Acne FAQs Frequently Asked Questions Prevention

On a daily basis, acne is the most common skin disorder that generally affects teens, along with men and women of various ages. It is usually the least severe of skin disorders; however, with the skin being the largest organ, it can be widespread carrying both physical and psychological effects.

Acne generally rears its ugly head by taking on pimple formations consisting of whiteheads, blackheads and pustules. It can also present in a cystic form.

For those of you who are suffering with acne, start by checking out your daily dietary intake. You've probably heard the old adage that you are what you eat. Therefore, one could safely assume that a diet of junk food, sugars, processed foods, and soda will not only present itself in the form of acne, but also in eventually creating ill-health of the body.

Tea tree oil is a great home remedy for acne as it has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties that will attack the acne-causing bacteria on contact. However, you want to be sure to dilute tea tree oil, otherwise, you can burn your skin. It works best in at least a 5% concentration. Apply it directly to the pimples. It works very similar to benzoyl peroxide. Now let us check out some of the acne FAQs conducted by AFRA.

These are summarized form of questions raised by acne patients the world over. The survey included sample size of over 7,392 patients and their most common overlapping questions are collated here. The responses were gathered from the comapnies/patients who were almost successful in treating acne.

We have hidden name of the companies and individuals to protect privacy.

Acne FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Over the Counter Drugs

Q: I've tried a million over the counter products for acne and they work for a while and then they stop. I've tried oil-free cleansers, gels, cover-ups, and makeup - all of which claim they help acne-prone skin. But they're not; what am I doing wrong? (Question asked to producer A of acne cream)

A: You're not doing anything wrong except wasting your money. The products you're buying don't work. Even though they are labeled oil-free, they really aren't oil-free. All products with the exception of water, are oil-based. Just like in the foods you eat, there are good oils and bad oils. The products that you have been using are full of bad oils and are producing new acne, not helping it. Over the counter eye shadows and lipsticks are fine, but when it comes to make-up and cleansers, the stuff you've been buying just isn't helping.

Acne Soaps

Q: What about all the acne soaps and astringents I use? I wash and scrub my face constantly, but I still break out. Why?

A: You can scrub all you want but it won't make a difference. Acne forms inside your hair follicles which are below the surface. The same thing goes for drying-out your skin with alcohol or astringents. All this does is clean the top layer of your skin, but it doesn't go inside the clogged hair follicles to clean them out. It's important to realize that your pimples are forming beneath the top layers of your skin and that over the counter products can't help you there. The natural herbs offer topical medications which go deep into the clogged hair follicles to clean them out and prevent new pimples from forming. Whether you suffer from severe acne or occasional breakouts, our products work quickly giving you positive results.

Acne Product Info

Q: I've tried just about everything for my skin. What do you put in your products that make them so different? (Question asked to producer B of acne cream)

A: It's not what we put in them, it's what we don't put in them. Our products are formulated without adding oils to interfere with their effectiveness. The home remedies are safe, effective, and inexpensive skin care program that works. There are no side-effects, no sun-sensitivity, no pills, and no gimmicks.

Acne Product Fails?

Q: I'm very skeptical about new products, especially since everything I've used up till now hasn't worked. What is your success rate? How long have you been in business and most of all, do you have any idea how I feel!? (Question asked to producer C of acne lotion)

A: I know these products work because I suffered from acne for 25 years. It destroyed my self-confidence, made me feel unattractive and was just plain ruining my life! After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I did some research, hired a chemist, and found that free home medications help a lot. I must have the most noble job in the world to offer free advice on natural remedies, because I know exactly how it feels to have acne and know exactly how great it is to clear it up!

Acne FAQs Frequently Asked Questions Treatment

Popularity of the Acne Product

Q: Do all your clients use the same products? (Question asked to producer D of acne cream)

A: No. Everyone's skin is different. That's why we offer a variety of products, all formulated for specific skin types and problems. Many factors determine your treatment which is customized for you. That's why we ask you to please fill out the questionnaire on the How to Order page so we can personally help you.

