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How do I keep my acne at bay

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:43 pm
by vicki1975
What's the best way to keep acne at bay? I've tried changing my diet, cutting out sugary food and snacks, I do regularly cleanse tone and moisturise

Re: How do I keep my acne at bay

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:36 pm
by Dr Ed Seaton

Thanks very much for the question. Despite popular belief acne is not very much to do with diet. As long as your diet is healthy and you are not under too much stress. Unfortunately acne is incredibly common- almost all teenagers have it and many adults, especially women get it well into middle age.

It can be very effectively treated, but the chances are that you will need to use a regular treatment to keep it at bay. It is worth discussing with a dermatologist or GP if it is bothering you because a great deal can be done. Simple creams are often effective and some of these can be bought in the pharmacy. Look for medications with benzoyl peroxide. Doctors can prescribe other creams including containing retinoids, which are great for unblocking pores and getting rid of blackheads, and antibiotics. Courses or oral antibiotics for a few months are also often very effective. In women, the combined oral contraceptive may work well. Finally a strong oral treatment called isotretinoin (Roaccutane) can be prescribed by a dermatologist which is really great at clearing acne up completely.

Best wishes

Dr Seaton