What do we do about the acne?  Treat it, of course!  Let’s talk about what treatments are available for acne.

Over-the-counter (OTC):

Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, Differin (adapalene 0.1%), various herbals and “natural” treatments


Topicals: antibiotics, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide combinations, azelaic acid, dapsone

Orals: antibiotics, oral contraceptives, spironolactone (Aldactone), vitamin combinations, isotretinoin

Ancillary treatments: intralesional steroid injections, peels, extractions, lasers, and light-based


What about diet?

This is a controversial subject.  There has been a multitude of studies over the years that have tried to prove and disprove a possible link between foods we consume and the development of acne.  The problems are that there seems to be a lot of conflicting information which makes it very confusing.  What we do know is that adopting a “healthier lifestyle”, in general, is good for our entire mind, body, skin, and soul.  Foods such as refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup, artificial trans fats, vegetable and seed oils, refined carbohydrates, excess alcohol, and processed meats will contribute to inflammation in our bodies.  Inflammation is one of the causes of acne, so we can only assume that avoiding these foods may help to decrease our tendency for acne. 

Here at our Dermatology practice, we are huge fans of avoiding foods that have a HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX.

Some examples: 

Starches- mashed potatoes, french fries, baked potatoes, white rice

Grains- white bread, plain bagel, waffles, baguette

Cereal- cheerios, coco pops, corn flakes, rice Krispies, instant oatmeal

Snacks- graham crackers, donuts, pretzels, rice cakes, fruit rollups

Sweeteners- Splenda, glucose

Fruits- watermelon

Drinks- Gatorade

Now that you are more knowledgeable about acne, use this great information to help yourself/ family members/friends.  Keep in mind, the OTCs can be helpful if you have mild acne.  If the acne is more than just mild, it is probably best to seek help from a professional.  And you, my friend, are in luck!  We have a wonderful team of acne experts that would love to help you with your prescription and ancillary needs!