Adult acne is one of the most frustrating problems in a successful cleansing skin care program.

With so many treatment options for acne, how do you know which one to use? If there is a good thing about acne, it’s that there are several options and the key is to find the right combination of cleansing skin care, over-the-counter medications and, finally, advanced physician-only treatment plans.

Acne sufferers should keep in mind that if they don’t see improvement with cleansing and over-the-counter products within three months, they should seek professional skin care advice; this also goes if they have cysts or scarring.

It may sound too good to be true but several studies now show a connection between taking vitamin C orally and the prevention of acne. It’s well documented that vitamin C is considered by many to be a super vitamin and plays a key role in immunity and infection prevention. In order to get the possible anti-bacterial benefits of vitamin C that may be available to prevent acne breakouts, physicians recommend taking 1,000-1,600 mg. three times a day.

As an all-natural supplement program, a combination of anti-inflammatory supplements, like vitamin E, zinc, burdock root, and vitamin C, tend to be more effective synergistically than just one supplement alone.

The most effective program starts with a good cleansing skin care program. The most common over-the-counter acne treatment, especially for adult acne, is benzoyl peroxide. As the basic acne skin care product, it is often recommended by skin care experts and is available in concentrations ranging from 2½%-10%. As an acne skin care agent, benzoyl peroxide actually slows the growth of bacteria and reduces inflammation.

Benzoyl peroxide alone can clear up mild, non-inflammatory blackheads and whiteheads within a month or two.

Benzoyl peroxide, however, has side effects as it kills the bacteria that may dry up excess sebum and lead to redness, peeling, and burning. Those with sensitive skin may not be able to tolerate benzoyl peroxide; and it should be used as part of an acne skin care program nightly.

The next product that can be used at home as part of an adult acne skin care program are blue lights featuring an ANSR beam, which uses a blue light to kill bacteria and red light to facilitate the healing process. An effective cleansing skin care program also has a cleanser that exfoliates the skin to prevent clogged pores.

It must be reinforced that a basic cleansing skin care regimen is mandatory for clear skin and the best would include all-natural anti aging skin care lotions with sun protection.

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