Still getting periodic acne breakouts in my 30s. What do I have to do to stop getting acne. Change my diet? Clean my face with special soaps? Any help is super appreciated.
How Can I Prevent Acne Breakouts in my 30s?
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5 Tips for acne prevention
There are a few other things you can do to help with acne. These include:
1. Dietary changes that may help include avoiding excessive dairy consumption, due to the presence of hormones in certain dairy products and decreasing your intake of fast-food, particularly fried, greasy foods and increasing your intake of antioxidants including berries (blueberries, pomegranate juice, citrus fruits).
2. Stress can be a significant factor in the development of acne so anything you can do to decrease stress in your life can help. Regular cardiovascular exercise is one way of reducing stress.
3. Any products placed on the face should be oil-free, water-based, non-comedogenic (meaning non pore-clogging). Gentle cleansers rather than soaps should be used to cleanse the face.
4. If you notice your makeup is clogging your pores and causing whiteheads and blackheads, switch brands, preferably to a mineral makeup. I agree that no makeup should be left on the face overnight.
5. Hormonal changes particularly in women of child-bearing age can cause regular acne break-outs. Consider speaking to your dermatologist about available preventative hormonal therapies if this is the case. Good luck.
Treatment of Adult Acne
Adult acne is frustrating, and unfortunately very common. Recent research has suggested that foods with a high glycemic index may be related to the development of acne, so you may consider examining your diet. However, my best advice is to meet with a dermatologist to evaluate your skin closely. Adult acne is often hormonal, and different patterns of acne will indicate to your dermatologist that this is the case. They can then recommend the appropriate treatment. Our patients with adult acne often see tremendous improvement after undergoing a short series of Isolaz acne treatment and Photodynamic Therapy in the office. These treatments can provide dramatic improvement, especially for people who have not seen improvement with prescription medications or dietary changes.
Adult acne in the 30's
Acne is adults is extremely common. Like teenage acne, it's likely caused by the interaction of hormones and your skin. The treatments are similar to teenage acne, including topical creams, pills, laser, blue light therapy, and birth control pills for women. Only your dermatologist can determine the right treatment for you. Diet, keeping clean, etc, appear to have little to do with adult acne.
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If you are female and your doctor determines that your acne is caused by hormonal imbalances, a medication like spironolactone can help; also visiting your ob-gyne can be helpful especially if you are having irregular periods.
There is some evidence that acne can be worsened by a high glycemic index diet. If not for acne, eating a well-balanced diet of whole foods like fruits and vegetables can certainly help with your overall well-being.
Acne in adults may have a hormonal component and may respond to hormonal therapy such as birth control pills or other medications that regulate hormones. You would need to see a dermatologist for evaluation. Diet has not been proven to cause acne, although for some people, certain foods may appear to worsen acne. Cleaning the face with special soaps may help, but may not be enough if the acne is hormonal. (This answer is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ general education only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider for further evaluation of your individual case.)
Treatment for Breakouts
Elos Laser Acne treatment is effective in all skin types and the number of treatments depends upon the severity of acne. Treatments are made comfortable by the placement of topical numbing creme, with further comfort provided by cooling the skin surface. There is no associated down time with treatments, and normal activities can be started immediately the procedure is performed.
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