There was a time when acne was only a problem for teenagers. But now more adults are suffering from adult acne. Not everyone can afford to go to a dermatologist (and a lot of insurance plans don’t cover acne treatment). So here is a list of ways to get rid of acne from the inside and out.
Treating Acne With Supplements And Diet
Doctors now believe that acne can be caused by the food we eat. There is evidence that eating a lot of processed carbohydrates like sugary cereals and white bread can make acne worse. So it’s a good idea to avoid junk food and to eat more omega 3 containing foods. Omega 3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, which even includes acne. Foods with high omega 3 content include fish, flaxseed, and walnuts.
Vitamin A can help prevent acne. You can take a vitamin A supplement. But make sure you only take the recommended dose. Too much vitamin A can be unhealthy. Some foods that have a good amount of vitamin A are sweet potatoes, carrots, beef liver, and kale.
Acne has also been linked to zinc deficiencies so eating foods like low-fat roast beef, lima beans, peas, and cashews can also help get rid of acne.
Treating Acne From The Outside
You need to exfoliate regularly to keep dead skin cells from building up on your skin. This helps keep your pores clear so zits don’t form. You should exfoliate even if you have sensitive skin. Most women need to exfoliate about 2-3 times weekly. But make sure you don’t scrub too hard. You also want to be careful about choosing a scrub that is rough enough to work but won’t cause tiny cuts all over your skin. Personally, I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub.
Retinoids are great because they clean pores, chemically exfoliate, and help kill bacteria. Retin A is the best acne cream out there, but it’s only available with a prescription. There is another good cream that used to be prescriptions but now it’s also over-the-counter. That is Differin Gel, which is the first FDA approved over-the-counter acne treatment in over 30 years. Retinoids are great because they help get rid of acne and they are known to prevent aging as well.
You can also use Salicylic acids. They’re similar to retinol because they chemically exfoliate and kill bacteria. Did you know this acid is the same thing as Asprin? So similar to Asprin, it also has anti-inflammatory qualities.
A Few Extra Tips
It’s not true that sun exposure relieves acne. It might seem to help in the beginning because it dries skin out. But that’s only temporary and in the long run, you’ll just end up aging prematurely due to skin damage.
Skin experts say you generally have to stick to a regimen for about 6 weeks before you start to see good results.
If absolutely none of these things helps (and if you’re a female) you might have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS.