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Can Candy Clear Acne? - Frutels Review
The Good, The Bad, & The Acne
If you suffer from frequent breakouts or severe acne, the advertisements for Frutels Gummy Candy for Acne may have caught your eye. The premise is appealing: eat candy, clear your acne. But do Frutels really work? And, perhaps more important for the average person, is the product worth the money?
At $27.95 for a one-month supply, Frutels is more expensive than Proactiv, which is certainly a downside for the average consumer... and this is assuming that you're taking the lowest dose of two candies a day, recommended for those with "mild acne." If you're looking that desparately for a solution, your acne is probably not mild, and you could end up taking up to 5 candies a day, which would make your monthly bill more like $70 a month, which is not exactly pocket change. The company sells on Amazon and EBay, as well as their own site, but the prices remain steadily fixed across the board.
But if it works, you say, then maybe you're willing to pay the price. The problem is that it's not clear that it does. The few testimonials on their site do not show before and after pictures, only a few sentences each from about a dozen "happy customers." On Amazon, the user reviews are split: about half give Frutels 2 stars or below.
Complaints range from the bad smell and taste, to having no results, to acne actually worsening while taking the product. Still, there are some who say it's worked wonders for them. What's the science behind Frutels? What's in them that may (or may not) help your skin?
Frutels Ingredients & Side Effects
Every serving of 2 Frutels candies contains the following:
- 50 mg Vitamin C
- 7 mg Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
- 7 mg Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 7 mg Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- 7 mg B6
- 7 mg Biotin (Vitamin B7)
- 7 mg Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
- 7 mg PABA (Vitamin BX)
- 7 mg Choline
- 7 mg Inositol (Vitamin B8)
- 3.34 mg Zinc
- 27 mcg Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
- 7 mcg B12
Note that most of the active ingredients are vitamins, notably B vitamins. B vitamins do help to support your immune system, manage stress, promote new cell growth, and maintain healthy skin -- all important factors in acne treatment -- as well as being a natural metabolism booster. However, the dosage in Frutels is considerably lower than in your average B complex supplement, and at a much higher price.
In addition, some users have stated that their urine turns a bright yellow color from taking Frutels, which is an indication that their bodies aren't using all the vitamins, and are excreting the excess without absorbtion. It seems silly to spend so much money on a product that's just going to pass right through you.
Many Frutels customers also report that they feel ill after eating the candies, which is not surprising. Frutels also contain maltitol, a sugar-free sweetener that acts as a laxative on high doses, or on an empty stomach.
If you're adamant about avoiding benzoyl peroxide, oral contraceptives, or antibiotics, there are other natural ways to combat acne. Instead of shelling out the cash on Frutels gummies, I'd recommend you pick up a good B-vitamin supplement below, and whip up some home acne remedies from natural ingredients, in your own kitchen.
The choice, however, is yours. If Frutels have (or even if they haven't) worked for you, leave a comment below and let us all know about it.