Acne Treatment Options - Finding Stuff That Works

By: Sydney Johnson

Finding an acne treatment that lives up to its claims can be as elusive as buried treasure. The health and beauty market is flooded with products, and every acne treatment available claims to be the best for you. However, common sense and experience prove otherwise. With a little information and a lot of dedication, you can soon be on your way to a healthy, clear complexion.

Acne treatment and skin care products claim to cure acne and each brand claims superiority over other acne skin care products. In order to find some truth, start with the label. Read through the entire list of ingredients. Manufacturers are required by law to list the ingredients according to the quantities found in the product. The main ingredient will be listed first and the ingredient that is found in the smallest quantity will be listed last. Salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide are both good acne fighting ingredients, so look for those first. If you have sensitive skin, avoid products that contain alcohol as this will dry your skin and irritate your already damaged acne prone skin. Those with sensitive skin should try to choose a product with natural ingredients. If the label is filled with chemical compounds and a slew of things you can't pronounce, try to find something simpler. Acne skin care products that are filled with chemicals may make your acne worse before actually starting to clear up your blemishes.

Try not to purchase acne treatment products based on an emotional reaction caused by the company's advertising. Remember, they want your money, and will employ fanciful tactics to convince you that you desire their product over the competition. Shop with your head, not your heart. Making an intelligent choice in purchasing acne skin care products will prevent that let down feeling when the product doesn't live up to its claims. Choosing to treat your problem skin with only appropriate acne skin care products is key to reaching your goal of a healthy, clear complexion

The best acne treatment for your mother may not be the best acne treatment for you as well. Each person's chemistry is unique and you may need to experiment with a few products before finding the best acne treatment for your skin. If you discover a product that works short term, try to find the same main ingredient in another brand. Sometimes, choosing a product that is glycerin-based may work better than a water-based one. Finding the best acne treatment is often a matter of trail and error.

Once you have chosen an acne skin care product, it is important that you follow the manufacturer's directions exactly. This is where your dedication comes into play as most products will require application two to three times a day, everyday. Applying an acne skin care product erratically will not achieve the desired results. It is easy to become discouraged if you don't see immediate improvements in your skin after beginning an acne treatment. Hang in there. Sometimes, badly infected skin takes time to heal and improvements may not be noticed until after several applications of a good quality acne skin care product.

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