Almost everyone has tried conventional acne therapies and approaches to acne–creams, cleansers, TV products, prescription drugs, and other home remedies–to little or no effect. Many encounter significant side effects from current treatments like topical medications and antibiotics, which makes it even more frustrating when these therapies are not working. Even worse, acne that persists often leads to long-term scarring.
Why it happens
For most women, hormonal changes, either around the monthly cycle or during a menopausal shift, are the culprit. But dietary imbalances and stress also cause flare-ups. “Acne” in adults is like a whistle blow. Often it’s a sign that something else not quite right is going on.
Here are 5 effective solutions for acne sufferers:
- Lower your Refined Carbs Intake: In a 2007 study, Australian researchers found that people who followed a low-glycemic index (GI) diet (which is low in refined carbohydrates like those found in white bread) had a 22% decrease in acne lesions, compared with a control group that ate more high-GI foods. Scientists suspect that raised insulin levels from the carbs may trigger a release of hormones that inflame follicles and increase oil production.
- Consume Less Dairy Products: A 2006 Harvard study found that girls who drank two or more glasses of milk daily had about a 20% higher risk of acne than those who had less than a glass a week. Studies published in 2013 and in 2008 suggested that fat-free milk in particular, which is higher in sugar than whole milk, might be a culprit. (Another hypothesis is that hormones in dairy products play a role.) If you regularly drink fat-free, consider switching to 1% milk or nondairy nut milks (look for those that have fewer than 10 g of sugar per serving).
- Consider Blue Light Therapy: In vitro and in vivo exposure of acne bacteria to 405-420 nm ultraviolet (UV) free blue light results in photo-destruction of these bacteria through the effects on the porphyrins produced naturally by Propionibacterium acnes. A narrow band 420 nm UV free blue light has been shown to decrease inflammatory acne lesions. Clearance is about 80% for extended periods.
- Salt Reduction: Some doctors suspect that sodium has consequences for skin, because the iodine frequently found in table salt and some seafood may worsen acne breakouts. Stick to low-sodium versions of packaged foods (like our cleanest packaged food winners), and try to keep your overall salt consumption below 1,500 mg a day.
- Topical Antibacterials and Retinoids: We take a combination approach to the treatment of acne and acne scarring using all available technologies and research. Typically we start with a retinoid therapy but also combine chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL lasers, and Photodynamic Therapies (ALA 20%). Some scarring can also respond to platelet-rich plasma (stem cell) injections. Contrary to advertising claims, there is no one-size-fits-all for acne solutions. We recognize that this condition has unique causes in each individual, so we personalize each acne therapies treatment program to the person’s needs and lifestyle.
Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills invites you to explore our Acne Treatment options. If you would like to investigate more about them, or want more information regarding our Treatments, please don’t hesitate to call and schedule a consultation. Our style of consultation is relaxed and educational. Our goal is to address your concerns in the order of your priorities and give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision. This will help you choose the right treatment to achieve the result you desire within the budget you have to invest.
Visit Drtessofbeverlyhills.com or call us at (310) 275-TESS to schedule a free consultation or discuss treatment options.