Top Ten Acne Myths

1. Acne Myth: Washing Your Face Often prevents Breakouts.

Fact: Washing your face several times a day will not do anything to keep you from breaking out. In most cases, it will only serve to irritate and dehydrate your skin. Acne starts deep within the pore – dead skin cells pile up faster than normal and get caught inside the pore causing a “microcomedone” (the beginning of an acne lesion) to form. You need products that penetrate inside the pore to prevent acne from forming in the first place.

2. Acne Myth: Acne is caused by poor hygiene and/or acne is caused by dirt.

Fact: As said before, acne starts deep within the pore. Acne prone pore shed dead skin cells five times faster than normal pores. Dirt and/or surface skin oil has nothing to do with the formation of acne. Even if a person washes their face several times a day, it won’t stop acne from forming. (See myth #1). Acne needs to be managed with the right products that penetrate the pores to stop acne where it starts.

3. Acne Myth: Acne is caused by candy and french fries.

A diet high in iodides (the salt on those french fries) can make acne worse, but neither candy nor fried foods “cause” acne. There have been studies that show that sugar-laden foods and fast foods can make acne worse, but it certainly is not the “cause”. If it caused it then every teenager in America would have acne, but that is not the case. Acne is an inherited disorder of the pores – you either are prone to it or not.

4. Acne Myth: Acne is just a cosmetic disease.

Fact: Any disease that can leave permanent disfiguring scarring on the face is more than just a “cosmetic” disease. It affects the self-esteem of the acne sufferer deeply, some to the extent that they won’t leave the house or even go to school. Some people can get staph infections with their acne, which can be dangerous if not treated. Some people take Accutane (its equivalent) which can cause a whole host of really dangerous side effects. Acne is a disease that needs to be taken seriously!

5. Acne Myth: You just have to let acne run its course.

Fact: Some people (not very many) never grow out of their acne. For others, it is not worth the risk of potential permanent scarring that acne can cause. When acne can be managed with the right products, why take the chance? There have been studies done that people with acne get lower-paying jobs and get passed over for promotions. We live in a culture that rewards healthy, attractive people. While that may not be “right”, it is the reality. If you can do something about an unattractive condition then it is a really good idea to take action. Let an acne expert help you get your acne under control!

6. Acne Myth: You should spot treat zits with benzoyl peroxide

Fact: Benzoyl peroxide is best used as a preventative for acne. It kills the microcomedones (the beginning of an acne lesion) before it gets a foothold in the pore. If you just spot treat with it you are only treating the existing acne and not all of the pores where acne may be forming. Acne can take up to 90 days to form and come to the surface, so the area that you don’t treat may be the area where acne is getting its start.

7. Acne Myth: Acne can be cured.

Fact: There is no “cure” for acne. Most people will grow out of it at some point in their lives, but no one can predict when that will be. Acne can wreak havoc on your face until you do. The good news is that acne can be controlled by using the right products for your type of acne and used in the right way. You want an acne expert to guide you in this process to get your skin clear as quickly as possible.

8. Acne Myth: Toothpaste can cure acne.

Fact: This is truly an urban myth. While toothpaste may be able to dry out existing lesions, it has nothing in it that can prevent acne from forming in the first place. And, if you want a spot treatment (which is, at best, a band-aid approach to your acne problem), there are better alternatives. Toothpaste can really burn your skin AND most brands have sodium lauryl sulfate in the formulation – a know pore clogger. (See list of pore-clogging ingredients.)

9. Acne Myth: Moisturizer will make you break out.

Fact: Most people with acne are deathly afraid of moisturizers and with good cause! There ARE many moisturizers with pore-clogging ingredients in them. However, any product that is active enough to get your acne under control can and will be inherently drying/dehydrating. This means you will need to:

  1. Start slowly with strong products to allow your skin to get used to them.
  2. Use a sunscreen/moisturizer during the day to give your skin the moisture it needs so it doesn’t get completely irritated and dried out from your acne regimen.
  3. Make sure the sunscreen and/or moisturizer you use is noncomedogenic (non pore-clogging).
  4. Never use moisturizer over the top of benzoyl peroxide – it will stop it from penetrating the pore where it does the work of preventing acne from forming.

