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The Weird and Wonderful World of Acne Treatments

The weird andwonderful WORLD OF ACÑE TREATMENTS For every person that gets acne, there are ten new products coming out that promise to banish it forever. It seems like we'll put almost anything on our faces to get rid of it: creams, gels, antibiotics toothpaste... even potatoes. The question is HOW MANY OPTIONS DO WE HAVE? AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, DO ANY OF THEM ACTUALLY WORK? In the big universe of spot-zapping treatments, most products can be divided into one of three groups Mother Nature's Remedy The Home Solution The items in your fridge aren't just good for eating. Scrubbing, rubbing and exfoliating your skin with any of these products just might be more effective than the long forgotten Clearasil tube on your The Wacky, Wonderful & Plain Strange Perfect for those on a tight budget or hesitant to buy another pot of miracle gel, these treatments and small People can go to extremes in order to bathroom shelf. get rid of breakouts. habit changers could be the answer to your acne killer prayers. However, we never knew some acne treatments could be so strange... or downright disgusting. Baking Soda TOOTHPASTE Certain ingredients (baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, triclosa) can cause pimples to dry out. However, there are no ingredients in toothpaste that make this method BAKING SODA Baking soda balances skin pH and has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help prevent and treat acne. It can also be made into an exfoliating mask thanks to its texture. BIRD POOP FACIAL more effective than conventional treatments. Geishas found that regular nightingale dropping facials could be used not only to remove makeup but to brighten, heal and retexturize the skin due to their natural enzymes and guanine, which imparts a pearly luster to the skin. It worked for Victoria Aspirin LEMON JUICE Beckham, apparently... The main active ingredient in lemon juice is L-ascorbic acid, an antioxidant that can promote healing. Lemon juice is described as a disinfectant, exfoliant, and skin lightening treatment able to treat acne scars, kill CRUSHED ASPIRIN People use aspirin to make facial mask because it reduces inflammation, the same way it reduces inflammation during "normal" usage. bacteria that contribute to flare-ups, and help with blocked pores. COAL Coal tar belongs to a class of drugs known as keratoplastics. It works by causing the skin to shed dead cells from its top layer and slow down the growth of skin cells. Exfoliation KEEPING YOUR HAIR AWAY FROM YOUR FACE helps unclog pores and thereby reduce acne breakouts. Hair contains natural oils which can exacerbate acne ORANGES (if in contact with face). Citric acid present in orange peel kills acne-causing bacteria, and Vitamin C nourishes the skin. TAKE MULTI VITAMINS Vitamin A: also known as a retinoid, is used in prescription acne creams to promote exfoliation. Vitamin E: moisturizing, healing. Zinc: anti-inflammatory properties. URINE THERAPY It appears that a healthy diet helps promote general well-being and skin health. Certain store-bought vitamins (as opposed to vitamins derived from fruit When urine is reintroduced ICE to the body it provides valuable nutrients and Ice can sometimes be applied to a pimple to reduce swelling, just as you would apply an ice pack to other injuries. sends the body signals about what's out of balance, which is a process known as oral auto-immunization.. and veg) may contains added ingredients which can contribute to acne in Thus helping to build a stronger immune system to fight against disease and a variety of ailments, including acne. certain people. ***** COCONUT OIL Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial thanks to the WASH YOUR PILLOWCASE (minimise bacteria) Dirty pillowcases contain bacteria and oil from hair lauric acid and capric acid found in the oil. These qualities make coconut oil a good treatment for acne sufferers. and face which can worsen acne. SNAIL SLIME Some have said the extract is renowned for its regenerative properties. It facilitates the restoration of damaged tissue and replenishes moisture in skin. It is also effective in treating acne and scarring. Other dermatologists remain skeptical. STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE (not altogether, but a little less) Hands contain oil ТОМАТО and bacteria, which, if transferred to the face, can contribute to acne. Contains antioxidants and vitamins A and C, which are said to help with acne. EGG WHITES CUCUMBER According to some, when used as a mask, egg whites can help remove excess oil from face and clear up acne. It is not clear why exactly and many other people reject the treatment as unsafe (due to the bacteria in raw egg yolk) or ineffective. Cucumber juice is said to help with acne thanks largely to the silica content in the fruit sliced cucumbers can also be applied directly to pimples to help soothe soreness. It may also have some skin (scar) lightening properties. AVOID USING SOAP BASED CLEANSERS These are harsh and strip your face of natural oils, thereby causing your skin to produce even more oils... which leads to more acne. 000 **** WASH YOUR LAUNDRY (clothes) For those who suffer from TEA TREE OIL acne on the body (e.g. on the back), washing laundry regularly ensures that clothes are free from Contains antibacterial and HONEY MASKS Well-known as a potent antimicrobial compounds called terpenoids that can kill the bacteria in clogged natural antibiotic with bacteria, which can contribute to acne. pores which often leads to acne. anti-inflammatory properties, honey can help treat acne. DON'T SLEEP GARLIC WITH MAKEUP ON Sleeping with makeup on can lead to clogged pores, which in turn promotes acne. Can be eaten or used SALT as a spot treatment; said to help because of it's antioxidant properties. Sea salt (not table salt) is said to help with acne thanks to its mineral content and, when used as a facial scrub, via its exfoliating properties. RAW POTATO QUIT SMOKING Slice a raw potato and apply to face: the potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, and chloride in the potato are said to reduce pimples. Evidence from studies is conflicting regarding the relationship between acne and smoking; however, it has been established that smoking generally worsens the appearance of skin by promoting dryness and wrinkles, creating free radicals, impairing collagen production, etc. BASIL Said to have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties which can help treat acne. Apple Cider Vinegar APPLE CIDER VINEGAR ACV has antibacterial, antiseptic, and pH-balancing properties, all of which help lessen acne. WEAR LOOSE FITTING CLOTHES When you sweat, clothing can hold trapped sweat and dirt against your skin for hours, which can clog your pores. Tight-fitting shirts can irritate the skin more than VINEGAR Can be used as a toner to remove excess oils, dry out existing pimples, and balance pH level of skin. loose-fitting clothes, which often worsens the condition of acne on your back. Tight shirts or jackets does not let air touch your skin, or "breathe," which is how body naturally keeps pores clear of dirt and bacteria. GREEN TEA Drink it/make a mask/apply tea bag to spot to heal acne thanks to a green tea antioxidant compound called catechins, which contain anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. WATER Drinking water helps your body to flush out toxins and stay hydrated, both of which help improve appearance of skin and lessen AVOID IRRITATNG PERFUME OR COLOGNE acne breakouts. Perfumes and cologne contain oils and other CARROTS The vitamin A and beta ingredients which can irritate and clog pores, thereby causing acne. carotene contained in carrots are said to help treat acne. www.COSMETICSURGERYCLINIC.CO.UK Every Acne Treatment in The World

The Weird and Wonderful World of Acne Treatments

shared by joe.shervell on Jan 16
This is a visualised list of the weird and wonderful acne treatments used around the world. In reality, you should talk to a doctor about the best option for you, but it's interesting to see different...


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