June 10th, 2011
August 5th, 2010
A lot of people still try to look for a miracle cure for their acne when the truth is there is no cure. The closest thing to an over-the-counter cure for acne is a treatment that uses proven acne medications. Two common ingredients in acne medications that seem to battle blemishes are benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil. Which of these two ingredients is stronger?
Know the Facts
Acne treatments and remedies that use benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil are a dime a dozen. There are numerous claims about acne medications and formulas from companies proposing to be the ultimate solution. Behind all the marketing and promises are studies and research that can help you understand what you need to know to erase acne.
The Power of Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is a popular medication because it is said to fight acne. To prove this point there was a study conducted by the Henry Ford Health Systems testing just how effective benzoyl peroxide might be. According to this study, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide has early effects on acne and had a high success rate of reducing acne.
The Strength Behind Tea Tree Oil
At the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences they set out to find an effective treatment for acne that would be well tolerated for nearly every skin type. In a double-blind clinical trial with 60 patients, they concluded that the topical use of 5% tea tree oil was a tolerable and effective treatment for mild to moderate acne.
The Battle Between The Two
The Department of Dermatology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia conducted a comparative study of tea tree oil verse benzoyl peroxide. In this single-blind study, 124 participants received either 5% tea tree oil gel or 5% benzoyl peroxide gel for mild to moderate acne.
The study reported that both treatments reduced the number of blemishes and had significant effects on acne. The onset of action with tea tree oil was slower, but the patients experienced fewer side effects.
There are countless other studies that prove these ingredients both work well to improve your skin’s condition. Not every treatment will work the same for everyone. Choosing benzoyl peroxide or organic tea tree oil for your acne will be a personal preference. There are even products that combine the two ingredients in an attempt to eliminate acne faster.
A product that has both 5% benzoyl peroxide and 5% tea tree oil is Acsonix. Acsonix is a spot treatment designed for facial acne and body acne. For an acne remedy that utilizes both ingredients to clear your complexion you need to try Acsonix.
March 11th, 2010
There are many different benefits commonly associated with vitamin C. Some believe that vitamin C will provide miraculous results for the immune system while others believe it to be more beneficial to the outside of the body. It has been associated with aging, the immune system, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and more. They say that a good vitamin C serum can help you to reduce and prevent future wrinkles. But the question is, can you actually get these anti aging benefits specifically?
There are many different components of vitamin C. One of the major ones is antioxidants. Vitamin C essentially speaking is an antioxidant. Antioxidants naturally work to kill off potentially harmful free radicals. Free radicals can prematurely age the skin and cause various other cell and health problems. When it comes to a good vitamin c serum, you will get a deeply concentrated form of these powerful antioxidants to eliminate all kinds of problems while simultaneously brightening the skin for a more healthy appearance.
Likewise, it has been known to be healthy for skin as a whole. When it comes to vitamin C and vitamin C serums, they will also have other ingredients that can help you to achieve better skin benefitting results. Of course, you obviously get a more highly concentrated of vitamin C. But with other ingredients involved, there is no doubt that the proper vitamin C serum can help you to eliminate and prevent many common signs of premature aging. And there is no doubt that it’s also an often highly affordable option.
September 25th, 2009
Talking about clinically proven ingredients and for that matter doctor approval and recommendations, VigRX would seem, from its advertising at least, to be the best possible natural male enhancement product on the market. It would seem that VigRX would stand out above all others and give you exceptional results and benefits. And it would seem that it would be foolhardy to choose anything besides VigRX when it comes to natural male enhancement results.
However, we should always know the facts about anything including Orexis before buying or before taking unnecessary risks for that matter. So what are the actual facts about VigRX?
1. VigRX is not doctor recommended-Doctor recommended is not the same thing as paying a doctor to say that your product is a good product. Unfortunately, anybody can pay a doctor enough money to put their picture on a website and say this product is great, and that is exactly what they have done.
