Acne Remedies – Learn the Facts

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Millions of people suffer from acne, and because of this, many myths have been spread about the causes of the skin condition and the best ways to treat it. By educating yourself about acne though, and learning the facts, choosing an acne remedy that actually leaves your skin clear and blemish free becomes a breeze.

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Overview of Acne

One popular myth about acne is that it is caused by dirt or greasy foods; this is however not the case.

The fact is, acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. These follicles are connected to glands that release an oily discharge called sebum that is used to lubricate the skin. Sebum usually moves along the hair and leaves through an opening at the surface of the skin.

When too much sebum is created, it can build up with dead skin cells in the hair follicle and create a plug. Depending on how deep this plug is, and whether it is open at the top or not, determines what kind of lesion (e.g. pimple or whitehead) will appear.

These factors play a role in the body’s development of excess sebum:

  • Hormones
  • Bacteria
  • Medications
  • Heredity

Although greasy foods do not play a role in the creation of acne, other foods actually might. For instance, inflammatory foods such as those with a high starch content, like bread and chips that increase blood sugar, may play a role in raising sebum levels.

By taking into account the causes of acne, it is easy to choose an acne remedy that works.

Acne Remedies

First, following an anti-inflammatory diet can help.

Such a diet consists of:

  • High quality protein
  • Low -glycemic carbohydrates
  • Healthy fat (salmon, nuts, olive oil)
  • Drinking 8-10 glasses of water
  • Anti-oxidant rich beverages, such as green tea

This along with supplements and topical skin care products work from the inside out and the outside in to keep your skin healthy.

Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid are two ingredients that work to prevent pores from becoming clogged. Lactic Acid is able to do this because it is an alpha hydroxy acid that is able to enter the skin easily because of its small molecules. Salicylic Acid prevents clogs because it is a keratolytic, which means that it sheds the cells of the outer layer of skin before they become trapped in a pore.

To combat bacteria, look for the ingredient Eucalyptus Leaf Oil in your acne remedy. Eucalyptus Leaf Oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities. It also works to cool and calm inflamed skin.

Dr. Perricone understands the importance of these ingredients and has included them in the Perricone MD Skin Clear line. This line of acne remedies contains all of these ingredients as well as Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). ALA is an antioxidant that prevents damage to the cells of the body from free radicals.

Now that you know the facts about acne, you are one step closer to smooth, clear skin.

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  1. I am 45 years old and I eat healthy and drink plenty of distilled water. I have ran out of options on what the problem could be, I use to believe it was my hormones. Right now, I’m not so sure. I have been complimented on my skin which is oily and I look young for my age, but when the acne hits, it is very ugly. My face scars easily from acne. It is not ttractive at all and quite embarassing. Please help.

  2. I am 45 years old and I eat healthy and drink plenty of distilled water as I have since my teenage years. I have ran out of options on what the problem could be, I use to believe it was my hormones. Right now, I’m not so sure. I have been complimented on my skin and I look young for my age, but when the acne hits, it is very ugly. Not attractive at all. Please help.

  3. really good site. thank you so much for your time in writing the posts.

  4. Hi, I’m 51 years old and have suffered from adult acne for the past 20 years. I’ve been to dermatologists and none of the treatments they’ve suggested have worked. My self-esteem suffers and the worse part is, after 20 years of marriage, I’m single and its just down-right embarrassing to have my face covered in acne and trying to date. PLEASE HELP!!!!

  5. help!!! i am 39 yrs old- female, and i feel like im a teenager all over again suffering from acne. It seems to get worse with my age.. I dont know if its diet, not enough water, ect. ect.
    Im ashamed of the way i look right now, and i want to cry. Im getting older and pray this goes away. I thought you grow out of acne, not grow old with it. Please advise! Please help me.. Thank you.

  6. I am 51 years old and get painful acne, not bad but one or two pimples at a time, they take forever to go away and are quite embarrassing, I would love to test your product, I am so tired of paying for stuff that does not work. If your product works, you better believe I will purchase it. Thank you.

  7. This product could be very good. And a tester would be great

  8. Hi I dont have acne in the face but I have body acne particularly in the back and lower back. I tried a lot of products already but nothing may seem to work. They say i should go to a doctor but I dont want because Im ashame. If only there is a product where I can use at home. I would like to try your product. thanks.

  9. i need something, im running out of options

  10. I would love to be product tester. Please let me to try this product. Thanks.

  11. The diet tips are really useful – we’re certainly trying to be more cognizant of our food.

    I’d love to try a product that really corrects my acne- I am a good decade past my teenage years and want the bad skin part to be over!

  12. Dr.Peericone, Hello!I have struggled with acne for 25 years. I have your books and am on your diet. I have been on many grocery bags of antibiotics and creams from derms, and have now grown immune or allergic, and have suffered with much burning,redness,peeling irrritation, and aging of my skin. I am a 49 year old pretty woman, except for this humiliating, disfiguring disease that plagues me every day.Thank you for considering me.Wendy W.


  14. I would love to become a tester! I have complicated skin: I am 40 and get occasional breakouts but also have chronic red sensitive skin so many acne products & scrubs are too harsh. And now I am also starting to get wrinkles!

