Always consult a dermatologist prior to deciding on a treatment for acne.

Scars left by acne on skin appear ugly. This leaves a painful impressions on the patient, people genuinely try to get rid of these scars. They try everything from topical creams, to gels, pills and lotions to remove these scars. Everyone wants flawless skin. However, acne marks may make you feel like hiding your face inside a pillow.

Acne scars develop as soon as you pop pimple or squeeze it out. Popping or squeezing results in a permanent mark at the affected area. The deeper you have peeled the skin, the darker is the mark. Most of the times this action leaves a scar and it gets very difficult to get rid off this scar.

Don’t panic if you have already developed an acne scar. There are some home remedies that will help you eliminate these scars on your face.

Here are some tricks to solve your problem:

a) Take fresh juice of lemon. Now dip a cotton ball in it. Pat your face with the cotton ball and let it dry naturally. Some people may find this a little irritating. You may dilute the lemon juice with some rose water or plain water. Let the surface dry naturally for 15-20 minutes and wash your face with water after a while. Repeat this process at least four times a week and you will see a remarkable change in your skin structure.

b) Prepare a paste with some sandalwood powder and rose-water. Now add 2-4 drops of lime juice to it. Apply this paste on your face and neck. Now, let the solution dry naturally. After that, you need to rinse your face and neck thoroughly. Do this on a regular basis to get best results.

c) Applying cucumber juice on your face with cotton wool. This should be your daily regime during summers. This will help cooling off the skin and tighten the pores. Cucumber juice is extremely helpful in making your skin glow and makes it feel fresh.

d) Another popular homemade remedy for removing acne marks into make a paste of apple and honey. First, make apple paste and then add about 4-6 drops of honey. Apply this mask on your face.

e) Wash off after 15 minutes. This paste helps tightening pores and also makes complexion lighter.

There are some technical procedures that will help you get rid of acne scars:

a) Dermabrasion

This is different from micro-dermabrasion that removes top layer of dead surface skin cells from the face. Dermabrasion is actually a coarser method that removes further layers. The dermatologist will numb your face and then remove layers. The recovery time takes about a couple of weeks. Your skin will scab. Once the scab falls, you will get fresh and glowing skin.

b) Laser resurfacing
This is a method that cleans away pimples and get rid of acne scars. The use of laser is prominent in this method. CO2 laser and YAG laser are the two lasers used commonly in this procedure. This procedure removes the top layers of the skin that has been damaged. The recovery time is a couple of weeks. Your doctor may also apply a topical ointment for speeding up the recovery process.

c) Augmentation

Here, the dermatologist injects fillers usually collagen under the skin. This smoothens acne scarred area. The doctor may take fat from other places in your body and inject instead of collagen. The recovery period is fast.

Always consult a dermatologist prior to deciding on a treatment for acne.

The Somali Pirates of Healthcare Who Hijack Your Health to Extract Profits

As the world’s attention is now fixated on the Somali pirates who hijacked the Maersk Alabama ship in their quest for profits, it’s fascinating to watch the circus of the American justice system attempt to enforce U.S. laws in a lawless region off the coast of Somalia. Abduwali Muse, the lone surviving pirate (the one who wasn’t killed by Navy Seals) is now in the U.S. court system, being led through a circus of a justice system that cannot possibly account for the social and economic complexities that would cause a young man to pick up arms and threaten the use of violence against others in order to acquire financial gain.

Then again, threatening people in order to take their money is deeply ingrained in American culture, and nowhere is it more evident than in the actions of the drug companies. They not only commit egregious acts of biopiracy on a regular basis — stealing molecules from nature and attempting to patent them as their own — they also routinely engage in the hijacking of money from families, states and nations as part of their pharmaceutical marketing machine.

It is a well known fact, for example, that every state in the United States of America has been defrauded by drug companies engaged in outrageous (and illegal) price fixing scams designed to extort money from state coffers. This isn’t exactly the same as holding a gun to someone’s head on the high seas, but it does involve the threat of loss of life when these companies say, “Buy our monopoly-priced drugs or else your citizens will suffer the consequences.”
Pirates and vaccines
Big Pharma’s pursuit of mandatory vaccination laws is actually quite similar to piracy on the high seas: They both involve the extortion of profits from people who are “just passing through,” and they both involve the threat of the use of violence or loss of freedom in order to accomplish their goals.

In the case of the waters near Somalia, the threat is that you’ll be kidnapped at gunpoint by Somali pirates. In the case of Big Pharma’s mandatory vaccine programs, the threat is that you’ll be kidnapped at gunpoint by law enforcement officers working for Child Protective Services unless you submit to having your children injected with dangerous viral fragments and preservative chemicals known to increase the risk of sudden death.

In both cases, you are threatened with violence if you don’t comply with the profit-taking agenda of those in charge.

Am I really comparing the actions of vaccine-pushing drug companies with Somali pirates? Absolutely! They’re both about extracting money from people under the threat of harm or arrest.

