Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Acne

Another success story from Reddit. This one involved a person suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). His acne improved as a by-product of the elimination diet recommended for treating IBS. Another excellent data point in the lifestyle-issues-lead-to-acne theory. “Garlic, onions, peppers, egg yolks, beans, and to a lesser extent cabbage and cauliflower. It would get…

Our Visitors’ Theories

We asked our readers “Do you have any theories about what causes your acne?” Here are their responses: “the weather in texas, using the wrong products.” “My skin won’t stop producing oil!” “my dads side of the family had it” “i don’t drink enough water..?” “No” “genes” “no. i don’t know why it could only…

Researchers wanted

Are you a scientist with a background in nutrition or biochemistry, with an interest in conducting clinical research on acne and skin health? Please contact We have a budget for both your salary and the research effort itself.

Lifestyle Changes That Affected Acne

We asked our users ‘Have you ever made a lifestyle change that made your acne dramatically better or worse? If so, tell us about it..” About 30% of survey respondents replied with some variety of ‘I have never identified a lifestyle change that had an effect on my acne.’ Here are their other replies: “I…

Umuaid Reviews

Umuaid cream is a .1% Phytosphingosine cream that claims to treat cystic acne within 48 hours.  The basic product costs $48 and is available over the counter and on From their website: Emuaid stimulates blood-flow to rapidly repair skin and prevent scarring Have you used this product?  If so, please tell us about your experiences below.

Clarsonic Aria Review – Does it treat acne?

There is little evidence to show that washing manual scrubbing reduces acne (after all, acne isn’t caused by dirt or bacteria — it’s caused by your body’s immune system malfunctioning). However, the best use case for Clarsonic Aria, in our opinion, is removing makeup.  In that, it may be very effective.  If makeup is irritating…

ZenMed Acne Treatment

Zenmed is a website that sells products to treat acne, rosacea, and scars. They claim drugstore pricing and offer free shipping on orders over $100 and offer a 60 day money back guarantee. Do you have experience with their brand of products? If so, please tell us about it here. Their primary acne product appears… Review

Do you have any experience with the folks at Laser (the laser & dermatology institute of california). If so, please post them here.

Banana Boat Sunscreen and Acne

With so many different sunscreen options, it can be difficult to know the potential risk for breakouts with each one. Here are some of the common ingredients: octyl Methoxycinnamate 10.0%w/w, Oxybenzone 8.0% w/w, Octyle Salicylate 5.0%w/w, Mythoxydibenzoylmethane 2.0%w/w Preservatives: Phenozyethanol, Hydroxybenzoates Please tell us about the experiences you have had with this brand.