Water Helps Acne?

August 28th, 2014

Water plays one of the most important roles in maintaining clear, healthy skin. The amount of water you drink each day is far more important in treating acne than worrying about avoiding specific foods, plus its a lot easier to do! I have personally changed my entire diet in attempts to have acne-free skin, and it is definitely not worth it. For one, it is extremely difficult to change such ingrained habits like your diet. And for two, it doesn’t do much good anyway! Even eating a completely raw food diet (just fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds) I still had break-outs! I would not recommend a diet change to anybody looking to get clear skin, because your diet is NOT whats ultimately causing your acne.

However, I very small but monumental change you can make in your lifestyle is to consume more water. Yup, its as simple as staying hydrated. Our bodies are made of water, and we need it for everything we do. Water will help your body to:

  • Digest and make use of all the nutrients in your diet
  • Flush out your system of bad bacteria and toxins
  • Help boost circulation and provide healthy nutrients in the blood
  • Promote healthy kidney function
  • Support a healthy metabolism
  • Regulate body temperature
  • Speed up the healing process

All of these benefits (and there are MANY more) contribute to one common good: keeping your body in balance. The #1 cause of acne is a bodily imbalance – usually hormonal or stress related. Once you start keeping yourself hydrated, you will probably see several other health benefits besides healthier skin including higher energy, fewer headaches, a more positive attitude, and an overall feeling of well-being.

Guess what? 75% of Americans are considered chronically dehydrated! This means there is a likely chance that YOU are dehydrated too? So how can you tell if you are getting enough water?

Well – the unfortunate thing is that a chronically dehydrated person loses the ability to effectively notice when they are thirsty! So you may not think you are dehydrated because you are rarely thirsty, but if you’re not getting 6-8 glasses of pure water each day you are not getting enough!

  • Do you have any symptoms of dehydration?
  • Fatigue
  • Dull headaches or migraines
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Foggy head
  • Sore lower back
  • Joint pain/irritability
  • Mild depression
  • Darkly colored urine
  • Chills
  • Head rush
  • ACNE!!

Its amazing when trying to cure diseases and conditions that we fail to remember something as simple as WATER. Water keeps you healthy!

Treatment Options for Acne Scars

August 28th, 2014

Acne is a very popular skin condition that affects up to 80% of people sometime in their life. Many people recover from acne without any scarring, but there are a few people that are left with scars on their skin. After an acne outbreak has healed, there is usually a red or hyper pigmented mark left on the skin, but this is not a scar. This will go away within the year and if no more lesions are produced in that area, the skin will heal normally. Acne scars usually form when a person has had many outbreaks and has suffered with acne for quite some while. Acne scars are also caused by people picking their lesions and their scabs. If they pick at the skin, the skin is constantly aggravated resulting in scarring of the skin. If you suffer from acne scars there are a couple of treatments available, but your skin must be clean of any active acne outbreaks before any of the procedures can be done.

Also, there are different kinds of acne scars. The first is called “icepick” scars. These scars are usually narrow and extend deeply into the skin. They look they a person was punctured with an icepick. The second type of scar is boxcar. A boxcar scar is round or oval and have sharp edges. Boxcar scars can either be shallow or deep. The third type of acne scar is rolling. A rolling are caused by tethering of normal appearing skin, resulting in the skin looking like it is rolling. Now, let’s go over the type of treatments.

Dermabrasion is the process of “sanding” the skin away. A doctor does this to get rid of the top layers of skin to slough off the scar tissue. This procedure is only used for shallow scars and imperfections and could not be used on “icepick” scars. The approximate cost of the procedure is $1500 and more than one procedure is usually required. For a few days after treatment your skin will look like it has been scraped and then a scab will form. After the scab has fallen off, the skin will be red for a couple more weeks and then will return to normal color.

Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing involves the use of a laser to remove skin so that new skin can grow in it’s place. This is a fairly new procedure but some doctors claim that this procedure is quite successful as they are able to have better accuracy with the laser to remove the scarring. There are two different tyopes of lasers available, the CO2 and the erbium. Laser resurfacing is also only used on shallow scars. A procedure will cost you around $300 and more than one time may be neccessary. After treatment, the skin will most likely be swelled up and red and you will be provided with an ointment to apply to the skin. The skin will have a red appearance to it for several weeks and will slowly fade back to normal color.

