In the last post we talked about how diet, high glycemic foods and allergies affect your acne. In this post we are going to take a look at some common ingredients in acne treatments, so that you know what to look for when it comes to choosing the right products and treatments for your acne prone skin.
Acne is embarrassing there’s no doubt about it. It rears its ugly head and takes its toll on millions people around the world. while the majority of us experience our worst breakouts during our teenage years for many of us it follows us into adulthood no matter how hard we fight it.
When it comes to finding the best treatment for your acne prone skin there are literally hundreds of acne treatments available on the market today and that’s not to mention all of the medications and treatments that can be prescribed by your dermatologist.
While some of these are well formulated and have good results there are just as many that are weak and ineffective. The ultimate goal is finding the best acne treatment for your skin, but navigating through all of the different products and treatments available can not only make you crazy it can also be very costly.
For instance there are all-natural and herbal remedies that can be used to treat acne and are in some cases more likely to be gentle on your skin. Some herbal ingredients that are considered to be good at healing acne breakouts include sage, yarrow, coltsfoot, wild thyme, horsetail, althea (or marshmallow), and balm mint. Aloe vera is also a well known skin healer, and is included in many acne products.
Essential oils have long been touted as a popular remedy for acne. You may notice when you’re shopping for acne treatments that many of them will list essential oils like lavender, tea tree, rose, tangerine, and geranium as an active ingredient. These essential oils can also be used in their purest form, just be careful when using them because essential oils can be very harsh on the skin and should never be used straight out of the bottle. They should always be diluted with a carrier oil like jojoba oil!
Vitamins and Herbal Ingredients
As you begin exploring your options you may hear the term transdermal system. Products that are made with a transdermal system are designed to supply medication that is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.
These topical treatments for acne often include a variety of vitamins and herbal ingredients including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and pro-vitamin B5. Just like healthy food for the body, the best acne treatments will provide nourishment and nutrition directly to the skin.
However, even the best products, will not clear up your acne and help prevent breakdowns that they are not used correctly and consistently. It’s a good idea to get into the routine of consuming healthy foods, taking vitamin supplements and cleansing your face daily.
A good moisturizer is also vital when it comes to helping manage and prevent breakouts. As we well know dry flaky skin can add fuel to the fire when it comes to experiencing more frequent breakouts. A good moisturizer specifically designed for acne prone skin can be your get best weapon against clogged pores.
As with other treatments you’ll want to look for a moisturizer that will be gentle on your sensitive, acne prone skin. I recommend products that have 100% natural ingredients and are labeled non-comedogenic. Always make sure you take the time to read the label of any product you are planning to purchase. Look for ingredients like natural botanicals, nutrients, and healthful oils as I mentioned above.
And, as with any other type of medical problem it’s important to consult a medical professional or dermatologist when it comes to properly treating your acne. They will be able to recommend the best products and treatments for your skin type, so you don’t have to suffer any longer than necessary or spend a fortune trying one over-the-counter treatment after another.
In the next post, we will be talking about some simple lifestyle tips that can help you reduce the occurrence and frequency of your breakouts.