The moment many people experience an acne breakout they go running for that acne medication hoping to stop their breakout in its tracks. Unfortunately, all too often they find that the acne medication they use doesn’t stop their breakout, and in fact all too often it seems to result in a more severe breakout than before they used the medication. Which leaves many people asking themselves if their current acne medication truly does make their acne problems worse and if so why?
The truth is that some acne medications can actually make an acne breakout worse. Many acne medications today contain strong chemicals that irritate the skin and dry up the natural oils resulting in extreme irritation that causes the sebaceous gland to produce an over abundance of Sebum in an effort to retain the skin’s natural moisturizer. In other cases, the harsh ingredients contained in some acne medications such as Benzoyl Peroxide may treat the acne, but damage your skin over a period of time.
Any harsh ingredient in your acne medication isn’t good for skin and may cause the skin to become irritated, which may well cause an increase in acne flare-ups. When treating an acne condition, studies suggest that the best course of action is a healthy diet, washing your skin twice a day with a natural cleanser that contains no harsh chemicals, and avoiding undue stress. Some dermatologist suggest increasing the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in the diet, as fish oil capsules have been proven effective in reducing the number and severity of acne breakouts.
Keep in mind that any topical medication that you apply to your skin gets absorbed into your blood stream where it can be detrimental to the immune system and actually lower your body’s resistance to prevent those acne breakouts. You should also note that some acne medications have ingredients that can clog your pores causing them to swell and become inflamed and result in an acne breakout. The best way to avoid breakouts is by keeping your pores free of the build up of oils without robbing it of its natural moisture.
Many people find help for their acne by avoiding medications altogether and by simply caring for their skin with natural cleansers, a healthier diet with proper nutrition, exercise, and adequate amounts of rest. Sometimes less is more and in the case of acne, the less harsh chemical ingredients, and the less artificial fragrance you apply to your skin the healthy and more acne free your skin will be.
Wash your skin twice a day with a fragrance and chemical free cleanser. If you feel you need an astringent then choose a gentle one like witch hazel to help soak excess oils from your pores, and use a light natural moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and oil free. Whatever you do, avoid those harsh chemical medications that only irritate and damage your skin resulting in continual breakouts and premature aging.