Acne, the facts:
- 80% of us will have acne at some point in our lives. It’s the bacteria that causes pimples of various sizes and can leave you with scars and red skin. ac
- There are different levels of acne, from barely noticeable to severe.
- There are many different ways of treating it, from creams and gels to antibiotics and steroid injections for severe cases.
- Most people’s acne clears up after 4 – 5 years, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any easier to cope with.
- Topical acne treatments (creams/gels) are the most common, as they’re available over-the-counter in most health and beauty stores. They are often cheap, quick and the go-to treatments for sufferers of mild acne.
What’s our blog about?
Here at Acne Ultra Clear, we wanted to do our own research to see whether chemical or natural is the right way to go with your acne treatment. We believe in 100% natural acne treatment, but we know that not everyone feels the same way. We wanted to explore both points of view and to present you with an article that gives you answers to the questions that you’ve got about topical acne cream. What’s in over-the-counter creams? Why would natural products work? What is the best acne treatment for you? Short-term acne treatment is often the only thing on your mind when you try different products, but are there long-term effects to your health that you should be aware of? We lift the lid on acne treatment creams, so you can choose which route is best for you – Chemical or Natural.
Let’s start with Chemical…
Chemical treatments, such as over-the-counter creams or prescriptions, are often the first route of many acne sufferers. They can give short-term relief from an acne flare-up but do they do much to solve the long-term problem? Although acne can’t be cured completely, it can be managed. Chemical treatments claim to offer fast and effective results, but at what cost to your skin? Most over the counter treatments contain Benzoyl Peroxide, the so-called magical acne treatment. It gets rid of acne by drying out the skin and causing it to peel.
Jack Breitbart of Revlon Laboratories first discovered that Benzoyl Peroxide could be used as an effective acne treatment in the 1920s. Ever since then, but particularly from the 1960s, Benzoyl Peroxide has been used in various concentrations to treat acne. It’s great for short-term acne treatment, but not so great for skincare. Since the 1990s, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) have been investigating the safety of Benzoyl Peroxide inside creams.
Although they’ve now classified the chemical as safe in very small concentrations, side effects like dryness, skin peeling, itching, irritation and reddened skin are very common. Severe and life-threatening allergic conditions are rare, but they do still occur. Benzoyl Peroxide removes the top layer of skin over an affected area, so those with sensitive skin often find it too strong to use. After use, the skin is much more susceptible to sun damage as the natural protective layer is gone. This makes your skin more likely to age prematurely due to hyperpigmentation, the darkening of an area of skin because of increased levels of melanin.
So what can you do if you want an effective treatment but you don’t want to risk using a strong chemical treatment? Natural treatments have always been listed as an alternative, but are they as effective as over-the-counter creams? Can they give you the fast results that you’re looking for?
Now let’s take a look at Natural…
Natural and herbal treatments are making a re-emergence in the medical market. It’s now a lifestyle to use organic products and that means that there has been more investment in them. For over 4000 years, natural remedies have been used to cure ailments. The Ancient Chinese and the Ancient Egyptians were using plants as medicine long before chemical medication was developed in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Honey, tea tree oil, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are all recommended for managing acne, but is there any scientific proof behind any of these old remedies?
A Telegraph article discussed the findings of Dr Margarita Gomez-Escalada, a lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University. She was the lead researcher in an experiment that tested the effectiveness of thyme, myrrh and marigold tinctures against acne bacteria. She discovered that all of the tinctures worked against acne bacteria, but that thyme was more effective than some concentrations of Benzoyl Peroxide. She presented her findings at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in March 2012. This experiment, the first to directly compare the effectiveness of natural ingredients against a chemical, shows that the natural remedies that have been used for thousands of years do have a place in medicine.
Let’s not forget that many of these synthetic chemical compounds have been developed directly from plants. With proof that natural products are just as effective as over-the-counter creams emerging in research, it might be time to move away from harsh chemicals with their unknown long-term effects and back to remedies that improve your overall health.
So what can we conclude?
With natural products proven to be able to stand up against chemicals, we are left with a personal choice. Both types of treatments are effective and are able to help you manage your acne. You have chemical treatments, often containing Benzoyl Peroxide, that control your acne but often strip your skin in the process and you have natural treatments that work just as well as Benzoyl Peroxide but don’t leave long-term damage on your skin.
We live in a world that is constantly striving to learn, to fix and to explore. Perhaps it’s not the Moon and Mars that we should be looking to explore, but the planet beneath our feet? The scientific wonder that we call home provides us with oxygen, food and medicine too. Organic treatments are often criticised for being costly and time consuming, but if a slightly longer morning and evening routine are the penalties for an all natural, careful approach to skincare, then it’s a price worth paying.
Who are we?
We are the creators of Acne Ultra Clear and we believe that using natural ingredients is the best way to manage acne. Acne Ultra Clear is a topical acne treatment that is 100% natural and organic, so you can get effective acne treatment without risking your long-term health. Discover the best kept secret in the fight against acne. If you want a solution to your acne problem then we are here to help you.