Chances are even if you don’t suffer from acne now, you probably have in the past (and if you’re one of those really lucky souls who hasn’t, then you’ve probably been plagued with at least one really bad breakout). I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there: religiously using pills, pads, scrubs, masks, creams, gels and the like-without a sense of relief that they are actually working to clear our skin. While products often claim to be an end-all to acne woes, a new report reveals that there is not enough substantial research on acne solutions and their effectiveness.
The recent article published in the journal Lancet suggests that new research is absolutely necessary in order to better understand the effectiveness and safety of available acne-targeting products. Existing research is lacking a streamlined system of comparative data on the various options available. For years we’ve heard so-called “acne myths” about the role our diet may play in our acne woes or if face washing with antibacterial soap has positive or negative effects on acne relief, but there’s no sufficient documentation to turn to for the correct answers. With the slew of new prescription meds, over-the-counter products, and more pricy options like at-home lasers available today, now more than ever, it’s integral for this research to be completed. It’s time for us to understand just what causes acne and what actually works to alleviate it (and what doesn’t).
What acne products and medications do you swear by?
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