The Damian Pros Acne Cure Guide Part 1
Acne: a word that causes terror to most people by reminding them how awful their faced looked when they were teens…
A word that makes you think of disgusting, ugly, big-fat pimples full of sebum that make your face look worse than a chimpanzee’s buttocks…
A word connected with so much disappointment, frustration, resentment and money flushed down the toilet for ineffective treatments.
Yes, it sucks.
Yes, I went through it.
Yes, it feels awesome when you finally get rid of acne!
That’s why I am writing this guide. I have suffered so much from acne when I was in my teens that I want to help as many of you as I can.
As you could tell from the photo, I had moderate to severe acne. Actually, it was MUCH worse than it looks in the photo.
This is actually a good shot! (I am not kidding…)
I don’t have many pictures from when I looked like that. I felt so ashamed of myself that I didn’t even want to take pictures…
I couldn’t even look myself in the mirror. As a result, I was always looking down in the bathroom (for years!).
And it wasn’t only that my face was full of big, ugly pimples.
I had lots of painful cysts. Oh lord, that was the WORST part of it. The pain was unbearable.
I felt pain when I smiled.
I felt pain when I opened my mouth to eat. My facial gestures applied pressure to my cysts and made everything slight movement incredibly painful.
Apart from the ugly look and the annoying pain, I had to deal with lots of insecurities and low self-confidence.
Those of you who’ve read my “Unleashing You Series” – especially part 2 – already know that fact about my “old self”.
While I am considerably better now, it took me years to get rid of acne. And my goal with these acne guides is to save you some years of hassle – if possible.
Actually, I could put all that information in a book and sell it. But fuck it.
I really wish someone gave me that information when I was younger, so I will gladly share everything for free.
Gotcha! Take a look at my face now. No acne. No scars. Still no beard, but the bitch will come out soon.
Anyway, here is an overview of what this “how to get rid of acne guide” will include.
I will add here the next parts (probably 3 or 4 in total) as I publish them in the following months.
- General Acne Knowledge (What causes acne, conventional treatments, types of acne etc)
- Acne Myths You Should Stop Believing In
- Acne Precautionary Measures
- Common Mistakes That Cause Acne (That You Should Obviously Avoid!)
- Is It Possible To Get Rid Of Acne Overnight?
- 4 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Acne
- How To Choose The Most Qualified Dermatologist (Who Won’t Profit On You)
- Nutrition For Acne Sufferers
- Juicing For Acne
- How To Get Rid Of Acne: 4 Natural Step By Step Plans
So, would you like to get started?
That’s great, let’s go!
Health Disclaimer: The article is supposed to be read for informational purposes and does not contain medical advice. The content is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your doctor for personalized medical advice.
How To Get Rid Of Acne 101: Acne Basics
What Causes Acne?
Acne is one of the most common skin diseases.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), 85% of adolescents and young adults, suffer from it, with 25% of them acquiring permanent marks – mild to severe – because of acne.
What happens in your skin when you have acne?
Due to increased production of sebum, sebaceous pores fail to direct sebum to the surface.
This leads to sebum being blocked under the skin and leading to the formation of – you guessed it – pimples.
Another reason that contributes to acne is the hyper secretion of androgens.
However, there are other factors beyond the overactive sebaceous gland and hyper secretion of androgens that are responsible for acne.
One of these factors is the P.acnes bacterium – a physiological settler of the skin. (Yes, millions of disgusting bacteria live on your skin right now.)
Unfortunately, when P.acnes increase in number, they lead to a breakdown of sebum triglycerides.
Consequently, the production of free fatty acids is higher and results in skin irritation.
Lastly, there are some other (minor) factors that may contribute to acne.
These are external factors such as cosmetics, drugs, climatic conditions and genes.
Which Category Do You Belong In?
Before you go with choosing a treatment, shouldn’t you realize what type of acne you have?
You don’t have to be 100% exact, but you should better have an idea of what’s happening on your face.
Types Of Pimples
- The comedones, which are black and white.
- The papules which are red pimples.
- The pustules which are pimples with pus.