Take the cancer industry as another example: Under the consultation of a typical cancer doctor, a patient is threatened with death unless they submit to toxic chemotherapy chemicals or other experimental cancer drugs that extract the maximum profits from those patients (and their insurance companies) just before they die. What do I mean by saying, “a patient is threatened with death?” It’s just what I said: Patients are told by doctors (with a straight face, no less) that, “If you don’t do this, you’ll be dead in six months” (or some such variation).

It’s not putting a gun to their head, but it’s just as frightening and manipulative. It’s also the No. 1 recruiting method of the cancer industry. I find it fascinating that both cancer centers and Somali pirates use the same method for manipulating people: Fear of death!

Acne Treatment that Naturally Targets Acne Causes

Acne affects almost 17 million people in the United States alone, making it the most common skin disease. Although it is not a serious threat to health, acne can cause a number of unfortunate effects on appearance, self esteem and confidence. Doctors continue to investigate further the causes, symptoms and treatment of acne as a cure has still not been found. It is important that you do some research as well to determine what the best treatment is for you.

Causes of Acne

Acne is an inflammatory disease of the pilosebaceous units, or PSU’s. These units are found in larger numbers on the face, back, chest and shoulders where most acne occurs, however, they are on all parts of the body. PSU’s are hair follicles that connect with a sebaceous gland. These glands produce and secrete an oily material, sebum, onto the surface of the skin through what we know as a pore. When sebum output is unusually high, often due to hormonal imbalances, the force of sebum through the follicle can cause damage to the cells that line the follicle’s canal. Injury to these cells can also be caused by hardened sebum and dead skin cells that create a plug and prevent sebum from reaching the skin’s surface. The build up of foreign material can create pressure which draws the risk of breaking down the follicle wall. Injury to healthy skin cells within the sebum canal is the first and principal cause of acne and, consequently, the most vital to tackle in acne treatments.

Acne Treatment Options

What is recommended by doctors and acne treatment guides are usually pharmaceutical products that are known to treat an array of acne conditions. These are often creams or gels that are put right onto the lesion or affected area.

A common ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, found in many acne creams. Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and dries up oil. Other popular acne treatments contain salicylic acid which is used to decrease the shedding of skin cells from the follicle walls. Sometimes doctors will prescribe acne medications. Antibiotics can be prescribed to slow bacteria growth and reduce acne inflammation. Prescribed retinoid medications are said to help clear pores for other acne medications to more easily reach the interior of follicle canals.

These medications, however, can cause side effects in many people including skin irritation, burning, redness, stinging, peeling, or possible discoloration of the skin.

Natural Acne Solutions

Pharmaceutical products contain chemicals that effectively treat acne symptoms. However, they do not address the root causes of acne and they all come with a list of possible side effects. Unnatural chemicals in strong acne products can cause dry irritated skin and may release free radicals that risk more damage to healthy cells. Harsh acids and alcohol based products can actually make acne worse by damaging tissue and causing dry skin and peeling.

Therefore, the best acne treatment options are the natural ones that understand and treat the principal causes of acne that begin beneath the skin’s surface. New biological ingredients are now discovered to have the ability to naturally lower sebum production. These incredible natural ingredients make it possible to attack acne at its source, putting a stop to all symptoms and consequences of acne before they start. This all natural approach to acne treatment can directly take care of the cause of cell injury, therefore reducing inflammatory responses, acne lesions, and acne scarring.

Are You Suffering From Acne?

It is simply one of the toughest trials of adolescence – having skin covered in unsightly marks. It has driven countless sufferers into the throes of despair, misery and even depression.

It gets worse, because there are three notable things about acne vulgaris, as the inflammation is commonly known, which make it the bane of countless people the world over:

1. It affects all ages – from adolescence to the latter part of our lives.
2. It strikes all body parts – face, neck, back, arms etc
3. No one really knows its cause. We know that it affects the sebaceous glands which hold the hair follicles but we are not sure why exactly the unsightly papules are formed.

What is more, untreated acne can turn into cysts and cause scarring. Complications abound and treatments vary from cosmetics to laser treatments costing thousands of dollars.

Are these treatments really needed? There are a few natural steps which the canny sufferer can follow to alleviate the symptoms and even potentially lead an acne free life.

Interested? Read on, all will be revealed.

Vitamins A and E
A leading study in the Clinical Experimental Dermatol has shown that patients with severe acne tend to have lower levels of vitamins A and E in their blood streams. For vitamin A make sure that you eat plenty of fish, liver, carrots, eggs and dark green and yellow vegetables. For vitamin E try eating spinach, sprouts and nuts. You may also want to consider taking supplements to ensure that your chances of fighting off the acne are maximised. It is also thought that Zinc, which is renowned for its immune and anti inflammatory properties, is effective in the fight against acne. Zinc is also thought to help regulate oil glands and the sebum that plays an important part in the formation of this skin condition. Zinc can be found in beef, lamb, pork, crabmeat, turkey, chicken, lobster, clams and salmon. For vegetarians pumpkin seeds offer one of the most concentrated non-meat food sources of zinc but it can also be found in peanuts, beans, wholegrain cereals, brown rice and potatoes.

