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Beautiful Acne Free Skin

Updated on February 24, 2014

5 Things You Should Know Before Getting Laser Treatment for Acne

Laser is an abbreviation for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation and it works by producing intense pulses of bright light which has been modified to gently remove scars and blemishes, as well as improve the tone and texture of the skin and reduce frequency of acne bouts.

Laser treatment has emerged as a front runner in the treatment of acne often providing promising results where others have failed. However before you embark on this route it is important to know what you are getting yourself into.

1. Laser therapy is rarely used alone

Laser treatment is usually part of an acne treatment plan and this is because acne cannot be cured and you are bound to experience skin breakouts. The treatment plan will depend on the severity of the acne. It is therefore necessary to maintain a safe and consistent skin treatment regimen even after laser treatment to ensure reduced breakouts and further damage to skin.

2. Requires a series of treatments

For best results and depending on the severity of your acne a dermatologist may recommend a series of laser treatments to obtain the desired results. For example, brown scars from acne require roughly 4 treatments which are usually spaced apart over a certain period of time. This is usually done to prevent and reduce damage to skin and allow the skin to heal.

3. Results are unpredictable

One of the downsides of laser therapy is that the results are at best unpredictable. This is because we are all different therefore some people may not respond to laser therapy, others experience small changes and others get miraculous results. Currently there is no available technology or a means of finding out who it will work on and who it won’t work on.

4. Laser treatment is expensive

The costs of laser therapy are varied but still expensive with the most basic acne treatment normally ranging from $200-$500 per session of treatment. It is very important that you find out whether insurance will cover the costs of the treatment and discuss payment plans and costs with your dermatologist.

5. Side effects

Just like any other treatment laser therapy has its own side effects. The most common side effects are; discomfort and pain during and after the procedure, redness and swelling, itchiness, increased sensitivity of the skin, mild bruising and scarring, infections and changes in skin pigment. You may experience one or two of these but not all of them and the effects may last from a few hours to a few days. The necessary medication will be prescribed. Therefore it is important to set aside a few days after therapy to ensure a swift and comfortable recovery. Research into long term effects is still ongoing.

In conclusion before undergoing any laser or light therapy its best if you discuss your acne problem with a board-certified dermatologist. This will help you explore your options, expectations and potential side effects.

Top 8 Myths About Acne

In a world where everyone is trying to fit in having acne can create a blow to self- esteem hence the immediate need to try and treat or cure acne. This desperation can lead you to do things that are downright dangerous or will lead to worsening of the acne. Therefore this article is aimed at debunking myths surrounding acne.

1. There is a cure for acne

Sorry to burst your bubble of one day getting rid of this dreaded affliction. The truth is that there is no cure for acne the best you can do is manage your skin properly thus reduce the frequency of breakouts.

2. Acne is a result of your face being dirty

This has led to a lot of misinformation going round that excessive scrubbing and washing can help treat acne. Washing or bathing at least twice a day is good for your complexion and health but it does nothing to help reduce acne. If anything excessive washing can rid the face of its natural oils making it extremely dry and susceptible to further breakouts and irritation of skin.

3. Acne is only experienced by teenagers

Most teenagers are advised by friends and family to wait it out in the hope that the acne will disappear. However a majority of men and women do experience bouts of acne throughout their life. The best way is to seek treatment so as to reduce frequency of skin break outs and learn how to take care of your skin early.

4. Natural tanning helps to reduce acne

It is true that a little sun never hurt anyone and in fact can improve the tone of your skin but overexposure to the sun can increase plugging of spores which leads to more acne breakouts.

5. Spot treating

This is where people focus on applying treatments on areas affected by pimples. This myth is because people believe that acne is a condition that results from dirt on the surface of the skin but the truth is that acne is a condition that starts from underneath the skin.

6. Diet and acne

There is the myth that chocolate and foods in high fat and sugar content can lead to acne. Scientists have debunked this myth stating that although it is important to maintain a well-balanced diet for the health reasons junk food has no direct link to acne.

