Real acne advice!

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Some acne advice such as treating pimples with toothpaste, alcohol and other harsh agents is just plain scary and can damage your skin.  Stripping skin and applying harsh, or even toxic chemicals like acetone to your skin, can make acne and oil worse. 

In honor of Acne Awareness month try these MD-approved blemish beaters from our experts: 

 Image: Sciton’s Forever Clear Broad Band Light (BBL) Before and after treatment

Tretinoin: This prescription retinoid helps to regulate the skin cells, decrease oil production, and even lightens the dark stains that acne can leave behind. 

If you want an over-the-counter solution to try Benzoyl Peroxide is an oldie but goody! This tried and tested anti-acne topical helps kill bacteria on the skin that is related to acne formation. 

Cure Adult Acne at the Speed of Light with an IPL facial.

 “Not a week goes by when I don’t hear several patients complaining of adult acne breakouts,” says Mark Schwartz, MD, FACS, NYC Plastic Surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. “My patients have been getting great results with Sciton’s Forever Clear Broad Band Light (BBL). It is a really innovative alternative to topical treatments. In a 15 minute session the blue light wavelength (420 nm) is passed over the affected areas to attack the acne producing bacteria in the pores.” 

Nix the Alcohol – Steer clear of preservatives such as parabens, and alcohol-based acne medications. Parabens can trigger an allergic reaction in susceptible people, and cause an irritating, itchy rash. Alcohol is drying to the skin and because the other active ingredients are already somewhat drying, the combination of those ingredients and alcohol can be doubly tough for skin to tolerate. 

Ditch the white stuff!

Diet doesn’t cause ace but Research indicates that processed foods like white breads and sugary drinks are thought to trigger the production of androgens, a hormone responsible for oil production. A low glycemic index will help decrease breakouts.