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Hannah Brown

I have suffered with adult acne for as long as I can remember, and during the last 20 years have been on 7 courses of Accutane. I didn't believe there was any other way to manage my skin. I was recommended Studio Blu by my dermatologist to try before going back on Accutane for the 8th time, and I cannot believe how great my skin is after only EIGHT WEEKS! It is completely clear and without ANY medication. For anyone who suffers with bad skin and knows how debilitating and depressing it can be, I highly recommend going to see Cora - she has totally turned my skin around and consequently stopped me feeling depressed and embarrassed. I can now go out without makeup on and my skin looks GREAT! I cannot say thank you enough :)

Acne + Skin Tips - Lifestyle Advice

First, what is acne? There are lots of very technical descriptions of acne that I won't bore you with. This is how I like to explain it; acne is a disease where there is no known cure, all we can do is control it.  Acne is genetic in almost all cases, you can thank your parents or possible even your grandparents for it. So guess what? It's not your fault because you didn't wash your face enough. Acne simply means you produce more dead skin cells than you would if you didn't have acne. If you don't have acne, you shed approximately one layer of dead skin cells every day.  If you do have active acne, more than likely you shed up to five dead skin cell layers every day. What we do at Studio Blu Acne Clinic is help you not have those dead skin cells back up and cause breakouts. We can do that either in our studios, that is located in the San Francisco North Bay Area or in our long-distance acne program wherever you are, is coach you about what lifestyle choices prevent breakouts, acne bumps, cysts, hormonal breakouts, blackheads, pimples etc., that we all find highly annoying. We also fight acne with a regimen with products that actually work.

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Here are just three lifestyle tips. There are many more. Contact us, we look forward to hearing from you. 

1. Reduce your stress.

Stress stimulates the adrenal gland, it creates a sticky backup, mess, of oil that clogs pores. In acne-prone individuals, it creates a back up dead skin cells that produce bumps, pimples, blackheads, acne cysts etc. in acne-prone individual. 

What can you do to reduce stress? Do whatever it takes.

When there is nothing you can do to change your stressful situation, we usually recommend talking to your doctor about getting onto a good vigorous exercise program of some kind. You will feel better and sleep better and this will help you and your acne prone skin look it's best. 

2. Sleep at least eight, uninterrupted, hours every night 

This means no electronics in the bedroom. No beeping. No checking. No watching. 

Night shift and sleeping with infants or small children means trouble with acne-prone skin.

Travel and crossing time zones causes severe physical stress, making it harder to clear acne.

3. Drink more water 

Plump up fine lines, reduce dark circles, brighten your skin tone. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces, we are now recommending three litters a day for most adults. Water intake should be throughout the day for best results. 

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During the Summer, if you’re like most people, you crave the fresh mountain air and roasting marshmallows around a campfire. Though camping cleanses your soul, it makes maintaining an acne regimen a challenge. Follow these few tips, and a few nights under the stars won’t throw your skin off the deep end.



No access to water, use Costco brand Kirkland Baby Wipes or Target unsented Baby Wipes before you begin your skin regimen. Always check the ingredient deck for pore-clogging ingredients.



Always remember to reapply your sunscreen every 1 to 2 hours in the intense outdoor sun.This is especially true if you’re at higher altitudes. We recommend acne safe Studio Blu mineral sunscreen.



Most campers will have a cooler with plenty of ice in it, so go ahead, ice. Apply ice, in circular motion, 1 to 2 minutes on acne prone skin. Be careful not to leave in one area too long as it may result in ice burn.



With a lack of access to running water, washing your hair can be a pain in the neck. Remember to pack some acne safe DRY shampoo. It absorbs all the grease from your hair, which results in less grease getting on your skin. It’s also a plus to have beautiful clean hair while camping. Be sure to check the ingredient deck.



When we’re at home it’s easy to be on high alert about using non-clogging products. When you’re out in the wild, it’s a tad more difficult. Watch out for these skin abusers when camping:

  • bug spray: nearly all bug sprays are made with soybean oil, which is on the no-no pore-clogging list. The only acne safe bug spray is Greenerways Organic Bug Screen bug spray.

  • body sunscreen: sun protection for your body is, of course, important, but make sure whatever sunscreen you’re using on your body isn’t pore-clogging. Even if you don’t tend to break out on your body, when you touch your skin throughout the day, the sunscreen will get on your hands, and will almost certainly end up on your face.

  • campfire food: we all know better than to mess with soy and dairy, so make sure you steer clear of them even while camping. Check ingredients on any canned or processed foods you plan on bringing – you’ll find that a lot them have some form of sneaky soy.

  • a dirty pillow: just like at home, make sure whatever pillow you’re using is CLEAN. To play it safe, pack an extra tee or two to put over your pillow each night.

If you try your best to follow these tips, it should be easier to enjoy the fun shenanigans and all that camping is about, without stressing about your skin.

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