Chemical Peels.
Chemical peels consist of applying different acids to the skin to remove the top layer of skin so that a smoother layer can appear. Chemical peels are only used on minor acne scars. The procedure only takes approximately fifteen minutes and they are often repeated for optimum results. Chemical peels cost approximately $750 and usually must be repeated. After treatment, some redness and swelling may be seen. Also some flaking and drying of the skin is common.

Punch Techniques.
There are a couple of different punch techniques. The first is punch replacement. This is were the scar is removed with a punch , much like hair transplants, and then replaced with a skin graft. This is usually the best technique to remove deep scars. The second technique is punch excision. This consist of removing the scar and closing up the wound and letting it heal on it’s own. The last technique is punch elevation. This is were the scar is cut loose, but not removed and then it is put back with the level of the normal skin. Punch techniques may take up to several weeks to heal. Punch techniques cost approximately $50.

Subcision is were the scar is detached from the underlying deeper tissue. A blood clot develops under the surface and helps to even out the skin by pooling into the scar area. Usually 1-3 treatments are needed for this to be successful. Bruising and swelling occur after treatment. This treatment can be used on all types of scars. You can get costs of the procedure by calling your doctor as there is a wide range.

Augmentation involves injecting fat or collagen into the scar so that is becomes level with the surface of the skin. Collagen injections are temporary and only last about six months. This treatment is best for the deeper acne scars. Collagen can cost anywhere from $300-$700 per treatment. There is no recovery time after the procedure.

Saline Injections.
Saline is injected into the scar which causes more collagen to grow and fill into the scar. Four to five sessions a couple weeks apart are needed for this to work. Saline injections are most successful at shallow scars and rolling scars. The cost is approximately $100 per session. Recovery is relatively quick on this treatment.

As you can see there are quite a few options for the treatment of acne scars, but even with all these options, not all scars are to be removed completely. There still may be some residual scarring even after several treatments. You need to discuss the treatments with your doctor to see which one is best for you.

Source: National Acne Organization

Treating Acne with Green Tea

August 28th, 2014

Two of the most popular over the counter methods to treat acne are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Acne causing bacteria is destroyed by benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid causes the top layers of dead skin cells to slough off. New skin cells are then formed, thereby reducing the likelihood of the pores being blocked. This, in turn, lessens the chance for another acne breakout.

Each of these methods has side effects that users need to be aware of. Benzoyl peroxide can cause redness, dryness and skin irritation. It also causes free radicals to form, therefore sun exposure should be avoided and sunscreen should be used. Salicylic acid can also cause dryness and skin irritation.

Why not treat your acne naturally, without the possible side effects of over the counter medications?

Green tea can be quite effective as an acne treatment. The benefits of green tea for one’s health are well known.

The secret of green tea is that it contains catechin polyphenols, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a potent anti-oxidant. It not only inhibits the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It also lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and inhibits abnormal formation of blood clots (which is one of the leading causes of heart attacks and strokes). It helps reduce inflammation, rid the body of toxins, and prevents infections by killing bacteria, even the bacteria that causes dental decay!

What is amazing is that green tea, as well as white, oolong, and black tea, all come from the same plant – camellia sinensis. So why is green tea so beneficial whereas the other teas are not? The secret lies in how the tea leaves are processed.

With green tea, the leaves are picked and preserved, either by steaming or baking, to keep them from being fermented, or oxidized. In making oolong and black tea, the leaves are picked and exposed to the air for a period of time, during which time the leaves ferment. Oolong tea is allowed to ferment only partially, whereas with black tea the leaves are fermented completely.

White tea is made mainly from the buds of tea leaves. It is processed very little, which can mean it may be beneficial with regards to fighting disease, however, the real star of the four teas is definitely green tea.

Green tea’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties make it extremely useful in fighting acne. It can be taken internally as a drink and/or applied topically to the skin.

Following are some methods for applying green tea to the skin:

1. Green tea and oatmeal mask
3 tablespoons of oatmeal
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of honey
leaves of one green tea bag
1/4 cup hot water
Mix the hot water, green tea leaves and the oatmeal into a paste. Blend and stir in the honey and brown sugar. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

2. Green tea and egg mask
Pour boiling water over a green tea bag, as if preparing it to drink, and let it cool. Then mix the tea thoroughly with the white of an egg. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 20-30 minutes You’ll feel your face becoming tight. Then rinse the mask off with warm water.

