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These Unconventional Acne Treatments Could Clear Up Your Skin

Whether you’re a teenager or you’re in your mid-30s, there’s no doubt that acne can put a real damper on things. In fact, 96% of people with acne have reported feeling depressed due to their skin issues. And while there are plenty of topical treatments on the market, many of the most common over-the-counter and prescription remedies may fail to do the trick. So if nothing you’ve tried has worked and you’re feeling discouraged, you may want to check out one of these lesser-known acne treatments to see whether it might clear things up.

Light Therapy

Many acne sufferers have to be careful about their sun exposure. Although more than two-thirds of U.S. adults believe that the sun can’t damage their skin when they’re inside, people with acne tend to know better. Even though there’s a misconception that tanning can hide acne and acne scars, that practice can actually make acne worse. As a result, many people with skin issues stay out of the sun or slather on the non-comedogenic sunscreen when they know they’ll be outdoors.

But there is one light source that could actually help people with acne. Homeowners have embraced LED light in recent years, as LEDs use only 15% of the energy used by standard halogen bulbs but provide up to 85% more light output. But LED light is also becoming a popular way to treat acne. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is sometimes used by dermatologists to target and treat acne. Experts will use blue light to fight acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, combat redness, and heal the skin. If you’re not keen to undergo this treatment in a medical setting, you could also try Neutrogena’s light therapy mask, which uses the same technology to treat acne (albeit on a slightly less powerful scale). Dermatologists caution that you might not experience the same results with the mask as you would with phototherapy sessions and that these treatments work best if utilized in conjunction with other treatments (like topical gels). It’s also important to be patient when trying out any new form of acne treatment, as it could take up to three months to see effective results. But if you want a more affordable way to try out light therapy, this might be an option.

CBD Oil

It seems like CBD products are popping up everywhere and are being lauded as a cure-all for any number of conditions — particularly anxiety. But evidently, CBD oil might calm your nerves and calm your skin. It’s thought that CBD oil has an effect on how the body produces sebum (the oily substance that, when combined with dead skin cells and dirt, is often blamed for acne development). And since CBD oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a lot of sense that it could make a viable acne treatment.

One 2014 study found that CBD prevented sebocytes, the cells that create sebum, from creating too much of this oily material. What’s more, CBD oil triggered anti-inflammatory reactions in cells and kept cytokines (an inflammatory component blamed for triggering acne) from activating. A review conducted in 2016 involving the cannabis plant focused on its antifungal and antibacterial properties, which further points to the idea that products derived from cannabis could reduce infections caused by pollutants and harmful bacteria on the skin.

Ultimately, there have been too few studies of the effects of CBD oil on the skin to reach a definitive determination as to its effectiveness, but many acne sufferers have reported positive effects after using it. You can apply CBD oil directly to the skin, though it’s essential to use what’s known as a carrier oil with it to ensure safe usage. Olive oil, coconut oil, and argan oil are all examples of carrier oils that can be mixed with CBD oil and applied to the skin. Others may find that taking CBD orally may improve acne. If you do decide to use CBD for acne, you should ensure that the distributor has conducted third-party testing to confirm the content of the CBD and that no other compounds are used (like THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis).

Vitamin-Infused Serum

So what if you’re able to clear up your acne but are still dealing with the scars left behind? Although there are some invasive dermatology treatments that can help, other former acne sufferers want to go a more soothing route. Face oils have been catching on for a while, and there’s a new vitamin oil that’s become extremely popular with those hoping to fade their acne scars — so much so that the company that makes it has had to limit how many bottles each customer can order.

Slurp Niacid

The serum in question, made by a Korean skincare brand called Slurp, has been flying off the internet shelves and has been applauded as a miracle cure for stubborn acne scars. Niacid, their clear-colored formulated with vitamin B3 and tranexamic acid, is said to “cure inflammatory trauma” and actually raise the indentations in the skin caused by acne. It also regulates sebum production, exfoliates the skin to prompt new growth, and minimizes pores. Despite the fact that the product is currently on pre-order, the reviews look promising. It’s recommended that users apply only three to five drops to the skin after cleansing and use a gentle pressing technique to evenly distribute the product. The makers note that it’s essential for users to wear SPF 50 sunscreen (or higher) to protect their skin in the sun, as the serum does contain acid. It, therefore, might not be the best choice for those with sensitive skin, but it may give hope to those who still aren’t pleased with their appearance due to the lingering after-effects of acne.

