Acne: Busting Myths & Going with Gut

Google “Acne blogs” and you’ll scroll for days. “Backne, Maskne” and even “Roidne” are but a couple of buzz words for the re-occurring skin condition that remains a favourite topic for articles, many of which, simply confuse.

Says Wim van Nierop of local skincare brand, Formulage, “When research reflects in the products you place in the market, a next step is simplifying acne for sufferers desperate for new direction. Let’s stop fact obfuscation and punting gimmicky products when we communicate about acne.”


Fact verses Myth:

  1. Myth: Eating chocolate can cause acne.

Fact: Genetics are 80% responsible. Followed by Androgens, bacteria, lifestyle factors (smoking, obesity and stress also contribute but how much Western diets do is debatable.)

  1. Myth: Acne is for teenagers.

Fact: 50% of female sufferers are over 20. Acne starts in the luteal menstrual cycle phase (perimenstrual acne) as androgens increase in sebaceous glands. Excess sebum and keratin in hair follicles provide a growth medium for Propionibacterium acnes.

  1. Myth: Oral contraception prevents acne.

Fact: No, but it helps – avoid Androgenic progestins (norgestrel and levonorgestrel) though.

  1. Myth: Oily skin causes acne.

Fact: Excess sebum production plays a role but it’s more about blocked hair follicles, too much keratin and dead skin cells (hyperkeratosis).

  1. Myth: Acne sufferers don’t need moisturiser.

Fact: Wrong, they have higher trans-epidermal water loss and lower stratum corneum hydration.

  1. Myth: Immunity/inflammation are not considerations in treatment.

Fact: Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease. Inflammation occurs at all stages (from Defensins, Neuropeptides, Sebum components, Lipid Peroxide formation and comedogenic squalene, from peroxidation.)

  1. Myth: Gut health; digestion and stress-related gastro-intestinal changes are not considerations.

Fact: Acne sufferers are prone to gut flora imbalance and constipation. Gastro-intestinal changes may cause/aggravate it. Oral pro/prebiotics and topical probiotics help reduce inflammation.

  1. Myth: Benzoyl peroxide; topical retinoids; antibiotics and microdermabrasion are okay.

Fact: The first damages stratum corneum lipid/causes trans-epidermal water loss. The second, thins stratum corneum, increases epidermal waterloss and causes retinoid dermatitis/dryness. Antibiotics change skin flora and increase Propionibacterium acne resistance. Microdermabrasion causes trans epidermal waterloss/dehydrates stratum corneum.

Don’t use:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Antibiotics
  • Retinoids
  • Hormones


  • Treat subclinical inflammation.
  • Restore dermal barrier.
  • Restore normal flora.
  • Remove excess skin.


  • Salicylic Acid
  • Aloe & Phragmites Communis Extract
  • Milk Protein
  • Bulbine Gel
  • Stable synthetic antioxidants
  • Rosemary Extract
  • Hyaluronic acid

Formulage’s Range of Acne combating products is formulated from a blend of active ingredients to help hydrate and restore the skin to its normal flora levels. Each product plays a significant part in Acne prevention and healing.

Our Acne Range consists of the following products to give clients with Acne Prone skin a complete go-to skincare range that helps with every part of the healing and restoration process.

  1. Acne Prevention Cleanser contains Salicylic Acid and Aloe and is 100% sulphate-free.
  2. Acne Prevention Day Cream SPF 30+ is formulated from carefully selected active ingredients, including Amino Acids and Vitamin B3.
  3. Natural Acne Prevention Night Cream with Almond oil, Hyaluronic acid, Milk Protein, and various active ingredients to help restore and replenish the skin.
  4. Spot Cream contains a potent blend of ingredients to eliminate acne fast and effectively.
  5. Micro Peel helps remove dead skin cells and promote new skin cell formation.

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