3. Rejuvenating green tea mask
½ teaspoon green tea powder (try a Korean store if you’re having difficulty finding it)
1 teaspoon flour (any kind is fine)
warm water
Mix the green tea powder and flour together, then add the water, a little at a time. The mixture should be a thin paste that won’t run down your face. Apply it all over your face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with warm water. It’s best to use this mask every day.

4. Make a cup of green tea and dab it on the acne.

5. Use the tea bag (after making tea with it) and dab your skin with the tea bag. Rinse it off after the tea has dried on your face.

There have also been studies that have shown that creams containing green tea have been as effective in treating acne as 4% solution of benzoyl peroxide.

And with all the benefits of green tea, the only possible side effect green tea might have is insomnia. Green tea contains caffeine and, although it contains less than other teas and coffee, you probably shouldn’t drink it before going to bed.

Whether you use green tea topically and/or drink it as a beverage, it could prove to be an effective, natural, and safe acne treatment for you.

The above information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace any health care services you need.

Top 10 Treatments for Acne

August 28th, 2014

As a woman who has suffered from acne in her teens, I can tell you that acne is much more serious than people realize. It does not only effect you physically, but mentally, socially, and emotionally. You feel like you wanna self destruct because it isn’t something that can go away, right away. Although, I have never went to the dermatologist nor visited any medical professional to be treated for my acne, I’ve learned to manage it on my own and eventually get rid of it completely.

Regardless of being efficient or effective, treating acne is much more complicated than people realize. However; if you can understand the variety of ways that dermatologists and other medical professionals treat acne and the options available, you can fight acne.

There are a variety of treatments and options for individuals with acne, offered by medical professionals and some are hollistic remedies to which I have used. Some of them include:

1.) LASER TREATMENT or PHOTOTHERAPY – The best way to treat acne is laser treatment skin resurfacing. With the use of radiation, light, and power; lasers are destined to destroy any bacteria on your face, including acne. As you continue, not only will this fight acne, but it will prevent it from coming back and will get rid of scarring. Although it may be costly to some degree, it is worth it, as a result.

2.) BIRTH CONTROL PILLS – As Birth Control Pills are a form of contraception, they also are linked to treating moderate to severe cases of acne. I know this sounds ridiculous, but they really do help. Birth Control Pills are used for individuals (women) and work by targeting those “out of control” hormones that are linked to the cause of acne. Sometimes medical professionals recommend taking them, however; they are not recommended for men, although time can only tell.

3.) ANTIBIOTICS – Whether oral or topical, antibiotics are used to destroy infection and bacteria on a variety of wavelengths. The most common antibiotic used for acne treatment is called Erythromycin, as it is a both oral and topical, however; there are numerous others that are used to treat acne.

4.) ISOTRETINOIN – Isotretinoin is a strong, moderate way of controlling and treating acne. Isotretinoin is mostly used in oral form, although there are creams that possess the powerful ingredient. It is most commonly used for individuals with a severe case of acne. Although it possesses quite a few side effects, the good exceeds the bad, as a result. Some brands of isotretinoin include: Roaccutane, Accutane, Claravis, and Isotrex.

5.) ASPIRIN – Although I have discovered that Aspirin helps on my own, through my own experience, I’ve heard that some medical professionals recommend using aspirin daily (especially if you suffer from an acute case of acne) and including aspirin in your daily skincare regime.

6.) OTC TOPICAL SOLUTIONS – Some dermatologists and other medical professionals believe that some “over the counter” (OTC) solutions work best to manage and treat acne. This can include everything from Rentin-A to the standard Proactiv regime.

7.) MICRODERMABRASION – Although microdermabrasion is a procedure that is used commonly to resurface the skin and restore youthfulness and glow, it’s been said by several professionals that microdermabrasion works amazingly to not only treat acne, but to prevent it from coming back.

8.) EXTRACTION – Whether comedo or surgical, several medical dermatologists and other medical professionals believe this will not only get rid of acne and prevent it from coming back, but find the actual cause so they can prevent it in the future. Most doctors who attempt any extraction use several devices and tools.

9.) SUNLIGHT – Even though some people believe the sun is your enemy, in reality it is your best friend. Some professionals believe that the sun is really good for your skin because as it promotes vitamin D and it’s radiation, as well as rays is so powerful, it invades your body like an abyss and helps control hormonal balance, which contributes to acne. Without the help of a medical professional, I’ve discovered that this does have the potential of working.

10.) CHEMICAL PEELS – These peels are made from a variety of acids and natural ingredients that are linked to fighting acne and battling it, as a whole. They vary on type and the individual chemicals involved. It’s been said by several professionals that chemical peels not only battle acne, but prevent it from returning.

