April 26, 2022 2 min read

Breaking down the myths of acne.

Have you been looking everywhere for solutions to your acne but nothing seems to be working? Be careful of what you read online because not all solutions work for everyone. 

Biotin Breakouts. Biotin is a B vitamin popularly known to improve hair strength, radiant skin, and durable nails. Sounds great, right? Yes Biotin is a natural substance which can help metabolism, gene regulation, and your nervous system, however you might already have all the biotin you need from eating eggs, yeast, seeds, nuts, beef, dairy,  spinach, broccoli, whole grains, pork, hamburgers, or sweet potatoes. Since acne is a genetic condition causing the overproduction of dead skin cells which mix with oil to clog pores and Biotin promotes the growth of skin cells, it’s a recipe for acne disaster! 

Believe it or not, Sweat isn’t the cause of your acne. Popularized for detoxification and “flushing out toxins”, sweat is made up of mostly water and minimal amounts of electrolytes such as non-toxic compounds like sodium and chloride, or salt. Its purpose is actually to regulate our body temperature so we don’t overheat. No need to worry about toxins pouring out onto your skin and causing breakouts, leave flushing out toxins to internal organs, your liver and kidneys. Also, sweat isn’t comedogenic and doesn’t contain any of the ingredients that make up comedones. Acne forms within the hair follicles and oil glands, but sweat glands don't affect follicle and oil glands because they are disconnected from both. 

Oil Cleansing. A beauty trend that’s too good to be true. For acne prone skin, it’s important to be mindful that even though something is natural, it doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin, especially with acne. Many natural foods, products, or ingredients can actually provoke acne breakouts, including oil cleansing. The theory behind oil cleansing is to fight oil with oil, including dissolving existing dirt, oil, and makeup. As oil is already a fundamental part of the acne formation process and is one of the biggest acne triggers. Because everyone’s skin type differs, if you have a problem with acne it’s imperative to get a skin evaluation to determine the best course of action to begin to understand the underlying causes. 

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