How to Buy Natural Products for Acne

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How to Buy Natural Products for Acne

Most people will suffer from acne at some point in their lives, and it is a condition, which can affect people of all ages, although it is most common amongst young men and women in their teens. Acne causes red spots to develop on the skin and can range from mild (which can be kept under control with medicated skincare) to severe, where infected cysts and welts may require antibiotic treatment.

Whilst many acne suffers rely on medicated skin care to treat their spots, others turn to their GP for antibiotics and stronger creams formulated to treat the root cause of the problem. A change in diet and lifestyle can also help, and using natural products, found online on websites such as eBay, can help to soothe irritated skin and prevent acne breakouts.

What Causes Acne?

When the skin produces too much sebum, oily skin and acne are the consequences. It is thought that over active and fluctuating hormone levels cause the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, and this is why teenagers are hit hardest by acne. This does not explain why older individuals suffer – although fluctuating hormones are part of women’s daily life, due to menstrual cycles and hormonal birth control methods.

If the skin is dirty, bacteria may enter the pores and cause spots. So touching the skin frequently can spread bacteria, as can using dirty brushes or sponges to apply cosmetics. It is important to stop touching spots and use a gentle skincare regime and makeup specifically formulated for acne prone skin (oil free foundation) to prevent the problem from being exacerbated. Non-comedogenic makeup can be found online, on websites such as eBay,, and is ideal for acne prone skin as it will not clog pores.

How Acne is Treated

Many acne sufferers treat the problem with medicated skin care containing Benzoyl Peroxide,, such as Oxy or Clearasil – this is available over the counter and on websites such as eBay. Whilst they help to tackle spots, these products can be very drying for skin and cause flaky patches and redness in those with sensitive skin.

For those with more severe acne, a course of antibiotics or antibiotic gel is usually prescribed by the doctor – these can have side effects which are not just limited to the skin, and it is important to discuss these before deciding to take medication for acne.

Medicated Skin Care

Medicated skin care ranges such as Oxy, Clearasil and Freederm Gel are often used to control acne. Here are some of the most popular medicated skin care products available today:

The type of product used is a personal choice, however most of these skin care ranges feature gel facial wash, medicated lotion, on-the-spot treatment, medicated cream and tissue off cleansers. It is important not to use the harsher products containing Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid too frequently, as these can be very drying on the skin. Medicated skincare can be found online, on websites such as eBay at an affordable price.

Medication and Antibiotics for Acne

Those with more severe acne may turn to their GP, who may prescribe one of the following antibiotics:

Medication

Description

Side Effects

Topical retinoids

These are a gel or cream formula and work by reducing sebum production.

Cannot be used during pregnancy. Skin may sting and become mildly irritated.

Azelaic acid

Removes dead skin and bacteria – comes in a gel or cream formula. Creams containing Azelaic acid can be found on eBay.

Mild side effects could include: redness, dry, itchy or burning skin.

Oral antibiotics

Used for more severe acne alongside other treatments – treatment can take 4 – 6 months

These make skin sensitive to sunlight.

Topical antibiotics

A gel or lotion applied to the skin twice a day, these kill bacteria which can block hair follicles, causing acne.

Usually taken for 6 – 8 weeks, burning, redness, peeling and general skin irritation are common side effects.

Benzoyl Peroxide

This is provided as a gel or cream which is applied to skin twice a day.

Face is more sensitive to UV light, tight and dry skin may be experienced. Redness, skin peeling, itching and stinging are all common side effects.

Some people with very severe acne turn to hormonal treatments – these are controversial and can have side effects ranging from mood swings to depression. It makes sense that many women (and men) are hunting for a more natural alternative to medicated skin care and antibiotics to treat their acne in a safe and effective way.

The Disadvantages of Acne Treatments for Sensitive Skin

Using medicated skin care and antibiotics can irritate sensitive skin, or cause skin to become more sensitive. Redness, peeling, burning and irritation are all common side effects of prescribed medication, but medicated skin care can also cause skin to become dry and sore.

Those with sensitive skin should invest in skin care ranges that are designed to treat spots gently. Simple skin care is ideal for sensitive skin, and their range of moisturisers can be used in conjunction with medicated treatments to help keep skin soft and irritation at bay. Many people with sensitive skin use natural products to help them fight spots and acne and by shopping online, on websites such as eBay, natural skin care can often be found at greatly reduced prices.

