What Really Causes Acne?

The cause of acne is hard to pinpoint because acne is not caused by just one factor. It occurs in different people for many different reasons. This makes finding an effective acne treatment tricky for a lot of people. Once you find out what the root problem or cause of your particular type of acne is, finding an effective acne treatment will be easier for you. Factors like diet, stress, heredity, and dirt are believed to be causes of acne, but this is actually incorrect.

Acne vulgaris is the most common type of acne, and it normally occurs when puberty begins in a person. The exact cause of this type of acne is unknown, but there are factors that are believed to be directly related. At puberty, increased hormonal activity and high levels of androgens, cause the sebaceous glands or oil glands to overproduce sebum, or oil. This causes the cells that are close to the openings of the oil glands to get blocked or clogged. Bacteria in the skin feast on the oil, and this causes the skin to be inflamed. When the inflammation is near the surface, that’s when pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads appear. This type of acne usually goes away on its own.

Acne excoriee is a type of acne that is usually found in young girls. It is caused when a pimple on the skin is damaged due to scratching. When scratching persists, the pimple is unable to heal, leaving a scar. Another type of acne is acne cosmetica, which is due to prolonged use of topical make-up products and usually consists of small bumps and inflammation on the forehead, chin, and cheeks. Acne treatment of this type of acne would just be to figure out which cosmetic products is the cause of the acne and discontinue the use of it.

Cystic acne is a type of acne caused by cysts being formed deep under the skin instead of near the surface. When this happens, the infect matter cannot be released. For acne treatment of this type of the condition, a dermatologist should be seen as soon as possible. Occupational acne occurs when the skin is exposed to grease and oils very frequently. This condition is suffered mostly by auto mechanics. Another type of acne is suffered because of a climate change. When a person moves from a cool climate to a warm climate, the skin has to produce more sweat and oil all of a sudden to keep the body cool. This causes the pores to clog which can cause breakout. A helpful acne treatment for this type of the condition would just be to switch your facial cleanser and moisturizer to oil-free products.

As you can see, acne does not come from one factor, so acne treatment will differ depending on what type of acne that you have. So the first step in finding an effective acne treatment would be to understand what is causing your acne. Acne treatment may be as simple as changing what you are exposing your skin to, or changing your skin cleanser to one without oil. It is always a good idea to check with your dermatologist before trying any system to get rid of your acne.

Got Acne? Try Sulfur!

While shopping around for acne products, I found myself at a booth in the local mall, signing up for a two month program. Along with the basic three products, there was a bonus in the box, a mask containing, amongst other things, 6% sulfur. In addition to its use as a ten-minute mask, the directions also encouraged using the mask in small amounts on problem spots as an overnight treatment. After three nights of trial, it was my new favourite product, so I began looking into the uses of sulfur as an acne treatment.

According to many reports, sulfur (also spelled “sulphur”) has been used in acne treatments since the days of Ancient Rome when people used to bathe in hot, sulfurous mineral water. As a chemical element, sulfur is odorless, but when combined with other elements it can have a strong, unpleasant smell. With the emergence of benzoyl peroxide in the 1920s, the focus turned to new chemicals, and sulfur was somewhat eclipsed by several other substances in the campaign against acne. Although slightly less popular, many acne products used today still include sulfur. So why is it so amazing for acne?

Acne is often referred to as a disease of the sebaceous glands, tiny glands that are critical for normal skin functioning. The sebaceous glands secrete sebum, a combination of fats and debris from dead skin cells which lubricates and protects the skin against environmental damage. Sebum travels to the skin’s surface via a hair follicle and pore. Sometimes, however, a pore can become blocked, which means that sebum and natural skin bacteria are prevented from coming to the surface. The bacteria within the clogged pore can be very irritating to the skin, triggering an immune reaction and causing the redness and inflammation often associated with acne.

Acne treatments can take several different types of approaches. Some address the reasons behind the blocked pore, such as excess sebum production or inadequate shedding of dead skin cells. Others work at reducing the symptoms of pain and redness. Treatments include hormone therapy, oral antibiotics, retinoids, and topical creams and ointments, which can be very effective and quite inexpensive. It is in topical treatments that sulfur is generally used.

