7 Crazy Diets That DON’T Fix Acne

Here are 7 bizarre diets I’ve tried on my path from acne to clear skin. Not one of them truly cleared up my skin, except one, but it would have killed me if I’d kept going with it. Yes, I know the following sounds crazy, but it is all 100% true: I went raw vegan… Read More

Hormonal Acne: Stop the Breakouts Now

The monthly dread of hormonal acne – I know what that’s like! But it’s not easy to get rid of, either. As you probably know, your hormonal acne has a vast array of potential causes. This is why it can be so difficult to clear up! For some people, simple dietary changes may clear up… Read More

Iron and Acne: Does Excess Iron Trigger Acne?

I’m going to go out on a limb here… Is excess iron the hidden acne trigger we’ve all been missing? Wait a sec. Iron? Isn’t iron good for us? Aren’t many people anemic, or deficient in iron? Well, true, iron is good for us. In small amounts. But it’s kind of like radioactive fuel in… Read More

Lactoferrin and Acne: Does Lactoferrin Help Acne?

Lactoferrin. Sounds like an engine problem, doesn’t it? “Well, sonny, your problem is you’ve got lactoferrin buildup in your jimbedy-flange.” But it turns out lactoferrin couldn’t be more natural: it’s a protein, your body makes it, and it’s pretty darn important. So important that it’s one of the first things mothers pass to their newborn… Read More

Vitamin B5 for Acne: Does Pantothenic Acid Help Acne?

Is pantothenic acid (a.k.a. vitamin B5) really that good for your skin? Some acne sufferers swear by it. And it’s certainly touted by the cosmetic companies. It’s in everything from moisturizers, shampoos, and sunscreens, to conditioners to hairsprays, and even mascaras and lipsticks. They don’t hide it, either—they practically shout it at you on the… Read More

Magnesium and Acne – Why Your Skin Needs More Magnesium

Sad fact: if you’re reading this and you’re human, you’re probably magnesium deficient. (If you’re reading this and not human, you’re probably an alien with nutrient vats with squiggling life forms in them. Erm… you might be fine.) For the rest of us sentient beings the magnesium situation is grim: anywhere from 50% to 80%… Read More

Coconut Oil and Acne: Does Coconut Oil Help Acne?

Coconut oil. Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably realized that coconut oil is a huge fad right now. They say it’s a “healthy” fat (Gasp! Is such a thing possible?), and that it can even help you burn fat. Some people even blend it into their coffee (I’m talkin’ about you, Dave Asprey)…. Read More

Turmeric for Acne: Does Eating Turmeric Really Help Acne?

Good grief. Turmeric teas. Turmeric sauces. Turmeric pills. Turmeric pastes. Turmeric masks?? Seems like the Web is chock-a-block with turmeric remedies for just about everything. If you can think of an ailment, the Web says (in its best Greek dad voice): “Put some turmeric on it!” What gives? Well, people have been eating turmeric as… Read More

Sh**, I Ate the Whole Pie: 7 Acne Damage-Control Tips for the Holidays

Festive woman frowns at a cupcake.

It’s that time of year again. Cookies. Egg nog. Booze. Holiday parties. (How can you not drink when forced to socialize with your partner’s coworkers? Yes please, fill ‘er up…) Pie. Caramels. Fudge. Did I say cookies? It can be hard to keep your clear skin goals on track when faced with a plate full… Read More

Green Tea and Acne: Does Green Tea Really Help Acne?

Matcha green tea is high in EGCG, which can help acne.

Okay, here’s the deal. Green tea has some pretty cool acne-clearing effects. Is green tea better than coffee for clearing up your skin? Definitely. Is it better than black tea for acne? Yep. Is it better than white tea? Maybe not… (read on). That said, is drinking green tea going to clear up your acne… Read More