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Is There a Way to Clear Up Moderate Acne without Damaging Your Skin?

We’ve all been there: trying out a brand-new product that’s supposed to get rid of your pimples, only to have it dry out your complexion so that your face is tight, itchy, and inflamed. Is that any way to treat and clear up your skin? I think not!

The truth is that if you want to finally get rid of your moderate acne, it’s time to get serious about eliminating any lifestyle and dietary triggers and also clearly reading your product labels.

What Characterizes Moderate Acne?

Moderate acne is defined as blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and papules that appear on anywhere from ¼ to ¾ of the face or other regions of the body. [1] Most sufferers of moderate acne seek out treatment from a dermatologist, who may prescribe a number of prescription medications to be applied topically or taken orally. But have you ever thought about how these drugs will affect the quality of your skin in the long run?

Topical Treatments of Moderate Acne

When you apply any substance topically to your skin, it is immediately absorbed into your bloodstream to potentially affect your circulatory system for the worse. This means that if you have been using over-the-counter acne products for several years to treat your moderate acne, it is likely that you are filling your body full of outside toxins and chemicals that are damaging your skin as we speak.

What I like to tell my aesthetic clients as a rule of thumb is that if any ingredients on a product label are too long or difficult to pronounce, then you shouldn’t put them on your skin!

In the same manner, if you visit a dermatologist for the treatment of your moderate acne, only to be prescribed a harsh topical product or cream, this is a substance that will only damage your skin in the long run. In addition, many moderate acne sufferers also find that the quality of their skin becomes worse after using topical prescription acne treatments, according to testimonials from the forum:

4 months after accutane I now have these problems. There are many more, but these are just a few.

  • Severe Osteopenia high fracture risk/Loss of height 1/12 inches. I was 5’6 1/2 before accutane and after 5’5. (verfied by med records that I did shrink while on the med.)
  • Swelling behind the knee/Mri showed trauma to patella/red marrow/small joint effuison/tendosis of the quadricep (which is diff from tendonitis)/ I had no trauma to my knee/ Dr’s are baffled.
  • Severe Joint, bone, muscle and nerve pain. The string is still in my foot and one is now in my hand, I have severe tendon swelling throughout my body, which is believed by some doctors to have traped some of my nerves/ or caused soft tissue calcifications. Thier still baffled.

IMHO retinoids are a scam, yes they work for some people but from what i’ve seen from the board and from friends and family it doesn’t work all it does it make your skin cracked, dry, and red. its all about money for doctors so they prescribe you something knowing it probably won’t do shit so you come back and keep coming back to them.

Acne is a symptom that something is wrong with your body INTERNALLY, treating it from the outside only relieves it temporarily not for the long run..If you really want to defeat acne treat it from the inside, now from here its all about finding out what works for you.

With all of this information in mind, you may be asking yourself exactly what you can do to get rid of your moderate acne. The simple answer I would love to share with you is in examining what you eat each day since your daily diet could be full of harmful triggers that are making the quality of your skin much worse. To give you an example, high carbohydrate foods, often found in many of the fast foods and processed foods that we eat each day, are full of the simple sugar called glucose, which is metabolized and stored as glycogen in the body. However, what you may not realize is that your body only needs a certain amount of glucose to function, so it is often overloaded with more carbohydrates than it knows what to do with, imminently resulting in an outbreak of acne.

As you begin to regulate your diet by cutting back on unhealthy carbohydrates, you will see immediate results in the clarity and quality of your skin. The health of your skin reflects the health of your body, so isn’t it time to finally do your body good and improve your skin from the inside out?


  1. “Treating Moderate to Moderately Severe Acne.” Web. 06 Jan. 2011. <>.

About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.

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