Cerave vs. Cetaphil: The Best Brands for Acne

Have you ever bought a new skincare product only to have it cause a break out?

We’ve all been there.

Searching through Amazon or your local drug store to find a quality skincare product is a total pain. There are so many brands to choose from, with many of them making outrageous claims, it’s hard to know where to start.

You need to find a quality brand or two that you can trust. Well, I’ve done the work for you and have found two amazing brands. The question just comes down to which is best in the match up of Cerave vs. Cetaphil.

The Two Best Skincare Brands for Acne

I simply love  both Cerave and Cetaphil. I’ve been using them for years since my mom introducted them to me back in the day.

What’s great about both these brands is that they use natural ingredients, avoiding the use of any junk in their products. They never cause breakouts or iritaiton, and go a long way in helping my skin look and feel great.

If you’re like me, you believe in brand loyalty. You want to stick with the product that helps you live a better life and that’s totally understandable.

But when it comes to Cetaphil and Cerave, is there really a winner?

Recommended Products

There are a few excellent products that I recommend. They include moisturizers and cleansers, both of which will help to clear up acne.

Moisturizers: 

Here are a few of my favorite moisturizers:

Cetaphil Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer, SPF 15

This is a great moisturizer, for use either day and night. It sufficiently moisturizes skin, provides SPF, but isn’t too greasy.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM/PM Bundle

The beauty of the AM/PM bundle is that both products contain specific ingredients geared towards the time of day. The AM sunscreen, for example, contains SPF to protect your skin from the sun throughout the day. The PM contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid to plump up skin leaving it glowing in the morning.

Cleansers:

Here are a few of my favorite cleansers:

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

If you prefer a foaming cleanser, which I do when shaving, then this is the best option out there. Your skin will feel thoroughly cleansed and fresh afterwards.

CeraVe Hydrating Skin Cleanser

This is the gentlest option out there, and a great option for those who have skin easily irritated.

CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser

This cleanser has Salicylic Acid in it, which is great for clearing up acne. I know it really helped me clear up some mild spots.

This can be a bit harsh for some people, so if you have sensitive skin I would not recommend this.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

This is a no-frills cleanser. Ideal for people with very sensitive skin.

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A Head-to-Head Matchup

The two brands are quite similar when you look at their ingredients. That said, Cerave tends to have more ingredient’s than Cetaphil products. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For example, Cetaphil has beneficial ingredients like ceramides and niacinamide in their moisturizer. These ingredients help to retain moisture which is exactly what you want in a moisturizer.

Cerave on the other hand has less of these additional ingredients. If you want to avoid any potential irritation Cerave is the way to go.

So when it comes to choosing, here is my recommendation:

  • For those suffering from moderate to severe acne, start with Cetaphil products like the Gentle Skin Cleanser or the Daily Facial Cleanser. Using these cleansers 1-2 will day is a must for an acne fighting regimen.
  • If your skin is acne-free, or mild, then check out the Cerave products like th Facial Foaming Cleanser  and the AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.

Simply click on the above links and get started on your path to clear skin today!

 

Why You Should Use Cetaphil Products for Acne

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How can you know what skin care products to use?

There are so many skin care products out there. It can hard to choose among these and find one that actually works.

Go on a site like Amazon or walk into your local drugstore and you’ll be bombarded with bright labels making claims to be the ‘Holy Grail’ for skincare. Fortunately, when I walk into the drugstore I know exactly what I’m going to get: Cetaphil.

I use Cetaphil products for acne and always have since I was younger. Because I’ve had acne for years, this does not mean these products cured my acne, but they never irritated my skin and helped me on the path to clear skin.

This is really the best you can hope for with over the counter skin care products. They won’t outright get rid of acne, but they do serve a purpose and I think they’re important to have in your acne fighting toolkit.

Why Cetaphil?

The reason Cetaphil sets itself apart from other skincare brands is because of the composition of the products. If you look at Cetaphil products, they tend to have a lot less components than do their counterparts.

While some might equate more ingredients with a more effective product, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, too many ingredients is just asking for irritation and breakouts. Cetaphil products only stick to what’s needed and doesn’t experiment with ingredients at the expense of the customer.

Cetaphil Products for Acne and how to Use Them

While Cetaphil offers a wide variety of products, unless you’re having a specific skin issue, there’s really no reason to go beyond the moisturizer and cleanser.

