F.A.Q: Acne FAQ Sheet

Questions/answers regarding the acne disease.


1. What causes acne?

2. I wash my face several times a day, why do I breakout?

3. I never had acne, why am I now getting acne as an adult?

4. I have acne on my back/shoulders/chest/etc, what can I do?

5. How long does acne last? Are there any simple ways to control it?

6. Will eating fruits/veggies & drinking lots of water clear my skin?

7. Does stress cause acne breakouts?



1. What causes acne? - Top

The hormones circulating in the body stimulate the oil glands to secrete more oil. This increase in oil production causes the dead skin cells lining the surface of the skin to become slippery. The cells slide over the pores in the skin, trapping dirt, oil, and bacteria. This bacteria lives off of the dirt and oils, and when the follicle wall bursts, a pimple is formed. What causes the hormones to get all out of whack? Bad diet, unhealthy lifestyle, stress, puberty, menstruation, etc. There are too many factors to cover here.


2. I wash my face several times a day, why do I breakout? - Top

Many people believe that acne is caused by dirty skin. Washing does help remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells, but washing alone will not clear up or prevent acne. Many people use all kinds of products, including alcohol-based cleansers, and scrub vigorously, only to irritate the skin further and worsen their acne. Also, if you wash too often, you will strip the natural oils from your face. This will cause your skin to produce more oil to protect itself. You see, oil is not the enemy that many acne sufferers think it is. Your face needs the oil to clean itself and help it to remove impurities. It is the lack of oil and the excessive amount of oil that cause the acne sufferer so much pain. For starters, only wash twice per day with the Clarifying Cleanser and use the Regulating Spray to eliminate excessive oil.


3. I never had acne, why am I now getting acne as an adult? - Top

Usually, acne begins at puberty and is gone by the early 20s. In some cases, acne may persist into adulthood. Such types of acne include severe forms that affect the body as well as the face (which afflict males more than females) and acne associated with the menstrual cycle in women. In other cases, acne may not present itself until adulthood. Such acne is more likely to affect females than males.


4. I have acne on my back/shoulders/chest/etc, what can I do? - Top

The treatment of acne is the same regardless of the location. You
need to cleanse the skin to remove excess dirt and oil, you need to unplug the pores, and kill the bacteria that cause the active acne lesions. You describe serious acne. I recommend our Clarifying Cleanser for washing twice each day, followed by application of Soothing Toner to remove the acne-causing bacteria and help to safely dry up the lesions. Follow up with the Regulating Spray right away, and once it dries use the Acnicure Gel.


5. How long does acne last? Are there any simple ways to control it? - Top

Acne can last a lifetime. It is a complex disease that involves hormones, bad diet, stress, and the production of too much oil in the skin. It can be controlled with products designed to dry up excess oil, unplug pores, and kill bacteria. Acne Miracle is the easiest, safest, and most effective way to eliminate acne and control future outbreaks. By the way, I am still looking for the teacher that told me acne stopped after puberty was over (hehehe).


6. Will eating fruits/veggies & drinking lots of water clear my skin? - Top

A well-balanced diet helps to create an overall healthy body. Fruits and vegetables help to clean out your insides, removing waste build-up and toxins. I have found that 99 out of 100 dermatologists will tell you that diet has nothing to do with the cause (and spread) of acne. This is because there has never been a valid study that has shown a specific food to cause acne (not chocolate, not pizza, not candy, etc.) Athough diet alone will not clear your skin, I must tell you that I feel diet is very important in the healing and prevention of major breakouts. Steer clear of refined sugars, and hydrogenated fats. Everybody is different. One person could eat nothing but junk food and never experience a breakout. Others would breakout within days of digesting a food that triggers breakouts. Your body is telling you that something is not right on the inside. TEST YOURSELF! Keep a food diary over the next 30 to 60 days. Write down everything you eat and drink (including the total amounts). If you experience new breakouts within the next 30-60 days, record this as well. If you do experience a new breakout, scroll back over the last 5 days to see what you had eaten. With a little work you should be able to pin point the foods that trigger your acne breakouts. Just remember that "garbage in, garbage out" is not just an old computer saying.


7. Does stress cause acne breakouts? - Top

Stress itself does not directly cause acne, however it may lead to changes in the hormone levels in the body. These hormone changes may very well cause acne to occur by causing bad digestion and/or increasing the sebum (oil) production.


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