If you suffer from severe acne, you have been searching everywhere for a solution. In the process of looking for a remedy that will fit your problem skin, you have been misled. It is almost guaranteed that, in your searching, you have found one or more of the following 9 severe acne treatments that you should never use.
Listening to average folks used to be a great way to find out what causes acne and what treatments work for the majority of people most of the time. But, word-of-mouth has been replaced by the Internet as the fastest way of gathering opinions on just about every disease or condition there is. Unfortunately, information on the Internet can be grossly inaccurate and this is the case with treatments for pimples, zits, and other skin problems.
Because 89 percent of teens and about one quarter of all adults suffer from some form of acne worldwide, there are eager consumers of phony products and just plain misinformation. It seems that everybody has a solution or just bad advice to offer. So, how can you know whom to believe?
There are 9 commonly held myths that are passed from one person to another just like rumors that grow in the telling. It’s like when people believed the “earth is flat.” People who believed that never actually went to where the “flat earth” ended to look over the edge. They took the word of other believers. This is a ridiculous example, I know, but it is no more ridiculous than the “old wives tales” about treating severe acne.
At the same time, you can be sure there are treatments that do give great results for many acne sufferers. Some of these solutions are based on real science, some on good medicine, and even some based on nature’s organic treatments. But, before you accept advice that just might do more harm than good, please read the following 9 acne treatments that absolutely do NOT work and may, in fact, cause you serious injury.
Bogus Treatment 1. Cleaning Products From Your Kitchen.
Some foolish people claim they can mix up chemical potions from cleaning products to cure severe acne. They claim these mixtures work fine when watered down. I cannot tell you strongly enough just how dangerous, even poisonous, these brews can be. Never try such idiotic remedies!
Bogus Treatment 2. Laundry Cleaners.
In the same vein as household cleaning chemicals, laundry powders or liquids and laundry bleach are hazardous to your skin. There is no safe mixture.
Bogus Treatment 3. Wash Your Dishes, Not Your Acne.
Dishwashing cleaners may be great for squeaky clean dishes but not for squeaky clean skin. Using such soaps will do nothing positive for your skin. In fact, they likely will clog your skin pores causing more acne.
Bogus Treatment 4. Quack Home Sauna Contraptions.
You have seen the ads for all manner of gizmos for giving yourself a sauna-type treatment at home. About all you will get is damaged skin and have to pay them for the privilege.
Bogus Treatment 5. The Duct Tape Solution.
There are actually people who claim you can stick tape to your face, leave it on overnight, then peel it off in the morning and, presto, most of your acne is magically gone. I am afraid that, what will be gone is a layer of your good skin along with a few dead skin cells, leaving your skin irritated for days.
Bogus Treatment 6. The Tanning Salon.
There is ample science that should convince you to stay out of the sun without sun screen and, for that matter, convince you to also stay away from tanning beds. This idea that the sun or artificial tanning can somehow cure acne is beyond common sense.
The sun, whether real or artificial, can be especially dangerous if you are taking certain prescription medication. Many drug labels state clearly that exposure to sunlight can cause adverse reactions and going to a tanning salon does not void those warnings.
Bogus Treatment 7. Using topical acne cream or lotions.
It is time to read the label before you slop any cream or lotion on your face for the treatment of acne. Many over-the-counter products contain coal tar or other unkind ingredients that may cause even more acne by clogging skin pores. Acne bacteria breeds beautifully in clogged pores.
Bogus Treatment 8. Mega Vitamins and Minerals.
It is a good idea to take vitamin and mineral supplements as part of a well-balanced diet but some misinformed individuals (I am being kind) advocate taking high mega doses of vitamins A or B to cure acne. This is plain and simple “junk science.” It is not backed up with any valid studies. Taking high doses of any supplement puts you at risk for some unpleasant side effects.
Bogus Treatment 9. Popping the pimples.
While popping pimples and zits feels good at the time, like you are accomplishing something positive, you are actually putting yourself at even greater risk of spreading the acne. That substance you squeeze out is bound to be spread to surrounding healthy skin. That substance is loaded with bacteria and oil, both of which just add to the spread of acne.