Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that can do much more than boost your immune system during cold and flu season. Vitamin C can rejuvenate your skin and act as a barrier against blemish-causing toxins. If you’re considering adding vitamin C to your daily acne regimen, here’s what you need to know.
The truth about tea tree oil for acne:
Tea tree oil has grown in popularity as a treatment for mild to moderate acne. Some consider it a natural alternative to expensive medications while others dismiss it as ineffective. So what is tea tree oil? How does tea tree oil affect my acne? And how do I use tea tree oil properly? We explain below:
Vitamins are good for your skin. No one can argue with that. The real question is: how good are they? Is there a vitamin out there that can make me blemish-free? We’ve compiled a list of the major skin-helping vitamins and discussed the mechanisms they use to clear your acne.
Some people experience the occasional breakout that they spot treat or ignore. Many others deal with a constant struggle to keep their skin clear of acne. This latter group can find some salvation in over-the-counter products, but many consider getting help from a dermatologist. Below we explain when one should make the jump to seeing a derm, as well as why one should.
What is Jojoba oil?
Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-HO-ba) is a non-comedogenic botanical extract popularly used for skin rejuvenation, but it can also benefit those with acne-prone skin when combined with other treatment. It is technically not an oil at all, but a wax ester, which is chemically similar to the sebum (oil) in human skin. Jojoba oil is best used for keeping unblemished skin clear, as opposed to treating breakouts.
Before antibiotics, honey was used for thousands of years to help heal wounds. Today it is still considered an effective antiseptic in that it prevents the growth of disease causing organisms. But is honey an effective acne treatment? We examine honey and acne in this post.
Vitamin A and Acne
The acidic form of vitamin A is retinoic acid. Retinoic acid is the active ingredient in the most effective acne treatments available: retinoids. Retinoids come in topical form (tretinoin, adapalene, and others) as well as a pill (isotretinoin also known as Accutane). For those with very mild acne, medications without retinoic acid (Vitamin A) can be effective. However for most acne sufferers, the best way to get clear includes a combination of treatments, always including a retinoid medication.
The truth about toothpaste and acne:
When traditional acne products aren’t available, many people turn to items found around their home to treat their pimples. One common item that’s believed to help suppress acne is toothpaste. The truth about toothpaste and acne: it can over-dry your skin, and it will actually cause your skin to be irritated and your acne to inflame. It’s better to use sacylic acid or sulfur to treat a single pimple.
Sulfur has been used to treat skin conditions for hundreds of years. Even today sulfur can be effective to treat very mild acne. Still, there are far more effective options that you should consider for clearing your skin.
Homemade acne masks are very popular today. They use inexpensive and natural ingredients found right in your kitchen to heal your acne woes. However, most of them are tedious to make and can have little effect on your breakouts.