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Acne: Adult Acne Myths Exposed

A July 2014 article on the website of Health Magazine examines the myths surrounding adult acne. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Medical Corporation comments on the article assertions and offers his recommendations for acne prevention and treatment.


Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/16/2014 -- A July 2014 report posted on the website of Health Magazine titled “16 Adult Acne Myths, Busted,” examines the misinformation surrounding adult acne. According to the report, the idea that acne is not associated with diet was based on two flawed studies conducted in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Foods with high glycemic index levels can worsen acne by increasing blood cortisol levels. Refined carbs are said to lead to clogged pores by causing insulin levels to spike and increasing the production of sebum (see: goo.gl/QLPi24)

“As is noted in the article, adult acne is more common in women than in men,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “Increased oil production caused by estrogen can ultimately lead to bacterial inflammation and pimples.”

The article notes that non-comedogenic cosmetics don’t promote acne and that some powder-based makeups can actually absorb pore-clogging oils. Physical sunscreens, those containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, are preferable to chemical sunscreens. Surprisingly, the article states that there’s no improvement in efficacy between acne treating products with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and ones that are 10%. Products with Retin-A are recommended for treating blackheads which are the result of slow skin cell turnover. Retin-A increases cell turnover so that pores don’t collect skin debris, oil, and protein.

“I’m glad the article notes the potential downside for using sunlight to make acne better,” says Dr. Ourian. “As noted, sun exposure may help reduce inflammation but it also leads to a breakdown of the skin’s collagen. And, of course, there’s the risk of skin cancer.”

About Epione Beverly Hills
Epione Beverly Hills has been a leader in minimally-invasive aesthetic medicine and laser technology. Products offered include Botox, Radiesse, Sculptra, Restylane, Juvéderm, and CoolSculpting. Procedures are available to treat or reverse conditions such as wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, skin discoloration, acne, and acne associated scars. More information about acne can be found on Epione’s website.