Three Herbal Teas for Acne Relief

August 28th, 2014

Green tea isn’t the only tea that is reputed to help those suffering from acne. A myriad of herbal teas can help clear skin as well.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea, otherwise known as “red bush” tea, is a tea popular in South Africa. Rooibos tea is full of antioxidants, is caffeine free, and is also a lesser known remedy for acne. Rooibos tea has many of the antioxidants found in green tea yet it is conveniently caffeine free, perfect for those who are sensitive to stimulants.

Rooibos tea has been used traditionally in South African culture as a natural treatment for acne and other skin conditions for many years. The well known tea company The Republic of Tea has caught wind of the skin healing benefits of rooibos tea and created a rooibos blend called Get Gorgeous Herb Tea for Clear Skin which has has been supported by many glowing reviews on websites like www.acne.org. Of course you don’t have to buy a special rooibos tea marketed toward acne sufferers as any good quality rooibos tea will suffice. Rooibos tea is growing in popularity and can be found at most grocery stores. Celestial Seasoning’s sells a pleasant, inexpensive version.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is one of the most popular herbal teas available. Commonly used as a mild sedative, gentle sleep aid, and mood enhancer, the benefits of chamomile also extend into the realm of skincare.

Chamomile’s naturally soothes not only your nerves, but your skin as well. Applied externally, it is good for reducing inflammation, which is a big component of acne. Chamomile may also help acne indirectly by reducing stress, a big cause of breakouts. Chamomile also may have blood sugar controlling properties, making it an exciting component of any anti-acne diet as unstable blood sugar has been linked to an increase in acne. Chamomile is a pleasant, mild tasting tea that can be consumed on its own or blended with other herbs. It is cheap and available at most any grocery store.

Licorice Tea

Licorice is a less conventional herbal tea ingredient that demonstrates some promise in the treatment of acne. According to a study done at the University of Padua in Italy, licorice has been shown to reduce testosterone levels. This is beneficial because an excess of testosterone has been shown to contribute to the development of acne. Licorice is found in popular tea blends such as Yogi Tea’s Egyptian Licorice which can be purchased at select major grocery stores and most health food stores.

All three of these teas have a delicate, almost sweet flavor, making them suitable for drinking alone or combining with other stronger teas. For increased benefit, one could even combine all three to make an especially effective acne fighting brew. You could start off drinking one cup a day of any of the above herbal teas (or try a blend if you are inclined) and see how how your skin reacts. If that’s not enough, maximal benefit might be derived from drinking multiple cups per day.

The Secret Cure for Acne is Now Revealed

August 28th, 2014

The moment you got out of bed, you wanted to scamper and hide underneath the sheets; then you took a glimpse in the mirror of a speck of reddish dot right in the middle of your forehead. It was like taking a headshot indeed. You didn’t want to dare look back at the mirror for a closer inspection. But out of curiosity, you could not resist and falter and thus scrutinized it. Sure thing! It is huge, inflamed, well emphasized, swollen and not to mention, really big! You mused on how life could be so cruel. You wanted to get rid of it at that instant by trying to prick it. Do you think doing so is the right thing? Read on and find out the solution to this appalling predicament.

The horrid sight on top of our nose or lip, otherwise commonly known as acne, is caused by the build-up of extremely dry skin that mixes with sebum that clogs the pores. But at one point in your life you wondered why no matter how hard you wash and moisturize your face, you’d still end up waking with acne. Although the story about poorly moisturized skin and excessive oil is not merely an old wives’ tale, people tend to delve further into profound explanations.

One reason for breakouts that a number of people tend to reject is the accumulation of harmful substances inside our cells. These are commonly referred to as toxins. These by-products of elimination are supposedly excreted from our system via our kidneys, liver, and small intestine. However, certain disorders would lead to its failure to oust these foreign bodies, which would eventually result to homeostatic imbalances. These toxins would want to escape, and that is through your precious skin!

To be able to eradicate this problem, it is vital to target the root cause, which is to extinguish these harmful radicals. Hydration, by increasing your daily intake of water up to two liters or eight glasses daily is the best natural method of doing so. Alcoholic beverages and a glass of Kool-Aid may be thirst quenching but mind you, it has high acid content. Drinking loads of water helps flush out your system in a healthy way. Furthermore, trying out a detoxifying agent may aid in removing these unwanted elements.