Greasy Foods

Q: Are chocolate and greasy foods really bad for my skin?

A: No! How could anyone live without chocolate or French fries?

Acne FAQs Frequently Asked Questions No Chocolate

Eating Habit

Q: Is there a connection between what I eat and my acne?

A: Yes, it helps to eat a well balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals with plenty of water. This is paramount to having a healthy body and a good complexion. Splurging on bad food once in awhile is no big thing, as long as you eat well most of the time. However, some people have that backwards. The stress you put on your body if you mistreat it by not eating right, smoking, doing drugs, over-doing the alcohol or caffeine is enough to aggravate even the most mild acne case.

Prescription Drugs

Q: Why don't antibiotics work for acne?

A: Antibiotics work for getting rid of an infection, like strep throat. When it comes to treating acne, all topical and oral drugs are doing is temporarily killing the bacteria, which eventually become resistant to the antibiotic. A common practice is to prescribe the topical ointment, Retin-A® in conjunction with antibiotics. Unfortunately, many people experience redness and irritation which actually cause more pimples and blackheads to form. Because Retin-A® and antibiotics make your skin very sun-sensitive they are not practical for many acne sufferers. Another drug often prescribed for acne is Accutane®. This is just a temporary solution to your acne, but it's not a long term and safe alternative to controlling your breakouts. And if not helping acne isn't enough, some antibiotics also reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. Check with your doctor.

Q: What should I expect to see after using your products for a couple of months? (Question asked to producer E of acne cream)

A:You will definitely look better. Your pimples will be smaller, go away faster, and you should have fewer of them. Our products will prevent new pimples from forming and will reduce the swelling and irritation on your skin from your breakouts. We stand behind our products, and if for any reason you are not happy with them we will refund your money. They get to the root of the problem and work. Our products are specially formulated for problem skin. That's all we do - is treat your type of skin. We are specialists in acne and only acne.


Q: If the sun is so damaging to my skin, then why does it seem to clear up my acne?

A: It's not helping clear up your acne at all. The "tan" look is just a temporary coloring that appears to hide your pimples. But when the tan goes away, the zits stay. Worse yet, the sun tans your scars darker and sets you up for a whole new crop of pimples! Sun damages your skin and that's all there is to it.
True, you might look better and feel better with a tan, but what you're doing is creating new pimples after three or four months - that's how long it takes for a pimple to form. It's not a fluke that your skin looks worse in October when your summer time tan catches up with you. That's why it is important to wear one of our specially formulated sunscreens to help prevent future breakouts.


Q: I try to remember and wear sunscreen, but every time I wear it my skin breaks out worse. What's the story?

A: Good sunscreen is good, but bad sunscreen is bad. If you're wearing acne aggravating sunscreen, then you're not helping the situation. Most of the over the counter sunscreens you've probably been using are loaded with oils which clog your skin. This produces acne. You should try products that only has non-acne aggravating sunscreens, that protect your skin from harmful UV rays, without causing acne.

Acne FAQs Frequently Asked Questions Sunscreen

Remember that a sunscreen is JUST that: screen. You need to apply your sunscreen at least a half hour before sun exposure and re-apply it at least every two hours to receive the maximum protection. Also, it never hurts to wear a wide-brimmed hat or sit under a tree. Acne or not, the sun harms your skin.

Sweats a lot!

Q: I work out and sweat a lot. I always have pimples on my back but rarely on my face. How can I avoid them altogether?

A:Sweat aggravates acne, however, there are a few things you can do to minimize your breakouts. First of all, avoid sport drinks at all costs! Most sport drinks contain high amounts of iodine which has been shown to flare-up pimples when excreted through the skin in the form of sweat. Drinking lots of water during exercise helps minimize this problem. Wear clean, loose-fitting clothing during your workout because believe it or not, friction makes pimples bigger. Last, but not the least, you must try to shower at least 1/2 hour after exercise using one of our cleansers for acne prone areas.