- Oxides (cysts).
By the way, oxides carry the main responsibility for scarring.
In order to get rid of acne once and for all, you need to determine the severity of your case.
Based on what your problem is, you can take the best decisions concerning your treatment.
A) Mild Acne
Mild acne characteristics:
- Oily skin
- Non inflamed pimples (not always)
Mild acne afflicts mostly the forehead-nose-chin area which is also known as T-area.
B) Moderate Acne
The symptoms are pretty much the same here.
The difference is the quantity of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Pimples may be inflammatory and have pus inside.
Moderate acne affects more areas like Forehead-Nose-Chin-Cheeks and maybe neck, back or chest.
Sometimes moderate acne can cause pain when you do facial expressions that apply pressure on the pimples.
C) Severe Acne
In severe acne blemishes are active for a longer period of time.
It is characterized by pustules and oxides. Some of the blemishes can lead to discoloration and permanent scars.
Pimples appear everywhere on the face and could be painful or even bleed.
Severe acne is the worst form of acne and has a significant impact on self-confidence.
How To Get Rid Of Acne 101: Myths
Just like with any other industry, the skin care industry is also full of myths, scams and contradictions.
But let’s give a try to turn the water from blurred to crystal clear:
1) Acne is caused by bad face hygiene: Myth Or Truth?
I used to believe in that myth.
If you believe it as well, you will probably discover that the persistent washing and rubbing of the face will only further irritate the skin and make acne worse!
Don’t get obsessed with facial hygiene.
Why do people tend to be so extreme?
Some are so obsessed that they wash and rub their face all day long.
On the other hand, there are those who are completely unconcerned about their facial hygiene – and never care.
What the heck?
Please meet me somewhere in between!
The ideal approach to a healthy face should include: washing the face every morning and night with a mild cleanser and drying it with paper towel.
If you want, you can skip the morning cleansing.
Personally, I only wash my face at night – but different skin types require different approaches.
2) Eating special kinds of foods causes acne: Myth Or Truth?
Several studies have been conducted on the subject, but failed to find a correlation between acne and diet.
Foods such as pizza, french fries or even chocolate do not cause acne.
Let me repeat, the food you eat doesn’t likely cause acne breakouts. However, your nutrition may trigger acne.
Well, there is a huge difference between “cause” and “trigger”.
Any man with a basic IQ can understand that eating shitty food and depriving your body of essential nutrients may cause health problems.
Skin care problems as well!
There is a widespread belief among acne sufferers, that they must avoid foods like chocolate, fried foods, sweets, fats, and even milk.
If you are so worried about these foods, simply try to restrict the amount you consume. You don’t have to avoid them completely.
Nevertheless, a diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish generally helps your body by providing it essential nutrients and vitamins.
The healthier your diet is, the more are the benefits for your body and skin.
Adopt a balanced diet.
Besides, having a balanced diet leads to good physical condition. Take a look at Greg from Kinobody.
Greg eats pizza, chocolate and pop-chips on a daily basis.
But this doesn’t impact his wellness much, because his overall lifestyle is healthy!
Stop listening to gurus telling you that chocolate or pizza will cause acne. They don’t know what they are talking about.
Acne is mainly caused by hormonal changes as explained above.
Nutrition may trigger acne breakouts, but it doesn’t carry the sole responsibility.
Why do you think your best friend who consumes three chocolates and sweets daily while eating hamburgers and fried potatoes for lunch doesn’t have a single pimple?
Exactly. He has different hormones.
Eat your chocolate and pizzas if you want to do so. But if you are concerned about your overall health and wellness, do it with restraint.
3) Acne affects only teenagers: Myth Or Truth?
Acne is the most common dermatological problem shown in adolescents.
However, acne does not only concern teenagers as many adults see that teenage acne never abandoned them.
Others are in their 30s, but suddenly see pimples appearing on their face.
So, it doesn’t only happen to teenagers. Adults can also suffer from acne.
4) Acne is worsened by masturbation and/or lack of sexual contact: Myth Or Truth?
There is no scientific evidence which indicates that any kind of sexual activity worsens or improves acne.