10. Acne Myth: Products need to tingle or sting in order to know they are working.

Fact: While it’s true you need strong products to get acne under control, if they are too strong, that means your skin will eventually get too irritated and burned. Stinging = Burning!! At that point, you will have to stop all products that are working to get you clear and take a break for a few days. This will impede your progress of getting clear. Let your Acne Specialist choose the correct strength of product for your type of skin and your type of acne.

Secret Acne Cure! Acne Free in 3 Days! Clear Skin Overnight!

 Oh, how the acne sufferer hopes and wishes these ads could be true. I see these ads every day and I have to laugh. The old adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” is true here. One cannot possibly get their skin clear in just 3 days (or overnight) because of one little-known fact:

Acne takes up to 30 to 90 days to form. A pimple that you see today probably started as a microcomedone up to three months ago.

It takes about three to four months to see your skin clear up. Three months worth of acne is going to surface, even when you are using the perfect acne regimen. That regimen is keeping the NEW acne from forming, so you won’t see them surface three months from now. So, just because you are seeing some breakouts doesn’t mean that your regimen (if you are on the right set of products) isn’t working. These are lesions that got a “foothold” in the pore as a microcomedone before you started using products.

Another issue that arises in acne home-care protocol is that you need to take into account the skin’s ability to adapt to product. You cannot start out with a regimen (perfect for your acne type/skin) and just keep it the same. Your skin will adapt and start to form acne lesions again. This is why you need someone who can coach you through the process of getting clear.

So, don’t waste your money on the false promises out there (and they are EVERYwhere!). Give the tried-and-true method a try. Body and Face Solutions with Face Reality products will give you all the facts and support you need to get rid of your acne.

It’s Not the Chocolate or the Greasy Fries

 It’s the salt on those fries. Yes, it is salty foods and food high in iodides that are the culprit in making acne worse. Below is a list of foods typically high in iodides. We tell people to not go crazy around eliminating these foods, just be aware of eating too much of them.

Milk (and cheese) is another BIG culprit – not only does it have iodides, it also has hormones in it that contribute to acne. Many teenage boys love to drink gallons of milk which is contributing to their cystic acne.

Health foods and supplements are not immune – vitamins almost always contain some form of iodide and/or biotin – it could be in the form of iodine, iodide, potassium iodide or kelp. Be careful with protein bars – the often have potassium iodides in them. Whey and soy protein powders for smoothies can be bad for problem skin – try hemp or pea protein powder instead.

You will notice that asparagus and broccoli are on the list. We are not saying to not eat these vegetables… just don’t eat them every day. This chart is meant to give you an idea of what foods are higher in iodides than others.

We want you to be informed what could be making your acne worse – these foods are not the “cause” of acne. The cause needs to be addressed by using the right products in the right way. But it’s good to know what can contribute to your breakouts.

Iodide Contents in Food (parts per million of iodide)

Iodized Salt (1/4 tsp) – 100
Seasoned Salt – 40
Sun Evaporated Salt – 30
Uniodized Salt – 19

Beef/Liver – 325
Turkey – 132

Kelp – 1020
Cod (3 oz) – 87
Squid – 39
Crab – 33

Asparagus – 169
Broccoli – 90

Cheddar Cheese Spread – 27
Milk – 11
Butter – 26
Mozzarella Cheese – 13

Tortilla Chips w/ salt – 80
Potato Chips w/ salt – 40

Antibiotics for Acne? Why Not?