Post Exercise

Q: After working out and showering, it feels like the soap didn't cut the oil and sweat on my skin - especially on my back. Any suggestions?

A: The herbal cleansers are perfect for the job. They are adequate for both the face and body and thoroughly clean your skin without leaving behind any slimy residue. Best of all, they're not very expensive, last a long time, lather-up great, and really work.


Q:My skin seems to break out only where I shave. Why, and what can I do to stop this?

A: If you are using a double edged razor, then STOP! Double edged blades cut the hair beneath the surface and cause trauma and subsequent breakouts. Try using a single-edged razor and shave in the direction of your hair growth. Also, you need to stop using your current shaving cream because it's probably aggravating your skin. We've seen the best results when men switch to one of our foaming facial cleansers and use it as their shaving cream. Never put cologne or aftershave on areas where you frequently break out because these products contain oils which will aggravate your acne. It is also advisable to use topical medications on a daily basis to prevent future breakouts as well. Buy products that can be worn during the day so you are treating your acne around the clock without anybody knowing it but you.

Mature Age Acne!

Q: I'm 34 years old, have 2 kids, 1 house, 1.3 dogs and 800 zits! I was always looking forward to trading in my pimples for wrinkles, but it's starting to look like I'll be stuck with both. Why? (Question asked to producer F of acne cream)

A:Acne is a genetic skin problem and aging won't get you out of this one. While it's true that the older you get the flare-ups usually become less severe, they're still unwanted and often embarrassing. Most acne sufferers go between times of flare-ups and clear skin their whole lives. Fortunately, home remedies are safe, long-term treatment for controlling your acne. Sorry, we can't do anything about controlling your kids!


Q: Can anyone tell when I'm wearing your products? (Question asked to producer G of acne cream)

A: No. All our products, with the exception of the masks, are invisible on your skin. We don't expect you to stop your life so you can go home and treat your pimples.

Period Problem

Q: Why do I always break out about a week before my period? My pimples are large and hurt and seem to be located around my mouth and chin. Also, sometimes they pop up on my neck.

A: Hormones, hormones, hormones. It is very common to breakout along the lower half of your face and neck because of hormones. Regular periods and regular break-outs go hand in hand, however, if you're having irregular periods, the imbalance of hormones could make your skin worse. Also, where acne is concerned, some birth control pills are less acne aggravating than others. The good news is that you can effectively control most premenstrual breakouts using ayurvedic products. Diligent use of the topical medications 30 days every month, insures your skin stays clear every day of the month -- even when you have your period.

Stress and Emotions

Q: When I'm stressed or burned out, my acne gets worse. What does one thing have to do with the other?

A: Whether it's from relationship problems, an unbalanced diet, lack of sleep, your job, or school pressures, stress aggravates acne. You may be able to control some stress, but unfortunately stress is a part of life. That's why it's important to have a skin care program that's easy to use and helps to fight off stress-induced pimples.

Ayurvedic medications are specially formulated to prevent pimples. So whether you're stressed out or not, you are able to successfully control breakouts using our daily treatment plan.

Sleeping 8 hours a night, eating a well balanced diet, regular exercise and drinking plenty of water can immediately help reduce your stress level.

Getting close is simply out of the question when you feel bad about your skin. We've all been there - we're too embarrassed by our skin to want to leave the house - let alone have someone touch it.

Now there is a way to control your breakouts so your breakouts don't control you.

Nobody should feel bad about their skin and we are here to help you, regardless of your age, gender, or national origin.

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  1. Vipul Sinha says:

    Some of my shares are …. 1. Apply tomato juice to the affected area in the late evening. Leave this solution on your skin overnight and then wash off the residue in the morning. The citric acid and vitamin c in the tomatoes will help keep your skin bacteria free, also helping your skin to rejuvenate. 2. Lemons can be used in the same way, applying the juice to your skin in the late evening, then washing away in the morning with clean warm water. This works in exactly the same way, keeping your skin clean and helping the skin cells to rebuild. 3. Apply fresh mint to your acne scars. This has been shown to be beneficial at reducing the size of them in some people. It is very easy to make a paste, with finely chopped mint and a few drops of water. You can also add the fresh mint to a small drop of tea tree oil, and applying to your scars before taking a bath.