These unconventional acne treatments may work well for acne sufferers who want to avoid invasive treatments or who have not experienced success with other methods. But ultimately, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a dermatologist to tackle the root causes of your acne before trying out a bunch of different methods.

Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer: Heal and Hide Your Imperfections

Our day to day involves a lot of multitasking, so of course, we want everything in our lives and around us to make our lives easier by multitasking as well. This week we were introduced to a wonderful beauty product that helps us in two ways – hiding, and healing our imperfections. As you all know, when you stay up late (in our case, to write), and significantly reduce your beauty sleep, you end up looking worse for wear. This lack of sleep can have a momentous effect on your skin. Your skin can end up looking tired, blotchy, and stressed from possible breakouts. Thanks to Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer, not only can you hide those skin imperfections, you can treat them as well.

Infused with tea tree oil, the multitasking, lightweight yet creamy Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer tackles blemishes, making your skin clearer while temporarily concealing redness and dark spots for all around coverage and a clear face. Does your concealer do that? For those who are not aware of the full benefits of this natural antibacterial disinfectant, Tea Tree Oil has amazing medicinal benefits. Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin issues such as acne, abscess, oily skin, and many others. This is why adding this vital healing ingredient to a concealer, a beauty product we use every day is brilliant.

The Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer is available in five colors: Vanilla, Cool Rose, Shell, Almond, and Deep Beige (Deep Beige is only available in the UK). With the applicator, apply a dot of healing tea tree concealer over blemishes. Pat in gently with finger tips and set with powder. Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer is available exclusively at Ulta and www.Ulta.com.

What are your thoughts on this healing concealer? Could the Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer help your skin?

Skin Deep: Proactiv Launches NEW ProactivMD System

We’ve all seen the commercials with the amazing before and after results using Proactiv. Because of those ads, most of us, yours truly included, couldn’t wait to get our hands on this breakthrough acne treatment regime. Well, Proactiv is blowing us away again with the introduction of their brand new acne-fighting ProactivMD System. This new acne treating system contains Adapalene, the first prescription-strength retinoid that is FDA approved to treat acne without a prescription.

Adapalene is the first new acne-fighting ingredient to be introduced to the over the counter market in over 30 years. Proactiv’s NEW ProactivMD is a next-generation 3-step acne treatment system which consists of four products, a Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Balancing Toner, Daily Oil Control for morning use only, and Adapalene Gel 0.1% for nighttime use only. ProactivMD’s Adapalene works at the cellular level to help clear acne where it starts and prevent future breakouts from forming…. beneath the skin. As it clears up your blemishes, it also helps restore your skin’s tone and texture, unblocks and shrinks clogged pores, and reduces acne redness and inflammation.

  • Step 1: Deep Cleansing Face Wash: gentle daily cleanser, developed for acne-prone skin, combines glycolic acid and smooth exfoliating beads to clear dirt and debris from pores and gently resurface skin for a smoother, softer looking complexion.
  • Step 2: Cleansing Balancing Toner: an alcohol-free toner helps balance skin’s pH levels and removes impurities lodged deep within pores. This toner is alcohol-free and contains a light astringent to sweep away impurities leaving skin feeling fresh, revitalized and balanced.
  • Step 3 (Morning): Daily Oil Control SPF 30: a lightweight, 3-in-1 moisturizer helps hydrate skin, control shine and protect from harmful UVA/UVB rays. The gentle formula absorbs quickly, is non-comedogenic and free of oil and fragrance. Apply liberally to face and neck each morning at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure.
  • Step 3 (Night): Adapalene Gel 0.1%: A topical retinoid medication is used to battle acne and treat blemishes. Adapalene helps speed acne healing, prevents new acne from forming, and reduces redness and inflammation while restoring an even skin tone and texture.

“I see patients every day with low self-esteem and poor self-confidence due to their acne. The new ProactivMD system offers an easy-to-use solution with Adapalene that is scientifically proven to reduce acne. I am excited that my patients now have easy access to an affordable system that I know from first-hand experience will help their acne and make them look and feel great!” said Proactiv dermatologist partner Dr. Ted Lain.

The 3-step ProactivMD system is available now at $29.95 monthly for non-members on www.Proactiv.com, or by calling 800-235-605.