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The Latest Skin Wisdom from the Skincare Authority herself, Biba De Sousa



Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages and occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells, oil and debris, resulting in pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and sometimes even cysts. 
Surprisingly , though acne is such a huge skin care concern to millions of people, not only is there very little known about it, but even reputable medical clinics have the wrong stance on the very cause of it. Oil or bacteria are not causing acne. Bacteria, for example, will cause infection but not the acne itself. Acne is a genetic skin disease that is, just like diabetes, passed through genetic lines. A person inherits parental duration and intensity of acne breakouts. In this sense, acne is always hormonal.
Here are the major factors that are responsible for acne breakouts in acne- prone people:


Majority of acne can be resolved by using non-comedogenic products.. I studied with Dr. James E. Fulton (co-creator of Retin-A), who pioneered the research of pore clogging ingredients. Before that, there was initial research done in France, in the early 1940’s.  I built my Pore-Clogger Checker Tool based on Dr. Fulton’s initial list, and I added new ingredients that in my experience caused breakouts. By entering your product ingredients into this handy tool, you might find the culprits to your skin breakouts.


Diet and supplements that include iodides (eg. dairy, salt), algae (eg.Carrageenan, agar, algin), sugars and high carb are known to contribute to acne flare ups. Biotin and vitamin B12 are noticed to likely contribute to acne as well. Also, smoking marijuana and recreational drug use is known to negatively affect adrenal glands and in result cause acne breakouts.


By increasing the production of certain hormones, such as cortisol and androgens. These hormones can stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin to produce more oil, which can lead to clogged pores and the development of acne. Also, the immune system can weaken because of stress, which can make the skin vulnerable to infections and irritations. Stress can also cause people to engage in behaviors that can worsen acne, such as picking at or touching their skin more frequently.


It is noticed that birth control low in Estrogen can contribute to acne flareups and women affected by acne should consult with their health care provider.


Find the most effective ensemble of products that will help control breakouts and maintain a clear complexion.

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