2. VigRX has female specific ingredients-yes you heard it. This is supposed to be a male enhancement formula. But some of the ingredients are actually meant to control and regulate female hormones giving women benefits in terms of sexual enhancement as well as PMS!
3. They do have some good ingredients-as an example, horny goat weed is one of the biggest and best known natural male enhancement supplements in the industry, acting as a natural aphrodisiac. Generally speaking, epimedium/horny goat weed is thought of as safe at this time.
4. VigRX does not have the right amounts of anything-this is their real downfall. They have some good ingredients, but VigRX ultimately speaking does not have the right amounts.
5. There IS an alternative-while VigRX will not work, there are products that will. There is specifically speaking a product called Orexis. Orexis. Orexis has all of the right ingredients, it seems to actually have the right amounts, and with Orexis, you could actually see some potentially speaking amazing results
September 23rd, 2009
So there is a huge debate now over health insurance in the United States, I mention this incase you actually live under a rock or in a cave that happens to have internet but not any form of news, otherwise you should be well familiar with this debate. So many times people with health insurance issues have trouble seeing specialist. I bring this up, because different types of acne are treated with different types of cream. A cream that might be really effect on one person might be completely ineffective on another because those two people have two different types of acne.
So, these people might seek out a dermatologist to determine what type of acne cream is best for their particular type of acne. That being said, we are brought back to the health insurance debate. What do you do if you can’t get in to see a dermatologist? Well first, don’t underestimate the power of your primary care physician. You may not be able to get the insurance to apy for a visit just for acne, but mention during another visit that the insurance ill pay for, get in a quick consult. If that doesn’t work you have two other options, private pay for the dermatologist or seek information online. There is a lot of it, be careful, but it is a great resource with lots of accurate and helpful information.
September 18th, 2009
So I’ve talked about astringents before. Granted the blog is titled “creams” not “liquids one uses on their face” so technically astringents could be considered off topic, but frankly that blog title might be a little too long and people might argue that a cream isn’t a liquid, but rather a solid and then the title would be “liquids and solids one uses…”anyway, I’ll just talk about astringents here in the cream blog. So I believe I’ve mentioned that I read that astringents should be used after one unclogs their pores to close the pores back up and make sure that they stay unclogged.
The problem I think is that sometimes we “accidentally” open our pores when we aren’t intending to clean them per-say so we don’t think to use the astringent. For instance, after a hot steamy shower, I’m sure that everyone washed their face in the shower, but pore cleansing was probably not the main goal of the shower. However, the steam and heat from the shower opened those pores anyway, and unless they are closed, it’s possible that the shower could actually make the pores appear larger and get more clogged because they are open after the shower and vulnerable to getting things clogged into them. So my suggestion is that you use an astringent (or I hear cold water works well too) to close your pores after a hot shower.
September 14th, 2009
So lately I’ve been really trying extra hard to work on those pesky acne breakouts. I use the prescription cream extensively and try super hard to keep my face clean and healthy looking. It’s not working! It’s driving me nuts. It used to be that I would break out only during hormonal times and the rest of the time I would be ok, but lately it’s 24-7 and it keeps getting worse. I think I will have to look into a new cream, because I am getting cranky about this and on top of being cranky, I look ridiculous. A woman in her 30’s should not have a face that is full of red-blotchy bumps that she attempts to cover with make-up so she has skin colored bumps… then of course one bursts, and yuck! I’ll never date again!
So I know, I’m complaining. I don’t care, it’s my blog, I can complain. Acne stinks and I see no purpose for it. I’m gong shopping with my son today and perhaps I will see what new products are out there. If I find something decent, I’ll be sure to share! What about my readers, does anyone out there have something tremendous that works for them?