To use the Gentle Skin Cleanser, run some warm water over your face. Then apply two pumps to your hands and lather it up. Apply the cleanser to the skin and rub gently (or use the Clarisonic Mia if you have one). Then wash off with warm water.

I recommend using it no more than once a day (if you even feel like you need it).

For the Moisturizing Lotion, gently apply it to your face after cleansing. Also, if you’re going to be spending time in the sun then it’s a good idea to apply the moisturizer before going outside.

You may notice that your skin looks ‘shiny’ or oily after using the moisturizer. That’s okay to an extent, just make sure you’re not using excessive amounts. Just a little bit is all that’s needed.

Alternatives to Cetaphil

I personally have never used any skin care products for as long of a duration as I have Cetaphil, so I don’t feel comfortable going in depth on another line of products. However, based on some personal research and anecdotal evidence, Cerave seems to be an awesome brand as well. Just make sure to do your own research to find what’s right for you.

I know I seem to be pushing this brand pretty hard, but the reason I’m doing so is because I’ve spent tons of money on skincare products only to have my skin end up worse than when it started. These products are truly great, and not only have I used them for years, but my family has too (as you can see in this awfully taken photo).

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Click here to check out the whole Cetaphil store on Amazon!

I know you’ll love them.

Hot Showers Make Acne Worse

There are few things greater in life than hot water. Think about it: Hot tubs, showers and tea all bring us joy and relaxation.

On top of that boiling water kills microbes in water and allows us to cook food. Hot water has no doubt been an essential facet of human life for thousands of years.

But did you know that hot showers make acne worse?

Do you ever notice how your skin gets itchy and red when you step out of a hot shower? And to make matters worse, it’s now winter and your skin will be even drier.

Let’s take a deeper look at why this happens

Understanding Your Skin’s Anatomy

Our bodies naturally secrete oil to thinly coat our skin. This oil has a few roles, including retaining moisture and keeping bacteria from entering the body.

Not only do soaps, topicals, pollutants etc. disturb this balance, but when we add hot water to the mix it makes matters worse. What happens is that the hot water ‘dilutes’ the oil on the skin making it more malleable. This allows the moisture that was being retained by the skin to escape, leading to dry skin. The hotter and longer your showers are, the more noticeable this will be.

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s better to be aware of the fact that hot showers make acne worse, than to continue to let your skin worsen. Not all hope is lost though, there are ways around it.

Give Cold Showers a Try

While hot showers are soothing and relaxing, cold showers are less than pleasant. Yes, these can be brutal, especially in the winter time but they’re a good choice for healthy skin and a healthy body.

One reason for this is that cold temperatures increase circulation by taking blood away from the extremities and sending it towards our vital organs. Once the cold temperatures let up the blood flows back out, and thus gets circulation going. This is good for skin because we need a healthy blood flow to get nutrients to our skin.

A second reason is that unlike hot water, cold water does not do as much damage to the surface of the skin. You’ll notice that your skin retains a lot more moisture following cold showers.

Showers in General

In all honesty, showering and washing your face every day is probably not good for your skin. Yet, we live in a world that requires us to stay squeaky clean. And you don’t want to be smelly and dirty do you?

What you need to do is strike a healthy balance with your washing. First of all, unless you’re an athlete or rolling around in mud and dirt all day there’s really no reason to shower more than once a day.

I’m not going to get in a detailed discussion of how often to shower because I’m not your father, but when it doubt shower less if you are acne prone. I realize that goes against collective thought but I think it’s truly better for skin.

The Plan

So let’s put a plan together to help keep your skin clear and healthy in regards to showering.

  1. Do you need a shower? Don’t shower for the sake of showering; shower when you actually need it.
  2. Limit hot water use as much as possible. Start out using hot (preferably lukewarm) water so that you can wash yourself, and then slowly turn down the dial until it gets cold.
  3. Limit Products On Your Face: Shampoo and soaps can wreak havoc on that precious balance of oil on your face. Do your best to avoid getting these products on your face, both directly and indirectly, when possible.
  4. Pat Dry. Better Yet air dry it. Rubbing a towel on your face is irritating to acne.

Well there you have it. Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be. You’ve been bathing since you were a child and I have faith that you can do it fine, however, it’s in your best interest to implement the aforementioned changes.

Post any comments or questions below.

Clarisonic Mia Review

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Don’t you love that feeling of smooth, glowing, radiant skin?

