, and GLA

Evening primrose oil is an oil rich in essential fatty acids , polyunsaturated fats that are as essential as vitamins and minerals for the maintenance of good health. The oil contains 74 percent linolenic acid (LA) and 8-10 percent gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Although other oils such as borage oil and black currant oil contain higher amounts of GLA, evening primrose oil is by far the most popular and familiar source of this fatty acid.

Some herbs make your liver stronger. Milk Thistle is best known. more on this topic on my blog

http://acne-guidelines.blogspot.com

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Natural Acne Treatment:  How To Treat Acne Naturally And Effectively

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Natural acne treatment is one of the best ways to safely and effectively remove acne from the skin.

Many individuals are looking for a natural acne treatment. They may be doing so because their chemical products have not worked. Or, even worse, these chemical products may have done damage to their skin far worse then the acne. Chemical products often come with side effects that natural acne treatments do not. For this reason and many others, selecting a natural cure for ac...


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Natural acne treatment, Best natural acne treatment, Natural acne skin care, Natural cures for acne


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Natural acne treatment is one of the best ways to safely and effectively remove acne from the skin.

Many individuals are looking for a natural acne treatment. They may be doing so because their chemical products have not worked. Or, even worse, these chemical products may have done damage to their skin far worse then the acne. Chemical products often come with side effects that natural acne treatments do not. For this reason and many others, selecting a natural cure for acne seems to be the logical way to go.

What Is Natural?

A natural cure for acne will be one that has products in it that are not man made but naturally occurring in the world. These products can be virtually anything as long as they are non toxic to the body. Many natural acne skin care products are the best for your body as the body already knows how to work with these natural substances and therefore can be better suited for you.

What’s Available Then?

There are several natural products available to help individuals to remove acne. These products range in what they are and how they are used so it is important for you to know how to use them properly. Most of the acne skin care treatments available will include a number of different vitamins, proteins and natural acids. Some may contain zinc as it is well known for being effective in the treatment of acne. Some will include Chromium as this too has been shown to help. In most cases, there will be a combination of products that work together at treating the acne.

Why Is It There?

One thing that is important to consider when treating acne is why it is there in the first place. When you find this out, you are better able to find an acne treatment that will work for your specific condition. There are two main causes of acne that have a lot to do with each other. First off, acne skin care treatments may attack the bacteria that are on the face causing the infection which is the acne itself. But, these bacteria will likely be attracted to the skin because of the high amount of oils there. Some individuals have glands that are working overtime to produce and this provides bacteria the ultimate place to live. Most acne skin care products need to work on both aspects of turning off the oil and getting rid of the acne.

The best natural acne treatment is the one that is well suited to your specific situation. Yet, it is ideal for you to use natural products as they are the best suited, in most cases, to provide you with a fighting chance against acne.

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Natural Acne Treatment - 5 Points You Have To Take Care Of

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Conventional treatments for acne are many times successful. These treatments include cleansing lotions made with benzoyl peroxide, creams or gels made with vitamin A, and antibiotic medications taken orally or applied to the skin. However, it is very important to consider the risk of scarring when choosing a certain treatment. Natural acne treatments are both efficient and cost effective and they reduce the risk of scarring. These treatments include a balanced diet, vitamins ...


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Conventional treatments for acne are many times successful. These treatments include cleansing lotions made with benzoyl peroxide, creams or gels made with vitamin A, and antibiotic medications taken orally or applied to the skin. However, it is very important to consider the risk of scarring when choosing a certain treatment. Natural acne treatments are both efficient and cost effective and they reduce the risk of scarring. These treatments include a balanced diet, vitamins and nutritional supplements, herbs and bodywork.

Diet

A died based mostly on whole and unprocessed food is often beneficial for people who suffer from acne. Try to eat vegetables at least five times a day and fruits at least once. Refined sugar should be avoid it. You should also avoid fried foods, trans fats, such as milk or margarine and hydrogenated vegetable oils. It is recommended to consume foods that contain omega-3 oils, such as sardines or flax seeds. There are also some opinions claiming that chocolate, coffee, salt, shellfish, wheat products and carbonated drinks increase acne.

It is also important to drink a lot of water. You should try to have at list 8 glasses of water each day. Fiber intake is also recommended. In addition to fruits and vegetables, you should also eat whole grain. Some people claim that a liver detox diet from one to four weeks based on fruits and vegetables helps with acne.

Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements

Vitamin A can help with reducing sebum production. However, you should be careful not to exaggerate, as high doses of vitamin A can lead to a decreased bone density, headache, muscle and joint pain and birth defects. Sexually active women of childbearing age shouldn't take more than 5,000 IU per day unless they are guided by a professional and are using at least two birth control methods. It's not necessary to take vitamin A if there's an adequate intake of vitamin E, zinc and beta-carotene, which contribute to vitamin A formation.

Zinc gluconate or zinc sulfate are also effective natural acne treatments. Two studies comparing zinc to antibiotic tetracycline have found that zinc is as effective as tetracycline. Zinc helps with healing blemishes, reducing inflammation as well as reducing androgenic hormonal effects on skin. This is why you should increase the intake of foods that contain zinc gluconate or zinc sulfate, such as seafoods, red meat or poultry.

