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  1. So here we go, let's open this pandora's box and see what people have to say I'll start off. I have read the latest announcement by Willow in regards to the safety of Benzoyl Peroxide being declared by the FDA. In 1991, the FDA changed it's classification of Benzoyl Peroxide from a Category 1 to a Category 3 "more data needed" due to it's tumor promoting tendencies in more than one strain of mice, as well as in hamsters. ^ This would have been enough to keep me from using BP
  2. Whole grains, Dairy, and Meat products are very actively promoted as healthy things to consume in our society, and we can see this in the food pyramid. But is it smart to be getting your nutritional information from the FDA and the pyramid? Many people aren't aware of how corrupt the FDA is. You've got people in the FDA with one foot in the grain industry, and one foot in the livestock/dairy industry telling you these things are what we need to be consuming for our health. And some of the
  3. Is It Safe to Use Topical Retinoid Medications (Tretinoin, Adapalene, Tazarotene) When Pregnant?

    Doctors commonly prescribe one of the three available topical retinoid medications--tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene--to patients with acne. So far, there are not enough studies on any of these to conclude that they are safe to use during pregnancy, which is why it is important for any woman who is pregnant or trying to conceive to speak to her physician before using topical retinoids. What Are Topical Retinoids? Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A that are important for...
  4. The FDA just approved Bellafill for treatment of pitted acne scars. According to Refiner29, "Bellafill is a poly-methylmethacrylate (or PMMA) collagen filler, which is a suspension of synthetic microspheres in a gel. That gel is injected, which gives skin an immediate boost. Over time, the microspheres work to support collagen production, so the results last. " It's different from Botox. It also may require maintenance like any filler, because synthetic collagen will probably breakdown l
  5. What Topical Retinoid Formulation Is Most Effective for the Treatment of Acne?

    Topical retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that treat mild-to-moderate acne. The first retinoid approved for patient use was tretinoin, which doctors began prescribing for the treatment of acne in 1971.1 Since then, scientists developed two additional retinoids in the 1990s, called adapalene and tazarotene, which are now also FDA-approved for acne treatment.2 A number of studies have been performed to examine that look at the effectiveness, side effect severity, and delivery methods of tretinoin,...
  6. Hypochlorous Acid: What Is It, and Can It Help with Acne?

    Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid that effectively kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi, making it a powerful sanitizer. Because of this, hypochlorous acid is an active ingredient in many household cleaning products. It is also the disinfectant found in chlorinated swimming pools. These everyday uses of hypochlorous acid are actually mimicking its function in the human body. The body naturally produces hypochlorous acid to fight infections.1-4 In addition to its antibacterial activity, hypochlorous acid can help...
  7. Do Topical Retinoids Increase Sensitivity to the Sun?

    Recommendations for Retinoids and Sun Exposure Retinoids are a class of topical prescription medications that are proven to be somewhat effective in the treatment of acne. They work to clear acne by clearing clogged pores and reducing inflammation. The three approved retinoids used for the treatment of acne are: Tretinoin Tazarotene Adapalene [0.1% strength is now available over-the-counter] All three of these retinoids have caution and warning sections regarding sun exposure printed on their package inserts. These warnings state that...
  8. I hate to burst everyone's bubble, but FDA approval of a product does not necessarily mean the product is safe. Considering their history, I highly doubt all of their actions are done with consumer safety in mind. However I am completely open to constructive criticism, as I do not know much about the FDA, and I don't make any weakly supported conclusions about them. http://www.thelosang...etter-verified/ http://www.cbsnews.c...t-your-engines/ http://www.naturalne...Big_Pharma.html
  9. Does Salicylic Acid Make Your Skin More Sensitive to the Sun?

    Salicylic acid is an extremely common ingredient in over-the-counter acne products, as well as professional chemical peels. It is an acid that can exfoliate the skin (remove dead skin cells from the skin surface and from inside pores), but it can also reduce skin oil production, decrease inflammation, and act as a mild pain reliever and disinfectant. Thanks to these properties, salicylic acid decreases the chances of breakouts and provides some relief of acne symptoms...
  10. Does Triclosan Help With Acne?

    Properties of Triclosan Triclosan is a chemical that is able to kill bacteria and slow down its growth. It also inhibits fungus and virus growth. Triclosan is an odorless and tasteless manmade chemical in powder form that dissolves in organic solvents, such as alcohol, but not in water.1 Uses of Triclosan U.S. manufacturers of soaps started using triclosan in the 1970s and its usage has risen dramatically since then. Triclosan is now added to a wide range of...
  11. Is Benzoyl Peroxide Safe?

    Benzoyl peroxide is an over-the-counter or prescription medication for treating acne because it is inexpensive, easy to apply, and most importantly, effective. However, some users wonder about the safety of using benzoyl peroxide on a regular basis. As we will see, benzoyl peroxide is in fact safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the regulatory agency that decides whether a particular medicinal ingredient is safe for the American public based on research evidence. In...
  12. What Do Things Like "#1 Doctor Recommended" or "Dermatologist Recommended" Actually Mean?

    As you walk the aisles of your drugstore, you may notice that many over-the-counter skin care and makeup products sport the label "#1 Doctor Recommended" or "Dermatologist Recommended." Such claims help to increase sales because people tend to trust brands that come with a doctor's seal of approval. Unlike certain claims like "hypoallergenic" or "non-comedogenic," which are completely unregulated and therefore unreliable, claims like "Doctor Recommended" do need to have some basis in reality. Regulators in...