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Beware! Topical Acne Treatments are Ineffective and Damaging!

Posted Aug 29 2010 11:49pm

October 6, 2009 |

It took thousands of years of evolution to create the cells and organs that make up our bodies today. Every organ in your body was created for a reason and every cell that constitutes the organs, blood, etc. play a very specific role. The cells that constitute your skin have a specific role, too. Simply put, your skin is a protective barrier to both release and absorb. It releases sebum to keep your skin supple and moist. It releases heat (in the form of sweat) to keep your body cool.  It absorbs sunlight to produce Vitamin D , a very important hormone with a multitude of it’s own functions. [1]

Companies like Neutrogena, L’oreal(see L’Oreal accused of using banned chemicals ) and pharmaceutical companies create and market these topicals for two reasons.  To treat a specific symptom which may be one cause of your acne and to make as much money as they can doing so.

One example of a prescription topical pharmaceutical companies have created in a lab is Benzamycin. Let’s take a look at the active ingredients in Benzamycin:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide, hydrous, equivalent to benzoyl peroxide 5%
  • Erythromycin 3%

Erythromycin inhibits lipase production whilst benzoyl peroxide reduces the comedone count and has antibacterial action. [2]

In theory, this should stop acne from forming, thus curing your acne. WRONG. If you’ve read, ‘ The Ladder of Causes ‘ you’ll know that this effort is futile. Benzamycin may help curbing your acne initially, but what happens when you stop? Your acne comes back.  Acne sufferers are lead to believe that if their symptoms are temporary alleviated, then it is an effective treatment. WRONG. Effective means your acne is gone and will never come back. There is only one effective treatment of acne, and topicals aren’t it. The true cause of acne deals specifically with your diet and nutrition and healing comes within.

We partially absorb everything we put on our skin. That foundation with a million different chemicals is absorbed by our skin. Those chemicals in that commercial shampoo you are using is absorbed by the skin, too. The same goes with Benzamycin and any other topical to treat acne.

In vivo, the higher the concentration of benzoyl peroxide applied, the greater the amount absorbed, as indicated by the urinary excretion of 14C-benzoic acid. [3]

Absorption is not specific to active ingredients. Inactive ingredients are absorbed as well. Let’s take a look at the inactive ingredients in Benzamycin.

  • Carbomer 980
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • SD Alcohol
  • Lemon Fragrance Oil
  • Methyl Salicylate
  • Docusate Sodium 75% Solution
  • Purified Water
  • Ethanol 70 HSE*

* Added by the pharmacist during reconstitution.

Pharmaceutical and OTC Companies don’t take into account the accumulative harmful effects of absorbing these ingredients into our bloodstream. They are probably aware of said effects, but don’t bring it to attention with their greed and… Continue reading…

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