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Well I've had acne since 6th grade (I'm now nearing the end of 10th) and I have been washing twice a day everyday since 7th grade.

I have treid Proactive, Clinique, clearasil, fenasia, and many other products.

Right now I wouldn't say I have bad acne, but I just can't take it anymore.

the worst of it is my nose, the black heads are terrible. There are tons of them and they're impossible to get rid of.

Then on my cheeks there are these little, like, red holes? the seem like scars, but I have no idea where they would have come from.

Then I just have some right above my jaw on either side of my face.. It is really faint, but it's constant.


I have seen my dermatologist twice about it, and have made little to no progress, so I have an appointment set up that coming up in a few weeks, but it's just really getting to me.
 

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I am in my forties now but I know where you are coming from. I suffered from acne when I was your age and it lasted into my mid thirties. My daughter is 17 and also has problems with frequent breakouts. I have her on a skin care regimen now and slowly her skin is beginning to come around. I know you have tried quite a few products, but how often have you switched from one product to another? Sometimes using to many products on your skin can cause even more problems. It may take months to correct the imbalance. When using a skin care regimen and you experience breakouts do not use a freshener or toner until the breakouts subside. Sometimes toners and fresheners can over oxygenate the skin. When my daughters skin breaks out we eliminate the freshener. Also make sure that you moisturize the skin. Many times when breakouts occur most people tend to want to dry up the skin which can lead to dehydration which can lead to more oil and more breakouts.
 

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What has been your treatment history ?
benzoyl peroxide? or higher drugs?
I would suggest you try natural treatment options like a good detox diet to get your system back to order. This will show immediate impact on your acne
 

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Well I've had acne since 6th grade (I'm now nearing the end of 10th) and I have been washing twice a day everyday since 7th grade.

I have treid Proactive, Clinique, clearasil, fenasia, and many other products.

Right now I wouldn't say I have bad acne, but I just can't take it anymore.

the worst of it is my nose, the black heads are terrible. There are tons of them and they're impossible to get rid of.

Then on my cheeks there are these little, like, red holes? the seem like scars, but I have no idea where they would have come from.

Then I just have some right above my jaw on either side of my face.. It is really faint, but it's constant.


I have seen my dermatologist twice about it, and have made little to no progress, so I have an appointment set up that coming up in a few weeks, but it's just really getting to me.
Hi Mike,

Everyone reacts differently to acne treatments. The reason for this is that everyone’s body is different. Acne reacts differently to each of those bodies and subsequently requires different treatment options. For some people, the chemicals present in acne products do more harm than they help. This is a good reason why natural acne treatment is often a required addition to any arsenal when fighting an outbreak.
Another possible reason in turning to natural acne treatment is that over the course of time, the synthetic chemicals found in the salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide that most over the counter acne medications include stop working. The bacteria that causes acne start to mutate and can eventually become resilient to the chemicals.

The Natural Acne Treatment Alternatives
Therefore, many people have started turning to natural alternatives in their acne treatment. The affliction has been around for centuries and long before chemical means of combating it were discovered, natural acne treatment was used extensively. They are both safer in that they provide no immediate side effects and less expensive.

Fruit Masks
A facial mask made from any one of a variety of common fruits is a great natural acne treatment. The nutrients found in many fruits are a great tool in combating the bacteria in acne. Certain fruits such as avocados, apples, bananas, melons, and grapes are especially effective in this regard. A common method is to mix a combination of these fruits into a blender. You then make a puree and add a clay powder to thicken the mixture and act as a facial cleanser. Using the mixture, you then cover the face except for the eyes for 20 minutes before washing clean with cold water.

Oils and Herbs
Another popular natural acne treatment is the use of oils and herbs. They are much safer than benzoyl peroxide and many would argue more effective. They remove the excess sebum that causes acne in many cases and cost significantly less than medical treatments.

Egg Whites
The application of egg white to the face can often serve as a good natural acne treatment. It closes the pores of the face to stop future breakouts from occurring. Mix a bit of lemon juice with the egg white for a safe, effective facial mask.

Detoxification
A common combatant against many health afflictions is the regular detoxification of the body. By removing the toxins that build up in your body, you reduce the source of acne significantly. A common supplement you can take on a daily basis to help promote this process is flax seed oil.

The Advantages of Natural Acne Treatment
For those that have tried numerous over the counter solutions and are still seeking to relieve themselves of the repeated outbreaks of acne they suffer from, natural solutions are a great, inexpensive means of doing so. They do not introduce chemicals to the body, nor do they stop working when your body adjusts to them. For more details, you should discuss your acne with your dermatologist.


Sincerely,

Maya McMahon
Skin Care Specialist
 
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