by Kimberly Lovato, Licensed Skin Care Specialist, Acne Specialist, Product Formulator, Owner/Founder
Albuquerque’s first problematic skin care clinic clears all stages and types of acne without antibiotics, topical prescriptions, lasers or Accutane quickly by eliminating the root cause.
Truly Alive: Why did you create ABQ Acne Clinic?
Kimberly Lovato: After struggling with Acne Rosacea and being told (by a dermatologist) there was no connection between food and my acne, it didn’t make sense to me. Knowing that the skin is the largest organ, common sense dictated that foods must be connected. I made food changes in my diet and within a week, I saw a big difference in my skin and a reduction in inflammation. After working with acne sufferers with mild, moderate to the most severe stages of acne for more than 20 years, I developed the Clear Path Program, which clears:
Acne Inversa · Acne Conglobata · Acne Excoriee · Cystic Acne · Hormonal Acne Rosacea · Perioral Dermatitis · Keratosis Pilaris · Folliculitis – PLUS MORE
When you know the steps and have the right tools, it’s easier and faster than you think.
TA: Why do ABQ Acne Clinic’s methods work so well?
KL: The minute you stop feeding acne is the minute it begins to heal. It’s about empowerment. We educate and guide our clients to clear skin with our step by step Clear Path Program. Once they understand the root cause of their acne, they learn to manage acne easily for themselves. If there is a breakout, triggers are easily identified, changes are made, and healing follows.
Clients also learn how to bypass misleading marketing terms such as ‘non-comedogenic’, ‘acne safe’, ‘dermatologist recommended’, ‘all natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘acne treatment’. They learn instead how to read ingredient labels to determine which products are genuinely acne safe.
Critical pieces in the education puzzle also include learning (1) how to navigate through the food aisles in the market to find items that support clear skin, (as opposed to feeding acne) and (2) learning about and eliminating hidden acne triggers in their homes, daily habits and personal care products.
One of the most valuable pieces is teaching clients which birth control methods will trigger cystic acne and which ones will not. While we do not advocate the use of birth control as a means to clear acne, it is imperative to know how to choose wisely.
By educating clients on the real causes of acne and how to eliminate IT on their own, it gives them tools to manage acne for life. They will never have to rely on a dermatologist to get clear skin.
TA: Do you vary your methods based on the type and severity of each client’s acne?
KL: Yes and no. As far AS diet is concerned, either you are feeding and supporting acne or you’re not. The Clear Path Program products are created specifically for each type of acne and condition of the skin. The ‘One Size Fits All’ approach does not work, but the Clear Path Program and products always work!
TA: Do you provide treatments at ABQ Acne Clinic?
KL: Yes. Our Acne Treatments are done in the clinic. Using the appropriate Clear Path products (according to skin condition and type of acne) for each client and an assortment of enzymes and peels, each treatment consists of extractions and a type of professional exfoliation WHICH ACCELERATES THE HEALING PROCESS.
TA: How do dermatology methods differ from those of ABQ Acne Clinic?
I see dermatologists’ methods as being outdated and missing the mark on the goal of clearing acne. The use of antibiotics, topical prescriptions, laser treatments and Accutane are band aids. Antibiotics subdue a portion of the bacteria related to acne. This means if you have very mild acne, it may clear your skin temporarily. If you have moderate to severe acne, antibiotics will create a calming in the skin resulting in less inflammation, but not to the degree of clearing the skin 100%. Once the antibiotics are removed, the flood gates of the subdued bacteria burst open and the acne sufferer typically experiences worse acne than they had before the antibiotics.
Topical prescriptions are typically offered in a very irritating formula and with only 1 or 2 prescription strengths. Most topical prescriptions do not offer the ability to slightly increase the potency to prevent plateauing. Instead, any changes in the skin stall out. You cannot increase the regimen, which is especially needed for severe acne, and can only continue at the same level. Eliminating acne responds exponentially to a step-up program.
Most importantly, several topical prescriptions actually contain a pore clogging ingredient called Isopropyl Myristate. The comedogenic scale goes from 0-5. On the scale, levels 3, 4 and 5 will clog the pores and create acne. The ingredient I mentioned is a 5/5. You cannot find a worse pore clogging ingredient, yet it is in the formulas of Tretinoin and Retin A Cream. Dermatologists do not know this; they are just following the formula they were taught in medical school on how to clear acne, without being totally aware of what they are doing. Also, Accutane is often used, but with dire side effects. Dermatologists offer this deadly drug, when they don’t know what else to do to help their patients AND MOST OFTEN THE RESULTS ARE TEMPORARY.
TA: How long has ABQ Acne Clinic been helping acne clients clear their skin?
KL: 9 years.
TA: Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about?
KL: When in my 20’s I was diagnosed with Acne Rosacea, I was given topical prescriptions and tetracycline. These drugs made very little difference in the condition of my skin and my common sense said food absolutely does have an effect on skin conditions. I cut all dairy from my diet. Within a week the significant difference in my skin and the reduction in inflammation showed clearly that there was a ‘hole in the story,’ being presented to me from the medical society.
I researched inflammatory foods and read numerous books on acne. Also, I learned that the notion ‘diet doesn’t affect acne,’ (touted by so many dermatologists) was originated by a highly faulty study conducted by James Fulton in the early 70’s referred to as the ‘Chocolate Study.’ This study as it turns out, had over 75 errors in it, including a very weak control group. Most shockingly, and not well known, is the fact that this study was sponsored by Hershey’s. It was rigged at the start. This study made its way into the Journals of Dermatology for over 50 years and has been referenced in medical schools. In the last few years it has been removed, however, many dermatologists do not seem to be aware of this fact.
Over time I decided to get my Esthetics license and work with clients directly who suffered with acne. In addition, I studied Cosmetic Chem
istry at UCLA (which is how I learned to work directly with lab chemists and the Clear Path Skin Products were created). In my work every day, I think ‘outside of the box,’ and am always challenging the status quo.