5 Ways to Overcome Your Acne

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Almost 80% of teens have acne, as do many adults, especially women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Acne can range in severity from irritating pimples to infected pustules. This common skin condition can lead to frustration, poor self-esteem, and complications, such as long-term scarring.

Don’t let acne just “run its course.” Treatment is essential in getting smoother, healthier-looking skin. Without treatment, you may develop dark spots and permanent scars. At our office in Fullerton, California, Dr. Aguirre offers customized treatment plans to address your acne and prevent or remove scarring.  

We’d like to share 5 effective ways to combat acne and achieve a smoother complexion.

1. Focus on your diet

A healthy diet can help reduce your incidences of acne and perhaps deter outbreaks. Dr. Aguirre will help you formulate a meal plant that includes nutrients such as zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A and E. Plus you should consume more complex carbohydrates, such as those in whole grains and fibrous vegetables.

Diet affects acne when you eat foods that raise your blood sugar quickly. High increases in blood sugar lead to large releases of the hormone insulin. When you have excess insulin in your bloodstream, your oil glands produce more oil, which can clog your pores and promote acne.

2. Medication

Oral medications can be helpful if you have red, swollen types of acne – particularly cysts and nodules. A medication called Accutane®, which is name-brand isotretinoin – a retinoid – reduces your body’s natural production of sebum (or oil) to reduce incidences of acne.

Other medications that may be appropriate for your outbreaks include antibiotics that are used to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation associated with acne and birth control pills that can help women who have hormonal causes of acne.

3. Topical applications

For mild cases of acne, a regimen of over-the-counter topical cleansers, toners, and creams may clear up your breakouts. Prescription topical treatments are also available.

Each type of topical treatment varies in its approach to addressing your acne. It may contain antibiotics to kill the bacteria or contain agents that reduce oil production. Topical acne treatments may also contain certain acids and retinoids to reduce oil production and clear out your pores. The type of topical that’s recommended for you depends on the type and severity of your acne.

4. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

IPL therapy is similar to laser therapy, but instead of focusing just one wavelength of light aimed at your skin, IPL releases a flash of light that includes many different wavelengths. This scattered light penetrates deep into your skin to potentially reduce the P. acnes bacteria. Research also suggests that it is effective against acne vulgaris, the most common type of the condition.

Following IPL treatment, you can go back to your daily activities, but may have some mild redness and swelling. IPL treatment can reduce the severity and frequency of your acne breakouts.

5. Chemical peels

Chemical peels involve applying chemical compounds to your skin that cause the outer layer of skin to exfoliate and slough off. The chemical compounds also clear out your pores.

After a chemical peel, you have fresh, rejuvenated skin with less evidence of acne, acne scars, and dark spots. Dr. Aguirre offers prescription-grade chemical peels that you cannot obtain without medical supervision.

We want you to feel and look your best. With us, you can combat acne with professional, medical support. Call the practice of Dr. Aguirre or book an appointment using this website.

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