Vitamin B6 helps with pre-menstrual or mid-cycle acne and is essential for the metabolism of steroid hormones. It can also reduce skin sensitivity to testosterone effects.

Herbs

An effective natural acne treatment is obtained by mixing equal parts of sarsaparilla, burdock, yellow dock and cleavers extracts. It is believed that these herbs are blood and lymph cleansers. Half a teaspoon of this mixture should be taken three times a day. The treatment has best effects if combined with a healthy diet.

Tea tree oil also helps with reducing acne. If applied to erupted blemishes, it helps eliminating the bacteria and reducing inflammation.

Bodywork

Massage is another natural treatment recommended for people with acne problems. Bodywork helps increasing blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, thus fastening the blemish healing process.

Stress Reduction

Generally, stress is an important factor in many health problems, including acne. Reducing stress can be seen as a natural acne treatment. Some of the most common ways to reduce stress include yoga, physical exercise, meditation and breathing techniques. Doing things that you enjoy and avoiding stress factors is also very helpful.

For more free information on best acne treatments visit my website below.

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Natural and Herbal Remedies for Treating Acne

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Herbal medicines are not harsh because they do not contain chemicals and are made from naturally available plants. This article helps find out the natural remedies to treat acne.


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Acne, pimples, pimple, acne treatment, acne in pregnancy, acne tips, adult acne, adolescent acne, skin care, herbal remedy for acne.


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Millions of people are affected by acne all over the world, as the number of skin care products proves it available in the market for treating pimples.  Many of the over-the-counter products meant for treating acne contain chemicals, which might deteriorate the skin and might be only a temporary remedy.  As the people are now aware of the hazards of the chemical usage, everyone is looking for a natural and herbal remedy to treat acne.  Herbal medicines are not harsh because it does not contain any chemicals and are compounded mixtures of naturally available plants and herbs.

Some of the natural herbal treatments for acne:

Natural treatments can be in the form of lotions, creams, home made products or even herbal formulations.  Below listed are some ingredients, which can be procured from a herbalist and made to use for treating acne.

Echinacea and tea tree oil are the very common natural herbal remedies known for treating acne and is available widely.  Echinacea and Oregon grape can help in increasing the immune system of the body.  While tea tree oil consists of terpenoids, which is known for its antifungal and antiseptic property.

Green tea is used in the defense of bacteria lowering the hormone activity, thus acne can be controlled.  Almond oil is very good in removing acne scars.

Apricot and citrus juices alleviate the presence of cysts and acts as a natural exfoliate, getting rid of the dead skin cells making the pores free from clogs.

Distilled white vinegar can be applied as a topical solution on the affected area to cleanse the pores.  Honey mask helps in the healing process of the skin affected by acne due to its anti bacterial quality.

Green tea, chamomile and oatmeal are excellent herbs for treating inflammation due to its anti inflammatory properties.  It helps to soothe the affected part and aids in the release of heat and making the skin to heal properly.  When the affected part is washed with oatmeal, the itching sensation is reduced.  Ginger helps to reduce redness and inflammation and can be consume in any form.

Licorice is a very important herb used in the treatment of acne since the Middle Ages.  Licorice increases mucous secretion, stimulating the adrenal gland function making the natural defense system of the body into overdrive to remove bacteria and germs responsible for acne and pus.

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Obagi Toner-  A Refreshing Blend Of Natural Ingredients

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Obagi Toner is Step two in the Obagi Nu Derm system, it prepares your skin for the application of Obagi Clear.


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Obagi Toner is a refreshing blend of natural ingredients which hydrates and tones your skin while restoring a normal pH balance.  The Obagi Toner is a wonderful toner that does not dry out your skin excessively, like other popular toners.  Instead of drying out your skin Obagi Toner restores the natural pH balance of your skin.

Under the guidance of your Doctor or skin care professional, the Obagi system of products helps to correct acne, blemishes, surface discoloration, melasma, sun damage and stimulates cell renewal to bring back the glow of healthier, younger looking skin.  With the Obagi toner and the Obagi line of products, your skin will be smoother, naturally moist, clearer, firmer, more resilient, and simply more beautiful. 

Most toners today are pH balancing and represent a new direction in the skin care industry, however some toners dry the skin excessively and this is not a good thing, especially if your skin condition is already prone to be dry. Directions for use, you should clean your skin with Obagi Cleanser or  a gentle cleanser, then apply Obagi toner onto your face and neck with a cotton ball. DO NOT rinse off.

Ingredients include: witch hazel distillate, potassium alum, purified water, aloe barbadensis gel, sodium PCA panthenol, calendula officinalis extract, saponis, fragrance, DMDM hydantion, polysorbate 80, allantoin, sage extract, FD& C blue #1 

Obagi Toner is Step two in the Obagi Nu Derm system, it prepares your skin for the application of Obagi Clear.  Obagi products promote skin restoration at the cellular level, unlike other skin care products that only treat the problems on the surface.  It is advisable for you to consult your Doctor or skin care professional before using any type of skin care treatments.

You can easily find and purchase Obagi toner and other great products from the Obagi line,  at the many online Beauty stores and skin-care outlets available on the web.  Individual Obagi Products can be purchased but the Obagi line of products are most effective when they are used together as a complete skin care treatment.

