• Acne FAQs

  • What causes acne?
    Acne can be caused by a combination of factors: hormones, heredity and bacteria on the skin and in pores. Some of the most common acne triggers are stress and hormones. Other acne triggers can include the environment and some medications.
    Stress: Physical, emotional, school/job-related or daily stress can trigger acne.
    Hormones: Hormone levels fluctuate as we grow and get older, with diet and some medication. Hormones also fluctuate as the seasons change, altering the amount of oil skin produces (reaching highest amounts in October).
    Environment: Humidity induces oil excretions and pollution congestion.
    Medications: Some medications cause skin and follicle irritations. Ask your doctor if any of your prescribed medication could be contributing to your acne breakouts.

  • How do clogged pores cause breakouts?
    Pores can become clogged by a combination of factors such as excess oil, dirt and dead skin. When pores become blocked, it provides the perfect environment for the growth of P.acnes bacteria underneath the skin. The P.acnes bacteria thrive in environments with low oxygen concentration and can multiply by feeding off the oil within the pore. The growth of P.acnes bacteria causes inflammation, redness and swelling which eventually leads to an acne breakout on the skin’s surface.

  • How do OXY products help treat acne and prevent new ones from forming?
    OXY products are specially formulated to unclog pores and allow oxygen in to keep pores open and breathing. When pores breathe, bacteria can’t grow, and when bacteria can’t grow, pimples won’t form. OXY keeps your skin clean and prevents pimples from rearing their ugly heads.

  • How do OXY Medicated Acne Pads work?
    OXY pads work instantly to unclog pores to let oxygen in to help skin breath. They contain a patented polymer that encapsulates the active ingredient, salicylic acid. The unique encapsulation action provides special benefits: The medicine stays on the skin and in the pores where it is needed to work best. OXY pads formula kills more than 99% of bacteria that causes zits in 30 seconds. The medicine continues to work even between washings. Your skin is protected from irritation due to the slow release of the medicine, instead of having a harsh stinging burst when the pad is first applied.

  • How long do you need to use OXY before noticing an improvement?
    Everyone’s skin is different, so it’s difficult to determine the amount of time necessary for OXY to work effectively. A proper cleansing regimen can keep your skin clear and healthy, but it may take several weeks to see a visible difference.

  • Can you put makeup on over OXY?
    Absolutely, but wait until the OXY product you have applied has dried and be sure to use a water-based foundation. Choose products that are labeled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic, so they will not clog your pores and will allow OXY to continue working with oxygen to fight acne.

  • Myths

  • Acne is caused by bad hygiene
    If you wash your skin frequently and
    hard you can actually make acne worse. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will
    actually irritate the skin making it worse. The best approach to hygiene and
    acne is to gently wash your face twice a day, pat dry and use an appropriate
    acne treatment for the acne.

  • Acne is caused by diet
    Extensive research has proven that there is no connection between diet and acne.

  • Stress causes acne
    Although stress does affect your hormones and theoretically can promote acne, try using a powerful acne system to prevent breakouts.

  • The sun will get rid of my acne
    In the short-term the sun may work to speed up the clearing of existing acne while reddening your skin. However, a sunburn is actually skin damage and exposure causes irritation, which can make acne worse.

  • Popping pimples are the fastest way to get rid of acne
    Popping your pimples is one of the worst things you could do. Popping pimples actually pushes more germs further into pores, which could cause more redness, pain and even infection. This could also lead to scarring.

  • Acne is caused by dirt
    Dirt on the surface of your skin is not the problem, the number one cause of acne is a combination of skin scales, oil and bacteria found in the follicles and glands sebaseus.

  • Acne is only for teens
    Not only can teenagers get acne but so can children, pre-teens and adults. Most teenagers have acne because of hormonal changes in their teenage years.

  • Toothpaste can get rid of acne
    Toothpaste cannot cure acne. In order to cure acne you should try using a topical like Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid.

  • Skin Tips

  • Prevention is the best way to fight acne
  • Wash your face twice a day with warm water and a daily facial cleanser
  • Cleanse skin thoroughly by gently massaging face in circular motions
  • Over washing and excessive scrubbing can cause skin irritation
  • Don’t pop pimples – by popping pimples you actually increase the chances of pushing infected material further into your skin, leading to more swelling and redness
  • Avoid touching your face with your fingers
  • If you wear glasses or sunglasses always make sure to clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging your pores
  • If you have body acne, avoid wearing tight clothing – try an acne cleanser in the shower
  • Remove all make-up before going to bed
  • Keep hair clean and off your face to prevent added dirt and oil from clogging your pores
  • Protect your skin from the sun
  • Drink lots of water – helps to hydrate the skin
  • Wash your gym/sports uniforms and equipment frequently
  • Change/wash pillow cases, sheets, face cloths and towels often
  • Clean make-up brushes and sponges regularly