In doing reserach on rosacea, I came across a fascinating study in 2009 where about half of the people with rosacea were found to have small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO). Upon administration of rifaximin, an antibiotic that does not penetrate the intestinal wall, thus staying within the intestine and eradicating the SIBO, many of the rosacea sufferers with SIBO were completely cleared. At a nine month follow up they remained clear.

Fascinating.

No such study has been performed on people with acne, but hey, who knows! So I’ve asked my doctor to refer me to a testing facility to see if I have SIBO myself, just for fun. It’s a simple breath test, and I’m hoping to find someone in the area who can perform the test. I’ll let you guys know how it goes. I am reseraching as much as I can about intestinal bacteria and skin disease, with acne as a particular focus of course. If you have any references for me, please let me know.

Hey you guys. I’ve got multiple projects at the ready: a newly updated scars page, an interactive picking page, and several other fun new web pages which are designed and ready for implementation. But, Joel is back in school and too busy to handle it all! So, we need another Joel :) OK, that’s not possible. We’re all unqiue :) But let’s way it were. What is another Joel? Basically, someone who is amazing in PHP, Javascript, and who can also design stuff in Photoshop part time to full time. The work would be done remotely. Pay is commensurate with experience. If you’re interested, please email miriam@acne.org with a resume and cover letter outlining why you’d like to work for Acne.org in particular.

Thanks you guys!

moisturizer samples from the lab Hey you guys. I’ve been in the lab helping formulate a new and improved non-SPF moisturizer. While our current moisturizer is my favorite, it’s not perfect, so I’ve been trying sample after sample. I’ve tested 39 new samples in all and we’re getting some awesome stuff. I’m bursting at the seams to get the new, improved moisturizer into distribution. What has changed? We’ve moved from glycerin to methyl glyceth-20, which is a glycerin derivative with less tack and less sting. Also, we’ve added some cutting edge Japanese moisturizing ingredients that have me basically falling in love. I’m hoping to finalize a new formula soon and start testing it for stability. Best case scenario would probably be 6 months or so from now to get it out.

spot treatment

We received the first spot treatment sample. It’s kind of a yellow gel/cream.

First the good stuff:

- It seems to be working for the people who have tried it so far.

- It’s packed with good ingredients.

And the challenges:

- It’s balling up. Gotta fix that.

- It is a 3.5pH and STINGS to high heaven. It’s kinda nice because it’s obviously doing something, but it’s pretty hardcore.

I should be receiving a revised sample soon and I’ll let you guys know how it pans out.

Picture me with my hands up by my shoulders, palms upward, with a silly frown on my face. That’s where I feel like I am with the whole SPF issue. I just don’t know where to go from here. I’ve tried tons of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide SPFs at this point, probably around 70 samples from our formulators and 10 over-the-counter products. Yeah, that’s pretty ridiculous. But it took me trying that many to realize zinc and titanium probably aren’t going to work for us. It turns out they are flake promoting ingredients, and I can’t seem to formulate the flakiness away.

So, what do we do? Well, one option would be moisturizing with a regular moisturizer first, and then applying a zinc or titanium SPF on top of it. That seems kind of annoying to me though. There are already three parts to the regimen and I’d rather not make it four. Plus, my gut says it will still cause flakes. But, it’s always something I could try, so I will try that out and let you know how that works. If you’d like to try with me, I’d love to hear your feedback.

So let’s theoretically say zinc and titanium are out. That would leave us with avobenzone as the only other broad spectrum SPF option. Any other SPF ingredients are not going to give us the UVA protection we want. But, avobenzone-based sunscreens tend to break me out. So, it’s time to look into this issue more deeply. Is it the avobenzone that’s breaking me out or other ingredients in avobenzone products I’ve tried? I’m going to delve into this and see what I can come up with. If we can make avobenzone work without breaking people out, it may be our best option.

In the meantime, I wear hats. I just wear a hat every day. It’s become part of my wardrobe. I put some zinc or titanium SPF on the back of my neck, throw on a hat, and I’m out the door.

Hey you guys. I’ve been getting tons of stuff done since I started taking a break from daily videos. It’s been great concentrating entirely on research and I’m excited about the work I’m doing. I’m currently devoted to scar research, and from there it’s the sebaceous gland, hormones, and molecular biology. Ultimately I’d like to know if an acne cure is realistic?

So, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and take an extended break from the videos. I will keep blogging from time to time to let you know what I’m working on. If you want to get automatically updated when I write in the blog, go ahead and join the RSS feed.

Thanks you guys!