  2. Sumitra Mahajan says:

    These are some effective home remedies for the treatment of acne and blackheads. 1. Put toothpaste on your pimple before you go to bed, should help reduce swelling overnight. Make sure it is the paste not the gel. One of the most popular acne home remedies. ________________________ 2. Wash your face twice a day in warm salty water. This should leave your face oil free without aggravating the acne. ________________________ 3. Apply a paste of fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves over the face every night for 10-15 minutes and washed with warm water. This will prevent acne, pimples, blackheads, and wrinkles. ________________________ 4. Place strawberry leaves on the acne, the alkalinity helps to reduce the swelling. ________________________ 5. Extract juice of one lemon and mix with equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and let it stay for about half an hour. Wash the face with fresh water. About 15 days application helps cure acne, pimples and reduces blemishes and scars. ________________________ 6. Another method is to massage the face with the skin of lemon before washing with lukewarm water. ________________________ 7. Apply fresh mint juice over the face every night for the treatment of acne, pimples, insect stings, eczema, scabies, & other skin infections. ________________________ 8. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. At least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet. All acne home remedies should include a healthy diet. ________________________ 9. A couple of garlic cloves, crushed and dabbed on the face 1-2 times a day. One of the smellier acne home remedies! ________________________ 10. Home face wash for acne: Mix together 1 or 2mls each of the following: witch hazel, tea-tree and sweet fennel essential oils, adding essential oil of geranium for women and essential oil of rosewood for men. Mix with 300mls of water. Shake before use, as the oils will float on top of the water during storage. Dab affected areas with cotton wool two or three times a day. The oils will clean and unclog giving antibiotic-like protection to the skin. ________________________ 11. Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with warm water next morning. ________________________ 12. Use 2-3 tsp. dried basil leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes. Cool, and apply with cotton ball. ________________________ 13. Grind orange peel with some water to a paste and apply on affected parts. One of the best acne home remedies. ________________________ 14. Clean face with cotton wool dipped in rose water 2-3 times a day. ________________________ 15. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon powder and apply on affected areas frequently. ________________________ 16. Nettle Tea is another solution, this tea has a herb that has some curing power and really helps work wonders on skin problems. Drink four cups a day to get the full benefit of one of the most powerful acne home remedies. Get nettle products here. ________________________ 17. Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly speed up the healing of acne lesions.________________________ 18. Another lotion that uses bee propolis extract may also be effective. Mix eight ounces of water and 11 drops of bee propolis extract. One of the acne home remedies which has been proven effective with many people. ________________________ 19. Some herbal acne home remedies… Burdock leaf tea. Lavender essential oil (mix 1:10 with water) Tincture of calendula flowers. Tea tree essential oil (mix 1:10 with water) Liquefy cabbage leaves with witch hazel, strain and add two drops of lemon oil. Use as a lotion. ________________________ 20. Ice down the acne before bed, by morning it should be noticeably less swollen. Works best on larger pimples that have not yet formed a head. ________________________ 21. Take vitamin B5 and zinc supplements daily to strengthen the skin’s resistance to acne. ________________________ 22. Mix mint juice with turmeric powder and apply on affected area. Leave for 15-30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. ________________________ 23. Mix some vinegar and salt in a bowl. Pour a little bit in your hand and rub it on the pimples. Soak a face towel in it and dab it on the bumps. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off. ________________________ 24. Blend cucumber and make a paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and leave it for 1/2 hour and then rinse. This refreshes your skin and prevents acne. ________________________ 25. Mix corn flour with egg white and apply on your face. Let is dry completely for 1/2 hour. Dip your hands in warm water and massage your face and wash off. This when repeated regularly gives you a smooth skin. ________________________ 26. Mix sandalwood paste with rosewater and apply on the face. Rinse off after 30 minutes. ________________________ 27. Essential oil face mask for acne: Use a mask base powder, such as fuller’s earth or kaolin powder. Use distilled or filtered water to make a paste. Mix 1 heaped teaspoon of base powder to 3 drops of essential oil. