There is no cure for acne. Once we realize that fact then we can concentrate on managing break outs so we can have the appearance of healthy, clear skin. If acne has been a problem for you since you were a teenager then you have been dealing with it for a long time and may have given up working on a solution. If you were fortunate enough to get through your teens without one pimple but then all of a sudden, as an adult you were taken by surprise by frequent breakouts then you too are probably very frustrated. You may even have a teenager that is suffering now from ongoing breakouts that look and feel very uncomfortable. You need to know that there is hope and although not a cure, a way to manage acne and clear it up. There are many causes of acne; usually a teenager experiences hormonal changes (puberty), sometimes a poor choice of foods can cause flare ups (fried food, sugar, etc.) and then also not having a structured, effective daily skin care regimen can also add to the problem. Adults that suffer from acne almost always experience this as a symptom of high levels of ongoing stress; some types of medication can cause a flare up, bacteria, a build-up of dead skin cells, and also facial hair removal that irritates the skin. Both teenagers and adults may also be victims of heredity; it may just run in the family.
If you know that your skin is acne prone then it is a good idea to be proactive and follow a structured regimen that will decrease your chances of having break outs. A structured regimen includes; diet, vitamins, water and proper skin care. Find out what your “triggers” are, meaning what do you eat that triggers a breakout? Is it fried food, caffeine, sugar, highly acidic juices and/or fruits? Pay attention to when you break out the most and instead of eliminating that particular item(s) from your diet, try drinking plenty of water afterwards and diluting it in your system. Do you take a multi vitamin that will supplement what you are not getting in your daily diet? If you are not eating between 7-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day then you will want to take a multi vitamin. Are you getting a facial at least one time per month (or more for severe acne) to get rid of the dead skin cell build up and bacteria that acne thrives on? You should also have a daily skin care regimen (recommended by your aesthetician) that allows you to maintain your skin between professional treatments. Working with your own skin twice daily (AM & PM) is the best way to manage your skin at home to help keep it clear. There are many levels of severity of and different types of acne and each person has to be evaluated individually. At Unique Face Options we provide consultations so please call today and let’s work together to clear up any unwanted acne before the summer time heat causes it to become worse.
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Q: My 30 year old daughter has had acne breakouts since she was a teenager but since she became pregnant in her late twenties it is now even worse. We think her prenatal vitamins may be making her situation worse, which she began taking before and continued after the birth of her child. Is it possible that something in the vitamins are causing an increase in her flare-ups?
A: A prenatal vitamin has enough vitamins in them for two people, so yes I do believe that it is very possible that she may be experiencing a side effect from taking them. However, during pregnancy there are also hormonal issues that play a part in sometimes decreasing flare-ups and in her case (and others) increasing flare-ups. She may want to check with her doctor to see if she can begin using a multi vitamin in its place to see if it makes a difference. Also, she would benefit from getting a facial to clear away the dead skin cells and also using recommended products that will treat her acne on a daily basis.
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Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique. She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know.