Neither masturbation nor sexual contact causes your acne breakouts.
Is that an excuse to keep on masturbating?
Go out, meet some girls and get laid.
Girls won’t care much about your acne if you have other qualities that make you likeable.
By the way, here is how you increase your chances to get a girl by 75% (even if you have acne).
Stop being a geeky adolescent who masturbates every day.
Stop playing League of Legends (or any other video game that makes you live in a virtual reality world for more than 1 hour per day)
(Sorry for that small parenthesis. My point is, don’t let acne limit your potential with girls. It’s pretty damn foolish. You can get girls even if you have acne. )
5) Sun exposure cures your acne, so go out in the sun: Myth Or Truth?
No, no, no and…once again NO!
Sun tanning may temporarily make your irritated skin look less irritated.
It’s not an acne cure, neither it alleviates acne.
In summer, you should use a special sunscreen for acne prone skin to prevent discolorations caused by the sun.
If you try to get rid of acne with tanning or staying out in the sun, then your acne will likely return with greater severity.
6) Toothpaste can help with acne breakouts: Myth Or Truth?
Toothpaste has ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, essential oils and menthol which can dry your pimples.
The problem with toothpaste is that it is not made for your skin. It could cause more problems than what you have already…
Please don’t tell me you’ve used toothpaste…
Well, next thing in your treatment list could be the urine of Peruvian Dogs mixed along with lizard skin.
(Okay, that’s disgusting.)
7) Dairy consumption causes acne: Myth Or Truth?
There is a correlation between dairy consumption and acne, but I haven’t found any reliable facts to confirm a relationship between them.
Generally, the consumption of cow milk increases the levels IGF-1 – a hormone similar in molecular structure to insulin.
Too much insulin => increased androgen production => acne breakouts.
It’s not that dairy causes acne.
It’s probably that “genetically modified” dairy products mess up with your hormones.
Big difference, right?
Until now, studies about acne and milk consumption (or nutrition in general) are controversial.
If someone’s acne disappears when he stops drinking milk, it doesn’t mean that it will work for you too.
Apparently, a healthier lifestyle will lead to a healthier skin as I said before. Avoid the highly processed, full-of-hormones milk that’s sold in the supermarkets.
If you really want to drink milk, go with biologically produced milk, almond or coconut milk.
Or don’t drink milk at all.
How To Get Rid Of Acne 101: Treatments
In this article, I will talk about the conventional medical treatments that most dermatologists suggest.
For those interested in alternative treatments, I will dive into the most powerful natural ways to get rid of acne in Part 3.
Even if you only want to use natural treatments, you should better learn the conventional ones too. Be informed.
You will need that when you visit a doctor.
It’s much better to visit a dermatologist and know what’s going on than relying 100% on your doctor.
Obviously, you won’t know better than him – neither do I. We haven’t studied dermatology.
But you don’t want to be manipulated – even by a doctor. Many doctors put their profit first. This happens in any profession.
Some people are professionals and really care about their customers. Others care mostly about themselves.
Doctors aren’t saints.
Some of them may look to make more money from you over the long-term instead of offering you a radical treatment from the beginning.
That’s even more true when it comes to skin care and cosmetic issues, which are not life or death situations.
You won’t die if a treatment doesn’t work, you will just have to try another one (and suffer more).
My point is that you should know enough to stand your ground and not be completely ignorant (easy to manipulate).
“Light” Conventional Acne Treatments
This category includes salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, topical retinoids and topical antibiotics.
A very commonly used anti-acne substance.
It’s an ingredient in many cleansers, lotions and creams – in different concentration.
Salicylic acid prevents the blocking of the pores and removes dead skin cells.
Choosing a cleanser with salicylic acid is a good option for mild and moderate acne (quite inexpensive too).
One of the most widespread anti-acne agents.
However, it has several side effects – including redness, itching or flaking. It’s a bit harsh for your skin.
The side effects are not so common though. Benzoyl peroxide still remains a good option.
If it causes side effects on your skin, then you may try a benzoyl peroxide formula with lower concentration.
