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Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Basics: Healthier Skin. (First Half)

I talked with my friend a little while ago who is a dermatologist (one of my professions of interest) and so I thought I'd share some knowledge with you that I learned from him, along with some of my own knowledge.  I'll start with what he taught me.
  • Don't buy rinse products.  Basically, things like the Nutragena Acne Wash.  The reason for this is because these products don't stay on your skin.  Because they do not stay on your skin, they have very minimal effect.  You'll believe it's working though, and it becomes a placebo, hence buying more, good reviews, etc.  Instead, buy products that will stay ON the skin.  A very good combination to help with acne and not by any sort of prescription medications is Clearasil (because of the salicylic acid) and benzyl peroxide.
  • If you're going to buy a prescription medication for acne, go for a more natural approach.  Although they work, products like oral antibiotics and Acutane are very harsh for the skin as well.  The problem with oral antibiotics is that it also kills many helpful bacteria that is in your body.  Acutane is just very harsh on the skin.  Although this will greatly help with acne, it will leave you with very damaged skin in the long run.  Natural acne medication are things like using vitamins and topical solutions that won't damage the skin, or at least not nearly as severely as the other products. A vitamin pill like A&D taken twice a day will greatly help in repairing skin, fighting off acne, and keeping the skin healthy so that zits do not appear as often.  You don't have to worry about overdosing on this too, although it is 400% of your vitamin A and D a day, the OD percent is 800%.  Moreover, the vitamins are water-soluble and so you would have to take it in a very short period of time, otherwise you'll just pee out the extra.  The second thing that I find to work incredibly well is a topical antibiotic.  Because this is applied onto the skin, there's no risk of having it kill off the helpful bacteria in your body, moreover, it only kills the bacterial infections that are essentially acne.  Make sure you ex foliate before doing this though, that way your pores are open for cleaning.
Alright, so I know that was basically just a post about acne, aside from learning that rinse products don't work, but it's all very important. Just make sure you take your other daily routines for good skin, such as wash twice a day, all that good stuff.  Treat it like a delicate flower. 
That's it for today, I'll post my basic knowledge tomorrow, but I'm too tired right now, ahahahaha.


  1. taking multivitamins and getting some sun really helps

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  3. hey i'm your 100th follower! do i get a special prize? :)

  4. Yes, I will cover the rest in the next post, ahahaha. Ermmm, I don't think I have any prizes :/ ahahahah.
    And actually, in a recent study, it was proven that i was healthier to take a vitamin D pill and stay out of the sun. Ironic, right?

  5. Thanks for the info!

    Speaking of acne, I actually used Acutane and had amazing results. The only reason I mention this is because I've seen a lot of people recently discovering problems with it.

    What do you think about it?

  6. I think Acutne works well, but it gives too many harsh side effects and so a natural approach is better.
    Rawry, you'll get nicer skin soon enough, you just gotta take care of it well and give it some time :D

  7. I don't have any issues with acne, but this'll come in handy for my kid brother, thanks

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