Are you sure it’s acne, Part II: Pityrosporum folliculitis

This is the second post I’ve written about things which look like acne, and this time it’s about a condition called Pityrosporum Folliculitis (or PF for short). PF is also known as Malassezia folliculitis. The first post was about seborrheic dermatitis, a very similar condition to PF. You can read…

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Was I wrong about apple cider vinegar for acne?

To quote the great economist John Maynard Keynes, when accused of flip-flopping on his own opinion: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do sir?” (Actually, there is no real evidence that he said this, but for our purposes let’s assume he did). And to quote…

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Newsflash: Junk food causes acne

Mmmmmmm… looks good right? WRONG! I’m afraid today’s post is all about ramming home the point that you cannot expect to have clear skin and eat all the junk food you want, because for most acne-prone people junk food causes acne. Don’t get me wrong here – I’m not in…

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Top three rules for a serious skin cleansing regimen

Here’s a serious skin cleansing regimen for you, created with a helpful dollop of my home-made, self-brewed logic. Those of you who’ve read my account of the Caveman Regimen (and most of the other posts on this blog, actually) will know that I’m no fan of cleansers, facial washes, moisturizers…

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How to spot comedogenic ingredients hiding in your bathroom cabinet

Excuse me for the awful pun in that title, but I couldn’t resist (“spot”, “comedogenic”, geddit?). This post is about compounds, cosmetic ingredients and substances which are comedogenic. Comedogenic means “having a tendency to cause pimples by blocking the pores of the skin” and this usually happens in one of…

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Acne classification: How bad is your acne, really?

This post is on the importance of acne classification. Let’s start off with a quote from H. James Harrington. Heard of him?  Probably not.  He’s an international businessman and performance improvement guru. “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something,…

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Just what are those hard, white grains in your pores?

When you examine the skin of your forehead or nose closely in the mirror, do you ever see those small, hard, white “grains”, sticking out of your pores? Want to know what they are? I did, because I too sometimes suffer from this mysterious condition. It’s hard to describe exactly…

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How long does acne take to form?

Today gentlemen, we’re going to try to answer a fundamental question. How long does acne take to form? This question is fundamental to successful acne treatment in so many ways. For example, if your acne is caused by a food sensitivity, how long after eating the offending food will you…

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