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Is there any home remedy for chronic acne?
( 5 May 2009)

You have not provided any details of your problem, such as how long you have been suffering from acne, how severe the problem is, your skin type, what treatment options you have already tried, and so on. Such details help to diagnose the problem, and suggest a suitable course of action. In general, if you have chronic acne and have already unsuccessfully tried several treatments, you should visit a dermatologist. Very severe, persistent acne can sometimes only be treated with stronger medications. These can only be got on prescription, and prescription of course requires a thorough examination first.

I assume that you are already strict about hygiene, but this has not made much of a difference. You should however continue to wash your face several times a day, as this gets rid of bacteria and excess oil. Avoid using soap however, as it dries the skin too much - instead, use a cleanser, preferably an exfoliating cleanser. This will not only get rid of bacteria and excess oil, it will also get rid of dead skin cells, which are the immediate cause of acne. If the cleanser includes a moisturizing element, this will be even better, as it will keep the skin just moist enough. Excessive oiliness will cause the skin to accumulate dead cells, and excessive dryness which often results from the excessive use of harsh soaps can cause the skin to produce more oil, ultimately resulting in oiliness.

Bacterial cleansers are also available, and you can use these too. Blocking of pores by dead skin cells is the basic cause of pimples, but when bacteria infect the pimples it makes things worse. This is also why you should avoid touching your pimples unnecessarily, whether to scratch, pluck, or idly feel them, as many people have the habit of doing.

You should ensure that any anti pimple products you use contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, as these are essential ingredients in treating pimples. You can try some home remedies too - these basically work as exfoliating cleansers. One is a mixture of honey, rice flour, and turmeric powder. Create a thin paste, apply it to your face, and gently massage it into your skin for a few minutes. You can add a little lemon juice to this mixture, but if your skin is dry, this should probably be avoided. You can then wash it off with plain or slightly warm water. If in spite of this, you continue to suffer from acne, you should fix up an appointment with your doctor.

answered by G B on 5 May 2009, 1:20:53

 

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