After you hang out at acne forums and blogs for a while you’ll realize that most acne patients fall into two categories. There are those who see acne mostly as a topical problem and try to get rid of it with creams and lotions. And then there are those who believe acne is a sign that there’s something wrong inside of them, and once they fix what’s wrong then they can get clear, often these are the so-called holistic or natural folk.
In a way both groups are correct, but neither gives you the complete picture. What the holistic folk usually fail to understand is that there are things about acne that nobody can fix. Similarly the topical (or external) care folk needs to understand that hormones and other internal factors affect acne, and that those can’t be fixed with creams and lotions.
Before we go on, let’s quickly define what we mean with internal and external care.
Pretty self-evident, right.
Here are some reasons why you external/topical care is important:
As acne patients we got little bit unlucky in the genetic lottery, and because of those genes acne-prone skin is extra-sensitive to many things. This is something that the holistic folk either doesn’t understand or chooses to ignore. Those genetic factors won’t go away – no matter how much you cleanse and detox.
To summarize: we need local remedies since local factors in the skin do affect acne.
On the other hand, it’s equally foolish to think you can cure acne just by applying creams and lotions.
The above examples show the importance of internal care, because acne is also affected by systemic (relating to the body as a whole) factors, and they can only be treated with internal care.
Good acne treatment program should include both internal and external care, because doing just one rarely gives you good results. Depending on the individual you may need to emphasize one over the other, but for best results you should attack acne at both fronts.
Hormones are the perfect example of this. Topical treatments can reduce your skin’s sensitivity to hormones, and internal care can balance out those hormones.
This isn’t really a revolutionary idea. Just something I think many people have either forgotten or overlooked.
Seppo Puusa, a.k.a. AcneEinstein shares rational advice about natural and alternative acne treatments. Read more about me and my acne struggles at the about me page.