Does Drinking Water Clear Up Acne?

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One question that clients ask is, “Does drinking water clear acne?”

The answer may be surprising, but unfortunately increasing your water intake alone does not clear acne.

Now, I am not saying that water doesn’t have its place as part of a good plan for healthy skin, but when we are specifically talking about clearing up acne, it just doesn’t do the trick.

A lot of people are under the assumption that acne is caused by toxins trapped within the skin or body and that drinking water in heavy amounts will push the toxins out and the skin will subsequently clear up.

This prevalent myth that toxins cause acne is unfortunately misleading a lot of people. The truth is that acne is a genetic condition that effects the function of the pores. It’s as simple as that.

With that said, there is an exception…

If you mainly consume dark sodas throughout the day and you decide to replace these drinks with water then you may notice your acne severity decreasing. This is because most dark sodas contain a red dye, erythrosine, which contains iodine. I’ll talk more about iodine and its effect on acne later, but for right now just know that excess iodine can make acne more severe.

So to summarize, water itself does not clear up acne, however if you replace your dark sodas with water then you may notice your acne severity decreasing, but it’s not the water itself, it’s the fact that you have removed a source of excess iodine from your diet that was previously aggravating your acne condition.

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Acne Mistake – Don’t Use Makeup Remover Wipes to Cleanse Skin

makeupremoverwipesDo you rely on makeup remover wipes to clean your skin at the end of the night? If so make sure not to miss today’s post!

A  big mistake that I see acne-prone people making when it comes to removing their makeup or just cleansing their skin at night is relying on makeup remover wipes instead of using a cleanser. There’s a few reasons why I am against these wipes.

Reason #1
They can create too much friction for those with cystic or inflamed acne. If you have inflamed acne then it’s really important to stay away from anything that creates friction on the skin including scrubs, rotary brushes, washcloths and makeup remover wipes. The friction can create irritation which can lead to more inflammation and that’s the last thing you need with cystic acne. At our office, we educate our clients with inflamed acne to stay away from anything abrasive because it can slow down or prevent their progress toward clear skin.

Reason #2
These wipes can leave behind a residue and that’s problematic for 2 reasons. First is that depending on the ingredients found in the wipes, it can be pore clogging so this lingering residue can create breakouts. Second is that this residue can prevent the subsequent acne products that you use from fully penetrating into your skin. If your products aren’t fully sinking in then they won’t be effective.

Reason #3
Wipes just don’t clean as well as a cleanser and besides leaving behind a residue they also just push around makeup, sweat, oil and dirt.

To ensure that you don’t have any lingering residue from the wipes and that they don’t leave behind any makeup or dirt, you’ll have to cleanse your skin with water and a cleanser after using the wipes so why not just save yourself the time by skipping the wipes and just going straight for the cleanser.

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