Top 5 Things to Know About Acne
- Posted on: Sep 21 2015
1. It is not all your fault
While there are many factors that can make acne better or worse, the strongest predictor of whether someone will get acne is their genetics. People are born with certain characteristics that predispose them to acne such as: overactive oil glands, hair follicles that form plugs easily, and background redness of the cheeks, nose and chin. So it is time to let yourself off the hook and start to manage the skin you are in. Everyone with acne can be cured or at least significantly improved with the advances in medicines and procedures offered today.
2. Acne can affect any age, any gender, and multiple areas of the body.
Unfortunately there is never an age, once you have hit puberty, where you are “safe” from getting acne. Many men and women sail through their teen years with clear skin only to start developing pimples in their adulthood. It is also important to know that breakouts can occur not only on the face but also the scalp, back, and buttocks. The most important thing is to find a skin care regimen that is uniquely tailored to your age and type of acne.
3. Diet DOES matter
For many decades doctors believed that food and drink did not play a role in acne. But newer studies confirm that diet does play a role and the two biggest culprits in worsening acne are dairy and sugar. Now with the alternative non-dairy milks it is easy to substitute almond milk or coconut milk for dairy in your cereal or coffee. Also look for hidden sugars in flavored yogurts, white pasta, white bread, and your favorite coffee drinks.
4. Hormones affect Acne
Many women have acne around the time of their menstrual cycle. It is caused by an elevation in hormones at that time of the month that promote pimple formation usually on the jawline and neck area. Certain oral contraceptives and/or another prescription medication do an excellent job at stabilizing the hormonal fluctuations and ending the monthly breakout cycle.
5. Acne treatments are not one size fits all.
Your skin is as unique as you are. No two people are going to have the exact same skin, so you need an acne regimen that is specifically designed for your particular needs. Although there are wonderful over the counter products on the market today, it is important that you see a dermatologist at least once to have them create a regimen that works for your skin type and trouble areas. Once you have been equipped with the tools you need to fight your acne, most people start to see significant improvements in just a few weeks.
Call (214) 761-8524 to book an appointment for an acne consultation.
Dr. Genevieve Wallace
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