Of course you do!

Not only is it fun to feel how silky smooth your skin feels after a good exfoliation, but it also makes us look fantastic!

When it comes to skincare, a lot of people shy away from going all out with skincare products. They may think it’s not worth money or it’s too much trouble. A lot of times it is but there are some tools out there that are just spectacular!

The Clarisonic Mia (Amazon) helps can do just that!

That’s why I wanted to write a Clarisonic Mia  review to talk about how and why everyone should use this tool to help take their skin to the next level.

What Is the Clarisonic Mia?

The Clarisonic Mia is a device that cleanses and exfoliates the surface of the skin by using a gentle, rotating brush on the skins surface. Unlike traditional face washing, the Clarisonic Mia gets deep into pores and cleanses them of built up grime and toxins.

It’s pretty intense to have an electric device to use on your face, but when you think about it it’s not that crazy. In fact, it is incredibly gentle, and is not harsh whatsover.

Why You Should Own One

Do you have an electronic toothbrush?

If so, can you imagine going back and using a regular toothbrush night and day? It would be a lot different. Reason being is that the electronic toothbrush is much more effective at cleaning out our mouths than a manual one.

When using the Clarisonic Mia you’re going to notice a tremendous difference in how your skin feels and how it looks.

How it Works

The Clarisonic Mia brush works by having a rapidly rotating and vibrating head that contains soft bristles that work to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. With traditional face washing you’re not able to cleanse your skin of dirt and dead skin nearly as well as you would with the Clarisonic brush.

I personally own the Clarisonic Mia, and that’s what I recommend as it wouldn’t make sense to recommend something I don’t own. However, there are four different models of the Clarisonic brush, so do your research and find what’s best for you.

Honestly though, I think the Mia is your best bet. With other models, they have different “speeds”… like that’s going to do a lot more for your skin! (Sarcasm)

The Mia only has one speed, but that’s really all you should need. On top of that, the Mia is only $99 whereas other models can go for twice as much!

How to Use It

Here’s the step by step way to wash your face with the Clarisonic Mia:

  1. Start by running some warm water and splash a bit over your face.
  2. Next, take two pumps of a face wash (I recommend Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser) and gently spread it over your face.
  3. Third, run some warm water over your Clarisonic brush.
  4. Now you can bring the Mia to your face and start the device. It will run for a minute and in that time, you’ll want to slowly move it around your face to cover your whole face.
  5. Once the timer is complete, run the brush under some warm water while running it to clean it.
  6. Plug it back into the charger and allow it to dry.

Pro Tip: Make sure that you are gentle with this device. That means just letting it gently glide over your skin. There I no need to jam into your face, as that not only won’t be more effective, but will probably have detrimental effects.

The Clarisonic Mia is okay for daily use, but honestly I only use it once, maybe twice a week. Start with once a week and that add more frequency, but dial it back, if you notice your skin is not responding well.

Why Men Should Use It

Going all out with skincare is not something a lot of guys do, let alone admit to. Plus, the Clarisonic Mia is marketed mainly to women; that doesn’t mean you can’t use it though.

On the quest for better skin, you should stop at nothing to get there. Don’t be afraid of being judged for wanting your skin to look good.

Another great reason for guys to use this is that it is great for shaving. I don’t shave too often, but when I do I prefer to use the Clarisonic Mia. Seriously, I only shave a few times a week, if that, and when I do the Clarisonic brush is great for warming up the surface of my skin and my facial hair for a  closer, smoother, more comfortable shave that no shaving cream can replicate.

Who Should Not Use the Mia

Although this site is geared towards helping people get rid of acne, I would NOT recommend this product to people with moderate to severe acne. There are two reasons for this:

  1. One is that I believe there is a possibility of irritating acne with using the Mia. While it is gentle, I don’t think it’s a good idea for people with a lot of acne to use this.
  2. Another reason to avoid it is that it does cost $99, and if you’re suffering from acne I think that money is better spent on supplements like cod liver oil, zinc, apple cider vinegar etc.

Once you’ve eliminated most of your acne, then you can decide if the Mia is right for you.

Conclusion      

The Clarisonic Mia is a solid product that I am happy to have in my toolkit. As you may know, I’m not even a huge fan of traditional skin care regimens that include using over the counter products and devices like this, but I am gung-ho about the Mia.