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Options In Acne Treatment

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Acne treatment is one of the most common requests dermatologists hear from their patients. The condition generally begins in the teenage years, but can affect people into their thirties and forties. Blemishes often cause people to avoid social situations and, in extreme cases, can lead to feelings of depression.

The exact cause of acne is not known, but there are several theories. One is that break outs tend to be hereditary. If parents and siblings suffer from it, you may...


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Acne treatment is one of the most common requests dermatologists hear from their patients. The condition generally begins in the teenage years, but can affect people into their thirties and forties. Blemishes often cause people to avoid social situations and, in extreme cases, can lead to feelings of depression.

The exact cause of acne is not known, but there are several theories. One is that break outs tend to be hereditary. If parents and siblings suffer from it, you may too. Another is that the hormones that surge through the body in puberty cause the sebaceous glands to increase in size and produce more oils. This leads to an increase in blemishes. Other hormonal causes include pregnancy, menstruation and birth control pills.

Although the exact cause of this skin condition is unknown, there are factors that can aggravate it. Squeezing a blemish can spread bacteria and cause more break outs on your face. Excessive humidity and sweating can also spread bacteria and aggravate the condition.

There are several myths surrounding acne. Stress is thought to cause acne, but it does not. However, the stress you feel as a result of the pimples is real. Consider relaxation techniques, reading the bible and prayer as a way to reduce this stress. Other myths include diet and having dirty skin.

Proper skin care can help prevent the spread of acne. Improper skin care can actually make blemishes worse. Excessive scrubbing with harsh cleansers is drying, causes irritations and can create more pimples. Use a gentle cleanser no more than twice a day, if your skin is excessively oily, you can wash three times. Look for a gentle cleanser that is made for your skin type. Salicylic acid is a good ingredient to look for.

Don’t use astringent unless you have very oily skin. Astringents can dry out the skin and make it worse. You may be tempted to skip the moisturizer, but don’t do this. Your skin needs moisture. Choose a product that is made for people who are prone to pimples. Look for an oil free, non acnegenic lotion.

Dermatologists can help with acne treatment. Topical ointments and oral medications can be prescribed for extreme cases. Many of these prescriptions can cause photosensitivity. You should always wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, if you go in the sun while using prescription medications. For maximum rejuvenation, your doctor may recommend a chemical peel.

In the past, you could only have a peel in the dermatologist’s office. Now there is a home treatment alternative. Esthetician’s Choice is a medical grade peel that you can use in the comfort of your home. The main ingredient is Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) which is considered to be the most effective skin peel product on the market. TCA is a non toxic chemical that has been used by dermatologists for over 30 years to treat acne and other skin conditions.

Peels exfoliate the skin on a deeper level than can be achieved with most other skin care products. Easy to follow, step by step directions allow you to perform the peel easily at home. Esthetician’s Choice takes only minutes to apply. You may experience a slight reddening for a day or tow and the skin will continue to peel, revealing clearer skin underneath.

You will notice results quickly, unlike topical ointments and medications, which can take months to see results. Use the peel full strength for a deeper peel, or you can dilute it for surface exfoliation. Visit www.bestskinpeel.com to learn more about this remarkable product, which is guaranteed to give you the results you want.

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Over-The-Counter Acne Treatment

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There are many types of over-the-counter treatments for acne. Most people, when first faced with an acne condition, usually go to the local pharmacy and buy an over-the-counter medication on the basis of recommendations from their friends or perhaps even television ads. It's always a good idea, however, to consult with a doctor before using any kind of over-the-counter medication. Even though acne is a fairly benign condition, a doctor can advise on the best course of treatme...


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There are many types of over-the-counter treatments for acne. Most people, when first faced with an acne condition, usually go to the local pharmacy and buy an over-the-counter medication on the basis of recommendations from their friends or perhaps even television ads. It's always a good idea, however, to consult with a doctor before using any kind of over-the-counter medication. Even though acne is a fairly benign condition, a doctor can advise on the best course of treatment and also offers suggestions based on your particular kind of acne.

Because of the large number of products available for treating acne, it can be difficult to decide which one to try. Depending on advice from your friends is not too reliable, because what works for one person may not work for another. It's best if you have some background knowledge about the active ingredients in various acne medications, so you can make a better informed choice about which medication to try.

One of the most popular ingredients in acne treatments is benzoyl peroxide. It is found in gels and ointments and works by combating the bacteria which causes pimples. It is also useful for removing dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin. It is these dead skin cells which combine with sebum to create blackheads and whiteheads.

Benzoyl peroxide has been proven to be safe and effective in combating lesions. It can be used after acne has cleared up to keep the skin free from acne causing bacteria. The only side effect associated with this ingredient is dry skin, and this can be avoided by decreasing the frequency that it is applied on the skin. It can also bleach hair and clothing, so care must be taken when applying it.

Another popular ingredient in acne medications is salicylic acid. This prevents acne by clearing up dead skin cells which are accumulating too quickly and clogging the pores. Products which contain salicylic acid should continue to be used after the skin has cleared up to prevent future outbreaks of acne. The only side effects associated with salicylic acid are dry, irritated skin.