Sulfur is a keratolytic agent, which means that it encourages shedding of dead skin cells which could block pores if retained. It also has comedolytic effects, helping to heal pre-existing comedones and preventing formation of new ones. For these reasons, sulfur is a frequent ingredient in cleansers and masks like the one that I tried. Even more popular is the combination of sulfur with sodium sulfacetamide, a sulfonamide that has antibacterial properties. Sulfonamides are thought to prevent bacterial growth through limiting key acids needed for their reproduction. Together, sulfur and sodium sulfacetamide are extremely effective in reducing inflammatory lesions and in preventing acne development.

While the mask that I tried was great as a bi-weekly acne product, it was its ability to reduce inflammation overnight that impressed me the most. Some studies suggest that sulfur may calm or soothe acne, but I suspect that it was only when combined with the other ingredients (such as geranium extract and tea tree leaf oil) that it was so effective. Sulfur is definitely useful in acne products, especially for its kerolytic and comedolytic properties, however be sure to check that the product has anti-inflammatory ingredients as well if you’re looking for a nighttime treatment. Also, check with a dermatologist or skin care professional before leaving a product on overnight, unless it expressly recommends it on the directions…I didn’t read the directions properly once, and I will never make that mistake again!!

Prevent Acne by Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Longing for the blemish free skin you’ve always dreamed of? Tired of using different products and acne preparations, one after the other, to help counter the problem? If you are having acne problems, you are not alone. Studies show that at least 80% of all people suffer from cases of acne at least once in their lives.

Acne is more common in teens and young adults. It tends to go away as people reach their 30s. However, there are cases when acne refuses to go away and persist even in people in their 40s!

You are familiar with that old adage, “prevention is better than cure”. How true that is, more so in this case! Preventing acne can save people from the mental anguish brought about by acne outbreaks. In our society where first impression and physical appearance counts, it is a must to avoid acne at all costs. How? Here are some tips in preventing acne and maintaining a blemish-free skin.

Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Although there are still no conclusive studies defining the role of diet in the outbreak of acne, it is best to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet. Load up on foods rich in beta carotene such as carrots, cantaloupe and other yellow-orange fruits and vegetables. As much as possible, go for organic fruits and vegetables! These contain additional nutrients essential in maintaining a healthy skin. Drink plenty of water. Water is vital in maintaining the skin’s natural elasticity and suppleness. It is also essential in helping the bodily systems to properly eliminate wastes. Go for that 8 glasses of water a day and help flush the toxins in your body! Incorporate exercise in your daily routine.

Move your body! Flex those muscles! Regular exercise brings tons of benefits to our heart and body. The physical exertion from exercise increases blood circulation and provides enough oxygen to every cell in the body. We all know how important oxygen is to our body, don’t we? Sweating also helps in eliminating toxins accumulating in the body. Do away with smoking and alcohol. Alcohol intake causes the blood vessels to expand resulting in the production of red spots and itchiness in the skin. Smoking, on the other hand, destroys the vitamin C in the body and damages the elastic tissue that maintains the suppleness of the skin. Maintain a regular skin cleansing regimen. It is important to cleanse the face regularly to promote the overall wellness of the skin. Clean your skin ever so gently to prevent the accumulation of dead skin cells, bacteria and dirt, which may clog the pores. Remember also to tone, moisturize and exfoliate your skin regularly.

Use sun block when going outdoors. Protect your skin from the harsh elements of the outside environment. The sun, the wind and environmental pollutants can severely damage your skin which may lead to irritation and infection. So be sure to always wear your sunscreen.

Finally, have adequate rest. Stress is known to cause an imbalance in the hormonal system. When it goes unchecked, stress may lead to various health-related problems including acne outbreaks. Be kind to your body. Give it a chance to rest.

Acne Skin Care Myths

I was reasearching the subject of acne the other day for a site I am building and I kept running across a ton of myths that many people believe. There is always a little truth to each idea that creates a myth and that is what fuels it’s continued belief. Here are some of the myths I found about acne treatment.

Myth #1 “Poor Hygiene & Cleanliness Causes Acne Blemishes”

This could be true if you simply never washed your face but that is not the case with most people who suffer from acne. The acne problem is underneath the skin layer and in the pores.

Myth #2 “If You Dry Out Your Face The Acne Bacteria Will Die”

This one works almost exactly the opposite of what you are expecting. You can actually create more acne if you dry out your face because the dead cell matter will clog your pores more and increase the infection in the future. This myth continues to be popular because most acne medications dry out your face while killing bacteria. The good ones also add a moisturizer.

