Archive for September, 2010

A simple acne treatment that works is lemon juice.  You usually have lemons in your fruit bowl or fridge at home so it an easy acne home treatment to implement.  The lemon contains citric acid which helps kill the P acne bacteria in your skin.

The lemon juice can be used two ways, internally and externally.

1. Externally.

At night time after you have washed your face as normal, cut a fresh lemon in half.  Store one half in the fridge.  Squeeze a little of the juice out of the other half of the lemon into a small container.  Put this half in the fridge too.  You just need enough lemon juice to dip cotton wool or a cotton pad in.

Acne Treatments That Work Lemons cut in 2

Acne Treatments That Work Lemons cut in 2

Dab you face where the acne and blackheads are.  Use a fresh piece of cotton wool or pad each time you dip, don’t double dip.  The lemon may burn a little when applied or a lot, especially if you have cuts or have freshly popped acne spots or pimples.  If it burns too much you can dilute it with a little lukewarm water.  Dilute it by 50% max.  Leave the juice on whatever amount of time you want, anything from 15 minutes, to an hour or even overnight.  You can rinse it off with water later on or in the morning.  Be careful not to get the lemon juice (or water when rinsing) into your eyes as it will sting.  It is not dangerous just unpleasant.

The citric acid in the lemon juice has three benefits.  It both exfoliates your skin and kills the acne causing bacteria in your skin.  It can also lighten scars.

It should reduce your acne and spots in a week to three weeks.  It can also lighten the colour of scars so it is also an acne scar home treatment.  Your skin will also feel much softer.  It is not necessary to put lemon juice on your face again in the morning.  Or if it is working very well at treating acne then you can miss a night or two as well.  If your skin gets too dry use a moisturiser to help the dryness.  Dry skin can cause acne outbreaks too.

Lemons are not really that effective when put in a bath as it is too diluted to have any real effect on your acne.  Adding enough lemons to bath water to make it effective as a full body acne treatment would take a lot of lemons.  And it might sting, well put it this way, I personally would not get in that bath.

2. Internally.

The other method you can use lemons, is internally, or to drink it first thing in the morning.  Use the partially squeezed half you put in the fridge and squeeze the rest into a large glass.  Fill the glass with cold water and add a little hot boiled water to make a lukewarm drink.  Drink the juice and water and wait 20 to 30 minutes before eating your breakfast.  This will help detoxify you.  It can help your digestion and weight loss too.  But it will also help cure your acne from the inside.

Bag of Lemons for Treating Acne

Bag of Lemons for Treating Acne

If you are buying lemons a bag of lemons is much better value than loose lemons.  The cost of a bag of four or five lemons can be the same as the cost of two single bought lemons.  Plus you are not running to the shop everyday for a lemon.

Try using lemons as a home treatment for acne to see how it works for you.  It is non-medicated and natural which means you are taking less drugs or medicine which is always a good thing.

Next post we will look at back acne treatment.

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On your hunt for acne treatments that work you may read many articles about how acne makes you feel.  You will be told that you should have low self esteem, low confidence, and feel ugly, even depressed.  These articles tell you what you feel and that acne is the cause of this.  They will offer to cure your acne and then you will feel great.  This is a myth, a marketing myth.

You may or not feel any of the above feelings.  It’s fantastic if you are a happy person but if you are not then you may think that acne is causing these feelings after being told that it does.  But these feelings (if they exist) come from inside you and not the acne.  Curing acne will not make these feelings disappear.  You, yourself can make these bad feelings go away.


Friends together

Some people have varying degrees of acne, which they will actually think is worse than it is.  You need to look at the person you are and not the spots on your face.  Think about what you are like, the friends you have, the family you have.  Normally people like or love you, for who you are not for what you look like.  Think about how they like to meet you, talk to you, have a laugh, listen to you; they like to spend time with you.  This is a reflection of who you are.  Your friend’s see you for who you are, not what you look like.  You need to value yourself too for this.

I do appreciate that some people have really bad acne which makes them feel down.  And that is a genuine problem but what I am trying to tell is that just because you have acne you don’t need to be depressed, it’s not compulsory.

A good acne home treatment would certainly not endorse having you depressed.

Getting rid of acne will not make you a better feeling person.  You are already a better person; it is up to you to feel it.  Getting rid of acne may not make you happy, but you can make yourself happy with or without acne.

Now we will look at the expectations for an acne free treatment.  Usually your acne gets reduced as you get older.  Your confidence improves and sense of what is really important also changes which helps.  No home acne treatments or any acne treatment will get rid of 100% of acne spots or pimples but these can be greatly reduced with a few simple steps.  But first you need to get a realistic idea of what sort of skin you would be happy with.  Aim to treat your acne to get this skin.

There are loads of famous actors and people who have had bad acne.  They have gone on to be successful and be icons, sex symbols and adored.  Acne never held them back.  Don’t let the acne hold you back or define you as a person.

Remember to ask yourself; are you a spotty person or a person with spots?

You should decide if you will make yourself a happy and content person not a cream in a jar.

Next post will be on a simple acne home treatment.

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There many acne treatments that work and there are many that do not. Remember you need to target the two main causes for an effective acne free treatment.
1. Clogged pores.
2. Bacteria in you skin.

Two main things in an effective acne treatment will tackle the two causes and remove or improve your acne,
1. Hygiene, wash your face.
2. A treatment to kill bacteria and clear pores.

As acne is partly cause by blocked pores you first need to unclog them. Wash your face regularly with a mild soap wash or clinical soap. Non fragrance soap is the best. Use warm water to open your skin pores. Wash with a soft cloth which will not scratch you or irritate you skin. Wash you face morning and night.

Acne Free Treatment Water to Wash Face in Sink

Acne Free Treatment: Water to Wash Face in a Sink

At first you may find your skin gets worse as it begins to get clean. Keep at it and after one week your skin will improve again. It is hard to keep your face clean all the time so here are a few tips. Try to avoid touching your face with your hands as they will transfer grease and bacteria to your skin clogging pours. Also use some common sense. Clean around your mouth with a napkin or just some water if it gets dirty when eating. Wash your forehead if you are sweating during the day.

If you still have some acne or pimples re-appearing, you will need some acne home treatment or acne treatment cream to kill the P acne bacteria. On this site I will discuss the various options. But keeping your face clean will greatly reduce the amount of acne treatment you require which is good.

One step that is usually mentioned is diet or good healthy food. It is believed that certain oily foods can cause acne, or having a healthy inside can reduce or stop acne. There is no statistical or scientific link between diet and acne proven yet. But we will explore that at a later date and how you can find out if your diet is affecting your acne.

The next post we will a step back and look at what you are trying to achieve in your acne free treatment.

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