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Olivia Munn Swears Cutting Fluoride Cleared Her Acne

She’s done her research.

By: Noah Lehava
Photography: Alec Kugler

Olivia Munn isn’t a sucker for a fad. Especially when it comes to health and beauty, which she emphatically insists go hand in hand. She’ll Google, consult with the pros in a myriad of specialities from Eastern to Western practices, and beyond, and then Google some more before committing to anything. And it’s worked for her: She swears cutting out fluoride is the reason she doesn’t have acne, that there’s a multi-night masking routine that blurs out her sunspots, and that she’ll never do one particularly extreme procedure again.

 

Her personal definition of beauty:

“When you’re surrounded by positive people, love, encouragement and self-confidence, that’s when I think you can see someone’s true beauty.”

Why self-love was a turning point:

“I don’t think I thought about [the definition of beauty] because I was never asked that question. If I look back on what I thought the word ‘beauty’ meant, for sure, it was more of a superficial word. Beauty was about hair, makeup and your outfit. The more people you meet, the more life experiences you have, words begin to have new definitions. The word ‘beauty’ had taken on a new definition for me—it represented something that was more internal, something that you can’t buy over the counter. No shade of blush will change what true beauty is. I feel like I’m starting to find (I haven’t completely found it yet) a more inner beauty inside myself, and that’s coming from self-love and self-respect. That allows me to embrace makeup and fashion more, because I’m not so hard on myself.”

 

She will dig (and dig!) for answers:

“I talk to a lot of people. I talk to a lot of acupuncturists, healers, and doctors. You can’t get enough knowledge when it comes to learning what’s right about something that has been talked about for so long. Everybody has a different way to do skincare. For example, I’m really big on no fluoride. Fluoride is not good for you. And anybody who tells you it’s good for you (the government) is not telling the truth. You look at countries that don’t have fluoride in their system, [we] don’t have better teeth [than they do]. Everybody has better teeth in general because we’ve gotten better with dental hygiene.”

Why cutting fluoride was the best thing she did for her skin:

“Do you ever get chin acne, as a woman? Well, if you look up online, ‘female chin acne and fluoride,’ you’ll see that when we drink fluoride or have it in our toothpaste, something happens with our hormones during that certain time of the month where women start to get acne. Two summers ago, I stopped all fluoride (tap water and ingesting it) and the chin acne stopped.”

 

The last thing she Googled:

“I was Google-ing about my dark spots. I use dark spot correcting pads from Proactiv. I started getting more freckles [from the sun]. I had one on the tip of my nose. I was looking up if Proactiv had a more concentrated dark spot corrector. I’m using it as an everyday to keep my dark spots away.”

Her year-round skin routine:

“In the winter I moisturize more, and in the summer I… it doesn’t really change. I use as much sunscreen in the winter as I do in the summer.”

The secret trick to her favorite face mask:

“I use the Proactiv face mask often. I use it maybe a couple times a week. Whenever I feel that I have that extra 20 minutes, that’s when I put it on. I like to do a mask before I take a shower and then when I go in, I wipe it all off.”

The weird thing she’s done for beauty (and will never do again):

“I’ve done cortisone shots, which I think is actually crazy because it can collapse your skin, which it did for me. For a lot of people, it doesn’t fill back up, but for me, it did. They cortisone-shot your pimple; it makes your pimple go away but it can also create a divot in your skin.”

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