The notion above just proves that the real problem about adult acne is not merely visible to our naked eye. When we reach the age of puberty, most of us have pimples mainly because of increased sebum or oil production. However when we enter adulthood, our skin loses its youthful texture. Usually, it becomes dry and flaky. Hormonal imbalances then would allow our skin’s pores to dilate and become prone to clogging.

Various acne remedies may be available for purchase at your leading pharmacy. However, one should caution himself in choosing the right kind of medication. Benzoyl Peroxide, although it is proven to be effective against a teenager’s acne, should not be used liberally on adult acne because doing so tend to be more deleterious. When your skin’s moisture is depleted, clogging of pores is imminent. Dry and dead skin cells would eventually occlude your pores and so you’d have to expect for a more dreadful face the next day.

The Power of the Mind: An Acne Treatment

August 28th, 2014

We have all heard the hype about the Law of Attraction right? Basically it’s the theory that ANYTHING you can think to put your mind to, you can make occur. For example, if you desire to get a promotion at work, you write it down as your goal and spend time each day thinking and visualizing yourself achieving the goal. And seemingly like magic, you get the promotion! It may be in a few weeks to a few months, but it happens! This is “the secret” summed up. It is also called the law of attraction, and there are infinite amounts of information available about it online and in books if you’d like to find out more.

My goal here however, is not to convince you to believe in the law of attraction (although I am a firm believer myself and recommend it to everyone I love, like, or meet on the street), my goal is to convince you to TRY and use positive thinking techniques to clear your acne for good.

I know it would be EASIER if there were just a magic pill to take, or if a miracle acne cream was discovered, but that is just not the case. Admit it. You have tried lots of different products and spent even more money – and you still have your bad skin! Why keep trying products over and over? What if it’s YOU that’s doing something wrong, not the product? What if it’s your DOUBTS about a product not working that causes it not to work? Now we’re really on to something.

Have you ever noticed how a negative person views the world in a pessimistic light, and bad things just keep happening to them only to perpetuate their negativity? Then you look at an optimistic person, and they keep getting good fortune after good fortune?

What if we have been sufferers of acne for so long that our brains have been “trained” into thinking that we will always have bad acne? We get excited about a product that might work, but at the same time in the back of our minds we know (think) we have always had and always will have bad acne.

Let’s think for a minute about what happens in your mind after you eat a sugary treat. You feel a sense of guilt and dread and stress knowing that the excess sugar intake is going to make you break-out. Sure enough, the next morning you’ve broken out, and you become miserable and swear to yourself never to eat that sugary goodness again! But did the food really cause the acne, or did your anxiety about the food cause the acne? And why doesn’t your friend, who ate the exact same treat, why didn’t they have a break-out?

The Best Way to Treat Acne Nodules

August 28th, 2014

If you are looking out for a way to treat acne nodules, you may have a tough time searching for the right treatment option. Acne nodules are also commonly known as cystic acne. They are hard, pus-filled lesions that are developed under the skin. Common medications, such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide have not been very effective in healing the same. Besides that, since the problem occurs deep inside the skin, you will also need a highly experienced skin care specialist. Otherwise, you may end up having deeper infections or scarring. Following is a brief rundown on how to find an effective treatment for this condition.

Get The Condition Diagnosed
In order to treat acne nodules, the first thing that you have to do is to visit an expert dermatologist and get the condition examined thoroughly. All acne nodules are not same. Based on the diagnosis, the dermatologist will be able to suggest you the right type of treatment procedure.

Accutane can be a good medication in this regard. It is considered as a powerful oral acne medication that can be very effective. However, despite its popularity, you are strongly recommended to take this medicine only after your dermatologist prescribes it for you because it can have serious side effects in some cases. Your practitioner understands your condition better than you and he/she is the right person to suggest what’s best for you.

Chemical Peel
You may also like to try chemical peel to treat acne nodules. It can be a glycolic acid or an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel, which must be performed only at a highly experienced skin care specialist. If performed in a proper way, this therapy can prove to be very effective in revealing healthy skin while blistering the acne-ridden skin.

Cortisone Injection
Your dermatologist may also prescribe an on-the-spot injection known as cortisone injection to treat acne nodules. The best thing about this injection is that it produces fast results. It quickly heals the lesion by destroying bacteria, as it is injected directly into the nodule. However, this therapy is recommended only to those individuals who are suffering from just one or two acne nodules. If your face is full of it, you may have to take dozens off injections, which will not only be painful, but you will also be at the risk of having deeper injuries and other side effects.

