This site was basically made to share the methods I’ve used over the past 15 years to combat the vicious acne I have (well .. had). After trying several acne medications, creams, cleansers, doctors, drug store remedies, and anything else I could put on my face or in my body that I thought had a chance of destroying my acne, I started learning little ‘tricks’ for getting rid of these socially devastating red/white/black spots. Most of these are things you probably wouldn’t equate to acne or logic, but I can tell you my face used to look like someone planted onion seeds on it and now I get an occasional compliment on my skin.
That’s right.. you also have to fight acne when you’re unconscious, but this is relatively simple.
Sleep on your back! My guess is that because your face isn’t sitting in a pile of hair/skin/oil and who knows what else living on your pillow that your pores are less likely to punish you for their night of [...]
I think the shower/bathroom is where the most immediately visible damage is generally done, so pay attention:
1. Use a hypo-allergenic face scrub (I use biore pore perfect deep cleanser); only use a little bit, do not scrub hard, do not use a washcloth.
2. Use your hands to make sure all face-soap is off your face [...]
Try to get at least 20 min. of good sunlight on your face every day. The benefits are 3-fold:
1. Blue sky/warmth supposedly makes people happy, which reduces stress, which seems to help acne
2. Suntans hide skin irritation and my hope/guess is that UV rays kill bacteria (the kind that lives in the bumps on your [...]
Anything you can do to avoid stress at work (tell jokes, sleep at your desk, whatever) is useful. If you’re psychotic like me, when you get stressed out, you probably start scratching or touching your face; and so we’re clear: DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE EVER. Your fingers are cesspools of bacteria and God knows [...]
Every dermatologist, doctor, friend, relative, you name it, will tell you Not to pop a whitehead. I disagree entirely; though the method has to be correct: you must get the root of it, your hands must be clean, the ’sack’ has to come out if it’s going to be effective, and it can’t be [...]
Notwithstanding the section on Manual Intervention, this will be the grossest post I make. Fiber is important in this battle; doctors will tell you ‘we still don’t know what causes acne’, well I think I do and I think it’s a combination of the things mentioned previously along with a sick colon. The idea is [...]