Treatments for Acne: Lauric Acid

Posted under Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Monday 25 January 2010

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Lauric Acid: Potential Skin-Saver?

With so many striving to find gentler and more effective treatments for acne, it’s amazing that lauric acid has stayed under wraps for so long. Lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid, and the main acid in coconut oil and palm kernel oil. It’s also found in cow’s milk, goat’s milk and human milk. It’s known for its ability to boost the metabolism and strengthen the immune system, but its antimicrobial effects are what make it seem promising for use as an acne treatment.

Dr. Huang, the researcher currently working on the P. acnes vaccine, believes that lauric acid would be especially useful in the fight against acne due to the fact that it’s endogenous, meaning that it already occurs in the human body. Because of this, lauric acid would be handled and tolerated by our bodies extremely well, allowing it to offer optimized benefits as an adult acne treatment.

When tested in the lab and in mouse ears, lauric acid yielded good results against P. acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne. However, because P. acnes isn’t the only factor when it comes to acne, this may or may not mean that lauric acid will be used in future acne treatment products. I, for one, hope to see lauric acid used because it is natural, inexpensive, non-toxic and has a long shelf life, all of which contribute to a gentle, user-friendly and affordable product.

Right now, coconut oil features the highest levels of lauric acid at 47.5%. Does this mean that coconut oil can be used as an acne treatment? Coconut oil is used by many as a moisturizer. It reduces dryness and flaking without causing any adverse effects. It also delays wrinkles and sagging skin, and helps treat eczema, contact dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin infections. Along with these benefits, the idea that coconut oil’s lauric acid content would provide antimicrobial benefits leaves us believing that it wouldn’t hurt to try it as a natural acne treatment!

Light Therapy Acne Treatment

Posted under Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Monday 18 January 2010

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Light Therapy

Sunlight has long been believed to be an effective treatment for acne due to the antibacterial effects of the ultraviolet spectrum. Unfortunately, the sun’s UV rays are also notoriously damaging, making extended sun exposure too harmful to be used as an acne treatment. While studying the healing properties of UV light, scientists discovered that visible violet light in sunlight activates a porphyrin in P. acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne. This porphyrin kills P. acnes, resulting in a clearer and more beautiful complexion.

After this incredible discovery was made, light therapy, also known as phototherapy, was born, and light therapy devices soon followed. These devices use bright LED lights, fluorescent lamps or dichroic filament bulbs to target P. acnes bacteria. Studies have shown that after consecutive light therapy treatments, bacteria in the pores was reduced 99.9%. This means that light therapy is truly once of the best adult acne treatments available!

Light therapy is a great choice for those with skin sensitive to traditional acne treatment products, as well as those who prefer natural acne products. Phototherapy can be administered by a dermatologist or through an at-home light therapy device. Light therapy devices made for home use can supply incredible results when used consistently and correctly.