Other ingredients you may see in acne medications include resorcinol and sulphur. Resorcinol causes the top layer of skin to peel -- including the dead skin cells which clog the pores. It is often combined with sulphur. It is not known how sulphur affects acne conditions, but it has been used effectively for more than 50 years. Sulphur is often combined with other ingredients besides resorcinol like salicylate acid and benzoyl peroxide. It is not usually used by itself because of its strong, unpleasant odor.

Of all these ingredients used for combating acne, benzoyl peroxide is probably the most versatile. It can be used in cleansing liquids or bars, as well as lotion, cream, and gels which are applied directly on the skin. The cleansing products are usually used once or twice a day, while the creams and lotions can be used as needed. They should be applied on the skin around the acne as well as the pimples themselves for most effectiveness. You must avoid getting benzoyl peroxide in the eyes, mouth or nose as it will cause irritation or inflammation.

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Over-the-Counter Topical Medications For Acne

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There are many OTC treatments for acne. To choose the best product, it helps to know the best ingredients.


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acne, acne medication


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In the early stage of the ongoing war with acne, most people go to a pharmacy to buy an over-the-counter medication. There are so many treatments available for acne, that it can be a complicated decision. Advice from friends is not a reliable method for making a choice, because what worked for 1 person may not work for another. And advertising advice? Who trusts that?

You can make a more informed choice about which product to try just by knowing about the active ingredients in the various acne medications.

Benzoyl Peroxide

1 of the most popular ingredients in acne medications, benzoyl peroxide is available in gels and ointments. It kills the bacteria that causes pimples and helps remove dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin. These dead skin cells, when combined with sebum (oil), create blackheads and whiteheads. Dry skin is the only side effect, which can be minimized with less frequent application. It has a bleaching effect, so avoid hair and clothing when applying it. 

Salicylic Acid

This is a popular acne ingredient which clears up dead skin cells that clog the pores. Continued use  even after the skin has cleared up is necessary to avoid future acne outbreaks. Again, the side effect is dry, irritated skin.

Resorcinol

Resorcinol causes the top layer of skin to peel, which removes the dead skin cells that clog pores. It is often combined with sulphur.

Sulphur

Because of a strong, unpleasant odor, sulphur is usually combined with other ingredients. How it works is unknown, but it's been used effectively for decades. Sulphur is often combined with salicylate acid and benzoyl peroxide.

Products

Of all these ingredients, benzoyl peroxide is probably the most versatile. It can be made into cleansing liquids, bars, gels, lotions and cream, all of which are applied directly to the skin. Cleansing products are usually used once or twice daily, with creams and lotions applied as needed. They are most effective when rubbed on the area surrounding the acne, as well as on the pimples themselves.

It's always a good idea to discuss acne with a doctor before self-treating with any of these medications. Even though acne is a fairly harmless condition, a doctor can often offer better suggestions and explain the best way to handle your condition based on your particular kind of acne.

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Practical Acne Treatments For Girls

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Girls go through many physical and psychological changes during puberty. These changes include body composition, fat distribution, menstruation, growth spurts, body and facial hair growth, body odor and skin changes. The body physically changes as the fat tissue increases in the hips, thighs, and breasts producing the typical hourglass shape of females. With all these changes going on, what effect does acne have on girls during puberty?


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Girls go through many physical and psychological changes during puberty. These changes include body composition, fat distribution, menstruation, growth spurts, body and facial hair growth, body odor and skin changes. The body physically changes as the fat tissue increases in the hips, thighs, and breasts producing the typical hourglass shape of females. With all these changes going on, what effect does acne have on girls during puberty?

During puberty girls experience an increased likelihood and severity of acne from the increased oil secretions in the skin. Puberty is often a difficult time and acne only adds to the difficulty. During puberty girls usually experience increased irritability, mood swings, and feelings of low self esteem. Even girls who have been very sure of themselves may suffer from low self esteem when puberty sets in. These changes may be even more severe in the girl also suffers from acne.

The negative changes in girls during puberty are made even worse if acne is a problem. You can help deal with the changes when you know how to lessen the problems of acne.

Practical Acne Treatments For Girls...

Proper skin care is the first step in treating acne. The face should be gently washed with a facial cleanser. There are many skin care products on the market that may help with acne. To kill the bacteria that cause acne the cleanser should contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur. Gentle cleansing is an important factor when dealing with acne. A common mistake is to clean the face too often and with harsh cleansers. Careful cleaning of the face twice a day is the best way to go.

There are some cosmetics that can be detrimental if you are trying to control acne so it is important to use non-comedogenic products. Non-comedogenic products are less likely to cause acne, blackheads or block the pores of the skin. Today there are many non-comedogenic products available, such as makeup, lip stick, moisturizers, and even acne medicated makeup.

The changes experienced during puberty can take a mental and physical toll on girls. The onset of acne certainly makes these changes even harder to deal with. It is a good idea to visit with a dermatologist if the acne can not be controlled with over-the-counter medications. A dermatologist will understand the changes that are associated with acne and will be able to offer advice and treatment programs. It's also important to be understanding and offer support to girls as they go through the difficult time of puberty.

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Practicing A Proactive Acne Treatment

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Having acne can be a miserable experience to have to endure. It can be physically and emotionally painful and embarrassing. It can cause feelings of isolation, low-self esteem, even depression. Acne affects nearly everyone at some point in his or her life, whether it's during puberty, pregnancy (or during some other hormonally-charged period in life), or just during any time of adulthood. But there are ways to prevent and even control acne if you take a preemptive approach. T...