Myth #3 ” If You Have Acne It Is Because Of A Poor Diet”

This one could be true because there is some connection to diet and its’ long term effects on your skin but it is not a usable cure. The connectin to diet and acne is not that you are eating so wrong but that you may be missing vital minerals and vitamins that help fight bacteria and infection.

Myth #4 “Just Pop The Acne Pimple To Get Rid Of It”

This myth is downright dangerous to those that use it. You not only make infections worse you could actually create a scar that is permanent. Use the acne medication and applications but never pop the pimples.

Myth #5 “Time Will Some How Cure The Acne”

This myth hides itself in many ways. Some people with say acne is only a problem for teenagers. Well tell that to the thousands of adults that get it every day. Others will make a comments about acne being a phase and that it will clear up in time. This may happen every now and then but it puts the acne sufferer at the risk of not getting help at the beginning of a break out. This is vital to prevent spreading of the acne.

Being aware that much of what is known about acne is based on oppinon and not facts wil lead you on the course to acne relief faster. Feel free to read more of my acne articles so you can become an expert at [http://acnehomeremedytreatment.com]

Homemade Acne Treatments

Homemade acne treatments are usually considered as a primary remedy for acne. Acne is a skin problem which includes different manifestations such as pimples, white heads, and black heads. The treatment for acne is one of the most searched topics since it will cause permanent scars in the face if left untreated. Most people, especially teenagers, want to get rid of acne as it affects their glamour and attractiveness. Of course, who does not want to become beautiful?

Home made treatments are appreciated for acne since most of the applications are external. The impact studies of the treatment are not necessarily required since it is not consumed internally. Side effects are also less since most of the ingredients are natural items.

Homemade treatments start with careful cleaning of the skin. Rosewater is usually suggested in most of the treatments. Low concentrated alcohol is also suggested in a few treatments for cleaning. Milk and curd are recommended for the cleaning of those affected by dry skin. Cleaning is important in acne treatment because it removes the dirt in the skin and opens up the pores. Oatmeal is used for both cleaning the face and as a face pack for the treatment.

Turmeric is the most popular ingredient in the face pack, which is used in various compositions, according to the nature of the skin. Studies have proven that turmeric has an inherent bactericidal property. In addition, it also acts as a skin nourishment and coloring agent, which fades the scars in the face. In case of oily skin, turmeric is mixed with rosewater to make the paste; where as for dry skin, milk cream or curd is preferred. Turmeric can be mixed with certain medicinal herbs, if the acne is infected. The combination with fresh fruits is also common for acne treatment. Turmeric and lemon juice is one of the most effective combinations.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are used in sliced form or paste form. Citrus fruits, cucumber, tomato and potato are commonly used for the treatment. Cucumber and potato are round sliced and fixed on the face, where as paste form of the fruits is more popular. Grape juice and orange juices are also used in the treatment. Garlic is also commonly used, directly wiping on the face or as a paste.

Honey is another major ingredient in the treatment packs. Honey is either directly applied or mixed with lemon juice. The honey and apple combination is a popular home acne treatment while the leaves of fenugreek and mint are also applied in paste form with honey or with out since both are bactericidal and oxygenic. Multana miti paste is also used in the home acne treatment.

Apart from natural components, vinegar, salt and soda ash are also suggested by some for the acne treatment. However, it is best to formulate a personal formula, by identifying the best from trying out different combinations.

Homemade acne treatments focus to have a regular care for the skin, to make it clean and healthy, and obviously, it will be effective too.

Cleansing Skin Care – The ‘How to’ Article

Skin is our largest organ, which covers an average of nineteen square feet and weighs around seven pounds. The first step to healthy skin is proper cleansing skin care.

Start with a cleanser that is formulated for your particular skin type, whether it is dry, oily, normal, combination or sensitive. Bar soaps are usually drying and should be used for the skin from your neck on down. A cleanser made for your face is best and the formula should not be too harsh for your skin type. A good way to tell if your cleanser is too strong is if it leaves your skin “squeaky” clean. Stripping your skin removes all the natural oils that act as a protective mantle to the skin. If you wear makeup, you also want to make sure to choose a cleanser that removes it effectively, or you can use a separate makeup remover prior to cleansing skin care.

