Tips for better control of acne:

Epsom salt compress – to drain infections more quickly. Best for oily or very oily skin.

Mix ¼ cup Epsom salt and 2 cups of very, very warm water in a clean bowl. While leaning over the mixture, soak a washcloth with Epsom water and lift it up to the face,pressing lightly against the affected areas for about 5-6 seconds. Repeat this process again and again for 3-5 minutes. When do ished, do not rinse and allow the skin to air dry. Then proceed with the rest of the evening regimen. Do this on a daily basis for about 4-7 days.

Sebum production cycle: The skin produces its greatest volume of sebum and oil at approximately 1 or 2 o’clock in the afternoon and its least volume in the middle of the night. Therefore a thorough skin care regimen performed in the late afternoon or early evening is pivotal to effective acne control. Cleanse thoroughly.

Antibiotic dangers: Taking an antibiotic, such as Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Minocycline or even Amoxicillin, may be an easy method of controlling acne, when it is successful, but there can be a huge downside. Science has known for years that frequent or extended use of antibiotics can damage the body’s natural immune functions and can result in antibiotic resistant “superbugs” that may be difficult, or impossible to treat with conventional antibiotics. Research published in February 2004 by the University of Washington in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute was more specific. Of the 10,000 females studied, it was found that those who had used antibiotics approximately 500 days or more over an 18 year period were twice more likely to contract breast cancer than females at large. The association between antibiotics and cancer was dose related, revealing the higher the total dosage (or volume over time) the greater the risk. While this study involved females, the antibiotic and cancer linkage would seem to be equally as applicable to males as well.

Long term use of antibiotics to control or maintain control of acne may involve risks that should be considered in making decisions about acne treatment. BiON has given particular attention to providing effective treatment with no dangers and no side effects.

Linens and headgear: Washcloths, towels, pillowcases, hats, helmets, sweatbands, etc. collect bacteria and return it to the skin each time the item is used. Change washcloth, towels and pillowcases every two to three days while achieving control of acne. Make sure headgear is clean and/or avoid the use of unnecessary items. Use your Antibacterial or Bacteriostat Cleanser to clean these items when possible.

Hairline or forehead acne: A pattern of acne that basically follows the hairline may be caused by sebum and free fatty acids that are generated in the scalp and migrate onto the forehead. The condition can be reduced or eliminated by shampooing more frequently and/or selecting a shampoo specifically developed for oily hair. While hair may not be oily, this type of shampoo can reduce the sebum and fatty acids in the scalp. Glycolic Cleanser can be used as an oil reducing shampoo. Antibacterial Cleanser and Bacteriostat Cleanser perform this function and kill P. acnes as well.

Benzoyl peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide generates free radicals in the skin. Its effect is similar to unprotected sun exposure. The redness of the skin (erythema), caused by sun exposure and benzoyl peroxide, is the result of free radicals (oxidative stress) upon the skin. Repeated sun exposure or benzoyl peroxide use generates free radicals that damage the skin’s structure and cellular DNA, resulting in premature aging of the skin. The extent of the damage and aging from benzoyl peroxide is determined by the concentration of benzoyl peroxide, the frequency of application and the duration of its use.

Use of benzoyl peroxide to control acne may involve side effects and risks that should be considered in making decisions on acne treatment. BiON has given particular attention to providing effective treatment with no side effects and no benzoyl peroxide.

Premature skin aging: Free radicals promote the aging of skin. Acne infections require huge volumes of chemical processes to control the infection and repair and replace all of the skin components that are damaged or destroyed in the process. This generates volumes of free radicals that in general promote the speed of skin aging. People with moderate to severe facial acne tend to develop facial lines and wrinkles at an earlier stage than the population in general and may require an early skin anti-aging strategy. The control of acne is the first step in slowing the aging process. People with moderate to severe acne who have treated their skin with benzoyl peroxide tend to present skin aging at an even faster rate.

Green Tea/Clay Poultice:  Green Tea/Clay Poultice may not be adhering to the skin because the product(s) applied prior to the poultice (such as Salicylic-Glycolic Gel) is applied too generously and is causing a buffer that will not allow the Poultice to adhere and absorb. Apply any product prior to the Green Tea Poultice VERY THINLY and then gently rub into the skin so they absorb into the skin. Then apply the Poultice thinly and immediately rub into the skin.

Sun Exposure: Rumors about unprotected sun exposure being beneficial in reducing skin oiliness and thereby reducing acne are ill-founded. Photons of sunlight produce free radicals within the skin, which promote acne and reduce the skin’s ability to heal and repair. People with acne should avoid sun exposure and use an effective UVA/UVB sunscreen such as BiON’s Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen.

Make-up: BiON suggests using a make-up that uses natural minerals (for example; mica, zinc, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, etc.) rather than dyes (such as red #3, yellow #4, etc.) as this is much better for the long-term health of the skin. BiON’s Tinted Mineral SPF 35 protects, moisturises and provides sheer coverage to maintain your skin’s youth and beauty. The concept of oil-free has become distorted. Some oils, such as safflower oil, avocado oil, etc. are actually essential fatty acids that the skin can use to function properly. Essential fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory benefits which help combat acne. Many of the natural plant oils are beneficial and there are good oils and undesirable oils.

Dry skin: BiON has formulated Moisture Complex specifically for acneic skin. The powerful antioxidant formula reduces radical activities that promote acne and inflammation.