7. Acne is caused by masturbation or sex

This myth can be traced back to the 17th century where to curb the vice of masturbating in young boys and men and stop ladies from engaging in casual sex. The truth is that acne has nothing to do with masturbation or sex. This myth has been propagated by religious hardliners who believe that pre-marital sex and masturbation are grave sins.

8. Popping pimples will cure the acne faster

This myth revolves around the fact if you pop a pimple it will remove the dirt and pus and dry out quicker. Most experts advise on not popping pimples as the scarring from popping causes further inflammation and severe blemishes on skin thus aggravating the acne.

5 Simple Homemade Honey Masks to Treat Acne

Honey has many benefits especially when used on skin. Honey has great anti-bacterial, anti-septic and moisture retention properties. This means that it helps to heal small acne scars, increases the moisture of skin, and reduces the frequency of acne breakouts by removing acne causing bacteria.

It also has antioxidant properties thus prevents chemicals or aerosol substances in the atmosphere from damaging your skin. The best type of honey to use is raw organic honey.

You can use raw honey alone but for added benefits it best you use it with other ingredients for best results.

1. Honey and Cinnamon Mask

Cinnamon is known for its anti-microbial properties and when mixed with honey can provide a natural mask for treating acne.

To make the mask you will need;

2 tablespoons of raw honey

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Thoroughly mix the honey and cinnamon into a well-blended paste. Apply the paste to your skin for 10-15 minutes then rinse your face with warm water.

2. Honey and Strawberries Mask

Strawberries are sweet and mouth-watering. What is even more enticing is that they contain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid aids in the shedding off of skin while encouraging growth of new skin cells, it helps to open up blocked pores and shrinks skin pore size thus reducing future clogging of pores.

To make the mask you will need;

2 tablespoons of raw honey

3 mashed strawberries

Mix the mashed strawberries together with the honey. Make sure that the strawberries being used are well rinsed and clean to avoid infecting skin with new bacterial infections. Blend them well and apply to the skin. Let it sit for about 20 minutes then rinse your face with warm water.

3. Honey and Milk Mask

There has been controversy over the intake of milk as it is suggested to increase breakouts. However fear not as in this case you will not ingest it but only apply it topically.

Milk is valued for its fat content which helps to keep the skin moisturized and the acids found in it have anti-bacterial properties. It also helps to reduce irritation of skin and helps to tone down your skins’ redness.

To make the mask you will need;

1 tablespoon of milk (room temperature)

1 tablespoon of raw honey

You can use low-fat or whole milk but do not use skim milk. This is because skim milk has most of its fats removed. Mix the milk and honey thoroughly and apply to your face using your hand or cotton pad.

Once applied let the mask dry out then apply another layer of the mask. You can apply as many as you want but 2-3 layers will be sufficient. Finally let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes then wash off with warm water

4. Honey and Apple Mask

An apple a day does keep the dermatologist away. Apples contain vitamin A, B and C, antioxidants and glycolic acid. This means that apples have the ability to protect skin from sun and chemicals in the air and the glycolic acid will encourage the shedding of dead skin and unblock skin pores.

To make the mask you will need;

1 peeled and cored apple

1 tablespoon of raw honey

Blend the apple until it is a fine fluid mixture then add the honey and mix thoroughly. Apply the mask, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then finally rinse with warm water.

5. Honey and Avocado Mask

Avocado is probably the black sheep of all fruits often feared for its high fat content. However I would highly recommend this mask for people with sensitive skin. They are rich in fats and vitamin K, B6, C and E. These vitamins are good and can be easily absorbed by the skin and help to keep the skin smooth and moisturized.

To make the mask you will need;

1 ripe avocado

1 tablespoon of raw honey

Scrape out the seed, peel it and then mash the avocado while stirring in the honey. Mash or stir well until they are thoroughly blended together. Apply the mask on the skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Finally wash off the mask with warm water.

In conclusion these natural homemade masks are great if you want to avoid harsh chemicals that may scar your skin or worsen your acne. To get the best results apply any of the masks at least 2-3 times a week for a whole month. However I must caution that if you have an allergy to honey or any other of the ingredients you must not use these masks.


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