The best way to wash your face it to use warm water to loosen the dirt in your pores. Avoid extreme temperatures since hot or cold water can cause broken capillaries. Use a dime-sized amount of cleanser and apply it in a gentle circular motion all over your face. Rinse a couple of times with warm water and then rinse a few more times with cool water to tighten the pores. You can use a washcloth but it should be clean, soft and preferably made of cotton. You should wash your face twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. If you wash more frequently, you risk robbing your skin of essential oils. The right mix of oil on your skin is what enhances its natural beauty. If your skin has too little oil, it will dry out and if there is too much oil, your pores become clogged and blemishes appear.

Effective cleansing skin care is the first step in your routine for healthy, beautiful skin.

Shave Tips

Guys (and maybe ladies too), I have some good news about shaving. You have probably experienced some of the hassles and problems of this chore and are familiar with its inherent potential for being very annoying.

You may be frustrated with razor burn and dry skin after struggling with your daily shaving routine. You can bet I tried all kinds of different razors, shaving cream and even some aftershaves to see what I could do about this problem.

You want to know what I found after a lot of experimenting and trying different things? You probably have a neat handy little item that is common household fare and may be found in your kitchen. It’s Olive Oil. You got it, olive oil!

The benefits to using olive oil for shaving are huge. It is such a natural lubricant that the right kind of razor will slide right across your face giving you smooth and soft skin and still getting the job of cutting the growth from your face. And the best part is that your skin will actually start to look younger after using olive oil to shave with over the long term.

Therefore, do not forget to apply some olive oil to your forehead when you shave too. The reason is that the rest of your face will become younger looking and you want your forehead to keep up. In retrospect, I remember reading about a famous Hollywood actress that mentioned that olive oil was her secret to having great skin.

You can bet that others are using olive oil to shave with too. I did a search right before deciding to share this information with you and sure enough there are other people out there that shave with olive oil.

One nice thing about it is that you don’t have to use high quality olive oil. You can buy the inexpensive low grade olive oil that doesn’t taste very good from your local supermarket to shave with. A bottle will last a really long time. You can kiss your shaving cream goodbye. You can also leave out aftershave if you so choose. Your skin should feel great without it.

Now, let’s talk about that razor of yours. Here is what I have found out about razors and am willing to share with you. Even though I use the great lubricant properties of olive oil to shave with, I still have found a few issues that using the right kind of razor can help with.

If your experience is similar to mine, you may have found that it is difficult to shave in the grooves of your neck and face, particularly under the jaw bone with typical razors. Even with olive oil you can still easily cut your face if you make the wrong movement. You might find that that Gillette’s Mach 3 and olive oil are the perfect combination.

The Mach 3 has a nice swivel head with a great lubricating strip. This allows for the flexibility to really get into the nooks and crannies when used in combination with the olive oil. You will be able to get in there with a lot less fear of cutting yourself. It’s not impossible, but the Mach 3 does make it a lot harder to cut the skin of your face.

You may be using another brand of razor with a lubricating a strip. So far, in my opinion, none have come close to the Mach 3 for safety and comfort. I do sometimes use a stiffer blade to make the vertical strokes because it can be really effective. But, when it comes time to dig into those nooks and crannies, I like to break out the Mach 3.

No, I don’t work for Gillette and I am in no way associated with them. The reason I use a stiffer blade for the vertical strokes is because its effective and also less expensive. The Mach 3 blades are a bit on the expensive side, so you can save a little bit by just reserving them for the nooks and crannies. With the use of olive oil, you might be able to get a longer usage period out of a blade before needing to dispose of it.

For ladies, I suggest using a sparing amount of olive oil. The reason is that you will be covering a much larger area and too much olive oil can get a little messy. For us guys, we can probably enjoy the luxury of using more because it is easier to wash from the face.

I wish you the best of luck with your next shaving experience.

This article is for information purposes only. I cannot assume any liability for your use or misuse of this information. If you are not willing to assume the full risk and responsibility for the potential consequences from using this information you are advised not to use it. It’s impossible to know the skill levels or abilities or available equipment of any individual out there, therefore I cannot be responsible for the use or misuse of this information. Your use of this information implies your consent to bear the full responsibility for any result that may come from its use or misuse.

UV – Myths and Facts

THE DO’S AND THE DONT’S!

A lot of skin care products out on the market, including cosmetics i.e. lipsticks, mascaras foundations etc now contain sunscreens. This is due to the fact that research has shown that ultra-violet exposure is the main cause of premature skin aging.

