I don’t know anything about the ViaSalus skin therapy solution. For all I know, it’s fabulous. However, I was perusing the latest online news about acne products, and a quote from their CEO Paul Metzinger rubbed me the wrong way.
What he said: “Most products on the market today attempt to treat the acne, not the bacteria that causes the acne.”
First of all, no one knows exactly what causes acne. NIH lists the cause as ‘unknown’.
Second, most of the products do try to kill the bacteria. (Proactiv, every oral antibiotic, Clindamycin are among the most popular acne treatments and they all aim to kill bacteria). And the one product that works the best (not that I would recommend it, in fact — please don’t use it!), Accutane, doesn’t try to treat the acne by killing bacteria.
Third, P.Acnes bacteria are needed by the skin and they are there for a reason. The skin is home to a lot of other bacteria that produce things like azelaic acid, which helps the pores stay open. Acne products that kill bacteria kill off these, too.
Lastly, studies have proven that the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria are equally prevalent in acne and non-acne sufferers. If people without acne have this bacteria, then how can the bacteria really be the cause of Acne?
I don’t have the science, experience or knowledge to cast positive or negative judgments on ViaSalus acne products. I find it disconcerting that the CEO of a company that makes acne products either doesn’t understand the disease, or is simply willingly telling half truths about it. If the product really works, the results will speak for themselves. Misleading marketing statements just aren’t necessary.