The Quick-Fix Generation
We live in an era of quick fixes and over-night success stories, bombarded with advertisements of the 7-day detox, 5-day rapid weight loss and 10-day belly slimdown. The headlines promise rapid results for fixing our skin, health, fitness, bloating, wrinkles and acne. There is a quick fix or gadget for just about everything.
Every day, brands peddle the next “miracle cure”. The images display the before and after results of detox diets, miracle face creams, serums and pills.
Many of these “miracles”, like the charcoal cleansing bar recently touted as the new “miracle acne cure”, become an instant success on the internet due to the benefits they claim and a great marketing campaign behind the product.
The company says the soap is dermatologically proven to prevent break outs, and help to balance and brighten skin complexion thanks to ingredients like organic tea tree oil (which has anti-bacterial properties) and activated charcoal (which becomes highly absorbent once exposed to oxygen making it ideal for banishing dirt and toxins from the skin's surface).
In addition, it’s not just brands that are making promises, consumer created content shows us how to “clear acne overnight” and “cure eczema fast with home remedies” in convincing YouTube videos.
With all these promises and images portraying instant success and perfection, it is no wonder that’s what we have come to expect.
The famous adage “good things take time” goes against our generational promise of the “quick fix”, so which should we believe is true when it comes to skin care?
Is There a Quick Fix for Skin Conditions?
Whilst social media would have us believe so, the reality is there are no instant fixes for many skin conditions. There are no magic potions or gadgets and if you’re looking for one you will be left feeling frustrated.
If you suffer from skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and dermatitis, the majority of literature available from dermatologists, pharmacists, naturopaths and doctors, points toward taking a long-term holistic approach.
If you have acne for example, your skin issues can surface through the layers of your skin when you are using active skincare in a process called purging.
The Holistic Approach
When it comes to acne, Dermatologist Dr Phillip Artemi recommends on www.acne.org.au, three main steps for good skin care:
- A good cleansing routine
- Treating with suitable medicine if required
- Protecting skin from the sun
To help with eczema, nutritionist and author Kimberly Snyder of The Beauty Detox Solution (Harlequin) suggests, “Irritants or triggers are different for different people. The key to managing eczema is to identify your triggers.” Once you can identify your triggers you can develop a holistic treatment plan.
Diet can also play an important part in helping to get your skin concerns such as acne under control. It is worthwhile to review the food you're eating on a daily basis and see if there are areas that could be improved.
Having suffered from acne as a teenager, I tried just about every potion, lotion and gadget I could get my hands on. I wanted my acne gone immediately. When nothing worked, I was disappointed and desperate for answers. After 3 years of trying different methods, I sought advice from a dermatologist and found results in adopting a long-term holistic approach. As Dr Phillip Artemi suggests, I followed a process that incorporated cleansing, the right medication and keeping out of the sun.
My journey to clear skin took almost 4 years and a lot of perseverance.
So for the many of us that suffer from skin conditions, do not be seduced by gimmicks, magic potions and quick fixes. The best results often take time.
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