POTENTIAL DANGERS AND RISKS OF OVER EXPOSURE TO UV RADIATION

1. SUNBURN: If when in exposure to sunlight, your skin becomes red this is an indication the skin has been over-exposed to ultra violet, it will often blister and shed itself

2. VITILIGO: This is when the skin has a lack of pigment and it can occur with any skin colour, however it is more noticeable on darker skins. Darker skins should avoid ultra violet lights as it does not have melanin protection

3. KERATITIS: An inflammation of the cornea (the transparent front to the eye)

4. SKIN CANCER: More common in fair skinned people and people who have always suffered with sunburn or who have had sunburn often. It takes years to develop

5. SKIN AGING: The connective tissues within your skin change and it makes your skin less elastic therefore showing more wrinkles and creases.

6. ALLERGIC REACTIONS: Exposure could trigger off allergic reactions such as prickly heat which is a burning sensation followed with a rash, which is itchy red blisters

Of course sunlight is vital in human maintenance and is essential for the production of Vitamin D. However precautions should always be taken whether you are exposed to the sun naturally i.e. sunbathing or other ways i.e. sun beds.

DO

1. Always use sun protection in the form of SPF. This is a must even in the winter months as UV rays, whether from the sun or other means, as it is always around and your skin is always exposed to it. Using a sun bed for example for 10 minutes will only in truth give you 4 minutes of actual tan as your dry skin will actually reflect the tanning rays and its not just dry skin you should be concerned about, it’s the actual detrimental effects UV has on the skin. The dermis (a layer of your skin) contains a network of fibres called your reticular layer let your skin expand and contract; it is composed of 2 types of protein fibres, elastin and collagen. The more your skin is exposed to UVA and UVB rays without adequate protection, you are heading for premature aging and possible skin cancer as ingredients in SPF (Sun Protection Factor) help fight away these harmful aspects. One good ingredient to look for in SPF is Titanium dioxide as it kills away UV rays as soon as it touches your skin

2. Always stay out of the sun when it is in its peak in the summer months

3. Wear a sun hat if possible if you are in a warmer climate.

4. Learn to love your skin and look after it. It’s the first thing people see and it looks after you so why not return the favour!

DO NOT

1. NEVER use oil on the beach or on a sun bed. You are in reality cooking your skin and you might as well just not bother putting anything on at all.

2. Never stop applying sun protection. If you are out in the sun do not think that if you have applied sunscreen you will be fine for the whole day. Sweating, swimming and being under the sun, eradicates it all away and needs to be applied at regular intervals.

3. Never just rub in sun protection lightly, ensure you rub it in completely and the second application should be rubbed in more gently to be left to sink in itself.

If you follow these rules and make it a daily habit, you could possibly have a longer time in the sun and enjoy your days lazing under it without having a nagging feeling (or a guilt feeling!) that you haven’t protected yourself enough!

Men Skin Care Tips

Pretty boys, call them what you want, but when a girl has to choose between the clean, well dressed guy or the dirty, acne face dude, she’ll go for the first. It’s not girly at all for a guy to take care of his personal appearance. Whether you’re looking for a girl or already tied the not, taking care of your appearance affects various aspects of your life.

Take for example at work; you can loose a lot of friends for having B.O. And when you get up close and personal with that hottie, she’ll notice your sand paper beard and pimples. Keeping your clothes clean and up to date is also important, whether you it’s a suite for work or something cool and attractive for going out to the clubs.

So how can we keep looking good? Easy, keep your body healthy! Of course it’s more than just saying it, but when you break it down it isn’t that difficult at all.

Men skin care is a piece of cake. With some lotion and moisturizer you can improve the look and feel of your skin dramatically. There are tons of men skin care products on the market to choose from. Find a moisturizer with UV protection and vitamin E. A little tip, man skin care products that have retinol in their ingredients are great because retinol helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Pimples or zits, whatever you call them, acne is something almost all men have to deal with. Since we shave, it only gets worse because we irritate our skin. No need to worry. Times have changes and there are a bunch of creams, cleansers, soaps and even acne medications for men. If you have normal acne, try some medicated soap, and you can even use some concealer for men. Yes, that’s cosmetics FOR MEN. Nothing girly here. If you have more severe acne you MUST see a dermatologist, a doctor will give you the best solution. With some antibiotics and special creams your skin will improve and so will your confidence.

