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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I know you’ll love them.

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).

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Why Proactiv is a Scam!

If you didn’t know any better, you would think that Proactiv products are the Holy Grail of skin care products. I mean look at all those commercials with celebrities and other people with clear skin.

In reality, Proactiv is a scam. A farce. A lie.

If you think about it, if a company that needs to spend millions of dollars more than it’s competitors advertising it’s products, there is probably something suspect about that company. Take for example Cetaphil products. My family and I have used them for years, and I’ve never seen a commercial for their products. Their products sell themselves on their quality.

What is Proactiv?

Here’s brief overview of what Proactiv consists of:

Proactiv’s primary product is a three-part acne treatment kit that includes a cleanser, toner, and treatment. The kit’s only active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, is a common compound used for acne treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria dries out whiteheads and has anti-inflammation properties... The toner contains witch hazel, which reduces facial oil… (Wikipedia)

To me there are two things that stick out right away:

  1. These products and ingredients can be found in any drug store or pharmacy, and
  2. These products do nothing to solve the root causes of acne (i.e. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, poor digestive health etc.)

A Further Look

Let’s take a look at the actual Proactiv Products. Let’s go with the Proactiv+ 3 step kit. For the price of $29.95, you get the following:

  • Skin Smoothing Exfoliator
  • Pore Targeting Treatment
  • Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

If you look at the composition of these items, you’ll notice that the first two items have Benzoyl Peroxide as the active ingredient, and the third one uses Salicylic acid. We already know that Proactiv does nothing to treat the root causes of acne, but by taking an in depth look at the actual products you will notice that:

  1. You are being overcharged for typical over the counter skin care products and,
  2. There is a heavy dependence on Benzoyl Peroxide which I recommend you only use in moderation.

Why Proactiv is a Scam

The definition of a scam is a “dishonest scheme”, and I believe the Proactiv system fits that definition for a few reasons

  1. They charge excessive amounts: There 3 step kit listed above costs $29.95. You can walk into a pharmacy and find similar products for half the price. They charge so much because their marketing is so good they can sucker people into buying it.
  2. It’s on a subscription basis: If the products are so good, people should be running back for more and shouldn’t be forced to buy a subscription. This is simply a way to trap people into shelling out tons of money for their inferior products.
  3. Causes a dependence on the products: My recommendations for Benzoyl Peroxide are to only use it when a large blemish will or has surfaced. Otherwise, it’s pointless to use because it doesn’t solve the root problems of acne, it only treats the problems on the surface as a band-aid fix.
  4. Exaggerate claims and results: If you look at commercials, it’s oly people with mild acne that are shown in ‘before and after’ shots. The photos are often digitally enhanced and he actors in the commercials appear with makeup.

Professional Endorsements

I’m sure you’ve heard the Colgate ads that say “4 out of 5 dentists recommend Colgate”. While I’ll take that with a grain of salt, I don’t doubt it entirely as my dad was a dentist and recommends Colgate.

If you talk to any dermatologist, I can almost guarantee they will say Proactiv is bologna. While Western medicine, specifically skin care, has its shortcomings, I’ll take my advice from a licensed, practicing dermatologist than an A-List Hollywood celebrity any day.

I was fortunate to have a good dermatologist who told me this years back. Now, of course dermatologists wouldn’t recommend Proactiv anyway because they make no money from it, but regardless I believe their opinion is still valid.

So what does work?

I have my free Quick Start Guide laid out for you. It’s short and concise, but will walk you through everything you need to know about getting rid of acne step by step.

Also, if you ever have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Should Men Wear Makeup to Cover Up Acne?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of magic cream that you could rub on your face to make your acne magically disappear before your eyes? Well, something like that does exist: It’s called makeup.

You may notice that girls with bad skin will have their faces caked in makeup to cover up their acne. This supposedly makes them look good (not in my opinion), but I guess it is better than nothing.

It’s okay for them to cake on makeup, because that’s what girls do right? And while it may not look great as an ‘au natural’ look, it’s okay because their girls.

Guys, however, do not have that luxury of wearing makeup. It would be great if guys could have the same thing to use, but that’s not the case. To be blunt: Makeup is for women. It was designed as a means for women to look more youthful, which increases their sex appeal. While it does hide blemishes, it’s just not the same for guys to use it.

Regardless, I’ve used it in the past.

My Experience

When I was in high school my acne was pretty unbearable. I wanted a way to make it look better and be willing to go out in public. My mom introduced me to concealer and it was a game changer. I could not dab a little on my worst blemishes and it would blend pretty well into my skin.

That only lasted for a short while though. What ended up happening is that, despite the fact that the cover up did its job, I started to become anxious about people finding out I was wearing makeup as opposed to being anxious about my acne.

When it comes to skincare, remember: There are no shortcuts.

Wearing makeup is only a temporary solution to cover up acne. In fact, it may even be detrimental as it may irritate your skin and clog pores. Instead of trying to use concealer as a band-aid, work on attacking the root causes of your acne (i.e. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies, Hormonal Imbalances, Digestive Issues).

It’s probably okay to have a little tube of makeup on hand just in case you get a blemish and you need to cover it for a big event, but don’t rely on it. If you find yourself using it often, than you need to go back and get those root issues addressed.

What type of makeup should I get?

Unfortunately,  I can’t really help you here. Ask a female family member, or just go to a department store and chat up the girl working the counter and they’ll help you out.

But I’m Too Embarrassed?

If you’re too embarrassed to ask about buying makeup then you’re probably going to be too anxious to wear it. In that case just avoid it altogether.

How to Use Benzoyl Peroxide to Fight Acne

Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most commonly used treatments for acne. Because of its wide availability over the counter and cheap price, it is the top choice for many looking for clearer skin.

