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Acne or Problem Skin?

  • 4 min read


First, let’s talk about nomenclature. Why do cosmetic companies when talking about their products’ attributes refer to problem skin when they mean acne? Because the FDA considers acne a medical condition and doesn’t take kindly to product claims about curing, preventing, treating or affecting the structure of any function of the human body unless the product has been approved as a drug. If we were a drug company, we could hit the word acne head on; since we’re not we skirt the issue by using words like problem skin, break-outs, zits, etc. There is sense behind the FDA’s stricture. Without going through the proper approval processes, a manufacturer could claim anything and trick the consumer into buying products that either don’t work or are potentially dangerous. The FDA is there to protect our interests. However, it does get frustrating when as a manufacturer you know you have something that can help people and you can’t come right out and say it. That’s the way I feel about our new food supplement, Skin Accumax. But I understand and will abide by the rules. Just let me say that we’ve seen amazing results with this nutritional supplement on problem skin.

Katie accumax

Four a day for 14 weeks seems to allow the skin to help itself and the result is a clear, healthy-looking complexion.

Your Guide to Getting Clearer Skin

Since I can’t talk too much more about this, what I can talk about are simple things that can be done to help clear the skin of distractions.

Why Nurture Your Skin?

I’m always amazed how little attention the skin, this miraculous part of our body, gets. We certainly fixate on facial skin but what about the rest of it? It works as our body’s third lung and our body’s third kidney. It’s taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide all day long; it’s excreting toxins while holding in moisture; it’s keeping unwanted things out and letting wanted things in and it’s creating an acid mantle made from sweat and sebum that produces an environment hostile to bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that could penetrate the skin. It’s called an acid mantle because it’s slightly acid with a pH of 4.5. The skin’s pH is generally between 4.5 and 6.2.

Magic Mitt, Skin Accumax, BeautyPrep Face Cleanser

Tip 1: Stop Over-Cleansing

So here is my point. Many people who suffer from skin conditions over cleanse and continually strip away that wonderful layer that the skin has taken such pains to create. Using anti-bacterial soaps, soap in general, cleansing scrubs, alcohol, (I even met a women who uses Listerine as a toner!) are not going to help. All this does is to make it easier for bacteria to thrive. So what’s my suggestion? We have a wonderful product called a Magic Mitt. It’s made from a special micro-fiber that only needs water to lift off makeup, debris, grime or anything else that your face may have accumulated throughout the day. And whether your makeup is pure enough to sleep in or not, it has still collected a lot of unwanted bits and pieces by the time you’re ready to go to bed. The Magic Mitt leaves the acid mantle intact and leaves your skin ready to fight the bacteria battle.

Tip 2: Use a "Spot Treatment"

What else can you do? Try a spot treatment (and I’m not including toothpaste here) that has been developed for break-outs, like our Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer. It’s a double-ended product with a balm on one end that contains sugar cane extract and tea tree oil to help calm-down that nasty eruption. On the other end is a concealer that continues the work of the balm but also conceals well enough that you may wear it alone or apply makeup over it. Of course, we recommend our mineral bases because we know that they allow the skin to breathe and function normally. All this helps your skin which is nothing short of a healing machine.

Tip 3: Hydrate your Skin

Finish off with a spritz of our Balance Hydration Spray that was designed to be pH neutral. It contains grapefruit, orange, chamomile and algae extracts with an added bonus of green tea extract. Studies have shown green tea to be very effective for problem skin. Use it to finish off your routine or as a moisturizer if you have oily skin. The smell is divine and it’s perfect for plane travel.

4 Acne-Fighting Beauty Essentials

So, in a nutshell here is what I would have in my medicine cabinet if I were waking up to break-outs every day:
  • Skin Accumax Nutritional Supplement (four a day for 14 weeks).
  • A Magic Mitt used morning and night with lukewarm water.
  • Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer to zap and hide.
  • Balance Hydration Spray.
Hope this helps! - Jane
Ellie with jane iredale Makeup
Ellie with jane iredale Makeup

Ellie's acne-prone skin before Accumax
Ellie before Skin Accumax
Ellie after Accumax
Ellie after Skin Accumax
Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea began her beauty journey in 2010 as a fashion and beauty freelancer at Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. There she had the chance to test and review hundreds of products while quickly falling for the benefits the clean makeup she tried. After leaving the magazine industry, she worked as a publicist for international fragrance and beauty brands until 2016 when she landed at jane iredale. Here, she has discovered liquid eyeliner doesn’t have to burn her eyes, foundation doesn’t have to feel heavy, and that the jane iredale Global Educators truly have the best beauty hacks. Since then, she’s shared her 10+ years of experience with you on The Good Glow Blog.