Acne skin care treatments and products are available in both oral and topical forms. Depending on the severity of the condition, a dermatologist may prescribe one or the other, or a combination of both. In cases of severe acne, the sufferer will likely have to visit a dermatologist. Severe cases of acne are rarely treatable with products that can be purchased without a prescription – no matter what the product website might say. Severe acne conditions must be treated from the inside out, beginning with killing and controlling problem bacteria.
For mild cases of acne, some over-the-counter treatments may offer some relief or they might even control the problem. Many of these acne skin care treatments and products have been approved by the FDA, and many have not. In cases of treatments made with herbs and other unregulated substances, there are many that can actually help in mild cases of acne. Most of these remedies are safe for vegans, vegetarians, and others that follow a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Many all natural and vegan acne skin care products contain a number of the same types of herbs that are believed to treat skin conditions from acne to psoriasis. These include, but are not limited to black currant, burdock, dandelion root, evening primrose, red clover, sarsaparilla, starflower, and yellow dock. When searching for cruelty free acne products, just check the labels to make sure they contain one or more of the ingredients listed here.
Please keep in mind that there are literally dozens of herbs and all natural ingredients that are believed to fight acne, so please discuss the possibilities with an herbalist or a dermatologist that specializes in herbal remedies. If you are visiting a store such as Whole Foods or Mother’s Market, just ask a clerk about the possibilities. Most of the employees in stores such as these are trained to answer questions about all of the store’s products and herbs.
If the herbal treatments that you find at Whole Foods, Mother’s Market, or any other health food store are out of your price range (yes, herbal remedies can be very expensive), there are other alternatives. Many of the world’s oldest cruelty free beauty and cosmetics companies sell vegan and vegetarian acne treatment products either online or at one of hundreds retailers that carry their products. Try Almay or Beauty Without Cruelty.
In business since 1931, Almay uses pure, hypoallergenic ingredients that are safe for even the most sensitive skin. Almay is the world’s first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand, and the first brand to make 100% fragrance-free products. It is also one of the first cosmetics companies to disclose all ingredients used, the first brand to perform safety testing for allergy irritation, the first brand to formulate for contact lens wearers, and the first brand to create cosmetics regimens for specific skin types. Almay does not test on animals and it uses natural ingredients such as soybean, rosehips, licorice, and aloe, to name just a few. Almay products can be purchased online through the official website or at any beauty supply house, cosmetics retailer or drug store. www.almay.com
Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) was founded in 1963 in England. The trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization, came together for a common goal – to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were not tested on animals and products that did not contain any animal ingredients. Beauty Without Cruelty offers a full line of cruelty-free vegetarian, skin and body, and hair care products made from natural ingredients and organic aroma-therapeutic essential oils. Beauty Without Cruelty’s full line of color cosmetics reaches across all lines in order to meet the beauty needs of all women.
Beauty Without Cruelty Products may be purchased from your local natural foods retailer, and at some drug stores and vitamin shops. You can also purchase BWC products online directly from the Beauty Without Cruelty website: www.beautywithoutcruelty.com.