9 Acne Treatments That Don’t Work
Acne is a very common skin condition suffered by millions the world over. Many people become desperate and try any treatment that they can find to alleviate the breakouts and scarring. In their desperation to clear up their outbreaks they sometimes resort to acne treatments that don’t work. The most worrying issues with untested rumors about remedies are the possible consequences of trying some of these. Here is a list of common acne treatments that don’t work:
1. Household cleaning products, even when diluted, should not be used to treat acne. There can be severe adverse reactions including chemical burns from using such substances on your skin. Household cleaning products usually have warnings advising you what to do if your skin is exposed to the chemicals in the product. This is just a bad idea!
2. Similarly, abrasive cleaning powders are ineffective for acne. Many of these would fall under the heading of household cleaning products. Abrasive powders can also irritate your skin and cause the skin to produce even more sebum due to the irritation.
3. Laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid will not cure acne and are harsh to your skin. Only a mild soap should be used to wash your face twice daily.
4. Home facial steamers will do nothing for your acne. According to the web site Very Well Health the home facial steamers may feel great on your skin, but they only circulate steam around the surface of your face. The blockages in the pores that cause acne are deeper inside the skin. The steam will do nothing to lift the dead skin and oils out of the pores. Save your money unless you just want to make your skin feel better. These devices will not cure your acne.
5. Sticky tape left on the skin overnight and removed in the morning will certainly remove dead skin cells and excess oil but is likely to damage sensitive skin. Allergic reactions to the glue used on the tape are also a real possibility.
6. Prolonged exposure to the sun or using a tanning bed will not help your acne either. It can be dangerous if you are taking some oral medications. Some antibiotics can make your skin extremely sensitive to light and you can get a severe sunburn.
7. Sudocrem is an excellent treatment for nappy rash and eczema, but it is highly ineffective for acne. Sudocrem contains a mixture of greases and oils which are bad for acne. Sudocrem should only be used for it’s intended purpose of treating nappy rash and eczema.
8. Taking high doses of vitamin A or B will not directly help your acne, and may cause other side-effects. High doses of vitamin A can be toxic.
9. Squeezing your pimples is not recommended. This will simply prolong and spread the acne to other parts of the affected area by spreading the infection in the skin to surrounding tissues.
Please don’t resort to any of these unproven remedies for your acne symptoms. Do your research and use only proven effective methods for treating your acne. If at home acne treatments are not effective for you visit your doctor.