This is ridiculous….. Acne products pose dangerous allergy risk, FDA warns

Here’s the article that is all over the news right now:

Acne Products Pose Risk

Most important quote from that article – “But the FDA says it has received 131 reports over the past 45 years of severe reactions that resulted in hospitalizations 44 percent of the time but haven’t been linked to any deaths.”

Here’s the reality:

The Center for Disease Control says this:  “Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.”

Those antibiotics that your dermatologist so readily prescribes to you for acne (and doesn’t work to get your skin clear over the long run) poses a MUCH bigger threat to you than acne products.  

1, Yes, acne products can be irritating.

- That is why it is important to allow your skin to adapt to products slowly.

2. Yes, some people can be allergic to acne products.  

- People can be allergic to anything.  My niece almost died from eating a peach when she was two years old – she stopped breathing because of an allergy. Are we going to put warnings on peaches?

I think the news should be celebrating the fact there there is a safe way to get acne under control with over-the-counter acne products rather than the very unsafe prescription options out there, like antibiotics and isotretinoin (accutane and it’s equivalents).

Contact Face Reality Acne Clinic for the fastest, safest way to get clear skin now.

Overdue – Welcome Melissa and Sue to the FR Team

We would like to welcome new members of our staff, Melissa and Sue.  Sue joined us in November and Melissa in January. Continue Reading »

The Safety of Benzoyl Peroxide

Some people have concerns about the use of benzoyl peroxide to control acne.  The concern revolves around the fact that it generates free radicals when it kills bacteria inside the pore.  What most people don’t know, is the very act of cardiovascular exercise (breathing heavily) also creates free radicals in the body.  Are you going to stop exercising? No, because it’s all about balance – a cost/benefit ratio.  The benefit of using benzoyl peroxid is that it is one of the best ingredients to not only kill bacteria; but more importantly, it peels the inside of the pore.  That peeling kills the microcomedone – the beginning of all acne lesions. Continue Reading »

Doctors are Finally Coming Around…

This is what we have been saying for YEARS!  But, doctors have to say it to other doctors in order for it to be believed and heard.  Thank god some doctors are finally saying something.

A Controversial Proposal

No More Antibiotics for Acne!

Muneeza Muhammad, BA, Ted Rosen, MD


For a drug-free, safe way to get clear skin once and for all, go to Face Reality Acne Clinic. We’ve  cleared up thousands of acne sufferers.

Scientific Study – Whey Protein and Acne

Well, it’s always good to have a scientific study to back up what we already know… that whey protein can cause acne, period.

An Bras Dermatol. 2013 Nov-Dec;88(6):907-12. doi: 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20132024.

Incidence of acne vulgaris in young adult users of protein-calorie

supplements in the city of João Pessoa – PB.

Pontes Tde C1, Fernandes Filho GM1, Trindade Ade S1, Sobral Filho JF2.

Author information

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The Dangers of Prescriptions for Acne

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 »

Protein Smoothies for the Acne-Prone

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.






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How to Choose a Good Quality Omega-3 Fish Oil

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 »

Do you have MACne?


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

Smoking linked to prevalence and severity of acne

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!

Smoking and Acne

(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 »