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of the water in, to make a fluid yet balanced paste. Essential oils to add in the mask either separately or try smaller amounts together; cypress oil 1 drop, lemon oil 2 drops, sage oil 1 drop. ________________________ 28. Mix the paste of tender neem leaves with turmeric and apply of affected area. An eastern approach to acne home remedies. ________________________ 29. Grind some nutmeg with milk and apply on affected area. Pimples disappear like magic without leaving a mark. ________________________ 30. Make a mixture of lime juice and rose water. Apply on face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. ________________________ 31. Make a paste by mixing 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. Repeat for two weeks, pimples will disappear forever. ________________________ 32. Rub fresh garlic on and around pimples. Pimples will disappear without a mark with regular applications. ________________________ 33. Mix 1 tsps groundnut oil with 1 tspn fresh lime juice to prevent formation of blackheads and pimples . ________________________ 34. Ground drumstick pods and leaves and mix mixed with fresh lime juice, and apply on pimples. This is also good for blackheads and dark spots. ________________________ 35. First wash face and then dab acne with cotton balls soaked in vinegar. ________________________ 36. Mix groundnut oil with an equal amtount of fresh lime juice and apply on face. leave for 10-15 minutes and wash. It may be applied daily to prevent formation of blackheads, acne and pimples. ________________________ 37. Apply juice of raw papaya (including the skin and seed) on swelling acne, pimples. ________________________ 38. Apply fresh lime juice mixed to a glass of boiled milk as a face wash for acne, pimples, blackheads, and cracked skin. ________________________ 39. Apply ripe Tomatoes pulp on acne, pimples and kept upto 1 hour, then wash. ________________________ 40. Make a paste of roasted & powdered pomgranate skin with fresh lime juice and apply over acne, boils, pimple, blackheads and whiteheads. ________________________ 41. Apply grated potatoes as poultice to treat skin blemishes, wrinkles, boils, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads , etc. ________________________ 42. Make a paste of ground radish seeds with water and apply on face to remove blackheads. ________________________ 43. Apply a paste of ground seasame seeds with water as poultice for inflammation of the skin due to allergies, skin rashes, and pimples. ________________________ 44. Large pores on facial skin can be treated with paste of sandalwood powder with masoor dal. ________________________ 45. Use an oatmeal or almond mask throughly to cleanse your face. Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with enough rose water to make a soft paste that spreads easily on the skin. Rub it on your skin with your fingertips, paying special attention the problem areas. Leave to dry for about 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. This is very good in getting rid of blackheads. ________________________ 46. A solution made out of one and a half cups of hot water and half a tablespoon of boric powder is an ideal remedy for blackheads, Saturate a face napkin in this hot solution and press on to the skin, repeat twice. Extract blackheads carefully with a blackhead remover and sterilized cottonwool. Pat on an astrigent. ________________________ 47. Honey is a great remedy for skin blemishes and acne because the honey kills bacteria. ________________________

  3. Lavender is a useful herb in handling acne as it acts as an antibiotic. The contemporary application of this basil is operational in treating the acne problem. Consuming Lavender tea is also favorable in decreasing the extent of acne. Soaking lavender petals for few minutes provides for you a great cup of lavender tea. However if you don’t have access to the garden-fresh herb you can still use lavender tea bags instead. Oatmeal is known to be parched and holds a porous eminence that benefits in drenching up all the surplus fat from skin. This therapy helps in handling and avoiding the existence of acne. For acne treatment using oatmeal, add the oatmeal to specific warm water to formula a thick adhesive. Then afterwards smear the paste to the pretentious areas of the skin and let it on for at least twenty minutes as it dries off. When rinsing it off make use of warm water.