Acne is an unpleasant inflammatory skin condition that causes irritated skin, pimples and blocked pores. Regrettably, there is no acne cure miracle and you will have to work at controlling it, and perhaps changing a few things in your lifestyle. If you suffer from acne, I’m sure you have heard of a glycolic acid chemical peel as they are often used as an acne treatment. But is it an efficient acne cure?
The basis of most acne cure treatments, is to attempt to reduce excess oil production, speed up skin cell turnover and to keep bacterial infections at bay.
Let’s look at some of the things you are likely to be doing to control your acne. If you are not already, you should be using oil free skin care products so you don’t add to the oil production of the skin. Also, use an antibacterial agent like benzoyl peroxide to help keep infections away. Glycolic acid is used in skin peels to help speed skin cell turnover by removing the dead top layer of the skin.
A glycolic acid chemical peel is an effective way to exfoliate the skin. However, if you consider some of its other uses it’s not such a surprise! For example, it makes a great rust removal agent (obviously in a greater concentration than when applied to the skin). But even the thought of how strong it can be, has made doctors carefully consider its use on the skin and under home conditions where there are no safe controls.
In fact, certain forms of acne should not be exfoliated anyway. If you have pustules, exfoliating will open and spread any infection across the face. This in turn will increase your discomfort and pain. If you have rosacea, you should not use a glycolic acid chemical peel, just ask any qualified dermatologists for their opinion to get confirmation of this.
The best acne cure is a holistic one. Don’t just try and treat the pimples and rash, look for the reason why they are there in the first place. If your acne is recent, have you changed your cosmetics, detergents, skin care products, shampoos etc? Have you just started your periods, are you taking new contraceptives, entered the menopause phase of your life or maybe you’re pregnant. It is well known that acne is linked to hormone changes, so if anything affects those, it could have triggered your acne.
If you are stressed out or drink too much alcohol; eat an unhealthy diet your skin will be the first to suffer.
Your skin needs the right balance of vitamins and minerals and if you change your eating habits, you may not be getting them.
Take care of your skin by bathing using gentle cleansers and warm water at least twice a day. Don’t overdo the washing as this will back-fire, twice a day is enough.
Acne can leave unpleasant scaring that can be distressing. If this is you, get yourself referred to a dermatologist, as they are best placed to advise you on reducing the any acne scaring. Only use a glycolic acid chemical peel if they recommend it for your condition, don’t use it just because someone else who has acne uses it – remember, their condition may be different to yours and you could make things worse.
There is no such thing as an acne cure miracle, but you keep an eye out for new treatments.