I’m twenty-eight years old and still seek out treatment of acne. I still get flare-ups when I’ve had too much caffeine or slept too little, which always seem to accelerate during the winter as that’s the time when I’m the least physically active. Of course, there are means of acne control that are easily accessible and over-the-counter, and I won’t go into the details of those as doing so would probably commit me to a direct product endorsement, which I refuse to do on principle.
My favorite anti-acne strategies involve the least amount of work. The easiest way I’ve found to keep my skin clear without either a) putting too much time into it or b) spending too much money is to make sure that my vitamin intake is steady. This was how the first truly effective waves of anti-acne medications worked in the ’90s. Before Proactiv became the standard-bearer for anti-acne treatments, the treatment-du-jour was called Retin-A.
Proactiv’s active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, can be found in most of the over-the-counter skin cremes and gels sold to combat the world’s most annoying skin condition; what was cool about Retin-A was that it actually derived its active chemical from vitamin A. The only downsides to the treatment were that there had been occasional instances of depression in patients and the over-activity of the drying agent tended to dry out skin in general. And while Proactiv is indeed an effective treatment, the expense can over-reach some people’s means to pay.
I’m a much more ardent proponent of a more natural solution, which only involves a minimal amount of investment: a daily round of multi-vitamins and an increase in water intake work for me, and are just as effective as the drug treatments without the expenses usually paid for them. The average vitamin bottle costs about twenty dollars. Most of those bottles carry sixty (or more) multi-vitamins at a crack. Water, of course, is everywhere.
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