For those who suffer from acne, the number one question that may be bothering you is, can it be cured? Because acne varies from individual to individual, the answer is generally yes – depending on the treatment approach and type of acne. Here are some of the possible “cures” for acne, from natural home remedies to more medical approaches.
Some proponents of natural health – particularly those who practice traditional Chinese medicine – believe that the skin reflects the state of the digestive organs.
According to this view, acne is evidence that the body is trying to rid itself of toxins that have accumulated due to poor digestion and elimination. For this reason, probiotics are sometimes suggested as a form of acne cure for those who take a more natural approach to health. Probiotics are said to improve digestive health, which is then reflected in the skin.
Some interesting evidence has come to light that connects diet and acne. Most notable is the possible role that insulin plays in skin health – studies show that high levels of insulin correlate with the presence of acne. Diets high in sugar and refined grains tend to increase the body’s insulin levels (sometimes causing “spikes” in blood sugar followed by “crashes”). Thus, a diet that does not cause increased insulin – such as one that includes whole grains, lean protein, and little sugar – could help cure acne.
Some health experts point to vitamin and mineral deficiencies as causing or worsening acne. Vitamins A, B-complex vitamins (especially B6), E, and C are vitamins that are said to be especially important for skin health. Chromium and zinc are considered important minerals. So making sure you get these important nutrients via supplements or foods might prove to be a beneficial step toward curing your acne.
Some people have success treating their acne with homemade cleansers. Here are a couple of ideas.
* Mix 1/4 cup of Greek-style plain yogurt (or strained plain yogurt) with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Gently massage into skin and rinse with lukewarm water.
* Crush an aspirin tablet and add it to 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt along with 1 teaspoon honey. Use as a cleanser twice a day or as an occasional mask.
OTC Cleansers and Treatments
There are some cleansers and topical treatments available over-the-counter (OTC) that may help cure acne. Experts recommend cleansers containing benzoyl peroxide.
Sometimes, your dermatologist may feel that antibiotics are warranted to treat your acne. For some people, a course of antibiotics does act as a cure, because once the infection has cleared up, the skin can recover.
For very inflammatory acne, such as cystic acne or nodules, doctors may prescribe steroids. These are either injected or applied topically. Steroids reduce inflammation and help stop the cycle of acne formation.