September 14th, 2009
Being a mother I am all too familiar with acne problems during pregnancy. The last thing a mother wants to do is put anything in or on her body that might affect that precious growing child inside her. I found a website that discusses acne during pregnancy. It discusses the hormones that may affect the acne and make it worse while you are pregnant. It discusses medicine to avoid while pregnant, a medicine that I tried for acne when I was much younger, I remember before the doctor would start me on it I had to have a pregnancy test and then go on the pill.
It’s a great medicine for individuals who aren’t at “risk” for getting pregnant. But if you are pregnant, or want to become pregnant, what can you use? Because the last thing you want to do is be all big and pregnant and have acne. I can attest first hand to the fact that you don’t feel too good about yourself sometimes when you are really really pregnant, so the last thing you want is to decrease your self esteem even more by having bad acne. What cream can you use? The site says that women should check with their doctor first of course, but they say the antibiotic topical treatments can be used while pregnant.
September 11th, 2009
As with any medicine, people are often concerned about side effects of acne creams. Probably the worst side effect ever of any medicine is death. Last January, the US News and World Report printed an article that stated that there was no evidence that the acne cream in question was related to the deaths that occurred during the clinical trials. Clinical trials are important for this exact reason, to assess any possible side effects and to assess if the treatment itself is effective.
In this trial, they were trying to see if the acne cream was useful in treating skin cancer. However the death toll shut down the trial early. It turns out that the death toll had nothing to do with the cream, but rather a failure to take into account the history of the patients. No link was found between the acne cream and the deaths. The point is that no one should use a cream without being aware of any an all potential side effects, however make sure that the news and information you get about these side effects is accurate and recent so that you aren’t unnecessarily worried about something you don’t’ need to be. Certainly everyone has enough to worry about when it comes to acne that we don’t’ need to worry about whether the cream we use to treat it will kill us as well.
September 11th, 2009
When I think about acne cream, I sometimes wonder about that infomercial I used to see all the time. As I recall, I saw Jessica Simpson, Puff Daddy and that kid from Growing Pains whose name eludes me (Jeremy something?) all doing the infomercial. I’m not sure that if I were a celebrity I would want to be advertising that I had issues with acne, but I suppose perhaps they were well compensated. What’s funny is I could remember all those celebrity names before I could remember the name to the acne cream, “Proactiv Solution.” The thing that I didn’t like about it was that it was a multi-step process.
Call me lazy but I really like it when you don’t have to spend an hour taking care of your face. First there is wash then a conditioner then a protection… ok I don’t know what the steps were for Proactiv Solution, but it always seemed like there were more steps to it than to washing your hair. And I am reminded of the Seinfeld episode where the short bald guy talks about waiting in the shower for the conditioner to work (if you read the bottle, it does say to let it sit in your hair for a few minutes prior to rinsing).
But then again, if all those celebrities endorsed it, it must work. Truth in Advertising. They aren’t allowed to lie. So there really must be something to it. So I looked up the web site for Proactiv Solution.
Ok so I know the title of my blog is “Zit Creams” and I know that technically speaking, a pore strip is a piece of paper, not a cream, but also, technically speaking, there is something on the strip of paper that was probably cream like at one point, so I’m going to talk about pore strips. I don’t know anyone else who uses them besides me, but I find them to be GREAT. I love the way they provide this nice deep clean.
They really pull the junk out of my pores. I have to be careful to make sure I close the pores back up again with astringent (I read somewhere that cold water works to, so I do that as well). The problem is that sometimes if you don’t put the pore strip on *just right* it can adhere to your sink and you feel like you have one of those masks on that you make in art class, where they dip all those strips in that gunk and then lay them across your face, let it dry and then pull it off so you have a mold of your face….. that always freaked me out and I refused to do it. I was glad because I saw a news article once about a boy who got his stuck to his face and had to have it removed, but the only doctor available was a dentist. Embarrassing and frightening.
Anyway, I like the pore strips, I love to use them after a nice steamy hot shower when my pores are open so that they can pull out as much gunk as possible. I just hate it when I do it wrong and they get all stuck to my face.