The reality is our skin was not designed to be beautiful and glowing like you see in Hollywood. It wasn’t design to be covered in acne either, but when you see celebrities or models with great skin, not only are they using Photoshop, but they’re using the best products they can get their hands on (No, it’s not Proactiv).

Ready to take your skin to the next level?

Click here to purchase the Clarisonic Mia from Amazon!

If you have any comments or questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Why You Should See a Dermatologist

What do you do when you have a problem?

Personally, I like to take matters into my own hands. I’ll think about my experiences and do some research to come up with an answer. If I’m still stumped I’ll seek out family and friends.

And of course, when it comes to my skin, I like to handle things myself. I mean, I have my own website, so I should be able to handle myself.

Not quite.

You see, about two weeks ago, I noticed I had some redness and inflammation under my eyes. I shrugged it off at first and wanted to let it take its course to see where it went. Things started getting worse, so my first instinct was to use cortisone cream.

Of course, the cream worked. However, the problem with cortisone cream, like Benzoyl Peroxide, is that it doesn’t actually solve the underlying problem at hand. It’s simply a Band-Aid treatment to temporarily mask the physical manifestation on the face.

I quit the cortisone cream and it came back, worse than before. I was stumped. I had no clue what this was.

I went to see dermatologist and he told me that I had some eczema possibly be caused by allergies. He told me to take some allergy medicine and provided me with a topical cream. He also told me that cortisone cream should NEVER be used around the eye (You learn something new every day right?)

A few days later my eye was back to normal. Had I never gone to the doctor, I never would have been able to figure out what was wrong.

Lose The Ego

Some of you may have too much pride to see a dermatologist. You probably scour message boards and forums looking for the answer to your woes in the form of natural and holistic remedies, yet oftentimes that doesn’t come.

The reason why you should see a dermatologist is because they are experts, and know more about the skin than people online including me, by far! Sure, Western medicine has its flaws, but still knowledge is a valuable asset which dermatologists have a lot of when it comes to the skin.

If you’ve been suffering from acne for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a dermatologist. Perhaps their solution didn’t work out for you. Unfortunately that’s how things work sometimes, but at least you tried. At least you made the effort to expose yourself to a new set of ideas.

Yet, some of you may have never seen a dermatologist, or refuse to see one again. This I believe is a problem.

I really wish that we could cure our acne by just taking some over the counter medications and some heath foods, but that’s not how things work. Dermatologists have the skills and resources that we don’t and you should take advantage of that.

I know I may sound like some shill from the American Dermatological Association, but objectively I think it’s the right move. If you have been suffering from acne for some time now and haven’t seen a dermatologist yet, what are you waiting for?

photo: lexington dermatology

The Truth About Skincare Websites

A few weeks ago I decided to join the forums over at Acne.org. I thought I’d provide some thoughtful and helpful advice, and then if people like what I had to say they could click on the link in my signature, driving traffic to my blog. Everyone wins right?

Wrong.

Unfortunately, Acne.org does not allow any external links on their site. I received this message last weekend:

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I haven’t had problems with posting links to my blogs on other forums, so was a bit surprised when I got in “trouble”. It only seems natural that if I have a blog about helping people with acne, that I’d include it when posting on a forum about helping people with acne. I guess that’s not how things work at Acne.org.

It wasn’t that big of a deal though so I shrugged it off at first, but then I started to think about it more and asked myself: Why don’t they allow any external links on their site?

The answer is simple: It’s bad for business.

At Acne.org they have their regimen (which doesn’t even work) and they push their products like Benzoyl Peroxide hard to readers. If someone like me were to link to articles that contradicted their philosophy or linked to studies that said Benzoyl Peroxide may cause tumors, their profits would go down.

It’s All About the Benjamins Baby

The truth about skincare websites is that nearly all of them are out to make money. Beauty and skincare are huge money makers and they want to push products people regardless of their efficacy.

Do you have any idea how big the cosmetic industry is?

Here’s a glimpse:

The United States is the biggest cosmetic market in the world, with an estimated total revenue of about 54.89 billion U.S. dollars and employing about 53,619 people in 2012. The leading beauty cosmetic company in the United States in 2011 was Procter & Gamble, making up 14.2 percent of the market. Although dipping slightly, generating only 29.5 billion U.S. dollars in net sales as compared to 29.9 billion U.S. dollars the year before, the company continued to be the leading beauty cosmetic company during the 2012 fiscal year.