The Benefits of Natural Skincare for Acne Prone Skin

‘Natural’ skincare covers a wide range of products – from ranges such as Burt’s Bees, who use natural and organic ingredients in their cleansers and moisturisers, to products such as cleansing herbs and natural Aloe Vera Gel,, which soothes skin that is red or inflamed. Natural skin products, created by companies such as Lush, can be found on eBay at affordable prices. Their Angels on Bare Skin cleanser contains Lavender,, a natural antiseptic and cleansing rice grains which gently exfoliate skin, removing dead skin cells and sebum.

It is important when choosing natural skin care to choose products which contain ingredients to tackle your specific skin issues. Acne prone skin will benefit from any skin care containing the following ingredients:

  • Lavender – a natural antiseptic and very soothing and relaxing
  • Tea Tree – naturally antiseptic
  • Witch Hazel – this is often found in liquid or stick format and has antibacterial properties
  • Lemongrass – cleansing, soothing and toning
  • Aloe Vera – this reduces skin redness and calms irritation – it is also ideal for flaky, dry patches and to reduce spot size
  • Honey – soothing and moisturising, helps with healing
  • Evening Primrose – this is moisturising and soothes skin
  • Liquorice – reduces skin redness and calms inflamed skin
  • Willow Bark extract – helps prevent future breakouts and calms blemishes

What Natural Products are Best for Acne?

When choosing natural products for acne, it can be hard to know where to start. By shopping online and on websites such as eBay, a range of products can be found at affordable prices, allowing the individual to try various products to see which best suits.

Listed below are some of the most popular natural products for treating and controlling acne – most can be found on eBay:

Product Range

Ingredients

Benefits

Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish

Honey, Evening Primrose, Beet, Willow Bark, Salicylic Acid

Although this contains small amounts of Salicylic Acid, the calming, moisturising properties of honey and Evening Primrose, together with the blemish eliminating Willow Bark calm and soothe acne prone skin.

Lush (Angels on Bare Skin, Coal Face, Cosmetic Warrior and Fresh Farmacy)

These products contain ingredients such as cleansing clay, Lavender, rice, garlic, lemon juice, Calamine Powder and Tea Tree oil

Calamine soothes and calms red skin and helps prevent new spots forming, Lavender and Tea Tree are antibacterial and calming, clay deeply cleanses, whilst lemon and garlic tackle spots.

Pantothen

Pantothenic Acid, L-Cartinine

This is an oral tablet containing Pantothenic Acid and L-Cartinine. They work together to break down oils in the skin and reduce acne breakouts.

Dermalogica Medibac Range

Tea Tree oil, Salicylic Acid, Melissa, Echinacea, Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Lemon

Natural skincare range which contains a small amount of Salicylic Acid to fight spots and natural antiseptic ingredients such as Tea Tree and Witch Hazel, plus soothing Echinacea and Chamomile.

Choosing which natural products to use is a very personal decision, and will depend on budget, product availability and how an individual’s skin responds to various ingredients. It is possible to find sample sizes of many of the above natural ranges on websites such as eBay, to allow them to be tested for a few days before investing in the full size product. With natural products, the focus should be on gentle, effective cleansing and moisturising, as healthy skin will produce less sebum and therefore minimise acne.

How to Buy Natural Products for Acne on eBay

The easiest way to buy natural products for acne online is to explore eBay. Just visit eBay and go to the drop-down menu of categories on the left-hand side of the page next to the main eBay logo. Select Health and Beautyaand this will open up a list of sub-categories. Go to Skincare and select Acne & Blemish Control from the left-hand menu.

There are many different brands and products to choose from, and searches can be narrowed using a certain term if looking for something specific. Just type the words related to the search, such as ‘Burt’s Bees Skin Care’ into the main search box. For further tips on how to search eBay, go to the Search Tips page.

Conclusion

Acne will affect most people at some point in their lives, and harsh medicated skincare and prescription medication can have unwanted side effects, which can cause many acne sufferers to feel more self-conscious about their skin. By maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle and using natural products to treat acne, side effects can be minimised and acne will become easier to manage.

Natural product ranges such as Dermalogica can be found easily on websites such as eBay, where they are often available at very affordable prices. By purchasing samples online, individuals can test these products on their skin before investing in the full-size product. With the rise in popularity of homeopathic and alternative medicine, natural products for acne will also increase in popularity amongst those looking for an alternative to traditional acne treatments.

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