While the cause of acne might be related to stress, personal hygiene and genetics, diets also plays an important role.
A presentation made by Dr. Shalita at the American Academy of Dermatology Summer meeting in New York indicated that patient with acne should limit their amount of carbs and should not to overtake diary products.
Dr. Shalita explained many people with acne may have hyperinsulinemia (excess levels of insulin in the blood) and foods that are low in the glucose level (low-carb eating plans) may contribute to the hormonal control of acne.
If you have acne, over-the-counter (OTC) products such as salicylic acid cleanser, followed by a benzoyl peroxide leave-on product should be your first choice of therapy for mild-to-moderate acne.
If those treatments do not work, you should then consult a dermatologist.
For severe, scarring acne, the gold standard is still isotretinoin, but that treatment is associated with birth defects and can have other side effects such as depression and hallucinations.
Other acne treatment options that are most commonly used to treat acne include oral contraceptives, oral or topical antibiotics and laser treatments such as blue light Levulan photodynamic therapy.
Sources: AmericanAcademyof Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting 2011.
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