The cosmetic industry seems to be continuously developing, now more than ever with the advent of internet companies. About 7.2 billion U.S. dollars was generated by online shops and mail-order household sales in 2010. Cosmetic sales are estimated to continue to grow in both the United States and other global markets, as many consumers feel that beauty products help in achieving social and economic goals. (Statista)

Even sites that advocate for a more natural and holistic approach are no exception. Take the Love Vitamin; this is a fantastic site for skincare that I frequently visit. However, Tracy sells numerous books and even a boot camp for clear skin, as well as getting money from affiliate marketing.

My site is no exception to this rule either. While I don’t have any books or products to sell you, I do make affiliate marketing money off products I use, and do have consultations available for a small fee. But I’m upfront about it, as sites should be.

You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

It’s going to be nearly impossible to find a quality site that doesn’t have any financial incentives. The reason being is that if someone doesn’t make money from their website, then the content is probably not that great and they likely treat it as a hobby. On the other hand, if someone puts out great content on a regular basis, they’ve probably realized they can monetize their site and eventually do.

There’s nothing wrong with making money off of a website, but people should be honest and up front when they do it. The reason I’m so peeved at Acne.org is that they market their forum as a place that exists to help people fight acne, but only when it fits their existing paradigm.

So when looking for products or approaches to acne that help, go with someone who is honest and transparent with their work.

I have a YouTube channel so you can see my skin isn’t terrible.

I show you the products I use and whether or not they’re worth it.

I do everything I can to build respect and trust from readers. You should expect nothing less.

photo: luriandwilma

 

 

Growing Facial Hair With Acne

So I realized that I haven’t shaved for the last few days. My facial hair is starting to get itchy and scraggly. If you’re a guy you know how that is.

I thought above shaving it, but my sister reminded me it’s No Shave November. If you’re not familiar with No Shave November, this month men across America will be growing out their facial hair across the country to raise awareness for cancer. Those who have had cancer and have gone through chemotherapy lose their hair, so by growing out ours, it makes us more appreciate of what we do have.

I wanted to write an article about the benefits and drawbacks of growing facial hair with acne. I’ve heard people say that bears can cause acne to worsen, but I have yet to experience that. Let’s look at the pros and cons of growing facial hair with acne a little more in depth.

Pros

Facial Hair Covers Up Acne

The most obvious benefit of growing out facial hair is that it covers up your acne. Your beard will cover up acne on your chin and jaw line, which is where acne is often prevalent.

Another added benefit of covering up your acne is that it allows you to experiment with different routines, products, medicines, diets etc. while not having to worry about your breakouts. While this is by no means a long term solution, it is something to consider if you want to buy time for a few weeks, if not a few months.

No Razors, Bumps, and Chemicals

Shaving your face brings on a lot of unwanted drawbacks. Every time you shave, you drag a sharp razor across your face, often end up with razor burns and bumps, and put chemicals on your face that probably aren’t doing you any good.

As if having acne isn’t bad enough, having increased redness and inflammation is the last thing someone without acne needs.

Balances the Skin

Some people say that growing out facial hair causes break outs. This is apparently a result of increased sebum production. I definitely disagree with this idea.

In my experience, growing out facial hair seems to actually reduce breakouts and balance the skin’s ph. levels and oil production. When you’re constantly adding products and razors to your face, it throws the skin off balance. By going “Caveman” with your facial hair, everything can take its natural course.

Cons

It Doesn’t Always Look Good

Really, the only drawback I can think of is the aesthetic standpoint of facial hair for some. On many people, facial hair does simply not look good.

This is especially true for younger guys. Unfortunately, the people with the worse acne have the hardest time growing out facial hair. If you can only grow a few whiskers, then there’s no point in letting it grow out if you think it looks bad.

The Only Way to Know is to Take Action

While I think growing out facial hair is a good idea, others may have different results. Remember, we’re all different. Our bodies react differently to different stimuli, and therefore I can’t entirely predict what will happen.

However, if you don’t try you’ll never know. And it’s not like you have much to lose anyway with growing outa beard.

I would highly recommend giving this a try. Especially now as it is No Shave November. Plus a bear keeps your face warm.

If you give this a try, let me know how it goes. Good luck!

Don’t Let Acne Ruin Your Life

It’s time to wake up. Time to face the world again for another day.

