The Dermatologist’s Protocol

So you’re having some  breakouts and you realize Proactiv isn’t going to cut it. What do you do? You schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, right? Well, I’m going to suggest you cancel that appointment. And here’s why…

About 85 percent of Americans have trouble with acne at some point in their life, and most people turn to a dermatologist for help. But let me explain to you how that industry works. If you’ve ever been to a dermatologist, you already know that they follow an “acne protocol.” They start out by putting you on a topical treatment, such as Retin-A or Differin. Then, when you come back in a few months and say “I’m still having breakouts,” they move on to the next phase of the “protocol” by prescribing antibiotics, such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline or erythromycin. Then, when you come back a few months later and say, “Um, yeah…I still have acne,” they put you on oral contraceptives or a drug like spironolactone that will alter the levels of testosterone being produced by your body. Finally, when you come back after all of that and say, “Yep, still having breakouts,” they begin considering Accutane—one of the most dangerous drugs ever to be released to the public.

I used to read about how dermatologists use this “protocol,” but I never believed it was such an industry standard until I experienced it firsthand…not once, not twice, but three times during both high school and college. I saw different dermatologists each time in different cities, but the protocol was exactly the same. And what was the end result of all my doctor’s visits? Nothing. My skin hadn’t changed. The acne remained.

Here’s the thing everyone must know: Acne is big business. The dermatology industry didn’t set out to deceive millions of people, but because acne is a such a huge source of revenue for both their industry and the pharmaceutical industry, they can never actually address the true cause and eradicate it. It’s like cancer. If the root causes of cancer were addressed and there was no more cancer, millions of people would lose their jobs and billions of dollars would be lost on chemotherapy and radiation.

What do I mean by root causes of acne? For instance, it is well known that one of the root causes of acne is diet. We know this because we know that acne is mostly found in the Western world. It’s not much of a problem in non-Westernized countries where refined carbs and sugar are consumed in much lower amounts. But a dermatologist will never suggest you cut processed foods out of your diet. Why? Because there’s no money to be made by doing that. The dermatologist’s office doesn’t have a deal with the produce farmers of America; they have a deal with the pharmaceutical companies.

And a dermatologist will also never say, “Um, maybe you shouldn’t use that particular brand of skincare products or makeup on your face because of all the terrible chemicals that are in it.” Why? Because it would be the most hypocritical thing they could say when their “protocol” involves countless synthetic chemicals and harmful substances.

There is some good news, however. After many failed attempts by dermatologists to clear my skin, my skin is completely clear right now and it definitely wasn’t because I did what they suggested. It’s because I did what one very smart woman in California recommended. Find out more about her here.

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