Acne and Cystic Acne: Topical Remedies

Part 4 of a 4-Part Series

Acne outbreaks can be unsightly, painful, and embarrassing. Acne outbreaks can affect a person’s sense of self-confidence.

The good news is there are hundreds of easily obtained products designed to reduce and prevent acne outbreaks. 

First let’s take a look at over-the-counter creams and cleansers commonly found at your local drug store or grocery store. A check of the most common ingredients shows the majority of these products contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as the “active ingredients’. Also found as “active ingredients” are hydrogen peroxide and alpha hydroxy acids. 

The acids penetrate the skin, dissolve dead skin cells that clog pores, and reduce oily build upon the skin surface. They also act as anti-inflammatory ingredients and help prevent bacterial infections.

However, these ingredients are extremely harsh and can actually damage the skin.  That is why they are always diluted and combined with a variety of creams, gels and ointments designed to soothe and re-hydrate the skin.

Whenever I look at a condition or disease, I always ask: are there natural alternatives to chemical and pharmaceutical preparations?

Actually, natural remedies have been used for hundreds, even thousands of years to alleviate common skin conditions and even treat wounds. Common natural remedies are high in anti-oxidants, and have one or more ant-bacterial, anti-fungal, and/or anti-viral properties.

Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia plant. It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis, and head lice. 

Add 4 drops of tea tree oil to half a cup of water and apply to the face with a cotton ball twice daily. Tea tree oil is very strong and should be diluted before using. Tea tree oil can be added to your favorite shampoo to help clear dandruff. 

Tea tree oil products for acne and other uses are available at your local health food store. Do not swallow tea tree oil or get it into your eyes. It is toxic if taken internally.

Honey has been used since ancient times to treat burns, sores, and boils. Raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-oxidant properties. Raw, pure honey never gets moldy or rancid. 

Manuka honey comes from flowers of the melaleuca tree. Doctors in New Zealand and Australia use it to treat wounds and burns. In 2007, the FDA approved use of manuka honey for treatment of wounds and burns in the US.

Gently dab raw, unfiltered honey onto pimples. Anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties of honey help clear debris from clogged pores.  Dilute a half teaspoon of honey with a little lemon juice to create a facial mask and gently massage into your face, avoid getting it into eyes. Rinse with warm water after 5-10 minutes. 

Aloe vera has also been used for hundreds of years to treat burns, wounds, and skin conditions. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. After cleansing, use creams or gels with at least 10% aloe vera content. It is an excellent moisturizer, and can be used as a face mask right from the plant or bottled in its natural state. 

Additional information about treating acne naturally can be found on the following website:  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322455.php

Now I want to share a very exciting new product. Modere, the company that makes Liquid BioCell, has created CellProof, a facial serum containing the Liquid BioCell molecule. Designed for anti-aging, CellProof improves hydration, microcirculation, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. I decided to test it for use with acne.

My grandson, Simon, age 17, had been regularly using over-the-counter acne products with salicylic acid when I took these photos on August 10, 2019. His acne became so bad that a dermatologist prescribed a course of anti-biotics. 

Following his anti-biotic treatment, I gave Simon a bottle of CellProof serum and asked him to use it faithfully, twice a day after washing his face. He continued using acne products with salicylic acid, but the addition of CellProof with Liquid BioCell increased the effectiveness of his cleansing routine. After about a week of using CellProof, he said that he noticed his skin felt smoother, and most importantly, his face did not hurt anymore.

Adding the serum to his daily cleansing routine made a tremendous difference in the severity of his acne.  On October 20, 2019, I took these photos of Simon:

On December 15, 2019, I took these photos. Notice that acne scars have begun to heal and there are only minor breakouts.

Finally, here is Simon, now 18, taken on February 15, 2020. What is most remarkable is the healing of deep acne scars and almost no breakouts.

For more information: go to jointskinhelp.shiftingretail.com/live-clean and search Collagen Sciences.

To order Cell Proof, click here.


Movement: The True Fountain of Youth

Movement Liquid BioCellYesterday, I spent the day with two of my grandsons, 16-year-old Simon and 12-year-old Isaac. We went to one of those places that features miniature golf, go-karts, bumper cars, etc. It was a blast. One of the best parts for me? My ability to climb in and out of the bumper boat and to drive the go-kart. As I was climbing in and out, I realized — wow, I can do this without help. My movement impressed me.

Ease of Movement

So, I started considering the reason for my easy of movement. The difference is exercise. About 30 years ago, I studied a series of exercises called the Five Rites of the Fountain of Youth. 

Honestly, I learned about them, but didn’t implement the philosophy. I was young (not quite 40), in my prime and could do any activity I desired. However, I did share the exercises with a good friend, who was in her 6o’s. She, on the other hand, began to do them daily.Exercise movement

She is approaching 95 now and is limber, active and amazes everyone with her stamina and flexibility. Meanwhile, as I hit my 60’s, changes hit my body hard. I faced arthroscopic surgery to repair my right knee. And, 10 years later, my left knee hurts. It seems as if I’m suddenly not as strong or mobile as I had once been. Did this happen overnight?

What Made the Difference

In 2014, I was introduced to Liquid BioCell. WOW!! That really changed my life. My knees grew stronger and more flexible. And I started to feel and look better. But, I started paying attention to my friend and realized she was still stronger, more flexible and more mobile than I was, even though she is older than I.

A few months ago, I started to take my physical health seriously. I began by doing the Five Rites, almost daily. (Admittedly, I’m still not 100% consistent). I started using my gym membership. And I even started regularly working out with a trainer.5 Rites Fountain of Youth

The most amazing thing is that the Five Rites of the Fountain of Youth work!! These simply exercises take only a few minutes a day and work every part of the body. Easily climbing in and out of rides yesterday made me realize how drastically they had changed my body.5 Rites Fountain of Youth

How Liquid BioCell Fits In

I believe that Liquid BioCell has been extremely important in improving my flexibility. When your joints hurt and your body is sore, it’s hard to try to move and exercise. Liquid BioCell provides collagen and hyaluronic acid, both of which crucially impact joint and skin health. I felt better and could more easily move.

The more I move, the easier it becomes to move. So here is my new recipe for youth: do my Five Rites exercises and drink Liquid BioCell every day!!