The surest way to know that there is no truly effective treatment for a condition is to count the number of treatment recommendations. The more recommendations, the less likely it is that any of them have a significant effect. I’m not sure if there is a tipping point. Whether 6 or 12 or 20 recommended treatments guarantee that you will have less than complete cure.
Here are some of the recommendations from just one article.
- Drink six to eight glasses of water daily
- Avoid foods containing trans-fatty acids: milk products, cookies, chips, margarine, chocolate, shortening and hydrogenated oils
- Keep bed linens clean,
- Wash gently twice daily — soap with aloe vera is good
- Avoid cosmetics associated with new acne outbreaks
- Don’t touch your face
- Put your head over steaming water for a few minutes — don’t get burned
- Avoid birth control pills associated with an outbreak
- Avoid stress, sun exposure, caffeinated drinks, and certain spices
- Use products containing benzoyl peroxide — protect yourself from the sun
- Use tetracycline, or isotretinoin (Accutane), or a vitamin A derivative called Retin-A — protect yourself from the sun
- Start a cleansing diet
- Make sure you eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet.
- Start taking supplements that promote healthy skin
- One by one, each of these non-drug treatments will be examined here.7/20/07 21:54 JR