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Proactive Acne Treatment, acne, spots, skin care


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Having acne can be a miserable experience to have to endure. It can be physically and emotionally painful and embarrassing. It can cause feelings of isolation, low-self esteem, even depression. Acne affects nearly everyone at some point in his or her life, whether it's during puberty, pregnancy (or during some other hormonally-charged period in life), or just during any time of adulthood. But there are ways to prevent and even control acne if you take a preemptive approach. The best way to counteract the effects of this skin problem is to carry out a proactive acne treatment, which will help you to take care of your body as well as your skin.

Proactive is defined as acting in advance of an expected problem, or to be anticipatory. If you know that you are prone to acne, anticipating the problem and taking steps to defend yourself against it is the best way to go. There are several proactive acne treatment measures that a person can take in order to reduce the amount of breakouts, and to keep the breakouts that do occur from being too bad. One of the best ways to deal with acne is through exercise.

Exercise is not only a great way to regulate your weight and keep your body in good physical condition, but it also helps to lower stress levels that can cause or aggravate acne. In addition, sweating is a way of cleaning out the body, ridding it of oils and bad bacteria. It is important, though, to wear lightweight, breathable fabrics when exercising. Perspiration that is trapped between fabric and the skin can let bacteria grow and clog the pores, which will lead to acne.

Another effective proactive acne treatment is through diet. Though it is commonly understood now that what you eat does not cause acne, it is also commonly known that certain vitamins and minerals help the body fight the war on acne. It is a good idea to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, C, and E. This will not only give you a healthy body, but will help to curb breakouts. In addition, drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin looking fresh, and your color bright.

Stress has an immense effect on a person's complexion. We wear our problems on our faces, in the form of dark circles, wrinkles, and yes, even acne. There are a variety of stressors that affect us in different ways. Stressors are things that cause anxiety to your body and your well-being, which can also cause or aggravate an acne problem. Certain external stressors involve things that negatively affect the outside of your body, and include such things as oil-ridden cosmetics, overexposure to the sun, and a poor diet.

Internal stressors include factors that cause anxiety, depression, or low self esteem. Not dealing with emotions or high stress levels can cause acne flare-ups or other outward indications of inward problems. As mentioned before, exercise is an ideal way to manage stress. Also, participating in activities that you enjoy can also reduce your stress levels. And, don't forget to get an abundance of sleep if at all possible. Sleep provides your mind and body time to rest and rejuvenate.

There are several acne treatments that you can perform that, if done on a regular basis, prove to be highly effective, proactive measures. For example, always try to use oil-free cosmetics that won't clog your pores. Shaving the skin with a light touch and a sharp razor or even an electric shaver helps to exfoliate the skin and won't be too rough on skin that is broken out. It is best, though to avoid areas of the skin that are especially irritated or infected, and allow them time to heal. Also, make sure to gently wash your face twice daily with lightly exfoliating products. Do not ever scrub the skin, for this can lead to further irritation and more acne problems.

Taking the proactive approach to acne treatment is by far the best way to avoid embarrassing or painful breakouts. And you will find in doing so, that you will not only have healthier looking skin, but that your body and general well-being will be healthier in the effort as well.

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Pregnancy and Acne Treatment

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If you are a pregnant woman, you should be cautious about what acne treatment products you use. Some over-the-counter products may contain ingredients that can harm your unborn child and cause birth defects.


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acne, acne solutions, skin care, acne treatment, beauty tips, Proactive, Proactive solution, Proactiv


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Do you ever see all those Clearasil or Oxy 10 commercials with the completely blemish free teenagers smiling broadly and telling you about how their perfect complexions were a result of the use of that product? It doesn’t seem like these over-the-counter and massively available acne solutions could be of any threat to anybody, but if you’re a pregnant woman, you should be aware of a few things. There are many acne treatments that are available and safe to use during pregnancy, many of them natural and available right in the home. On the other hand, many manufactured products should be avoided during pregnancy.

It should be noted first that some acne during pregnancy is fairly common among women. During the first trimester, as the body prepares itself to provide for two, hormone levels increase and cause a rise in the body’s oil production. The result is acne flare-ups. The good news is that this usually clears up by the second trimester as the body begins to plateau in hormone levels.

The two most common ingredients found in the majority of most acne treatments are Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. It has been tested and determined that benzoyl peroxide is safe for women to use during pregnancy. However, it has also been determined that salicylic acid that is taken orally, such as a pill, has been known to cause some birth defects and may complicate pregnancy. Women must be careful when selecting a product to use, as a product that contains benzoyl peroxide will often contain salicylic acid as well.

So what about a topical application of salicylic acid? It has not been proven that it will cause birth defects or pregnancy complications, but as a pregnant woman that knows now that salicylic acid taken orally is potentially harmful, do you really want to run that risk? Some acne treatment products that doctors have recommended pregnant women should avoid are retinoid, oral retinoid, and Accutane. Retinoid is a form of Vitamin A that can cause birth defects in unborn children. There is no evidence that retinoid taken topically is harmful, but again, why run that risk?

