(StatePoint) With teens wanting to look their best when heading back to school this year and as many as 80 percent suffering from acne, it's no surprise many are taking advantage of new technologies and treatments to battle the condition.
Several promising new therapies recently have emerged that attack acne from different perspectives -- including treatments that harness new light technologies, digestibles that treat the problem from the inside, and full-scale regimens that get rid of acne as part of overall skin health.
Here are several new approaches that have distinguished themselves from the plethora of treatments filling teen magazines and late night television.
* See the Light: Using advanced LED light therapy originally researched by NASA, the new ANSR: Acne Care System is a revolutionary way to combat breakouts and skin issues. Acne sufferers use a portable at-home device, dubbed BEAM, that uses photo light therapy combined with a topical skin care regimen. Together they penetrate and heal the skin gently and without side effects associated with harsh products or prescriptions.
Photo light therapy was formally only found in medical clinics, spas and dermatology offices, but can now be used at home to penetrate beneath the skin's surface to target acne. More information about this new technology is available at www.ansr.com.
* Digestibles and Topicals: Another new way to treat acne attacks the problem from an inside-outside approach. One brand leading this trend is BORBA, which offers topical creams as well as digestible formulations that include naturally active ingredients that are healthy and extremely effective. Founder Scott-Vincent looks to exotic fruits, such as Acai, Lychee, Guanabana and Pomegranate to power his skin care line. His Clarifying products use Pomegranate for its skin purifying abilities as well as cotton fibers that absorb. Visit www.borba.com to learn more. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that antioxidants also can be powerful combatants of other ailments.
* Multifaceted Regimens: Sometimes products that target acne too aggressively can be part of the problem, exacerbating certain skin issues. A daily approach toward overall skin "health" with natural products is sometimes all that is needed.
Makeup artist Sue Devitt searches the globe for such natural and gentle ingredients. Her skin care and cosmetic products contain many exclusive marine ingredients offering healthy benefits without dehydrating the skin. Her latest introduction, SpaComplexion, uses marine ingredients like Sea Butter and Sea Fennel to provide oil-free hydration.
Double-duty products can address different issues, such as her SpaComplexion Hydrating Marine Minerals Tinted Moisturizer that offers light, healthy skin coverage, oil-free hydration, sun protection and anti-inflammatory benefits. For more information, visit www.suedevittstudio.com.
Although there is no cure for acne, there are many new ways to keep it under control. Be sure to consult your doctor before embarking on new approaches, especially if you already take prescription medications for the problem.