How To Clear Acne
How To Clear Acne
Dr. Claudia Louch, natural dermatologist and clinical nutritionist, describes how to treat acne with various medications and then proceeds to instruct the viewer on how to perform their skin care routine.
There are various ways you can remove acne with and to treat acne, and you can either go to your doctor to your dermatologist and discuss with them the options. Now, you have internal options from antibiotics, for example, but antibiotics are never a long term option, they are really only a short term option especially if you have a bacterial infection. Then it's a good idea to have an antibiotic but really discuss that with your GP. The other thing you can discuss with your GP is the other medications or retinoids. Now, retinoids are vitamin A derivative products. You can take them internally. For example, the brand name is Roaccutane which many of you probably know. The problem is, with them, that they can have long term side effects. Now, the other option is benzoyl peroxide. Abbreviated, it's called BPO. If you go to any pharmacy, they are actually being sold over the counter. You have a one percent, three, five, and ten percent strength. The ten percent strength is obviously high strength, so you have to be very careful with that. Now, BPO comes in little jars such as this one. What you do is you just use a little cotton bud to get the product out of the jar. Never use your hands because you would contaminate the products with bacteria growth so it's not a good idea and that applies for all the creams. And just use a tiny little bit with a cotton bud and just apply it only on the spots. A similar product is azelaic acid. You get that from your dermatologist and from your GP. It works in similar manner to BPO and again, it can cause, like BPO, a few skin irritations. So if you experience that, just stop it for a day or two and if you get obviously a reaction from it, you've got to speak to your doctor. I personally prefer a more natural option and I use a willow bark extract to actually treat the acne quite successfully but the most important thing is the whole routine really around it. So, what you do is you wash your hands first before you do anything, then you use a wash. The wash needs to be a very gentle wash, don't use any very strong lotions or any strong soaps because you are just going to achieve to dry out your skin superficially. So, use a gentle wash of water base, a creamy wash, so once you have your wash, mine is an aloe vera base wash right now, you extract a little bit out of the jar, a bit of the creamy wash out of the jar with a cotton bud. What you do then is you apply it onto your skin with a bit of water. Now, a very good option is a face brush. Now, you can get these face brushes at various shops. They are quite useful because they exfoliate the skin at the same time. What you do is you put it under warm water, you have the wash on your skin and you brush the wash in circular motions into your skin very gently. Don't do it very harshly. Then you wash off the wash, make sure to wash the brush as well after you use it with some soap because otherwise, you could get some bacterial growth on the brush and that would the defy the objective. It's important you tone your skin again, not with an alcohol base, ideally with a little water base. I prefer actually yarrow, it's a nice extract, sometimes called coola; it's a good idea as well. Or a gentle tea tree extract, what you do is actually shake the little bottle and spray it onto your skin, then pat it into your skin with your hands. Then I use my willow bark extract cream, you just use a little cotton bud and dip it into the cream and dab the cream very gently onto your spots. Don't use big blobs just tiny little bits. Leave it for a minute and then you use your day and your night creams which are ideally water bases. I prefer a licorice cream at night and a lower tea tree based cream during the day for cases of acne. Now, exfoliate your skin once a week as well. You can use various exfoliators you find in the shops. Make sure that the granules are not too harsh, not too strong, don't use acid containing scrubs. I prefer a kiwi based scrub. What you do is you extract a little bit out of the jar, apply it onto your skin with your hands. You can use the brush if you wish. Again, wet the brush with a bit of water and literally brush the little peel into your skin and then you rinse it off with warm water.