Price is reasonable as well.
Sometimes, these two substances are combined for a higher rate of success.
For instance, you wash your face with a gentle cleanser that contains salicylic acid. After drying it with paper towels – you apply a gel with benzoyl peroxide.
It’s better to use it before you sleep because some benzoyl peroxide creams/gels are not transparent.
You don’t want to go out in the morning with your face covered in benzoyl peroxide.
Azelaic acid inhibits the proliferation of the cells of the stratum corneum (horny layer) and repairs the skin’s functions that have been disturbed by acne.
(Simple translation: it works against acne.)
It also leads to reduction of P.acnes and free fatty acids of the skin.
Their purpose is to exfoliate the skin and unblock the pores.
They are made of a synthetic form of Vitamin A – which is very effective in acne treatment.
The two most common are adapalene and tretinoin.
More powerful than benzoyl peroxide. Usually the first thing a doctor prescribes you to treat mild to moderate acne.
Their role is killing your skin’s bacteria to reduce inflammation and blemishes.
The most common ones are clindamycin and erythromycin.
They are applied in the same way as benzoyl peroxide – after cleaning your face. They usually take a few weeks to provide any results.
“Strong” Conventional Acne Treatments
This category includes oral antibiotics and isotretinoin, also known as accutane.
Oral antibiotics are terminator pills that exterminate bacteria from the inside out.
Doctors often prescribe them along with topical retinoids or any other treatment from the “light” category.
No doubt they can kick acne’s ass really hard.
There are many types of oral antibiotics like tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline and septra. You don’t need to know these names.
What do you need to know?
Some are stronger than others and can be used only for a short time period.
Hence why you will probably hear your dermatologist talking about “light” and “strong” oral antibiotics.
Nevertheless, they have a big disadvantage. They tend to treat the symptoms of acne, leaving the real wounds open.
They reduce acne when you use them, but acne is likely to return when you stop them.
On top of that, your body might develop tolerance to oral antibiotics.
This is also known as “Antibiotic Resistance“.
This is the most powerful tool against acne and the only known “90% sure cure”.
There is a slight chance for acne to return after stopping an isotretinoin cycle, but this never happens to most people.
Even if it happened, a second circle of isotretinoin would completely eliminate acne. It’s not like antibiotics, that have a high rate of failure.
There is no other drug that can permanently eliminate acne. Most treatments only fix acne temporarily.
Isotretinoin is the real deal.
But as you can imagine, using such a potent medicine has its drawbacks:
1. The whole treatment is expensive in some countries.
2. You have to get constant blood work done.
3. It comes along with a big list of side effects.
That’s why you must be under the constant supervision of a doctor before using isotretinoin.
This thing isn’t a joke.
Don’t be scared though. If you pick the right doctor, you don’t have much to worry about.
Anyway, what the heck is isotretinoin?
The most simple definition someone could use is that it’s a synthetic form of vitamin A.
It’s out on the market with several names like accutane, isotroin, reducar, acnotren, etc.
How does isotretinoin work?
Scientists are not entirely sure about its mechanism, but it somehow shrinks your skin’s oil glands and reduces the sebum production, thus making your face dry.
Side note: it can’t be used during the summer months because the skin is really sensitive to the sun radiation during this time period.
What are the side effects?
Chapped skin, dry lips, nose bleeds, muscle aches, fatigue and the list goes on.
Also, it’s teratogen. You can’t have a baby until 1-2 years after a treatment with isotretinoin.
If you are in your early twenties you maybe have other things to do than become a father or a mother.
However, you need to understand how strong isotretinoin is.
Wait a minute, don’t let the big list of side effects scare you.
The most common side effects are chapped-skin and dry lips. That’s what most people face.
The chance to suffer from any other side effects is really small, but it still exists.
As long as you are supervised by a great dermatologist and run blood tests monthly, you will be fine – if you choose to go with isotretinoin.
You will necessarily need a lip balm to hydrate your lips – maybe a hydrating cream as well.
As you may have already understood, a treatment with isotretinoin is no joke.
