Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
It may sound a little strange but SKIN s the largest and a very important organ we
Skin provides protections for most of our other internal
organs, helps to regulate body temperature and our water content, keeps away harmful
agents and even bacteria
Skin is also an important part of who we are, our personal
ID card, so sometime it is a source of pride and happiness and sometime-a
For those with acne prone skin – especially with Chronic Acne that is acne that last two or more years or re-occur over the years it is also an
-going concern . How should we treat long term acne without harming our skin
Chronic acne results from a chronic (long term) imbalance in production of sebum (skin oil).
This long term overproduction of sebum that leads to clogged pores and as a
result outbreaks of acne can be caused by such factors as hormonal imbalance
and even genetics and amplified by a lifestyle and even environmental factors.
Treatment of Chronic acne is possible even it may require some patience and perseverance.
There are two chemical substances that unfortunately can
be found in many topical acne products that
may be especially harmful for our skin when
used to try to control chronic acne. The reason is THE LONG TERM USE of those ingredients
There are Salicylic Acid and Alcohol.
None of them actually treat acne. No topical product
can do it as acne is a manifestation of internal imbalance so the only way to treat it is also internally
through rebalancing the sebaceous glands
and stopping the acne cascade, and preventing inflammation and pimple formation.
Acid: Salicylic acid is a
keratolytic. It belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin
(salicylates) and it graduated to the position of the leading ingredient in in many
topical acne products. Almost every “acne treatment” or “solution”, cleanser or
contain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid works
by dissolving the substance that causes the skin cells to stick together so it
is exfoliates the skin, and can help to clean the pores of dead cells.
Salicylic acid will NOT however get rid of acne CAUSES, as acne is a result of
an over-production of sebum (skin oil) by your sebaceous glands. Opposite- as
salicylic acid will dry the skin-long term use will actually produce more dead,
dry skin cells. Those cells together
with extra sebum ( salicylic acid does
not decrease – and it may actually in time increase sebum production. This mixture of sebum, dead cells, dirt, and,
of course, bacteria will provide a basis for inflammation that manifests itself
as pimples or cysts. In addition, frequent
and long term use of salicylic acid may actually cause number of side
effects such as skin redness and irritation, dryness and premature aging, and
even more serious problems such as dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting and
Recently there are also some concerns voiced about pregnant women using the
products with salicylic acid. Medical professionals are split as to how much the
use of salicylic acid can affect an unborn baby but many health care
professionals recommend staying away of any cosmetic products containing this
chemical as while use on face and body it will get absorbed in your bloodstream
. It's estimated that a body peel containing salicylic acid is the equivalent
of taking one aspirin.
Alcohol: alcohol appears in cosmetic products under verity of
names (it is very confusing), and can actually penetrate the skin. The “bad”
alcohols are those with low molecular weight. These include ethanol, ethyl
alcohol, benzyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and SD (specially
denatrured) alcohol. They can not only be extremely drying, irritating for the
skin and cause sun sensitivity but may be cytotoxic and have been suspected to
cause contact dermatitis and possibly cancer.
There is a number of SD alcohols approved for uses in cosmetics: SD
Alcohol23-A, SD Alcohol-40 and CD Alcohol40-B. On the other
hand cetyl (derived from coconut oil), stearyl (also derivative of coconut oil
and firming agent) and cetearyl (emulsified wax) known as fatty alcohols that my be mostly considered “good” alcohols.
Nevertheless over-use or prolongue use of the two above chemicals may have
some serious health effect and ca certainly prematurely age and dry the skin
So treat your skin well- after all you are wearing it all your life! Use safe
and all natural AcnEase that CAN BE USED LONG TERM WITHOUT ANY ADVERSE EFFECTS; beware of overnight cures, miracle skin helpers and
“secret formulas” as well as big advertising budgets. Be an educated consumer; read
the labels (the FDA requires that label ingredients are listed in the
order of highest concentrations - meaning that the highest level of ingredients
are listed first) and choose the products with right, safe, efficacious and