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Old 02-18-2016, 06:22 PM
 
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It seems like any doctor is just throwing darts at a dartboard (here, try this, that). They appear to be clueless. Its ridiculous!

It doesn't seem like this should be this hard. Especially in this day and age. So why is it this way? It can all be boiled down to one word....money. This is a multi-billion dollar industry. What would happen to all of the various OTC and online products, and various antibiotics if a cure was discovered? They would all vanish. And so would all that money and all those jobs

If accutane was so great, why are people still breaking out? If proactive was so great, why do people still have acne? There is no cure. Its 2016. How is that possible? Instead more and more OTC products are launched and more and more infomercial based products are launched and they are all rolling in the money they are making off all of these desperate people.

Most "acne" medications are actually, paradoxically, bad for acne. Most creams, lotions and potions applied to the skin do absolutely nothing to help acne, and in most cases makes it worse. Benzoyl Peroxide is one of those medications that kills some p. acnes (not all), but has significant side effects such as drying out the skin that in turn causes more p. acnes to develop.

Basically, most creams and lotions applied to the skin will block pores whether they are listed as non-comedogenic or not. There is no such thing as non-comedogenic ingredients as anything that is applied to the skin and pores is inherently pore-blocking.

Most people are better off using low strength (2%) salicylic acid treatment every day. Note however, there is a lot of trash products out there containing SA that will do nothing to treat acne, and in most cases, make acne worse. Stay away from washes containing SA - they don't work as they are of the incorrect PH and mixed with garbage. Similarly, stay away from creams and lotions containing SA for the same reason. You need a a well formulated 2% 'peel' at a PH of around 3. You gently apply the acid peel to your face for around 10 minutes before washing off with plain water and patting dry. You do this every morning or night. This method is a gentle way to treat acne and far more effective than Benzoyl Peroxide could ever be.
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