 Reading over the questionnaires of our acne clients reveals some disturbing trends. Most have seen dermatologists and most dermatologists prescribed antibiotics as the first course of action. We have clients, previous to being treated, took antibiotics for years! Our question to them was, if it was going to work to control your acne, don’t you think it would’ve worked by now? We understand the desperation of wanting clear skin and the dearth of information about getting clear skin, so we hope that this article will help those of you currently on antibiotics to consider other options.

The first thing we want to say is that antibiotics do not get your acne under control in the long term. Acne is not a bacteria problem – it is an inherited tendency of too many dead skin cells within the pores. Antibiotics do NOTHING to address this underlying cause of acne. According to Dr. James Fulton, co-developer of Retin A, even if you had an antibiotic that killed 100% of the bacteria, you would still have an acne problem.

So, now that you know why they don’t work, let’s also explore why it is not a good idea to take them.

  1. MRSA – if you haven’t heard of the superbug MRSA, you need to know that this is a very dangerous type of staph infection. One main reason MRSA is so dangerous is that it is resistant to most antibiotics. Doctors run out of options for treating it and the result is death. Experts believe that MRSA evolved because of the overuse of antibiotics; and dermatologists treating acne primarily with antibiotics is a prime contributor.
  2. Now acne bacteria is becoming drug-resistant. Resistant acne bacteria won’t kill you, but it will be much harder to control and achieve/keep clear skin.
  3. People who use antibiotics are more than twice as likely to catch colds according to a study in the September 1005 Archives of Dermatology. The common cold is a virus – not directly affected by antibiotics; but antibiotics not only attack the harmful bacteria, but also the beneficial bacteria that are part of the body’s defense system. This results in increased frequency of viral infections.
  4. According to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, heavy use of antibiotics may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. The study looked at 10,000 women over eight years and found that those that took the highest amounts of antibiotics the longest, faced twice the risk of developing breast cancer than those that didn’t.
  5. The results of a study published in The Lancet asserted that several prescription antibiotic regimens for facial acne vulgaris were not better than over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide.
  6. Toxic side effects such as recurring nausea and heartburn.
  7. Interference with the useful bacteria in the digestive system.
  8. Frequent vaginal yeast infections for women.
  9. Possible permanent staining of the teeth.

The best way to treat acne is with an at-home regimen that includes the topical use of an alpha or beta hydroxy acid that is strong enough to exfoliate but not so strong as to irritate or burn the skin, and an antibacterial product that delivers oxygen into the pores. Because skin types and conditions vary greatly, different topical products need to be tested on the individual to check for sensitivity and efficacy. Some skin types and conditions can get noticeable results in just several days and get totally clear in just a couple of weeks. Some will take several weeks and need to have their regimen changed as their skin adapts, but less than 10% of the cases are difficult to treat and may take 6 months or more to really get under control.

Coconut Oil for Acne?

I actually can understand why someone who is desperately looking for relief from their acne might turn to cocout oil.  It contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It can help to kill yeast and parasites which improves digestion, and it can also boost your immune system to fight infections.

HOWEVER, the molecule for coconut oil is very small and will CLOG pores.  It is highly comedogenic; and clients that we have had who used it came into our place with a terrible mess of acne where they slathered it on day in and day out.

Here’s a review we found online:

I read all the fantastic reviews and was stoked (I ignored the few reviews that warned against using it). I attributed the initial breakout to the “purging,” only the purging didn’t stop. I even emailed the author of “coconut cures” when I started to get concerned. His wife responded saying to keep with it… and so I did (I was still hopeful). Finally, a month later (I used it three-ish months) I accepted the reality that this highly comogenic stuff was not purifying my skin… oh no. It was clogging it in the worst possible way. Fast forward two months and I am still dealing with this nightmare. I have officially gone from “mild” to severe. All in all, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

So, in the words of the review “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

To really get rid of your acne, you need a program of the right products used in the right way.  Our acne specialists at Body and Face Solutions can help you to get clear skin in a proven way.

Information provided by Face Reality