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The Acne Journal

Acne Facts You Need to Know

acne Aug 05, 2019

These are some things you can do to help control your acne.

Doing these do not take the place of using the right products in the right way for your acne, but they will support the process of getting clear skin.

  1. Get enough rest and reduce your stress. Stress stimulates the adrenal gland and in the acne-prone individual, the adrenal gland promotes oil production which leads to clogged pores.
  2. Stay away from foods, vitamin supplements and sports drinks/bars that contain iodides. Iodized salt,...
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The Truth about Food and Acne

acne Jul 15, 2019

It's not the chocolate, sugar, or french’s the salt on those fries.

Yes, it is salty foods and food high in iodides that are the culprit in making acne worse. Below is a list of foods typically high in iodides. We tell people to not go crazy around eliminating these foods, just be aware of eating too much of them.

For example, we had a client who was almost clear. She then came into our clinic all broken out and we couldn’t imagine what was going on – I asked her...

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Are Acne Home Remedies Good?

acne Jun 24, 2019

Not all home acne remedies are bad, indeed some can even alleviate irritation or inflammation.

Keep in mind, however, that the only thing that will get you clear is a managed home care routine that works to prevent the acne cycle from starting in the first place. This includes the daily use of exfoliants and anti-bacterial ingredients used together in the right way. Anything short of this has only a band-aid effect and won’t do anything for long-term control of your acne.

Some common...

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What's all the hype about Retinol?

skincare Jun 03, 2019

Vitamin A, or retinol, is considered by many a "wonder" product.

This is because it's proven an effect on both acne and anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. Our acne clients already know how effective Vitamin A is in keeping their pimples at bay. Let's look at how this versatile ingredient can work wonders for anti-aging clients. 

Vitamin A can aid your skin by recalling its proper function. Known as a “cell-communicating ingredient,” vitamin A blocks incorrect messages...

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Why You Can't Trust Acne Products Labels

acne May 13, 2019

Those of us who are acne-prone understand how difficult it can be to find moisturizers, sunscreens, and makeup that are safe to use and won’t clog your pores.

To help us make the decision of what is okay to put on our faces, we often rely on those safe, scientific-sounding words on the labels as “non-comedogenic” and “dermatologist approved." These labels suggest to the buyer that the product has been tested by skincare experts who have found the product to meet...

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What are the best acne products?

acne Apr 15, 2019

What makes acne products effective? In order to get rid of acne, they need to:

  • Penetrate the inside of the pore – stopping acne where it starts.

  • Help to keep the pore clear of dead skin cells.

  • Kill bacteria inside the pore.

  • Be noncomedogenic (non-pore-clogging) so as to not make your acne worse.

At Elements Acne Clinic, we have found that acne products that include mandelic acid, vitamin a propionate or benzoyl peroxide are the best ones. But, it’s not enough to find and...

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5 Ways to Relieve Dryness from Acne Products

acne Mar 11, 2019

One of the most common complaints of even the best acne products is that they irritate and dehydrate the skin. 

People tend to stop using their acne products when their skin gets dry and peely, so they never get completely clear, nor do they stay clear.  I want to go over some strategies that can make using acne products a more productive, comfortable process.

  1. Know from the outset, that you are going to have some dryness and peeling from acne products.  Any product that is...
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Beware: Acne Products that actually make your acne worse!

acne Feb 25, 2019

Warning - acne products that you buy from the drugstore most likely have pore-clogging ingredients in them. Here are some real-life examples:


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How to use the Pore-Clogging Ingredient List

acne Feb 11, 2019

Comedogenic ingredients, more commonly known as pore-clogging ingredients, contribute to 90% of acne (you read that right, 90%!), with diet and lifestyle issues contributing to the remaining 10% of breakouts. Yet, comedogenic ingredients are the most overlooked topic in skincare and acne solutions.

All pore-clogging ingredients are rated on a scale of 1-5.

    • 1 and 2 are considered not-clogging
    • 3-5 rate very clogging
    • Every ingredient on our pore-clogging list falls in the 3-5's, or very...
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5 Acne-Safe Tips to Complete Your Full-Face Makeup Look

makeup Jan 21, 2019

When it comes to makeup and acne, it’s all about choosing the right products that won't make your acne worse! 

We’ve partnered with our client and makeup guru @jarznar, and PRIIA Cosmetics to showcase some of our favorite acne-safe products to create an easy-to-copy makeup look. 

5 Tips to Complete Your Full-Face Ance Safe Makeup Look

Tip #1 | Find multi-use products

Layer PRIIA Liquid Mineral Foundation and Powder Foundation together for a...

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