You get out of bed and examine any new blemishes that appeared, or stare at that pimple that has finally surfaced. How wonderful!

It’s time to start your day.

You do everything you can to avoid people from seeing your skin. This means avoiding conversations and walking on certain sides of streets and hallways.

You start to count the hours until you can go back home int o the safety of your house, where you’ll be free from the preying eyes of others.

Once you return home, you go about your normal business until it’s time to do it all again the next day. And the day after that, for as many years as your plagued with acne.

My Experience

The words above are not fictional, they are my own. That was my life for about two years in high school when my acne was at its worst. It’s something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

When I think back to it though, it wasn’t my acne holding me back, it was my mind. I didn’t need to change the way I interacted with people, rather I felt that I needed to change it solely because of my skin.

What You Should Do

It’s easy for people to say, “Don’t Let It Bother You,” but they probably don’t understand. You can’t ignore something that’s on your face, and it’s even harder to pretend that others don’t see it.

What I don’t like about people saying to ignore your acne, is that you need to accept that you have acne and do everything in your power to get rid of it; if you don’t have acne, then you won’t have anything to worry about. Therefore, your first step should be to check out the Quick Start Guide. If you follow that to T then you can expect clear skin in 6-8 weeks. That’s no guarantee, but it’s something that is very realistic.

However, because getting rid of acne is a process, I can’t expect you to sit idly by letting acne ruin your life while your skin takes time to clear. Since you’re doing everything possible physically to get rid of acne, we need to think about the mental aspect of it as well.

It’s All In Your Head

Like I said, pretending acne doesn’t exist is a pipe dream; you know it’s there no matter what you try to do. My belief is that you need to accept your acne, but continue to live your life in spite of it.

So take talking to a friend: I would often avert their eye contact, look down, and try to break off conversation as soon as possible. And that was with my friends!

Because I was so anxious my mind would immediately focus on my acne; it was an unconscious reaction. While I could pretend it’s not there, not only would that likely not work, but I would be so focused on my damn skin that I would forget about the person talking to me.

What you need to do is to say “Screw You Acne!” and go about living your life regardless of your skin. This means putting yourself in uncomfortable social situations and putting your face out there for the world to see.

This will be difficult at first, but over time, your mind will feel more at ease with you socializing with acne. The only way to get rid of a fear is to face it head on. You don’t pretend it doesn’t exist, rather, you persist in spite of its existence.

The Plan Of Attack

The best way to accomplish something like getting over a fear, is to have a plan of attack. So what I want you to do is write dwon a goal and plan of action for not letting acne ruin your life.

For example:

Goal: To be able to socialize with friends and strangers.

Plan: Have 3 meaningful conversations every day, and plan one social activity per weekend, for the next 10 weeks.

Remember: The most important thing is to take action. Without that, you will never change your life.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post them below.

Do High Protein Diets Cause Acne?

I wanted to gain muscle, so I knew I “needed” to get about 200+ grams of protein per day. I consumed about a pound and a half of animal meat per day, along with eggs and protein powder. Not only did I not gain much weight, but I found myself feeling sluggish.

I also noticed that it could be that high protein diets cause acne. My logic behind that was because after graduating school I moved back home with my family. I was forced to give up my high protein diet and settle for what mom was cooking. While my diet was not as clean as it was before, my skin started to clear up significantly. It had to be the protein.

Why Excessive Protein May Cause Acne

I was convinced that sugar and grains were the causes of acne, and while that may be true, large amounts of meat are probably worse. This is because our bodies were not meant to handle absurd amounts of meat. Sure, cavemen probably chowed down on some prehistoric beasts, but they weren’t eating it every day. They likely stuck to nuts, seeds, tubers and vegetables etc. and would chow down when meat came along.

There’s not much science on this, but from how I understand it is that excessive protein puts a lot of pressure on the digestive system. Essentially:

If huge quantities of protein are ingested, the body’s digestive system, from the liver to the kidneys and into the intestines and colon, will become extremely burdened trying to break down these proteins into usable material. This extreme stress on valuable cleansing organs will create adverse reactions within other parts of the body. Whenever an organ or system within the body is burdened or stressed, the body will naturally respond through elimination of toxins through the skin. As this is the largest organ, it will become a necessary avenue of toxic elimination as the liver and colon can recover and restore balance internally. (Live Strong)

What You Must Do Instead of Eating a High-Protein Diet

If you’re into bodybuilding and fitness and you think that your high protein diet may be causing acne, then you’re juts going to have to cut back on protein. Don’t worry, you wont go into atrophy. High protein diets are highly touted in the bodybuilding community, and while they would be ideal, they don’t work for everyone. In my opinion, I don’t believe your body needs  more than 1g of protein per/lb of bodyweight, and .8g per/lb isprobably healthier.