For the desperate new mother that is trying to treat her skin, there are a variety of safe and natural ways to fight off acne. Of course, before women begin any new treatment they should consult their physician or obstetrician. Some products that mothers can safely use topically are Echinacea, lavender essential oil, and tea tree oil. But there are also even easier things one can do to control their outbreaks. Keeping your skin clean by washing with soap and rinsing with warm water to rinse off any remaining soap that may stay and cause block-ups or break-outs is one of the easiest things to do for extra care. After your face is washed and rinsed, avoid picking or popping blemishes to prevent scarring. It should also be mentioned that diet plays an important part in controlling acne. A high fruit and vegetable ratio in a woman’s diet should be maintained throughout pregnancy to not only help keep acne more clear, but also for the baby’s proper growth and development. Apples and blueberries are both rich in antioxidants, making them very good fruits to consume for the prevention of future outbreaks.

There are also a number of “household” treatments available. A mask of warm oatmeal cooked without additional ingredients in it and applied to the face for about 15-20 minutes may begin to clear up blemishes in as little as a few days. A lemon that has been cut in half and put on acne is another possibility. Uncooked natural oatmeal, garlic, olive oil, mashed potatoes, and even warm sugar water are ways to fight blemishes and prevent new ones from forming again.

So mothers, if you find yourself going through those frustrating outbreaks during your pregnancy period, have a little patience, try to go natural, eat a healthy diet of low-fat and preservative-free foods, and stay away from all those manufactured products that claim to clear your face up in five days or less.

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Prevent Acne at All Age

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The best way to prevent acne for all ages.


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acne, acnes, FAQS, FAQ, ACNE, ACNES, faq, faqs


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From sweet 16 to fabulous 40 and beyond, acne is a condition that affects almost everyone at some time in their lives. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 85 percent of adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 develop the condition, and some people continue to be affected into their forties and fifties.

“It’s important to remember that acne has both internal and external causes,” says Amy Baker, founder of Nature’s Cure, an innovative health and beauty products company. “However, there are some basic precautions you can take to help prevent breakouts.”

Here are some tips from Baker for people of any age who want to keep their skin clear:

    * Don’t pick, pop or squeeze, or otherwise mess with your skin. Squeezing blemishes or whiteheads can lead to infection or scarring. It almost always makes the acne you have worse.
    * Wash your pillowcase often and always use clean face towels. Dirty towels and pillowcases can harbor bacteria and germs that can make acne worse.
    * Be sure to pull your hair away from your skin when you sleep.
    * Try to shower as soon as possible after your workout since sweat combined with skin oils can trap dirt and bacteria in your pores.
    * Don’t go to bed with makeup on. It can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
    * Make sure to clean cosmetic brushes regularly in soapy water and throw out old, contaminated makeup.
    * Use topical treatments, such as Nature's Cure Vanishing Cream, anywhere that you tend to get breakouts -- don't just spot-treat existing pimples. The pore-clogging process happens two to three weeks before any blemish becomes visible on the skin.

For a more complete treatment option, there is an innovative over-the-counter remedy called Nature’s Cure. “Because acne is caused by a combination of factors, including internal triggers that can cause imbalances inside the body, and an overproduction of oil and trapped bacteria on the outside, the most effective way to treat it is by addressing both areas,” explains Baker. “The treatment includes all natural tablets to rebalance the body, and a cream that works to clear up existing pimples at the same time,” she adds.

    * Exercising regularly can help reduce stress and it increases blood circulation and oxygen penetration to the skin, which may help to prevent acne.
    * Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to help "detoxify" the body from the inside out.

By taking these simple precautions, most people can reduce the occurrence of acne. There are also a variety of products available to help in healing or preventing breakouts. However, consumers should be careful about what they choose to use.

“Most acne prevention products either don’t work very well or have a litany of side effects,” says Baker. “Unlike other options, Nature’s Cure is a homeopathic treatment that is made from minerals, herbs and other natural extracts that activate the body’s natural defenses. Because these ingredients are in minute concentrations, they trigger the body to heal itself without side effects.” The formula is available in a male and female version. “Male and female bodies and hormonal compositions are different, and you have to address those differences when you are treating acne,” says Baker.

Nature’s Cure also offers a two-part body acne treatment that includes tablets and a medicated body spray that can be sprayed from any angle to treat hard-to-reach places like the back and neck.

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Proactive Acne Treatment: The Best Solution To Your Acne Problem

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The tackling of acne eruptions on the skin can be given a thorough cleanup by using a vigorous proactive approach to its control and medication. The proactive acne treatment is a combination therapy that studies all aspects of the acne problem in order to search out a viable solution.

The first step of proactive treatment in acne relies on the premise that the skin blemish is healed before further steps to check its reappearance are taken in hand. The start point of skin h...


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The tackling of acne eruptions on the skin can be given a thorough cleanup by using a vigorous proactive approach to its control and medication. The proactive acne treatment is a combination therapy that studies all aspects of the acne problem in order to search out a viable solution.

The first step of proactive treatment in acne relies on the premise that the skin blemish is healed before further steps to check its reappearance are taken in hand. The start point of skin healing in the proactive approach is to examine the ways in which the skin can be cleaned, with the help of an effective skin cleanser.

