by Kimberly Lovato
Do it Yourself acne remedies, treatments, and recipes seem to be all over the internet these days promising to help repair skin issues. Although some ideas can actually be beneficial, a majority of them are not and often lead to burns, allergic reactions and irritations or just no results at all.
Here are a few remedies that made our hair stand on end:
Baking soda is a commonly misused household item often applied to breakouts. The thinking behind using baking soda on acne is that it is known to reduce inflammation in the body, but unfortunately this product is a highly alkaline chemical that creates more harm than good. Your skin naturally has a pH level of approximately 5.5, making it slightly acidic. Baking soda has a pH of about 8.3, which makes the skin too alkaline. This results in disrupting the pH balance, leading to damage of the moisture barrier, and the natural acid mantle of the skin. In other words, it can be very drying to the skin.
Toothpaste: Oh boy, this is an age-old remedy that definitely does more harm than good. The thinking behind spot treating with toothpaste is that it dries out pimples and shortens the life of a blemish. In reality, this is not the case, and in fact toothpaste can be very irritating to the pores. It can also cause hyperpigmentation (dark spots) by attracting more melanin to the surface. Also, most toothpastes on the market today contain pore clogging ingredients such as carrageenan, or sodium lauryl sulfate which can actually trigger a breakout. Micronized benzoyl peroxide is a much more effective and safe product. BPO can kill bacteria, reduce redness in the skin, and prevent the formation of new blemishes.
Acetone is a very powerful solvent which works best for removing nail polish, and stripping paint – not for clearing acne. This crazy fad was made popular by certain celebrities touting acetone as a cure all for acne. This ingredient is not only toxic, but it can cause extreme irritation to the skin. One way that acetone causes problems is that it harshly removes the natural oil from your skin. When the skin is stripped of its natural oils, a cycle quickly begins as the skin then creates more oil to compensate for the missing oil – triggering an overproduction of oil.
Lemon Juice is often touted as an inexpensive, and all – natural treatment for active acne and acne scars. A shout out to all of you who once fell for this ineffective, do it yourself, skin care treatment. I know you understand what I am referring to here. Lemon juice looks harmless, however, applying it to the skin can wreak havoc for many. This ingredient is also highly acidic, upsetting our skin’s natural pH levels.
I get it, for most acne prone individuals, including myself, desperation for clear skin drives us to try anything and everything in our quest for flawless skin, regardless of the potential consequences. The bottom line is, you do not need to dry out the skin to clear acne, and in our opinion, this is a very outdated method. With the Clear Path Program® we teach the importance of keeping your skin moisturized, calm, and comfortable, while clearing acne.
If you are ready to explore a program that can really clear your acne, once and for all, safely and naturally, contact the ABQ Skin Care & Acne Clinic for more information. 505-369-1680, ABQSkinCareAndAcneClinic.com.