Sugary foods
Recent studies seem to favour a hypothesis that food and drink high with refined sugar has a part to play in the formation of acne. Foods such as chocolate, sweets and soft drinks produce blood glucose, which in turn causes high levels of insulin which has proven to cause (amongst other things) increased levels of acne. Cutting down on refined sugars will also decrease the chances of diabetes, tooth decay and weight gain, so all round is good advice to follow.

A number of recent studies published by the American Academy of Dermatology have shown a link between acne and cow’s milk and its derivatives such as yogurts and cheese. It isn’t clear whether this is due to artificial growth hormones fed to the cows or just natural intolerance to non-human milk. If you are suffering acne try cutting down on your milk consumption – science suggests that you will see an improvement in your acne.

Living with acne is no walk in the park, and the emotional as well as physical effects of the condition are well recognised. Heed the advice within this article, however, and your chances of ridding yourself of this ailment will be maximised.

All About Acne – What is it and how to cope with it?

Acne, a nightmare for any young generation nowadays. From smooth and beautiful facial skin turns into dirty spots that tarnish the beauty that suppose to be owned by any individual.

So what actually is acne? Acne is derived from greek word “acme” or “a prime of life”. It is actually a lesion in the sebaceous gland (a.k.a. sebum gland or oily gland) of hair follicle. The common sites of acne are face, earlobe, back, chest, and anogenital area. However the facial acne is particularly a nuisance for an individual as it is the most visible one.

Even though sebaceous gland is responsible for acne, it also holds certain functions. It functions to secrete sebum which composed from triglyceride, fatty acid, wax esters, and sterols. This sebum is responsible to lubricate the skin, prevent crack of the skin and to cool down skin during hot weather.

How does sebaceous gland causing acne? The changes happen during acne started with increase in sebum secretions. Then the keratin lining of sebaceous duct will get thickened and forms comedones or black spots (or white spots). The change of colour of comedone is due to melanin. As the sebum secretions increase in amount, a bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes proliferates inside the sebum. After that, inflammation will occur around the sebaceous gland and produce acne. Basically, the main culprit that is causing acne is increase in sebum secretion.

So what causing the increase in sebum secretions? There are few causes of increase sebum secretions includes hormonal factor, fluid retention, dietary habit, season changes, exogenous factor, and medications.

Hormonal factor plays an important role in sebum secretions as increase in androgen (male hormone) will cause increase in sebaceous glands size which in turn increase the amount of its secretions. This explains why the male adolescent is more common to get acne compared to adolescent girls.

Fluid retention particularly during premenstrual period leads to increase hydration and swelling of sebaceous duct. This explains why there is exacerbation of acne during the premenstrual period. Apart from that sweating also makes acne worse due to same mechanism.

Dietary habits of eating chocolate, nuts, fizzy drinks or coffee worsen acne problems. However the exact mechanism on how these foods causing acne has yet to be determined.

Acne often improves with natural sunlight and it is worse during winter. The Ultraviolet light said to improves acne however the efficacy of the UV light treatment is unpredictable. Exogenous exposure to oils (particularly common in cooks in hot kitchen) has known to worsen acne. Exogenous exposure to coal tar, dicophane (DDT), and polychlorinated biphenols also has known to worsen acne.

Some medications also can worsen acne. These medications include corticosteroids (both systemic and topical), androgen and combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP). Consult with the doctor who prescribed the medication if acne problems arise from usage of these medications.

So what should we do if we have acne? Relax, acne is usually resolved spontaneously and it is not infectious. There are few methods to hasten the resolution of acne which includes conservative method, topical cream, and medications.
The conservative method is done by applying hot wet soft cloth on the face (simple alternative to facial sauna), followed by gentle rubbing in a plain soap, or diluted Savlon solution (an antiseptic solution). This will cause dissolution of comedone however they (particularly savlon solution) may cause considerable skin scaling and dryness. NEVER PINCH THE ACNE!! Pinching the acne will expose the acne to secondary infection and it is responsible for ugly scar on the skin.

Topical cream for acne is widely available nowadays. It is up to the consumer to choose which one is the most suitable. The best topical cream for acne should contain Benzoyl peroxide in concentrations of 1-10%, salicylic acid and vitamin A solution. So try to find out the best solution for your acne problem. Note: Benzoyl Peroxide may be irritates the skin depends on type of skin.

If both conservative method and topical cream are unsuccessful, consult your doctor for antibiotic. Commonly prescribed antibiotic for acne is tetracycline. However the treatment needs time, sometimes need months to take effect. Other alternative for tetracycline are erythromycin and co-trimoxazole.

Newly available treatments are UV light therapy, antiandrogen, and synthetic retinoids. However the efficacy of these treatments has yet to be determined.