The ideal cleanser to effect a healing of skin blemished by acne is one that will help exfoliate the skin and expose the dead skin cells. The exfoliated skin can then be treated with benzoyl peroxide as that will kill the bacteria causing acne to appear on the skin surface. The benzoyl will also be in a position to penetrate the skin pores as the cleanser has exfoliated the skin sufficiently. This action will not only heal the blemishes but also attack the bacteria, providing a curing and preventive action in one go.

With the immediate problem taken in hand the next stage of the three-way proactive approach to control acne is to choose an ideal skin toner. When shopping for the right product one should look for a skin toner that is alcohol free and is a water based toner. This kind of skin toner will help remove dead skin cells and unplug clogged pores, allowing the skin to remain healthy and acne free. It will also help in the removal of excess oil that usually forms on skins prone to acne eruptions. The application of such a skin tone on a regular basis will thus help balance the skin tone and maintain a skin that is acne free and free of oil imbalance and clogged pores.

In the final stages, when the healing effect is well on the course and the skin is limping back to its original health, steps have to be taken to assist the process and recover lost ground. In such state a repairing lotion must be applied regularly on the skin. The skin at this stage is acne free but the scars of blackheads and whiteheads are just skin deep. So the users are advised to apply oil-free repairing lotion that will heal blackheads and whiteheads, while making the skin glow and acne blemishes, a thing of the past.

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Proper Acne Medication

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Acne affects people of every age, gender, and race.


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acne, acnes, FAQS, FAQ, ACNE, ACNES, faq, faqs


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It usually strikes in plainly visible locations such as the face, neck, chest and back. Acne can be caused by a number of factors such as contact with an oily substance, use of certain medication, steroids, or the secretion of certain hormones. Over ninety percent of acne patients respond to treatment, although the treatment may need to be continued for months or even years. Here are a few natural remedies that you can use to cure acne.

What Causes Acne?
As mentioned above, acne can be caused by a number of factors. Common causes of acne include contact with an oily substance such as mineral oil, vegetable oil, or petroleum and the use of certain medication such as steroids or the contraceptive pill. However, acne is most often caused by the secretion of androgens, or sex hormones that are initially secreted at the onset of puberty. Androgens are male hormones but they are secreted by females as well. They stimulate the production of oil from the skin's oil glands. When these oil glands become overactive and the exit from the gland is blocked, oil builds up in the gland and they begin to swell. This is how acne forms. A bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes normally colonizes this swollen gland causing the development of inflammation and pus. In particularly severe cases, the glands may burst into the skin and produce cysts. Recently health practitioners are associating acne with a fungus on the face. A clogged colon can also contribute to acne. We recommend using a colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder to keep the bowel clean.

How Can I Cure Acne?
Home Remedies:
•A non-oily face wash that contains tea tree oil or echinacea can help to reduce the incidence of acne breakouts. Wash your face twice a day in the morning and evenings and rinse thoroughly with warm purified water.
•Avoid oily and chemically ridden cosmetics or any facial products that contain socetyl stearate, isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, and sodium chloride, parabens as these ingredients can cause acne.
•Give dry skin extra care, being sure to wash and rinse your face thoroughly and using products especially made for dry skin.
•Natural astringent cleansers work to remove the oil buildup that may become blocked in the skin's glands. These products may cause dryness, itching, and redness, so be sure to use them only on problem areas.
•Oxy-Skin™ is also a very effective natural remedy for the elimination of acne.

Herbal Remedies: Herbs such as chamomile, lavender, juniper, bergamot, dandelion root, and burdock root can be used to reduce toxicity and improve the overall condition of the skin. Echinacea and poke root are often used for their anti-inflammatory properties and red clover may be beneficial for its estrogenic action. Witch hazel has excellent astringent properties and may be very effective on acne. Here are a few natural herbal recipes to cure acne.

•Combine ground ginger with milk and apply to the affected area.
•Make a paste of honey and cinnamon and apply to the affected area at night. In the morning, wash this paste with warm water. Continue for one-two weeks.
•Mix lemon juice with cinnamon and apply to acne
•Mix ground orange peel with water to form a paste and apply to the affected spots. Wash with warm water after twenty to thirty minutes.
•Rub fresh garlic on acne at frequent intervals to acne.
•Use the juice of raw papaya to relieve swelling acne.
•Make a paste of salt and vinegar and wash off after twenty to thirty minutes.
•Rub fresh mint juice over acne.
•Make a paste of turmeric and vinegar and apply to acne. Rinse with lukewarm water after twenty to thirty minutes.
•Drink wheat grass juice to prevent and cure acne.
•Apply a poultice of ground sesame seeds and water on acne to reduce inflammation.

Complementary Treatment

•Acupuncture: Stagnant of Chi in the channels of the face is said to be the cause of acne. Acupuncture performed on these points of the face may help relieve acne.
•Homeopathy: For patients with pustules and blind boils, especially on the face, neck, and back, may be helped by Kali brom. Selenium is often used for acne sufferers with oily skin, blackheads, and pustules.

Conventional Treatment- These treatmens we do not recommend.

Medication: Conventional acne medications may be topical- applied directly to the skin- or they may be systemic- taken internally. Medications include benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid, steroids, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and isotretinoin (Accutane.)

Therapeutic Injections: In severe cases of acne where cysts form and scars have developed, doctors have had some success with injecting steroids directly into the cyst to resolve the cysts and diminish the appearance of scars.

