The Most Unsuccessful Methods I Have Tried

Hi guys, my name is Shawn. I want to share my personal acne story with you. I have been suffering from severe acne for many years. As you know many diverse treatments are available for acne, however none of them work for everyone. And I am not an exception. Here are some treatments and some very crazy methods I have tried. Don’t judge! 🙂 

1. Tetracycline

Let’s not even start about the common short-term side effects of tetracycline, which (according to may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, loss of appetite, sores inside your mouth or on your lips, swollen tongue, black or “hairy” tongue, trouble swallowing, sores or swelling in your rectal or genital area, or vaginal itching or discharge. Nice huh? Yes, I suffered with an upset stomach every morning for years taking this stuff, and I would have done it gladly if it had worked.

But what about the long-term side-effects of pumping yourself full of antibiotics for years and years? Did you know your liver could possibly fail? And most seriously, by regularly injesting antibiotics we are destroying our body’s natural ability to fight infections by creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

2. Rubbing Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide

I used to leave hydrogen peroxide on my pimples until the sores turned white and my eyes were watering from the stinging pain. All in the name of beauty! My reasoning for using pure alcohol several times a day on my face was: isn’t that what they use in the doctor’s office to clean bacteria off your skin? Yes, but here’s the problem: These products are also extremely drying. The dryness causes the skin to produce even more oil which results in… you guessed it, more zits!

3. Retin-A

Yes, if you are consistent this stuff works. But what is the downside of this product? It stings like hell, leaves you with ugly swollen red patches, and burns so bad your face starts peeling off. Literally. You also have to avoid the sun like the plague. Should healthy skin be this painful and this much work? No! There are easier ways.

4. Sun lamp

Have you noticed how your skin seems to clear up after a day in the sun? So I decided to buy a sun lamp. Afterall, UV rays kill bacteria right? In the short-term yes, but once again you are dehydrating your skin, which stimulates oil production and causes… yep, more zits! Chances are also good that your face is just darker after the sun, making those pimples harder to see rather than leaving it acne free. In addition you are creating more serious problems in the long-term. What about the aging of your skin?! 

5. Birth Control Pills

Acne flare-ups are very often caused in part by hormones. Birth control pills are made of man-made estrogen and progestin hormones, which inhibit our natural cyclical hormones. So we are injesting artificial hormones, often for years on end, to suppress our body’s natural functioning in an effort to stop our skin from breaking out? I know the medical industry has assured us that this is perfectly safe, but honestly, does that sound in any way healthy or natural to you? Me either.

6. Hot water

My grandmother once told me that the ony way to get rid of pimples was to burn them off with a lot of hot water. She instructed me to fill the sink with hot water and rinse my face 40 times every night. Using the same logic, I also tried steam tents over boiling pots of water in an effort to liquefy that trapped sebum and drain it right out of my face! I’m here to tell you it doesn’t work. You actually need a certain amount of oil in your skin, not only to retain moisture but also to keep the bacteria out!

7. Tooth paste, Windex, Lemon juice, Baking Soda (and whatever else I could find around the house).

No matter how desperate or silly it may seem, you name it, I have tried it. And of course none of these great ideas worked. Toothpaste? Come on!  

What desperate measures have you gone to? Share your story with us! We care.

Note! We are not saying that medical treatment is wrong, and you shouldn’t try it. It didn’t work for me, and I want to point out to the side-effects. That’s it. 

Clear Skin Army Babes


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  1. I think all big pharmacy know the truth but don’t want to hand over a consolidated cure.
    That’s cause just like common cold, there are so many various types of skins that no one drug or prescription can be a cure to all numerous types of acne problems.
    Yeah, and so you are right, people start going to any limit to find their own remedy!

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