Given that acne is by far the most common disease in the world, I’m constantly surprised at the amount of misinformation there is about acne treatment products in Kenya. There are so many commonly held believes regarding treatments, which have no scientific or medical validity, but continue to be passed on from individual to individual. More worrying is the possible consequences of trying some of these options. Here are list of common acne treatments that categorically do not work:
1. Household cleaning products, even when diluted, should not be used to treat acne. There can be severe adverse reactions including chemical burns from pursuing this route
2. Similarly cleaning powders are ineffective for acne
3. Washing up liquid does not work for acne
4. Home or salon facial saunas will do nothing for your acne, but will certainly aggravate, already sensitive skin.
5. Sticky tape left on the skin overnight and removed in the morning will certainly remove dead skin cells and excess oil, but is likely to damage the sensitive skin, and may cause an allergy to the glue. This includes avocado facials which many believe that it has a role in acne.
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6. Prolonged exposure to the sun or using a sun bed will not help your acne, and can be dangerous if you are also taking oral medication of certain types. For example taking certain antibiotics in tablet form, will make your skin highly sensitive to sun light
7. Sudocream is an excellent treatment for nappy rash in Kenya, but highly ineffective for acne, primarily because it contains a mixture of greases and oils which are bad for acne.
8. Taking high doses of vitamin A or B will not directly help your acne, and may cause other side-effects hence is one of the acne treatment products in Kenya that will not work. While Vitamin A has a role in skin care, it has not role in treatment of acne.
9. Squeezing your spots is universally not recommended in combating acne. Doing so will prolong and spread the acne to other parts of the affected area. It will also worsen the already acne as squeezing damages the already healed skin around the acne. And it’s painful too, so why would you squeeze it.
There are many other ‘not recommended’ acne treatment products in Kenya, many of which will worsen an already difficult condition. Avoid these shortcuts and stick with a programme overseen by your medical professional, or one which is based on solid scientific and medical evidence. If you do this, you’ll succeed in overcoming your acne condition.