Going to a dermatologist’s office and getting prescription drugs is the logical, first choice for many acne sufferers. Patients are usually given antibiotics, and/or a choice of prescription retinoids to try. Most often, when this approach fails, the dermatologist will prescribe a new antibiotic and then often another. When those treatments fail, physicians will often recommend a cycle of Accutane (or it’s generic equivalents). Unfortunately, prescription drugs usually fail or only temporarily clear the acne and there are many side effects which can be very dangerous. Continue Reading »
When you are acne-prone, you really need to be aware that milk and dairy products really contribute to acne. So, that means that whey protein, which is found in most protein powder drinks for smoothies is a no-no. Soy protein is also off limits. I want to give you some alternatives that are safe to use.
Sunwarrior Classic Protein is a vegan plant based protein powder that contains all essential and non-essential amino acids. Unlike most whey and soy based protein powders, this one is dairy-free and soy-free so it will not trigger acne.
written by Francesca Buongiorno
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in high concentrations in cold water ocean fish such as sardines, anchovies, herring, salmon and mackerel. Research indicates that Omega-3 fish oil promotes an anti-inflammatory response in the body, preventing and improving symptoms of common diseases and ailments. Studies have shown that people who suffer from chronic inflammatory acne may benefit from taking therapeutic doses (1000-1700 mg) of purified omega-3 oils daily. Continue Reading »
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 contains algae extract – a known pore clogger. For a complete list of pore-clogging ingredients, go to our list. Pore-Clogging Ingredients
Here’s an interesting article about smoking and acne. I had always suspected that cigarette smoking could cause acne. I know it adversely affects the skin’s texture for sure!
(TeleManagement) German researchers from Technical University of Munich, report the results of a study which found that smoking is a clinically important contributory factor to acne prevalence and severity. Continue Reading »
Everyone wants to improve their formulations and Proactiv is no different. Unfortunately, they made a big mistake in reformulating their Pore Targeting Treatment. Let me explain:
Ingredients in Proactiv Plus Pore Targeting Treatment:
Active Ingredient(s): Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%.
Inactive Ingredients: water, ethoxydiglycol, glycerin, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, polysorbate 80, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, carbomer, potassium hydroxide, disodium EDTA, fragrance.
The almond oil will keep the benzoyl peroxide on the surface of the skin, not allowing it to go down into the pore. If benzoyl peroxide is not allowed to go down into the pore, it cannot peel the inside of the pore which is essential to keep retention hyperkeratosis (the cause of acne) in check. It also cannot kill the acne bacteria inside the pore. Keeping the benzoyl peroxide on the surface of the skin is a big mistake. The oil basically renders this product ineffective. Continue Reading »
Written by Francesca Buongiorno, Face Reality Acne Clinic
Perioral Dermatitis is often confused for acne as it is characterized by clusters of tiny inflamed papules, sometimes pustules, around the chin, nose and mouth area. It is typically itchy and rash like, which should be the first indication that it is not acne. These small groups of papules do not respond to regular acne treatment and in fact can often be exacerbated by exfoliants (AHAs) and benzoyl peroxide. Continue Reading »
I have always wondered why doctors/dermatologist just keep doing the same old protocol of antibiotics, topical retinoids and/or isotretinion (aka Accutane) that does not work for most acne sufferers. Well, seems like they are being paid off by the drug companies… surprise, surprise….. And no, I am not making this up.
Desiree has over 10 years of experience as an esthetician, with a certificate in Clinical Esthetics from Concepts Institute of Advanced Esthetics. She specializes in advanced skin care, including sun damage, anti-aging, exfoliating peels and customized facials. She says, “my diverse experience and commitment to my profession has developed into a passionate approach toward skin care, ensuring that my clients receive the highest level of results.”
Dabrielle’s decade long battle with severe acne began at the tender age of 11. The clinical aspect of skin care is her only passion and has quickly become an obsession in the last two years she’s been a licensed esthetician. She says, “it’s beyond phenomenal to witness groundbreaking results in the skin clarity of our clients. Acne sufferers become conquerors – that’s awesome!”