Do you smell that? Body Oder can be a real big turn off not only for girls but the guy’s won’t want hang out with someone that smells like trash. Shower. It’s that simple, oh yeah and DEODORANT! There seem to be some guys that don’t realize this life saver exist. Men tend to sweat more and have a stronger B.O then woman, so deodorant is crucial to keep yourself fresh all day long. Put some money in body wash and a good soap, she’ll notice.

Have you seen those Chia Pets? If your hair looks like that and you’re wondering why you can’t get a date, then pay attention to this next tip: Get a GOOD hair cut. Now don’t go to extremes, remember just because Johnny Depp can pull off his hitch hiker haircut, doesn’t mean you can too. Go to a professional salon, or at least something that’s a little more expensive. The people there are more up to date on new styles and can recommend what suits your face shape and size. Oh and to all the guys going bald… just cut it short! You think that combing it to the side or growing it longer and covering the bald spot does the job… but it doesn’t! Everyone can see that you’re going bald. Accept it, cut it short and move on like a man!

Once you have the cool haircut, you need some stuff to keep it in style. Once again, products for men come to the rescue. There are great waxes, gels and sprays for men that keep your hair looking good and in place.

Eating pizza and drinking beer with the boys is great, but having that beer belly and not being able to go up a flight of stairs with out stopping… well you get the picture. It’s important for a man to keep healthy. I myself am not much of writing down how many calories I eat or how much carbs this or that has. Frankly I don’t care if that chocolate bar is filled with sugar and fatty contents. But nonetheless, I keep a balanced diet. It’s just common sense, if you know you’re going to be drinking beer all night, then eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. Taking some supplements is even better, but these do not replace meals. Just keep a healthy diet, get in some fruits, veggies and lots of water everyday. When you look in the mirror and see your healthy body, you’ll know all the work was worth it.

Of course aside from eating healthy, you have to exercise! If your into sports, play with your buddies, and working out will turn into play. Put in some money for an exercise machine or even cheaper some dumbbells. Did you know you can do a whole body workout with just a pair of dumbbells? Read some information on keeping your body in shape, magazines like Men’s Health are great help. Join a gym or use walking as an alternative to getting around.

Keep your clothes clean and stylish. No, this does not mean you can by that Miami Vice suit. Take a look at some men’s magazines or watch TV and check out the latest trends for men today. You don’t have to waist thousands of dollars on clothes. It’s all about color combination and size. You can even ask for some girl help here, this is great because she knows what clothes other girls think make guys attractive or maybe even what she’s looking to see on you!

Wash your teeth, cut your nails and please, change your socks and underwear daily!

Tips For Dealing With Body Acne

While acne problems are most often associated with the face, body acne is also a big problem, and in fact acne is the number one skin problem in the country, affecting all areas of the body, not just the face. Dealing with acne is often not an easy process, and the sheer number of acne relief preparations can make shopping for the right one a difficult and time consuming process.

When shopping for the best solution to the problem of body acne it is important to keep in mind that no two acne sufferers are the same. While asking family members and friends which acne medications worked best for them is a good way to start, it is important to remember that the product that worked for an older sibling or other family member may not work as well for you. Most acne sufferers will need to do a bit of experimenting to find out which products work the best. After you have determined which product or combination of products provides the most effective acne treatment and prevention, it is a good idea to keep a supply on hand in order to be able to treat future acne problems as quickly as possible.

That is because prompt treatment can make a great deal of difference when it comes to acne, and treating the problem right away can do a great deal to lessen the severity and shorten the duration of an outbreak.

The type of medication used is of course important, so as you shop around it is a good idea to get familiar with reading the ingredient labels. Knowing what exactly is in the acne medication you are considering, and knowing how effective the active ingredients are, will help you get the best value for the money. There are a number of proven acne treatment ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide, that tend to show up in a number of different acne medications, and these tried and true products are a good thing to look for as you shop.

In addition there are a growing number of all natural acne treatment products on the market, and these natural products can be very effective as well. Some vitamin supplements, such as vitamin A and vitamin B5, have shown real promise when it comes to treating both body acne and acne of the face, so it is a good idea to become educated about these natural remedies and to determine if they are right for you.

Beyond these over the counter treatments for body acne there are a number of acne medications that are available by prescription, and these prescription medications can be quite effective. If you believe a prescription would be helpful to treat your acne it is important to consult with your family doctor to determine which medication is most appropriate.