I was sent the link to AbsoluteAcneInfo the other day to do a site review. I know it may seem a little odd that I’m reviewing another site on a similar topic, but hey - I’m all about sharing the love so here’s my review…
I’m not sure if you’ve realized this, but I do spend quite a bit of time trying to make my blog and my articles “pretty” and hopefully providing information to you that’s either fun or interesting to read along with being informative (please don’t break my heart and disagree ).
But sometimes good information on the web can be found in incredibly boring looking places - Absolute Acne Info being one of them.
Unfortunately for the owners of the site, my first impressions of AbsoluteAcneInfo where “boring” and “hard to use”! But once I actually delved into the content and starting to take a proper look around, I realized that there was quite a bit of useful information in there - information that is both complimentary to my blog and about stuff I haven’t had time to write about yet.
While I do disagree with some of the content, a lot of it does align with my philosophies on the best way to clear acne. I like how the site talks a lot about how important it is to eat well, how to eat well for the skin, and how cleanses and flushes can be incorporated into a treatment plan.
However, I feel like there’s almost something missing with the content. It’s like it lacks depth and personality which I feel is important for a reader who’s having a tough time clearing their acne. It makes so much difference to see a face behind the words (especially a clear skin face), and to know that the words are coming from someone who understands you and has been through the journey themselves.
I also find that some of the information can be misleading. There is a line in there somewhere that states that your friend who has clear skin may be like that because they lead a very healthy lifestyle. Sure while this may very well be true, I’d rather it wasn’t pointed out, because part of my depression when I had an acne condition was because I WAS leading an exceptionally healthy lifestyle but I still had acne. My problem needed to be tackled a little more holistically than just dealing with diet and exercise.
My other problem with the site is the blanket statement that prescription medications should be avoided at all times. In my experiences of working with people that have acne, giving a black or white statement like that can be quite daunting and create anxiety and pressure that they have to “cure” their acne naturally, and guilt if they do end up taking a prescription like antibiotics, even if it is just temporarily. Everybody needs to be able to make their own decisions! Hey, I took all sorts of medications to try and clear my acne, everybody should be allowed the same free will to go down whatever path they choose.
I also don’t particularly like how there is no listing of possible “dangers” or side effects to doing cleanses and flushes. When I first started researching acne I was under the impression that if you’re gutsy enough to do a cleanse or flush then you’re on your way to the best skin ever, but unfortunately not true. When I did my first (and very mild) cleanse, I had a terrible healing crisis including a bad acne breakout and a delayed ovulation which just made the acne worse again.
AND we all know what my thoughts are on popping pimples. So when I read in the site instructions on how to pop them ..I was a little bit discouraged.
However, even though I do seem to be bagging this site a lot, as I stated in the beginning, there is a lot of useful information in there. In a way it kind of made me want to go in with a red marker and clean it all up, because I think it has so much potential and just a couple of modifications could make AbsoluteAcneInfo a wonderful resource.
And hey, every resource that is out there on natural acne treatment has to be a good thing because it is making us more aware that we do have other options available to us that don’t involve doctors and dermatologists. So I do think it’s wonderful that AbsoluteAcneInfo has taken the time to develop a resource rich in alternative content that I’m sure has already helped many people.