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When we find ourselves suddenly experiencing acne breakouts,
or when we suffer a long battle with acne and nothing seems to help, we may try anything that our doctor will prescribe.
What we often forget about is to consider both short-term and
long-term health consequences of treatments. Many products used for
acne treatment are systemic (taken orally), and obviously they will
affect not only our skin but our entire system. So, to be on the safe
side, you really need to educate yourself before putting anything in to
Why We Use Them: Retinoids
and derivatives of retinoids are systemic or topical products thought
to directly affect the over-secretion of the sebaceous glands, which is
considered the primary cause of acne. These products are prescribed in
abundance to individuals who seek help from a dermatologist in treating
their acne. Systemic use of retinoids (Accutane & and its generics)
is mostly recommended for severe acne.
Why We Use Them: Antibiotics
are topical or oral products that non-specifically kill part of
bacteria associated with acne. Even though these products are prescribed
in abundance to individuals who seek help from dermatologists,
internists and general practitioners, for all
stages of acne, many representatives of the medical profession are now
having second thoughts about liberal use of antibiotics in general as it
leads to development of new strands of bacteria that are
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Why We Use Them: OCs
are often prescribed to control acne breakouts as "off-label" usage,
which means most of them have not even been approved for this use.
To learn more about the risk of OCs for controlling acne breakouts, check out this article.
Because of the list of side effects of so many of these treatments, many people come to us because they want a safe, clinically validated, natural treatment that actually works. And the results are astounding!
With a Promise of Clear Skin,