Monday, July 28, 2014



Acne sufferers can relate.    But when you are breaking out, you may actually not even have acne.

Here's a list of  NINE ACNE IMPOSTORS, that CAN BE TREATED before they ruin your day!

1.  Rosacea:  Flushing, redness, blushing, and broken blood vessels mark this chronic disease that is often mistaken for acne.  Totally manageable.

2.  Pityrosporum folliculitis.   Multiple red, identical bumps on oily skin, especially forehead, back and chest.   Did you know that 40% of "acne" in the tropics is actually due to this pesky yeast infection?  Clears up in a month with proper medicine.

3.  Perioral dermatitis.   This one looks like red bumps and blemishes only around the mouth and nose.  Affects ladies in their 30's and up.   Hormonal, and gets worse with all the stuff you put on your face!! Get pills to fix it now!

4.  Seborrheic dermatitis.  Red bumpy patches on the cheeks near the nose with dandruff on the scalp give this one away.  Clears up within a week!

5.  Staph infection. If you spend a lot of time in the gym, have facial hair or frequently get boils, beware of this common pimple impostor.  Let us clean you up!

6.  Side effects of YOUR OTHER PILLS.  Oh no, drugs can have side effets.  Especially prednisone, steroids, and seizure medication.  Let's pick an alternative.

7.  Side effect of YOUR FABRIC SOFTENER.  Seriously.  Lose it.

8.   Retention hyperkeratosis.  Plugged pores from stress.  Get help.

9.  Contact dermatitis.   All those chemicals in face washes and make up can wreck your complexion.  Stay away from these worst offender ingredients  (ready, it's long long long....)
Comedogenic   Ingredient:
HighAcetylated Lanolin
HighAcetylated Lanolin Alcohol
HighAlgae Extract
MediumAlmond Oil
MediumApricot Kernel Oil
MediumArachidic Acid
MediumAscorbyl Palmitate
MediumAvocado Oil
MediumBehenic acid
MediumBenzoic Acid
HighBismuth oxychloride may cause cystic acne
HighButyl Stearate
MediumButylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
MediumCajeput Oil
MediumCapric Acid
MediumCaprylic acid
MediumCetearyl Alcohol
HighCetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
MediumCetyl Alcohol
HighCoal tar
HighCocoa Butter
HighCoconut Butter
HighCoconut Oil
HighColloidal Sulfur
HighCorn Oil
HighCotton Aws Oil
HighCotton Seed Oil
HighD & C Red # 17
MediumD & C Red # 19
HighD & C Red # 21
HighD & C Red # 3
HighD & C Red # 30
HighD & C Red # 36
MediumD & C Red #27
MediumD & C Red #40
HighDecyl Oleate
HighDioctyl Succinate
HighDisodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
HighEthoxylated Lanolin
HighEthylhexyl Palmitate
MediumEvening Primrose Oil
HighGlyceryl Stearate SE -MUST have SE after the stearate
HighGlyceryl-3-Disostearate-(MUST have a "3" with it)
MediumGrape Seed Oil (extract is OK)
HighHexadecyl Alcohol
MediumHexylene Glycol
HighHydrogenated Vegetable Oil
HighIsocetyl Stearate
HighIsodecyl Oleate
Highisoproply linoleate
HighIsopropyl Isosterate
HighIsopropyl lanolate
HighIsopropyl Myristate
HighIsopropyl Palmitate
Highisostearic acid
Highisostearyl acid
HighIsostearyl Isostearate
HighIsostearyl Neopentanoate
Highlanolic acid
HighLaureth 23
HighLaureth 4
HighLauric Acid
HighLinseed oil
HighMink Oil
HighMyreth 3 myrstate
HighMyristic Acid
HighMyristyl Lactate
HighMyristyl Myristate
HighOctyl Palmitate
HighOctyl Stearate
HighOleic Acid
HighOleyl Alcohol
MediumOlive Oil (but Olive Oil Extract is OK)
MediumPalmitic Acid
MediumPeach Kernel Oil
MediumPeanut Oil
MediumPEG 100 Distearate
MediumPEG 150 Distearate
HighPEG 16 Lanolin
HighPEG 200 Dilaurate
MediumPeg 75 lanolin
HighPEG 8 Stearate
MediumPentarythrital Tetra Isostearate
MediumPG Dipelargonate
MediumPG Dipelargonate
HighPG Monostearate
HighPolyglyceryl-3-Disostearate (the "3" must be present)
HighPotassium Chloride
HighPPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
HighPropylene Glycol Monostearate
HighRed Algae
MediumSandalwood Seed Oil
MediumSesame Oil
HighShark Liver Oil
HighSalt - Table Salt or Sodium Chloride
HighSodium Laureth Sulfate
HighSodium Lauryl Sulfate-leaves a film on skin-clogs pores
HighSolulan 16
HighSorbitan Oleate
HighSorbitan Sesquinoleate
HighSoybean Oil
HighSteareth 10
MediumSteareth 2
MediumSteareth 20
MediumStearic Acid
HighStearic Acid Tea
MediumStearyl Alcohol
HighStearyl Heptanoate
HighSulfated Castor Oil
HighSulfated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba beads are OK)
HighSyearyl Heptanoate
MediumTocopherol (Tocopherol Acetate is OK)
MediumVitamin A Palmitate-(ONLY this form of Vitamin A)
HighWheat Germ Glyceride
HighWheat Germ Oil