Blackheads and Cystic Acne
Ouch! Don't Scrub: Give Your Face Some Love
First, let me say that there is an excellent tutorial on the proper way to wash your face if you have acne at acne.org. Also, this website let’s you know what chemicals in medication to avoid. It is a very informative site that covers most all products. Dan really stress the importance of not scrubbing your skin during facial cleansing. Another important point that he makes is the importance of moisturizer. Moisturizing your face will protect it against the harsh effects of acne medicine. Even though this seems counterproductive, it is crucial to prevent increased irritation of the skin. Benzoyl Peroxide is the main ingredient in acne treatment, and if you use the correct strength it will dry your skin. This is why moisturizing the surface of your skin is so important.
Vitamins are a Must!
Another important ingredient in treating your skin for acne is sunlight. About 10 to 20 minutes of sunlight will give you the necessary vitamin D that your body needs. Vitamin D will help the body absorb calcium which can be deficient in acne suffers. Small doses of vitamin D and sunlight will help clear up the skin. If you are going to be exposed to the sun for any length of time, then use a sunscreen. To much of a tan will thicken the skin and actually decrease the affects of vitamin D absorption. There are many other vitamins that are essential for clearing up acne. You can find a great list of these here.
Steam is Everything!
These steps are all important factors in maintaining healthy skin. Changing the way that you care for your skin will improve the clarity of it, decrease irritation, and open up the pores. For those of you that have tried everything, I will share this with you. My ex-husband finally resorted to Accutane. There was some side effects one of which was his upper lip became very swollen, however, it worked. After taking it for several months, his cystic acne went away and never returned. He did suffer with some acne scars before he decided to use it, but I have to admit that it did do the job. After he ended his treatment, as I recall he had to take it for 7 to 9 months period, he easily tanned without burning and he has never had to take it again.