Q : Why do I have acne?
It’s genetics and hormones. Your oil glands, around puberty, mature, because they respond to increased levels of hormones (male-type hormones present in both sexes). How acne-prone your oil glands become is influenced by genetic (familial) factors. Over-activity of oil glands, resulting in clogged pores, starts the acne process. Skin bacteria breaks down this trapped oil, and blackheads and whiteheads form. These early blemishes may group together to form pus-pimples or cysts.
Q : How come my skin is dry, and I still have acne?
We tend to associate acne with oilier skin, but this is not always true. While oil trapped in a skin pore is necessary to trigger one’s acne, it is not the quantity of oil that matters.
Q : When does someone outgrow acne?
This usually varies with the sexes. Men reach their hormonal prime of life around their late teens. Acne in men usually can start around age 14 and end by the late teens or early 20’s. Women, on the other hand, seem to be at risk at an earlier age (I’ve seen 7 and 8 year old girls with early acne problems) and not be acne-free until past their menopause. Because women reach their hormonal prime in their early 30’s, this age group is particularly vulnerable. In my office, women around age 30 make up a large part of my acne practice.
Q : How important is washing your face in controlling acne?
While good hygiene helps, it isn’t necessary to overdo facial cleansing. You can’t “wash away” your acne because the problem is not external. It has more to do with your internal oil glands and buried skin bacteria.
Q : Can certain foods cause acne?
No. Greasy foods and chocolate cannot CAUSE acne. People who have inflammatory acne (skin redness and irritated pimples) may find that dietary stimulants like caffeine (in chocolate, coffee, tea, colas) and spicy foods can trigger more redness and irritation.
Q : How about stess causing acne?
Not a CAUSE, but sometimes stress seems to make acne worse, especially when people lose control and start to pick on themselves.
Q : There are so many products out there. Why is Dr. Herb better?
My products contain the most complete selection of acne medications available without a doctor’s prescription. They are formulated in 3 levels, or strengths, to accommodate every level of acne breakout. For example, Pro-Activ®, Murad®, Neutrogena®, and others contain very low concentrations of very few ingredients. These products are formulated to treat the mildest acne problems and cause the least irritation. My LEVEL I is comparable to these (and most other available) products, but still has the variety of ingredients present in LEVELS II and III. My formulations will out-perform just about any product out there. Mine are serious products that I have recommended for real patients with real success.