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Do traditional Latina cures for acne actually work?

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Dr. Rebecca Vasquez reviews our tías and abuelas’ favorite acne hacks.
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Our parents, tías and cousins have tried to put us on acne remedies like toothpaste, Vicks VapoRub and… pee? (Don’t ask). Do these hacks work, though? Dr. Rebecca Vasquez explains to us that toothpaste...
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Hey, brother. What's that?
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On your face? Toothpaste.
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It's OK. I got it.
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And so does that even work?
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My mom told me growing up like Monte pasta,
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there's that, I don't know if it like dries it out
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or something. I mean,
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I feel like I don't have acne now.
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Maybe you know what brother you should put,
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piss on your face.
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You know, I have a cousin.
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I have a cousin.
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Ok, dude, Tenia Mucho Acne.
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She had a lot of acne one day.
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It just disappeared. She had a porcelain doll face and I
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asked her, I'm like,
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hey, I'm not gonna disclose her name but I was like
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hey que paso,
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you know how like,
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what's your secret? She told me?
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You know what? I do the first piss in the morning
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I collect it and I dab a little cotton ball and
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I put it on my face for 30 minutes and don't forget
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guys. It's the first piss of the day,
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the first piss of the day.
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It has to be fresh and clean.
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Well, don't try this at home.
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I'm not saying I'm not,
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I'm not saying you should do it but this is what she
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did. And dude,
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it went away like obviously clean your,
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wash your face after you don't keep it on all day.
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But I'm saying, dude,
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it went away instead of my main toothpaste.
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You told me to put piss on my face.
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You know what? Maybe can we just get a professional in
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here to talk about this?
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Well, brother, we have Doctor Rebecca Vasquez,
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a dermatologist and teacher to help pop some myths that our parents
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have taught us. Ok.
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Well, I'm gonna take this off then because it's burning.
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So maybe she might be giving me some better here.
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Welcome, Rebecca. Hello.
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Thanks so much for having me.
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Thank you for coming on and helping us with this.
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Absolutely. Absolutely. Happy to answer any and all of your
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questions. Well, we wanna know,
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first and foremost, does toothpaste help get rid of pimples?
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Like, does it really help?
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Unfortunately, while it is thought to be a really sort of
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inexpensive treatment for acne,
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it probably causes more harm than good.
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The idea behind I think some people using you know,
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toothpaste is that it does have some antibacterial effects.
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But the problem is is that it's not really targeting the bacteria
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that actually are involved in acne in some ways,
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it can actually make the acne worse.
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for some people who have sensitive skin,
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toothpaste can actually cause a chemical burn.
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So that leads to more redness and irritation.
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It was never meant to be put on the skin.
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So, unfortunately, no,
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that's, that's not.
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That's, that explains why I'd be sizzling.
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I feel like it's burning and I'm gonna probably have to
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actually walk Mya commercial style just like splash,
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put a good moisturizer on that thing right away.
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We've heard of Vix also this Vix.
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So the thing about Vix is it has eucalyptus oil and it
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has Camphor in it.
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and it also basically has petroleum,
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which is basically Vaseline,
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right? Essentially the eucalyptus oil and the camphor,
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they have anti-inflammatory cooling effects.
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So it could temporarily probably get rid of some of that
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inflammation, but it's,
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it's only for a while.
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And so it's not,
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again, it's not targeting the problem.
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So a lot of people say,
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oh, it makes my face look better,
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but really it's not gonna go away.
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It's probably just a couple of minutes where you may notice improvement
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but then you're going to have to keep applying it,
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right? So it's not something that I would recommend.
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What like myth. Well,
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I mean, if it works for myth,
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but what hack actually works for acne,
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it's not necessarily a myth,
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but there is an idea that chocolate can actually worsen acne,
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right? There's actually some chocolate that might be good for your
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skin and that's dark chocolate.
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So dark chocolate has antioxidants in it.
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That really what they do is they help get rid of free
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radicals free radicals are actually produced from sun exposure and sometimes it
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can cause your skin to become a little bit more dull,
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maybe discolored. And so it can actually help with the tone
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of your skin. So in reality,
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what people should know,
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it's actually the sugars that,
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that make up whatever you're eating.
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So we call them high glycemic foods that's like white bread,
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that's like fries. You told me that Reese's pieces wasn't helping
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But anyway, no.
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And do you have some advice for like actual tips for fighting
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acne that are maybe like home remedies or just even like,
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I don't know, grandmas that you recommend.
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The thing about acne is you really just need to keep it
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simple. It has nothing to do with really dirty skin,
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it has nothing to do with poor hygiene.
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We know it's genetic sometimes it tends to run in family members
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What you wanna do is is use a gentle cleanser in
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the morning to get rid of any oil on the skin.
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And then you need to just follow with a moisturizer afterwards and
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then a sunscreen. Sometimes acne can leave blemishes behind these brown
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discolored spots would sometimes bother people more than the acne because it
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it takes forever to go away.
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So if you use a sunscreen that will help prevent those blemishes
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from sticking around. Well,
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thank you so much.
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We really appreciate you coming on,
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Doctor Rebecca and where can people find you?
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Yeah. So I actually have I'm on Instagram at Dra
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Depierre. is,
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is my Instagram handle.
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I work at Dallas in Dallas at UT Southwester.
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So if you all,
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you know, wanna come and see me,
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you know, I'd love to see you.
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Thank you so much.
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I appreciate your expertise.
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I'm definitely gonna use these hags,
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my face won't burn anymore.
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I'm not gonna put through this anymore.
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I'm glad I could help.
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Thank you all for having me.
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Thank you for your time.
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Take care. Bye bye.
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Take care man, fresh skin.
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It's the weekend. I'm feeling good.
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Yeah, but this burning though.
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I'm not gonna lie.
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I was like, dude,
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when you had the,
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the tooth and she said that it was like the opposite.
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I was just like,
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I'm just kidding.