Acne remedies online and offline abound – there are so many out there that it is hard to sort one out from the next. For the most part, you need to be quite careful about what you accept as the gospel truth.
At the very least, you need to use your own common sense when sorting out the truth from the rubbish. This can get confusing. For example, one bit of wisdom that I read was that you need to clean your skin several times throughout the day. Sounds like good advice, doesn’t it?
Well, it is rubbish – that was the old way of thinking and this has since been disproved many times over. Cleaning your skin morning and evening is plenty.
Another site advocates using lemon juice for its anti-bacterial action – this one again may seem to make sense but be very careful here – the lemon juice is acidic and may not suit your skin.
One that seems completely off the rails is to use a paste of bicarbonate of soda but this one is actually true – it has a mild exfoliating action.
At the end of the day, you need to ask yourself a few questions in order to tell if the advice is good or bad.
Does the advice make sense? Or does it appear to be something that has been sucked out of thin air? If in doubt, ignore the advice given.
Where is the advice coming from? Does it come from a reputable place like the Mayo Clinic, or is it an unknown blogger? If unknown, have they cited references?
Is the info backed up anywhere else. Let us take the lemon juice advice as an example, google “lemon juice for acne” – you will find lots of results.
That is not a guarantee that the information is right but it is a pretty good indication that more than one person believes it.
Just be very careful about the advice that you do follow – the internet is full of people wanting to give their opinions, some well intentioned, some not.
If in doubt, check with your health care provider – they will be able to give you the best advice for your particular condition at the end of the day.