But how effective is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Its effectiveness depends entirely on what it is being used for. If it is being used for a spot treatment, then yes. If it being used as a standalone to treat acne then no.

It’s hard to deny that Benzoyl Peroxide does work at reducing blemishes. I personally use it if I see a blemish coming to the surface, but that’s the only time I use it.

How Benzoyl Peroxide Works

BP works by attacking acne bacteria on and beneath the skin. It does this by forcing air into skin pores and “oxidizing” the skin to help flush out bacteria. It’s also an anti-inflammatory that reduces the redness that accompanies lesions.

What you’ll notice about BP is that it is effective at treating blemishes that already exist. This means that it is simply a Band-Aid treatment to acne, in that it does nothing to solve the underlying issues that cause acne.

I personally use Benzoyl Peroxide, but only on rare occasions. You shouldn’t have to use it frequently either. It should only be used as a spot treatment, and if you find yourself using it more than 2-3 times a month than you’re going to need to reevaluate your approach to fighting acne.

There are people that suggest you use it all the time. One such site is ‘acne.org’ where their routine consists entirely of Benzoyl Peroxide (I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that they sell their own brand of BP???). This may “treat” acne, but it will never solve the root causes (i.e. vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, poor digestive health). Therefore, it is a fool’s errand to use BP as the sole treatment to acne, and if a person or site recommends you do so than I suggest you take their advice with a grain of salt.

Like I said I do use BP on occasion. I recommend that you get some Benzoyl peroxide for those occasions when a blemish arises.

What Concentration of BP Should I Use?

There are 3 commonly used concentrations of BP: 2.5%, 5%, and 10%.

According to this study, there is no significant difference in the effectiveness of the varying concetrations of BP. Yet, for some reason 10% seems to work well for me. That makes sense because 10% is the strongest, but that may just be the case for me.

If I were to recommend a strength it would be 10%. In fact, I here’s what I like to use:

Acnefree Terminator Maximum Strength BP, 1 Ounce.

Again, keep in mind that you can’t use this stuff all the time. If you do you’re skin is going to get sensitive and flaky. I personally use 10% although studies show that the different concentrations are equally effective.

I hope that clears everything up. Post any questions or comments below.

Why Dairy May Cause Acne

I tend to scoff at the idea that making a single lifestyle change is enough to improve one’s skin dramatically. I’ve made plenty of changes in the past with hopes of getting better skin, and there wasn’t one change by itself that totally transformed my skin. Yet, over and over again I see people on internet forums write something like:

“I stopped eating dairy and now my skin is great!”

Ha! If only it were that easy. It definitely wasn’t that easy for me, but maybe there is something to this. Maybe for some people getting rid of dairy is just what they need to stop acne. Let’s look at this a little further.

My Experience With Dairy

I try to no longer consumer dairy. I say “try” because foods that I eat in my everyday life often contain traces of cheese or milk. And honestly, is life worth living without chicken parmesan?

That said, the amount of dairy I consume is limited. You’ll never find me chowing down on a block of cheese or chugging a glass of milk.

Overall, I just view dairy as one of the least important food groups, and for many people it may have a negative impact on their health. Personally I find that I don’t tolerate dairy well. I often get stomach aches, bloating, and gas after eating something such as a few slices of pizza. I also don’t tolerate whey protein, which is a milk derivative, well. I would  get terrible headaches and nausea. If dairy was causing these symptoms throughout my body, it wouldn’t be a surprise that it may have been contributing to acne as well.

Why Might Dairy Cause Acne?

It’s only in the last few years that the medical community has begun to recognize a link between the food we consume and the acne on our face. One of the worst culprits is dairy:

“A 2005 article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology examined the diets of 47,355 women and found a strong connection between milk and milk product (like cream cheese, sherbet, instant breakfast drinks and cottage cheese) intake and breakouts. Another study, of 4,273 teenaged boys also found an association between milk and acne flare-ups.” (Doctor Oz)

On top of the studies out there, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that says that: Yes, traditional dairy contributes to acne.

But why?

When you think about it, the answer is pretty obvious. Milk is created in mammals as a means of providing essential nutrients and hormones to newly born animals. When you’re consuming a glass of milk, you’re drinking something that was designed for a  baby cow, or goat or whatever. Wile milk does have nutrients that humans can tolerate and can make use of, this milk contains hormones that are designed to proliferate growth in small cows.

Ya, really.

Does that mean I should give up dairy entirely?

As I said before, I still eat a little dairy here and there, but only because it’s found in so many foods. What my suggestion would be is that if you do your own grocery shopping, stop buying dairy products altogether. If you live with your parents or someone else is responsible for your food, let them know you want to cut back on dairy.

Keep in mind though that dairy is in many store bought products, as well as restaurant menu items. Milk and it’s derivatives are common ingredients so to try and cut out all dairy is going to be difficult. Just do the best you can to keep dairy out of mouth.

How to Replace Dairy Products

If you’re the type of person to drink milk everyday, fret not as there are many milk substitutes. I personally use and love almond milk, and have also used coconut milk in the past. Both are great options,although keep in mind these are a little pricier than regular store bought milk.

Note: Do NOT buy soy milk. Soy may even have more detrimental effects on your hormones than regular milk. That’s just my opinion, but I don’t touch soy with a 20 foot poll.

As for products like yogurt and cheese, you can look for some non-soy substitutes, but personally  don’t know any. One option you do have is to find raw or organic milk products. This is something I haven’t touched on yet, and don’t plan to because I know nothing about it and have no personal experience with these products. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on everything, so if you’re interested in learning more about the different types of milk, check out the links provided below.

Further Reading

Does Milk Cause Acne? from Clear Skin Forever

Eating Dairy When You’ve Got Acne from The Love Vitamin