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Acne’s Most Wanted: Coconut Alkanes

Researched & Written by Nicole Gentile, MMS, PA-C Founder of Elemental Healing Solutions “If It’s Natural, It must be safe…” True or False? What Are Coconut Alkanes? Alkanes are a chemistry term for paraffins.  You are probably more familiar with paraffins in terms of their association with waxes, but they are also a group of compounds used as solvents, fats, and even natural gases.   Coconut Alkanes are basically naturally-derived paraffins which are commonly used as an emollient (product which softens and hydrates the skin) in skin care formulations, or even on their own. They are virtually synonymous with coconut oil,…

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“Maskne”: It’s Not Just for Teens

Just over a month ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended everyone wear a mask while in public to prevent the spread of covid-19.  These masks and face coverings provide a layer of protection; however, we are also observing a direct relationship with irritated the skin, clogged pores, and acne flares – even in patients who have never experienced acne in the past. P. acnes is not the only culprit when it comes to the cause of acne blemishes.  Many patients traditionally present with “pimples” assuming they’re hormonal or from oil or bacteria on the skin; when in fact,…

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