  15. I love these produts!

  16. Aging is the issue and while I understand that it is very much genetically predetermined, I also believe that there are some great products that can make a difference. I have been hearing about Dr Perricone and decided to check out the website. Becoming a tester would be great for products for women who want to look the best they can at any age!

  17. i would love to be a tester need something for under eye puffness.

  18. I have suffered from adult acne for 5 years and have found nothing that helps. I would love to be a Perricone tester!

  19. I would like to know more about your products.

  20. I love trying new products!
    I also have sensitive skin, and nothing seems to work.

  21. Hello,
    I’ve never used your product, but I’d love to become a tester. I’m 45 years old, and I’ve had problems with my skin all of my life. Nothing has ever worked! I’m now disabled and just can’t afford to keep spending money on products that just don’t work. I can’t believe I’m still breaking out at my age. I have large pores and scarring, also. Help, please :(

  22. my daughter could use a good product for her acne, it seems like all the other products are so harsh on her skin.

  23. I would love to be a tester, and share my views about your products!

  24. I’d like to be a tester

  25. I have had terrible acne in the past several months, which hasn’t always been a problem for me. But it’s just getting worse. I’m willing to try whatever it takes in hopes that it will help.



  26. i really want to be a tester and try this product because i desperately need to find something that will help my face clear up and stop breaking out!! please help i have had acne since i was 10 years old and im now 27 years old and still constantly breakout and have lots of scarring! thank you Randi Herren

  27. Since turning 30, my skin has been having an identity crisis. While it is normally combo/oily, it has become oily some days, a bit drier on other days. I recently began using Perricone Skin Clear Toner (just on my t-zone) and I have noticed a significant difference! My pores are shrinking & my skin looks better in general. I have only tried the toner at this point because the price of many of the other products that I would like to try tends to make me cringe. I just graduated from college & can’t really afford to be spending that kind of money right now. This is why I would love to be a tester for Perricone. I am very picky about the products that I use on my face, and hold very high standards to what I do decide to put on my face. I have always told my friends that if they can only afford to splurge in one department, it should be for skin care products. This bit of advice has always served me well since I am almost 31 years old, however I still get carded for alcohol, and many people don’t think I am older than 24. I would enjoy testing products for your company and telling people that I owe my young looking face to Perricone.

  28. Hi, I would like to be a Perricone Tester. I am not getting as many modeling jobs because of mild acne & I have tried Proactive & it has not worked for me. Also, I am young but have a few wrinkles.

  29. I am 39 years old and everything I put on my face (moisturizers, serums, face washes, etc.), ends up giving me awful acne on my forehead and chin (mainly my forehead) and let’s not forget to mention the good ol’ hormone thing! That just wrecks my forehead! I would really like to find a product that could be applied and NOT cause this to happen :)

  30. I am 29 years old and have had acne since I hit puberty at 10. I have been to dermatologists at various points over the last 20 years, and tried almost every OTC product out there. Most products work for about a week or so and then stop. I would truly love to become a product tester for Perricone!

  31. I’ve been searching for a product to clear my acne forever, I’m hoping to become a tester to see if this is up for the task!

  32. I’ve tried the face finishing moisturizer by Perricone before and really enjoyed the amazing effect it had on my skin. Would love to be a product tester to try out more great products!

  33. i would love to become a perricone tester!

  34. I would love to be a perricone test so I can help other women take better care of their skin.

  35. Would love to become a product tester

  36. I love skincare products and would love to test your formulas out!

  37. I’m a 32 year old women and I can’t believe that I still pimples! I have also begun to notice some fine lines and wrinkles. I would love to be a product tester for you. I have a ton of skincare products but they just don’t seem to be working for me. I’m very excited to try your product!

  38. I would love to become a tester for your products. I am 51 years old, and I am beginning to have small acne breakouts as well as other facial skin problems. I would love to find a product that really helps with all my skin problems, with the research I have done I feel I have finally found the help my skin needs.

  39. I would love to be a PERRICONE tester,I have many pictures of my face acne,all the products I have tried and didn’t help.I fiqured when this product works I will be shouting out to the world HOW GREAT IT IS AND BELIVEABLE.I don’t want any more people going through thousasnds of $ like I have done all my life trying to find the right product.Thank you for your time.

  40. i would love to be a tester

  41. I would love to be a PERRICONE TESTER.I have tried so many products and can’t seem to find the one to help me not look like I do acne at aGE 36 IS THE WORST.i WOULD LOVE TO BE THE TESTER AND HOPE IT WORKS OUT …

  42. I’d love to be a tester – I’d vaguely heard of this brand before, but the more I research – the better it sounds.

  43. i would love to be a product tester , I have had experience testing skin care makeup and hair products for 23 yrs

  44. I would love to try out your products as a tester!!

  45. I had a peaches & cream complexion as a teen and now as a thirty-something woman have the skin of a sixteen-year-old! I’m having very sporadic breakouts, but man, when I do the pimples are persistent. I’d love to sample your products as I’ve heard great things about the perricone products.

  46. I’ve been looking everywhere for a more natural approach to skin care and this seems great! I’d love to test any sample products to see what you have available

  47. I am 30 years old and over the past few years, I have noticed fine wrinkles around my eye area and it is very embarassing to me. I have tried numerous products without results. I have heard alot of feedback and have also read some of your comments and I hope to find a product of yours to help me out!

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