Best steps to avoid wintertime acne

There are 5 comments on the Examiner.com story from Feb 1, 2013, titled Best steps to avoid wintertime acne. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

Some may think that the summer months is the only time of year where people deal with acne .

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Taft

France

#2 Feb 19, 2013
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from http://x-generic.info about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.

Since: Oct 13

Latham, NY

#3 Oct 14, 2013
For acne that flares at that time of the month, drink one or two cups of chaste berry tea a day. Some studies show that this herb helps to regulate female hormones. Give the herb two or three months to work. And don't drink copious amounts of the tea to hasten the results. It may make your skin look worse.

Since: Oct 13

San Marcos, TX

#4 Oct 15, 2013
Sugar Scrub – Using white cane sugar or brown sugar, combine with warm water or pure extra virgin olive oil and gently exfoliate your clean skin with this amazing scrub to remove cellular buildup. The sugar is gentle on your skin and won’t tear or irritate it and will literally melt into your skin. It will not clog your pores or cause further breakouts. If you choose olive oil instead of water, it will just give your skin added moisture to dehydrated skin. Rinse away with warm water then gently pat dry and apply an oil-free moisturizer.

Toothpaste – Apply toothpaste as a spot treatment on pimples before bed to dry them out while you sleep. Use a paste and not a gel since gel can irritate the skin. The main ingredient that can dry out pimples is calcium carbonate. Test out one pimple before applying on all pimples to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction.

Pure Aloe Vera Gel– Aloe Vera is proven to have amazing anti-inflammatory benefits in addition to moisturizing dry skin. It is also proven to minimize scarring from acne or sun damage. You can purchase an Aloe Vera plant to use the gel from within the leaves or by purchasing a bottle of 100% pure Aloe Vera at a natural health food store. Add a teaspoon of pure Aloe Vera to a homemade smoothie or juice to heal your skin from the inside out.

Organic Fresh Lemon Juice – You can mix a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice into the sugar scrub listed above or dip a cotton ball into fresh lemon juice and apply all over your freshly cleansed skin. It works as a natural astringent/toner on your skin. It will balance the pH levels of your skin, reduce oil if you suffer from oily skin, and will even out your skin tone. Good skin doesn’t appear overnight. It may take up to a couple weeks to see positive results on your skin from following a proper skincare routine. If something doesn’t work for you, something else will! Don’t give up! Luckily we at Acne Skin Site are here to help you and offer many tips and tricks to try and finally get rid of your acne forever.

Since: Oct 13

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Oct 24, 2013
Change Your Cleanser

While it may have been a great choice during the summer months, your cleanser may not be working for you now that the cold weather has set in. If you feel tight and dry after cleansing, you probably need to switch to a milder cleanser.

Cleansers containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be particularly drying, especially if you are using them in conjunction with other acne treatment products. Instead, try using a gentle foaming cleanser or bar, such as Dove or Neutrogena. You can always go back to an acne-fighting cleanser once the weather warms and your skin doesn't feel as dry.Hydrate from the Inside Out, Too

When it's frosty outside, sometimes the last thing you feel like drinking is a big glass of water. But getting plenty of water during the wintertime is just as important as it is during warm weather. Dehydrated skin is more likely to feel tight and dry.

Try to get the recommended eight (eight ounce) glasses of water each day, to help keep your skin hydrated. When water doesn't sound appealing, try warm decaffeinated tea instead.
4. If Needed, Scale Back on Topical Medications

If your skin is feeling very dry and you have uncomfortable peeling and flaking, you may want to scale back use of your acne fighting creams and ointments. Try using your treatment products every other day until the dryness and flaking lessens.
Don't Be Afraid to Moisturize

Regular use of a moisturizer is important, even for those with acne. Remember, nearly all acne treatment products dry the skin to some extent. To avoid flaking and peeling skin, moisturizer is a must.

But you don't have to slather on a thick, greasy product. Instead, choose a moisturizing gel or lotion. They are lighter than products labeled moisturizing cream. Whatever moisturizer you choose, be sure it is marked noncomedogenic. Noncomedogenic products are less likely to cause pore blockages.
Francyne

UK

#7 Jan 26, 2014
As a 15yr. old girl (this was 16yrs. ago) I started Accutane from http://goo.gl/l9qLGH . After the initial 30 days of my acne getting worse I started to notice that day by day the acne lessened and the pores on my face became smaller and I didn't have to constantly blot the oil off my face. I had some dryness but it was a small sacrifice to look in the mirror and not see these big ugly zits causing me to feel ugly and self conscious. I also started to look people in the eyes and not constantly worry that they were staring at the state of my skin, or to go outside in the bright light and have people thinking negative things about me. After 3 mos. my skin was beautiful, without a single blemish, and the pores shrunk back to normal. Although I had the dryness that everyone experiences, it was SO WORTH IT. People talk about depression as a side effect, but honestly I was so deliriously happy with the results that I can say I was never depressed for even one day. After 1 yr. of being off the drug I started to get a few pimples and went back to the dermatologist. She started me on a second course immediately. That was 17yrs. ago. My skin has been perfect and flawless ever since. I never get a breakout. I shudder to think how my life would have been if it wasn't for this wonder drug. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. It changed my life.

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