Update on Acne Battle + What can Possibly Aggravate Acne?


You can find my previous acne post here and here.

Since my last update, there are not many drastic changes and acne is still a work in progress but on a positive note, breakouts are happening less often. My skin regimen has not changed much either since I told you lastFace wash: alternating between PanOxyl 10% Foaming Wash and Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash, Original.

I use PanOxyl only on days when I have breakouts because its starting to make my skin dry.  Desert Essence is working wonderfully on my skin and I wash my face almost every day twice with it.   Moisturizer: I haven't experimented much after not-so great experience with Yes To Carrots and Yes To Grapefruit. I heard great reviews about their products but it did not work for me.

 So right now, I am still sticking with Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 30 Medium as it gives a great coverage without making my skin feeling cakey, dry or oily. 

On days where I use foundation, I use Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer. I find this product just okay and currently on the lookout for a new moisturizer. Suggestions are welcome.

Foundation: I am very conscious about dark spots and acne marks on my skin but since this happened, I have come to accept that I will never have spotless glowing skin. That's why I do more of Tinted Moisturizer with a bit of confidence than layers of Mac Concealer and Foundation although I like MAC products.

On a side note: I still follow my acne do's and don't besides occasional dairy aka ice-cream. Just wanted to share some interesting things I read on acne and diet.  - For A Clearer Complexion, Cut The Empty Carbs. Basically stay away from anything processed and that has high glycemic index.

- More study on

dairy & acne

mostly related to hormones in cows milk which can increase acne risk.


No correlation between acne and chocolate.



Alcohol and acne

. Apparently, drinking alcohol

stimulates the production of testosterone which in turn stimulates the sebaceous gland which is a major cause of acne, reduces immune system to fight acne, sugary drinks can cause inflammation, and so on. I am sure dehydration has some part to play too.

-  Has anyone heard anything about

iodine salt and acne

? or high sodium causing acne? I swear I read a little research somewhere but could not find it. Either way, high sodium is not good for anyone.

So that's my latest acne update. I would love to hear about your skin regimen, acne story or product recommendations are very welcome.

I am just sharing what is working for me right now after years of trial and error but in my opinion (and experience), if you have extremely bad breakout, instead of spending money on different products - it might be worth (money, time, frustration) to see a dermatologist for better treatment plan.

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