acne remedy


How to Choose an
Acne Remedy that Works

Acne is a difficult disease to
treat effectively. Dermatologists still don’t have a solid
understanding of what causes acne, let alone which acne remedy
is the best. Benzoyl peroxide creams and gels have been used
since the 1920s and remain the most widely used acne remedy,
even though you would think our understanding of acne has
advanced a great deal in the last 90 years!

The truth is, most acne
treatments, whether they are over the counter or by
prescription, are not effective unless you have very mild acne.
What about a treatment based on a holistic acne remedy?
Generations of dermatologists and pharmaceutical companies have
tried to dismiss the connection between diet and acne. Recent
studies have shown that this old way of thinking is no longer
valid. (Source: Berra B, Rizzo AM. Glycemic index, glycemic
load, wellness and beauty: the state of the art. Clinics in
Dermatology. 2009:27:230-235)


The interest in low-glycemic
diets that was spawned from the success of the Atkins
weight-loss diet has uncovered a connection between acne and
diet that was known within the world of holistic medicine but
ignored (just like Atkins was for dieting) by the medical
establishment. Atkins was dismissed until his methods were
proven to work. Is the same revolution waiting for
this acne remedy?

The bottom line is that
certain elements of our diets (especially high-glycemic foods)
have been shown to affect the way our bodies deal with androgen
hormones, and it is androgen hormones that ultimately determine
whether or not we have acne. The proper diet may, therefore, be
the secret acne remedy that we have been searching

Let’s take a look at each
conventional acne remedy to see if one of them may be right for

Topical and Oral

Widespread use of antibiotics
to fight a range of conditions has led to a huge problem of
antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Doctors no longer routinely
prescribe antibiotics for this reason. In fact, the P.Acnes
bacteria that infects blackheads and whiteheads and turns them
into red, swollen pimples is now often found to be resistant to
antibiotics such as erythromycin. Another problem with
antibiotics is that they kill bacteria indiscriminately and
deplete the “good” bacteria that we need to live healthily. Add
to this that antibiotics only tackle one part of the acne
puzzle, but do nothing to control androgen hormones (the real
cause of acne) and it becomes clear that antibiotics are not an
effective acne remedy. My personal experience is that
antibiotics are a hassle to use, and have little effect. I
would not bother with them.

Benzoyl Peroxide
Creams and Gels

This acne remedy is actually
quite useful if you have only mild acne but not effective if
you have a serious acne problem. If you have mild acne, try a
2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream which you can buy without a
prescription from your local drug store. You do not need, and
should not use stronger formulations (including prescription
strength) because studies have shown that they are no more
effective than 2.5% but they make more money for doctors and
drug companies while being harder on your skin. Don’t be
fooled! Use a salicylic acid pad before the cream or gel
because they improve the effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide by
allowing it to penetrate more deeply into your clogged pores.
You must spread the product over the areas where you get acne,
not only on your existing pimples, and you must continue to use
the product or else your acne will return. Still, for my money,
benzoyl peroxide is a valuable acne remedy if you only have a
mild acne problem.

Hormonal Acne

If you are a woman, you might
find relief with an estrogen-containing birth control pill such
as Yasmin, or alternatively a hormonal treatment such as
spironolactone. Much like the holistic treatments, these
methods will directly affect the androgen hormone problem that
causes acne. Talk to your doctor to find out if a hormone
treatment is right for you.


This is one of the best-known
miracle acne cures. The severe side effects associated with
Accutane make it a remedy of last resort, even though it is
very effective. Potential side effects include thinning hair,
bleeding gums, liver damage, pain, depression and birth
defects. The fact that Accutane does not work quickly is
another thing to keep in mind. You might need to hide out for
the 6 months to a year it takes to work because your acne will
get much worse during that time. Your skin and lips will be
extremely dry and sensitive. This product was recently removed
from the American market because of the bad side effects. Do I
recommend Accutane? It is hard to endorse a drug that has such
serious side effects. I think that someone who is considering
Accutane should first try a holistic dietary acne remedy. You
really have nothing to lose.

Holistic, Natural
Acne Remedy

With the latest research
suggesting a strong connection between diet and acne, the time
to try a holistic acne remedy based on diet has arrived. These
programs (including
No More
by Mike
Walden and

Acne Free in 3 Days
by Chris Gibson) have helped many
people take control of their acne problems without drugs or
doctors’ bills. These programs are very inexpensive and worth a
try especially if you are considering Accutane. A holistic acne
remedy will work more quickly than Accutane, and because they
are guaranteed to work or your money back, it is a good idea to
at least try them out before committing to a powerful

The only side effect of an
acne diet is good health. With the new evidence starting to
support the effectiveness of treating acne through diet, acne
sufferers who adopt a holistic acne remedy may find that they
have a lot in common with the early adopters of the Atkin’s
diet who, in spite of negative comments from the so-called
“experts,” lost an awful lot of weight. Proof is in the
results. In a few years, they will be saying “I told you