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What Does It Take to Get Rid of Severe Acne?
Is there really a cure for severe acne?
The truth is that most men and women will struggle with some form of acne in their lifetime, and it may even become severe in rare cases, often triggered by poor food choices as teenagers. Acne in adulthood can be mild with a few occasional breakouts ranging to moderate with inflamed pustules, yet severe acne can plague men and women of any age and requires concentrated treatment to clear up the skin and alleviate this issue for good.
Keep in mind that treating severe acne has nothing to do with vanity since it is a painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing condition that can scar the skin in the long run.
What Characterizes Severe Acne?
Severe acne commonly consists of inflammation and cysts filled with fluid that lead to scarring and damage in the surface of the skin. 
Currently, acne is the most common skin issue that affects roughly 75% of all teenagers.  Although the instance of severe acne is significantly less, you can get a good idea just how many people suffer from it.
This type of acne causes the acne sufferer to seek an aggressive form of treatment, such as getting prescribed powerful drugs by their dermatologist. In the information that I have read from the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologists often recommend surgical excision of cysts and corticosteroid injections. However, it is important for all severe acne sufferers to understand that none of the above methods will work permanently, and most importantly, they don’t have the power to treat acne at its root.
Using Over-the-Counter Topical Medications to Treat Severe Acne
From my experience as an aesthetician, I have observed first-hand the unfortunate effects of the use of benzoyl peroxide, which is a leading ingredient found in the popular acne product Proactiv. Yes, you may have seen commercial after commercial advertising how Proactiv magically cleared up the skin of Jessica Simpson, but the truth is that benzoyl peroxide is a harsh and aggressive ingredient that will dry out the skin severely if it is used over a long period of time.
Users of Proactiv may show results within the first few months, which is why the product can make such a bold guarantee, but what the advertisers do not tell you is that if benzoyl peroxide is used for longer than a few months, it will strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier and leave it in worse condition than when you started.
Can we really expect topical treatments to effectively cure a severe case of acne?
Using Prescription Drugs to Treat Severe Acne
Many acne sufferers look to stronger medical drugs to treat their severe type of acne. This can become quite expensive. Millions of dollars are currently spent every year on prescription drugs such as antibiotics and Accutane.
“So what if it’s expensive?” – as long as it works, right?
And here is the major fallacy in using prescription drugs to treat any type of acne – they do not provide permanent results, they are harmful to your immune system, and they can cause your acne to become way worse then when it started!
In fact, many cases of severe acne stem from the use of these drugs in the first place!
You don’t know how many people I’ve met who had a mild or moderate case of acne, used these drugs, and came back with a severely bad case. We’re trying to clear severe acne, not cause it, right?
Acne Sufferers Experiences with Using Drugs to Treat Severe Acne
I took accutane for 4 months and 26 days, 20mg daily. It turns up to be a huge mistakes. First of all, the doctor prescribed it to me for just 2 pimples (one which is extremely tiny) even though I told him that I do not need accutane but he insisted that accutane will not cause severe side effect except dry lip and dry skin. Now I suffer from permanent hair loss together with scalp itching, pain and tightness. Not only that, I have permanent thin facial skin which itches for no reason. No doubt accutane change my life, it changes it to the point that I stay at home 24 hrs every single day…
I took accutane for about two months because of dry and cystic acne, but have suffered from slow diffuse hair loss ever since. I am turning 18 in a few days and have a slightly recovering receeded hairline. I have lost up to 100 hairs every day since then and still do.
I took Accutane. For 1 month, luckily I didn’t follow through with the program. My problems were with my body. Vision, Hearing, Nerves, Bones. I am slowly rebuilding in the gym. I am one of the lucky ones. So many people have it worse. We all wish we could go back in time. And if you take Accutane, one day, you will wish you could go back in time and listen to what we are saying as well!
As you can see, some of the people above who were prescribed prescription acne drugs didn’t even have severe acne in the first place! These medical acne treatments often have harsh results that cause irreparable damage to the skin, not to mention the rest of the body. From what I have seen firsthand, I urge you to explore legitimate acne treatment options that will heal your body from the inside out through making necessary dietary changes instead of subjecting your skin to damage through the use of prescription drugs.
The truth is that if you want to finally rid your skin of severe acne, it is essential to build a healthy barrier in your skin to protect it from outside damage and infection, leading to long-term cystic acne. As you may already know, your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the only way to truly get it healthy is by focusing on the foods that you eat. Most acne sufferers don’t even give thought to the fact that many of their favorite foods can trigger serious inflammation both in their body and in their skin, which will only make existing pimples and lesions even worse, resulting in severe cases of acne.
Instead of turning to over-the-counter acne treatment products and prescription drugs that have the potential to irritate your skin even further, I urge you to find out what really causes your severe acne so that you can begin to make dietary changes to finally heal your skin from the inside out.
There’s more you should know. . .
We’ve really only touched the surface of what you should know about this debilitating disease that we’ve all grown to hate. Here at Focus:Acne, we have started an information revolution – where we put all misconceptions aside, and inform the “motivated-to-cure” on the true nature of this disease. Stop buying acne medications, stop visiting the dermatologist, and simply enter your name and e-mail below – it’s time to be inspired and officially put acne in the past…
- “Health911.com – Acne, Acne Treatment, Adult Acne, Acne Products, Acne Treatments, Acne Scar, Acne Skin Care, Acne Solutions, Birth Control Pill Acne, Natural Acne Treatments, Acne Remedies, Baby Acne, Cystic Acne, Get Rid of Acne.” Health911.com – Folk Remedies, Natural Remedies, Home Remedies, Holistic Treatments, Natural Treatments, Alternative Treatments, Health Protocols, Wellness Programs, Supplements, Health Products, Health Photos and More. Web. 03 Jan. 2011.
- “Treating Severe Acne.” Www.skincarephysicians.com. Web. 3 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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