In my opinion, you should consider it only if:
A.Nothing else has worked for you.
I was subscribed isotretinoin and used it for just 4 months instead of 6-7 which is the normal cycle.
I won’t lie by telling you that I used some magic shit to cure my acne.
Isotretinoin hugely contributed to getting rid of my acne.
But it wasn’t the only thing that helped me, because I didn’t even finished the cycle.
You see, if you want isotretinoin to work properly – you have to take it for 6+ months and get a dose of about 1mg per kg of bodyweight.
In my case, I was about 75 kg when I started my cycle. Yet, I have taken only 10 mg per day instead of 60+ that I should have taken.
I took 20mg for a period of a few weeks, but it was unbearable. I had just started lifting weights and dancing at that time.
Incredibly Important Note
Strenuous physical activity combined with isotretinoin leads to the increase of an enzyme called CPK (or Creatine Phosphokinase)
If your CPK goes too high, you are at the risk of rhabdomyolysis.
If you don’t exercise hard, you don’t have to worry about that.
But if you exercise hard like I did, your doctor won’t allow you to take a normal dose of isotretinoin due to the risk of a rapid increase of your CPK levels.
Some doctors may not even allow you to start a treatment at all, unless you stop exercising.
Important Note 2: I have seen dermatologists not even informing their patients about that!
If your dermatologist doesn’t tell you about exercising, CPK and isotretinoin (on his own -without YOU asking about it!), then my recommendation would be to walk away silently.
Your doctor should ask you if you are exercising heavily, before subscribing you isotretinoin!
If not, better go see someone else.
2.Your acne is really terrible
I am talking about severe acne and above.
Mild and moderate acne cases can be handled in other ways. Sure, severe acne could be handled in other ways too.
But, opting for such a heavy treatment when you don’t have very severe acne is not worth the overload of chemicals – I think.
I had moderate to severe acne, but started using isotretinoin only after 5 years of suffering. I have tried almost anything you can imagine.
Don’t rush for isotretinoin.
Especially if you are younger than 19. Your body and hormones are still changing. Your acne may fade away on its own.
Even if it doesn’t, you should try lighter treatments before going for the big guns (isotretinoin).
That’s where the powerful natural agents I will talk about in Part 3 come in.
2 Other Ways To Get Rid Of Acne (Not So Conventional)
A. Contraceptive pills (men disapproved)
Good alternative for sexually active women with acne who want to avoid the harsh effects of powerful medications like isotretinoin or long-term use of antibiotics.
Research has shown that both antibiotics and contraceptive pills are effective against acne. [Study]
Actually, antibiotics have been found to be more effective during a three-month period, but not so effective after a six month period.
Antibiotics are specialized for fighting bacteria.
These bacteria tend to change their biological structure and grow to more resistant ones =>“Antibiotic Resistance”
On the other hand, the birth control pills don’t work like that.
They reduce free or circulating androgens.
As a result, they reduce the production of sebum that blocks the pores, and therefore decrease the risk of new acne breakouts.
Phototherapy can be used as a treatment option for acne or subsequent scarring. A common treatment method is red and blue light therapy.
How does it work?
The bacteria responsible for acne are photosensitive. During phototherapy, their molecules absorb the light.
As a result, their internal temperature is increased – which leads to disintegration.
That way, the pathogen are removed from your pores and acne is significantly reduced.
Moreover, chances of scarring are reduced.
This doesn’t mean that red and blue light therapy can’t treat scars, but they are just more effective at preventing them.
The drawback of phototherapy is that it’s an expensive option.
But it’s a good option for those who can afford it. It could save you from lots of disappointment and hassle.
I haven’t tried it. In case you are interested, you should contact your doctor.
In the next article, I am going to cover: 1. Measures to prevent acne 2. Common mistakes that cause acne and 3. Nutrition & Acne.
If you have any questions, don’t shy away. Hit me up in the comments now!
Also, feel free to share your experience with acne – whether that’s positive or negative. Just get it out. Talk about it.
It always feels better when you get it out.
If you got any valuable tips to help others in the community, get them out too!
That’s for today,
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