In this issue, I’ve got a personal product review to share. It was completely unplanned (and an unexpected success). I ran out of my regular cleanser and didn’t have a chance to reorder it. So in the interim I decided I would test out baking soda as a cleanser.

I have always wanted to try it. Baking soda is a mild exfoliant and acts as an astringent. This means it can dry and protect the skin. It’s great for acne sufferers who have oily skin. Another bonus is that it can help to heal scars!

My skin felt squeaky clean and soft after using the baking soda. I could actually feel the oil on my skin breaking down. I was also pleasantly surprised by the shine I saw in the mirror. There was no redness, as you might experience with some scrubs or cleansers. Also my pores appeared smaller and the skin tightened.

So far I love using baking soda. That said however, I do feel another ingredient or two needs to be added to the mix - like an acne-fighting element. I’ll keep working on a formula and keep you posted!

Research Alert!

Report on Over the Counter Acne Treatment Secrets in the Works!

Wouldn’t you love to know exactly what ingredients to look for in over the counter acne treatments? There are tonnes of acne cleansers and products out there! But how do you know which ones work?

Imagine if someone handed you a sheet of paper with the “secret ingredients” that fight acne. This means you could pick up any product in the store, look at the label, and determine right away if that product would be effective.

Well I’ve got great news. I will have this information for you. It's been a busy month at www.your-best-acne-treatment.com. I’ve done a tonne of research for you and have got the “secret ingredients” figured out! My research report is in the works and I hope to have it out to my readers within the next few weeks.

One other thing: It will be FREE only to my ezine subscribers for a limited time in exchange for your feedback. Stay tuned…

Today’s Acne Tip:

Use Paper Towels, NOT Face Towels!

Believe it or not, face towels and washcloths retain bacteria even after they’ve been washed through the laundry cycle. Over time, cloths and towels accumulate dead skin cells and bacteria. You can never get rid of this.

Instead, use paper towels to dry your face after each wash. Then dispose. I recommend finding paper towels that are designed to rip in half sheets. You’ll get better mileage this way. Personally I like to use Bounty because it absorbs a lot of water and doesn’t leave behind little bits of paper on your face.

An alternative to paper towels is the Norwex antibacterial face towels. These have microfibers that kill bacteria and you can use them for several days before you need to wash them.

I have used the Norwex cloths as well, especially to remove eye makeup – they are amazing! But they are expensive. In the long-run however, they can last a couple years or more, so it can be cheaper than buying paper towels.

YOUR questions answered:

Removing Acne Scars and Marks

Question: Although I no longer get acne, I have a lot of scars and marks from acne. What products do you recommend for removing acne scars?

Answer: I would look for products with both alpha lipoic acid and DMAE.

Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant and helps cells fight the effects of stress and inflammation. It can prevent skin from sinking or rising beneath an acne scar.

DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a nutritional substance found commonly in Alaskan salmon. It is an antioxidant as well. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and can reduce acne inflammation within 48 hours. It works by tightening the skin so that raised scars are not as visible. DMAE is normally marketed in anti-aging creams because it tones skin and tightens pores.

When alpha lipoic acid and DMAE are combined, they can reduce acne scarring substantially. Look for topical creams with both these ingredients. They can be pricey.

Well, that’s it for August. I hope you found the information in this ezine valuable. If so, I encourage you to share it with someone you know who might enjoy it as well! Visit my site at www.your-best-acne-treatment.com.

Have a great week!

Warmly, Yvette

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