Surgery: In moderate to severe cases of acne, doctors may use surgery to open up the blemishes and remove blackheads and whiteheads. Unlike medication treatments, the effects of acne surgery are usually more immediate.

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Refute Acne Myths & Proceed Towards Acne Free Life!

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There is a good old story. The fox jumped after the bunch of grapes several times and finally when it could not get it, it said that the grapes are sour!

I have a question for acne-researchers. You say that acne is not a disease at all! If it is not a disease, then, what are you treating for? Why these galaxy of medicines and lotions are mounting the windows of drug stores? And what about those scar-problems, that one has to face? Now, don’t say there is no scar at all! Ju...


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acne, acne myths, acne precautions, tips


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There is a good old story. The fox jumped after the bunch of grapes several times and finally when it could not get it, it said that the grapes are sour!

I have a question for acne-researchers. You say that acne is not a disease at all! If it is not a disease, then, what are you treating for? Why these galaxy of medicines and lotions are mounting the windows of drug stores? And what about those scar-problems, that one has to face? Now, don’t say there is no scar at all! Just because, your search and research is unable to get at it, do not deny its existence! Can you say that Malaria fever comes and goes after 7 days? Don’t you treat it as Malaria, when you get the attack?

Acne, which is also known as pimples or zits, is reported to be perfectly normal part of growing up. If it is part and parcel of the life of youth, why everybody does not get it? It is in the fitness of things to study the available facts about acne, and get and follow the precautions to prevent acne. Don’t you agree that prevention is better than cure?

Certain precautions need to become part of your life, before this myth becomes a reality! The required precautions are:

1. Avoid tight clothes, especially during summer time. They are known to cause body acne by trapping sweat.

2. Use a sun-blocker by wearing a hat.

3. Dab the face dry carefully.

4. Use make up that do not clog pores.

5. Thoroughly understand the nature and practical use of the soaps, lotions, gels, creams that you are using. Don’t get carried away by high-flown advertisements. The models get well-paid for their job, but let it be not at your cost.

6. Try to cure your acne condition naturally. Think well, what works for you and what does not.

7. It is not our nostrils alone, the skin also breathes, with millions of pores in it all over the body. Now do you say body hygiene in relation to acne is a myth? Researchers in the not too distant future may come out with facts, that this myth is also a myth! Be in the know how; the affirmation and refutation in the scientific circles, all with proofs relevant to that period time, was going on, is going on and will go on!

8. You must protect your skin from forming new bacteria that cause the breakouts. Use benzoyl peroxide to penetrate pores.

9. Don’t pick your skin because it can cause bacteria to go deeper in to the skin.

10. Eat plenty of fruits and seasonal vegetables.

11. Exercise regularly.

The facial topography of every person is different, so of the skin. Give it the proper regimen so that it can live a ’smooth life’ without bothering you, the person. Never hesitate to meet your dermatologist, if you have the slightest doubt that it is changing its true color!

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Removing Acne Scars And Medical Insurance

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The actions required in removing acne scars can be expensive.  Depending on the severity and amount of scarring, multiple treatments may be needed in order to effectively minimize the lasting effects of acne.


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acne, scar, scars, treatment, treatments, medicine, natural, scaring, insurance


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The actions required in removing acne scars can be expensive.  Depending on the severity and amount of scarring, multiple treatments may be needed in order to effectively minimize the lasting effects of acne.  The problem that many sufferers face is finding a way to pay for removing acne scars if their medical insurance does not cover the cost of treatment.

Because removing acne scars may be considered, by some insurance providers, as a cosmetic procedure, it may be difficult to get an approval.  If you are considering a procedure that will aid in removing acne scars, the best way to learn if your medical insurance covers this type of treatment is to review your policy.  Whether your insurance is provided through your employer or you obtained it directly from an insurance provider, you should have a detailed overview of your coverage.  Many providers do not cover the cost of cosmetic treatments and/or surgeries, which are often deemed as cosmetic or plastic surgery.  If you still have questions after reviewing your policy, call your insurance agent to inquire about coverage.

If coverage is in question, it may help to have your physician provide a written recommendation to your insurance company.  This letter should include the physician’s name, contact information and his/her determination and recommendation regarding treatment to help in removing acne scars.  Once this letter is submitted to your insurance company, a response should be given within 30 days.  This can either be to the physician directly or to you, but the insurance company will reply with an acceptance or denial.

In the event that you request for medical insurance coverage relating to removing acne scars is denied, there may still be other options.  For instance, if your condition warrants laser surgery for removing acne scars, the hospital may offer a payment plan to help cover the cost of the procedure.  Many hospitals provide this type of financing to help their patient’s afford treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them due to lack of medical insurance.  In order to be granted a payment plan, you would have to first determine whether or not one is available.  This can be found at the hospital’s billing office.  If payment plans are available, your physician would have to determine a total cost for removing acne scars and provide it to the billing office.  Following the procedure, the hospital would issue a bill and, if you are signed up on a payment plan, would give you the opportunity to make low monthly payments. 

The information in this article is intended for informational purposes only.  It should not be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice.  Prior to beginning any attempt at removing acne scars, individuals should consult their dermatologist for proper diagnosis and/or treatment.



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