So if you’re going to cut back 50-100g of protein per day, you’re going to need to find a way to replace those calories. The obvious solution is to replace the calories from protein with carbohydrates and fat. You do want to make sure that the foods that you add are not going to be detrimental to your skin. This means instead of trans fats or sugar (which you know better than to eat anyway!), eat healthy whole foods like rice and coconut oil.

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Review of the Acne.org Regimen

When you have acne, you do whatever it takes to clear your skin. That means scouring the internet for the ‘Holy Grail’ of skin care products and routines. On this search, you’ll inevitably stumble upon Acne.org, one of, if the not the largest websites on skin care.

Acne.org is a fantastic resource for people who suffer from acne. Some of the features include personalized skin care routines, tons of product reviews, an entire forum of people dedicated to clearing their own skin and helping others do the same, and of course, their famous acne.org regimen.

The routine is quite simple at only 3 steps. Here it is directly from their website:

3 steps of The Acne.org Regimen:

  1. Acne.org Gentle Cleanser
  2. Acne.org Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide – 2.5%)
  3. Acne.org Moisturizer

The Acne.org Regimen should be performed both in the morning and in the evening, about 10-12 hours apart.

Easy enough right?

This routine makes getting rid of acne so simple in a world of a bazillion acne products, but before you jump into the regimen, you have to ask Does it even work?

If you’ve read any of my other articles, you probably know that I am not a fan of this routine for obvious reasons. The products used only target the external symptoms of acne and do nothing to fix the root causes of acne.

Let’s break it down further:

1.) There’s Too Much Emphasis on External Products

To the naïve pimply teenager, it may seem like a good idea to use as many different products as possible and lather them on your face; this is a big non-no.  I’ve written before about how putting too many products on your face may be contributing to acne.

Our bodies are well designed machines. The surface of our skin regulates itself with the amount of oil it secretes, the ph. balance of the mantle and more. This is a natural balance that can easily be disturbed. When we wash our face, especially with products, we disrupt that balance, and the more products we use that balance becomes even worse.

For the acne.org regimen, it prescribes washing one’s face twice daily with a cleanser. For me this is too much. There’s really no reason to wash your face twice a day, let alone with a cleanser, unless you sleep in mud or work in a coal mine.

The same goes for moisturizer, however, the moisturizer here is there for a reason, and that is to moisturize the skin after the Benzoyl Peroxide (BP) is used. BP really dries out the skin, and using it twice a day every day will make it significantly dry, which necessitate the use of moisturizer.

However, this does not mean that either are a good idea.

While I do own and recommend you own Benzoyl Peroxide and moisturizer, they are not to be used nearly as often as they are prescribed in this regimen.

BP should only be used to stop a large pimple that is about to surface, or one that already has. It is ti be used sparingly, and if you find yourself using it often, than you need to regulate your skin care regimen and overall lifestyle.

Moisturizer is not as powerful as BP. You can be a lot more liberal with moisturizer than with BP, but there is no need to lather it on. While they say moisturizer is effective at preventing wrinkles and skin cancer, it may be causing breakouts. This is why it is important to find a happy medium between your skin care products.

2.) They’re Selling Their Own Products

There’s nothing wrong with people advertising their own products, especially at a site like Acne.org where there is a wealth of free information. However, the problem I have is that all three products acne.org recommends they also sell.

Notice they don’t push products like Cod Liver Oil or fruits and vegetables, because obviously they would have difficult time selling those, but getting their hands on skin care products is easy. I don’t think it’s fair to exclude fundamentally important aspects of a proper acne regimen because one doesn’t sell those products.

Conclusion

There are definitely better regimens out there. When you look for one, find one that focuses on the internal and root causes of acne, not ones that push a Band-Aid approach to acne.

People who use this routine are in the same situation as Proactiv users. They become slaves to their skin care products, because once they go off their skin will breakout because not only were there skins reliant on the BP, but also the natural balance of their skin was thrown off.

For an effective program, check out my Quick Start Guide to tart your journey to clear skin today.