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

Peanut Butter and Acne: 5 Reasons to Quit This Acne Trigger

Peanut butter tastes ridiculously amazing, right? Nothing quite like the salty, peanutty taste… Reese’s peanut butter cups, PB&J’s, Thai peanut sauce… even “ants on a log.” So good. And amazingly, you can trace the roots of a jar of Jif back to the Aztecs. They were grinding peanuts into a paste well before Shakespeare was in… Read More

Acne and Vitamin A: Does Vitamin A Help Acne?

Carrots

Are you ever confused by claims like these? “Vitamin A is a miracle vitamin for your skin!” “Eating Vitamin A-rich foods is dangerous!” “Vitamin A cures acne!” “You should never take vitamin A supplements because they can be toxic!” “You can get all the vitamin A you need from carrots and other yellow-orange vegetables!” If… Read More

Coffee and Acne: Does Coffee Trigger Acne?

Coffee Can Trigger Acne

Ahh, coffee… it’s a magical drink. But there’s a catch! It might be worsening your acne. This turns out to be a pretty complex issue… I was actually drinking one cup of coffee a day until I started researching this article. Okay, let’s dive in to the research. What’s in coffee, anyway? Coffee is super complex…. Read More

Whey and Acne: Does Whey Protein Cause Acne?

Whey and acne

So you’re taking whey protein for muscle building. Hey, I get it! I’ve been there. You’re probably breaking out with some acne, too. And you’re wondering, “Could whey protein be causing my acne?” And the answer would be, yes! At least, it’s definitely contributing to your acne, and here’s why. What is whey protein, anyway? I’ll… Read More