Nodules Draining
In some cases, the dermatologist may also try to get your nodules drained. However, you should opt for this method to treat acne nodules only if all other methods have failed to produce effective results. In this treatment procedure, the dermatologist cuts open the nodule and then get the bacteria and pus drained. It will take at least a week or two get the lesions healed thoroughly.

Regardless of whichever treatment options you are considering opting for, you are strongly recommended to talk to your dermatologist first. Besides that, you should also take good care during and after the treatment. For example, in order to treat acne nodules, you should stay out of the sun as much as possible. Moreover, moisturizing your skin daily is also important.

The Best Homemade Acne Treatments

August 28th, 2014

I fight adult acne even at age 46. The trouble is that many over the counter acne products have harsh chemicals and are expensive. The occasional break out cans be handled by some simple homemade remedies that will not overly dry your skin or cost you a fortune.

1. Cleanse and live a healthy life style- There is no substitute for getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet when it comes to maintain the health of your skin. Cleansing is an import aspect of maintaining your overall skin health as well. Many people find that using a mild deodorant soap as a facial cleanser helpful in fighting the bacteria associated with acne.

2. Oatmeal is a great way to fight the oily skin that contributes to acne. It could actually be used in two ways. It could be used as a mask followed by a cold rinse to close pores or as mild exfoliating product to remove dead skin and remove excess oil.

3.Honey mixed with applesauce left of the face for twenty minutes is also a great mild mask that can close pores and sooth the appearance of redness of acne prone skin. Make sure you do not have food allergies to the things from your refrigerator that you use on your skin.

4. Certain herbs also have a beneficial effect on acne prone skin. Burdock, sarsaparilla, and yellow dock left on individual pimples over night can reduce their redness and overall size. Again, be sure to check for allergic reaction before covering you entire face with a specific herb. Tea tree has antiseptic properties that can also help for sudden break out. The down size of tea tree oil is that many people find it has a rather unpleasant smell.

5. Good skin really does start from the inside out. Nutritionally you should be getting the proper amounts of vitamin A, B-6, and Zinc. If your diet is less than balanced you might want to consider using a multivitamin to be sure your skin is getting the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy.

6. Other homemade remedies to reduce redness include using crush aspirin or tooth paste on individual pimples. Again, dependent on how sensitive your skin is these may be a way to give your skin a quick fix before school picture day.

Astringents are something that all people with oily skin should use . Many people simply use rubbing alcohol , but for most people it really is too harsh and will cause irritation to the skin. Irritation can cause the skin to produce more oil. I have, found to witch hazel to be a better alternative to rubbing alcohol

Just because it stings does not mean an astringent is doing good things for your skin.

You can manage your acne prone skin by simply finding the best homemade remedies that work for your individual skin.

Symptoms and Treatment of Feline Acne

August 28th, 2014

Cats can also suffer from feline acne symptoms. However, the symptoms are rarely noticeable and most cat owners fail to even notice them. On closer observation, you will notice that your cat may have acne close to the lips or chin. Sometimes the comedones may seem like dirt. If the acne gets infected with pus and becomes red or bleeds, then it is time to take your cat for feline acne treatment. The acne can sometimes cause irritation and the cat may start scratching due to the irritation. This will result in bleeding and worsen the infection even further.

Feline acne treatment will vary depending on the severity of the problem. If the acne is mild, then a topical application of iodine, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic soap may be used. However, more severe cases of feline acne can be treated with some gel or ointment, which contains chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide. If the inflammation is severe, the acne may be treated with glucocorticoids.

If you wish to try out a feline acne treatmentat home, you may try washing the infected area with an antibacterial soap and then rinse it thoroughly with lukewarm water and then gently pat dry with an absorbent towel. Using Epsom salts with warm water also helps in the effective treatment of acne. This is a very useful treatment and helps in curing feline acne to a very large extent. Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts in a quart of warm water and then soak a ball of cotton in this liquid and apply it on the infected area for five minutes.

If feline acne is not treated for a long period of time, it may lead to a condition called folliculitis. This is a condition where the hair follicles get infected. This will lead to pus formation and the lymph nodes may become sore and swollen. If the cat reaches this stage, you have to rush to the vet and administer feline acne treatment immediately. Sometimes the vet may prescribe antibiotics and steroids to treat the infection. Cat owners must always be on the lookout for any of these symptoms and seek medical intervention without wasting time, before the conditionworsens.