Does chocolate cause breakouts?

Does chocolate cause breakouts? Well not directly, but anything you eat can effect your skin. There has been no direct link between a specific food and acne. That does not mean that what you eat doesn't effect your skin. If you eat a diet that's high in fat, sugar and preservatives your body has a lot of toxins that are built up in it. Your skin is an excretory organ (part of the waste removal system in our bodies) and helps to remove toxins from the body, so if your body is chuck full of toxins it will get rid of the extra waste any way it can. For some this may mean extra breakouts. Everyone's system is different and some people are sensitive to certain foods. If  your eating a lot of chocolate and you notice your breaking out more if could mean that your body is sensitive to chocolate and your body cannot break it down that well or you've had to much and you should cut back. The same goes for pizza, cheeseburgers, french fries or candy. If you notice a certain food causes your skin to breakout then obviously avoid those foods or eat less of them. So go ahead and enjoy that piece of chocolate or have that slice of pizza just don't go overboard.


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Follow up

The teenager I saw a couple weeks ago came back in on Saturday. Her mom took my advise and bought her Proactive that day. Her skin looked sooo much better. It was not 100% clear but much, much better. I did a Comodex treatment on her and cannot wait to see her again in a few weeks to see how she made out.
I did advise her again that Proactive will definitely plateau after a couple of months and I can recommend some products for her at that time. She was so happy! It was so nice to see.




There are sooo many different types of moisturizers out there that it's crazy to try and navigate through them and they are all promising to dramatically change your skin. There are a couple of things that you should know before buying a moisturizer.

1. Some moisturizer's have humectants. This ingredient attracts and binds moisture to the skin.
Ingredients such as glycer, hyaluronic acid, seaweed, sodium PCA, and butylene or proylene
glycol are commonly found in these products. Look for these ingredients if you have an oilier
skin. It will attract hydration without clogging the skin. Dry skin can also benefit from
humectants because they can attract moisture that is lacking.

2. Other moisturizers have emollients which keep moisture from leaving the skin. Look for
ingredients such as mineral oil, vegetable oils, fatty acids, silicones or waxes. These
products work by creating a barrier and keeping the moisture in the skin. You should have one
or more of these ingredients in your moisturizer if you have dry skin.

There is also some confusion about night creams and if they are really necessary. Night creams are made to actually penetrate the skin where moisturizers are made to stay on top to put a protective layer against you and the environment. You actually get more benefit from a night cream because it does penetrate. This is why I usually recommend a night cream with some form of corrector in it.





I had a great consultation on Saturday that I wanted to share.

A mom brought her teenage daughter in to see what I could do for her. She has been seeing a dermatologist and taking some meds but nothing seems to be working.

I emphasized that there is no cure for acne but that I did think I could help her. She is using a Neutragena Cleanser and a Clean and Clear Moisturizer (occassionally). So the first thing I did was recommend product to use at home. I always start teenagers with acne to try Proactive. I know my fellow estheticians are dying right now but it does work for some people and it's $19.95. It's worth a shot in my opinion. If that doesn't work than I always recommend the products I carry at the salon. (Parents usually don't want to spend a lot of money because teenagers are so inconsistent with their routine.)

Once I establish the importance of a home care regime and not picking at their skin I set up a treatment plan. Acne should be treated every three weeks to start. Once it is under control you can go to once a month then once every 4-6 weeks from there.

I use a great treatment called Comodex. Comodex is a breakthrough treatement for treating acne, acne scarring and hyper pigmentation. Using tomato extract for antibacterial properties, TSR (transcutol with Retinol and Salicylic acid)for sebum regulation and naturally derived skin lightners this treatment has it all. I have had awesome results with this treatment.