Luckily, there’s a dermatologist who’s garnered quite the acne-obsessed cult following: Sandra Lee, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Southern California—aka Dr. Pimple Popper. Her YouTube channel is crazy popular, recently logging its billionth view. In her videos, not only does she educate people on what acne is, but she features footage of all sorts of skin issues erupting, including blackheads, pustules, cysts, and more. (There’s a “graphic and shocking” warning that precedes her videos—fair warning!)
An earlier study published in 2007 showed similar results—Australian researchers found that young men between the ages of 15 and 25 with mild-to-moderate acne experienced dramatic improvement when they switched from eating the typical American diet (with white bread and highly processed breakfast cereals) to a healthier diet of whole grains, lean meat, and fruits and vegetables.
Fought butt acne (folliculitis) for years. Tried all sorts of lotions, cleansers, and potions. My solution is Goldbond’s friction defense. It looks like a deoderant stick, not the powder. I apply it daily after a shower. After a month, or so, I cleared up! My guess is that the follicles are no longer irritated. (Loose clothing didn’t help.)
There is a lesson to be learnt from the analysis of the regions in the world where acne does not exist and from all these observational studies mentioned. Cutting out wheat, wheat products, grains, sugar, milk and milk products will lead to amazing results regarding acne prevention and improvement of patients who suffer from acne. We have been lulled into believing that medical science will give us a magic pill or magic potion that would solve our complexion problems. As mentioned above one of the “magic pills” (isotretinoin) is so toxic that it is now used for cancer treatments. All along we allowed the food industry to destroy our complexion by inducing an insulin and IGF-1 response that plugged up our skin pores. We can open them up by eliminating wheat and wheat products, sugar, high-glycemic foods as well as dairy products.
6) Stay out of the sun. A nice suntan may look healthy and often makes acne less noticeable, but the effect is temporary and tanning not only damages your skin but also encourages acne flare-ups. This applies to tanning beds as well. It’s especially important that you avoid too much sun when taking certain anti-acne medications as many medications make your skin more sensitive and thus more easily damaged by UV rays.
The topical use of tea tree reduces redness and has strong antibacterial properties. It’s been shown to be effective against P. acnes and Staph aureus, the two strains of bacteria associated with acne. I recommend topical products containing at least 5% tea tree. Make your own serum at home by combining 5% tea tree oil with 95% of a non-comedogenic oil (such as argan oil).
This fast working formula is so lightweight that it quickly absorbs into skin. And it goes deep down to the pores to kill the acne bacteria that cause pimples and helps to prevent new ones from forming.
Castor oil may be a great choice for treating mild acne since it provides moisturization to the skin while helping the skin produce less sebum, which can cause acne if in excess. It also helps reduce inflammation that may be caused by acne. (21)
Tetracyclines, a first-line therapy, include doxycycline and minocycline and work by binding to the 30S subunit of the bacterial ribosome; they also have anti-inflammatory effects. Pharmacists can make sure they’re being dosed correctly. Doxycycline is most effective at 1.7 to 2.4 mg/kg and can be dosed once- or twice-daily. It’s important to counsel patients that gastrointestinal (GI) upset, photosensitivity, and dizziness are possible AEs.
Well, I didn’t need creams, gels, or lotions such benzoyl peroxide, retinoid acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid peels, or topical antibiotics (all of which might have helped symptoms a little bit).
Taking baseline photographs of acne severity and lesion distribution is useful for assessing response to treatment, and encouraging medicine adherence.3 Most electronic patient management systems allow images to be added to the patient record.
Shampoo your hair regularly. Oils from your hair can cause acne. In addition, change your pillowcase every week. The oils that transfer to your pillowcase from your face and hair tend to be dirty and irritating. They’re best to avoid.
A dermatologist can prescribe oral antibiotics as a quick fix for acne, but it’s not typically the first choice. While you might see immediate results, as soon as you get off of the antibiotics the acne will return. And Linkner warns, “While you’re on them, [you can get] yeast infections, nausea, upset stomach.”
One of the characteristics of nodular acne is that its size or appearance does not always give an actual indication of its severity. The one thing that does characterize it is its appearance as a big bump or pimple – for lack of a better description. Nevertheless, this rather simplistic-sounding description doesn’t mean that if you have a large bump or pimple, it is a nodule. It can also be a cyst. One of the most common types of dermal inflammatory condition is cystic acne. Quite often, a nodule will form on top of a cyst. Once the nodule has healed however, the cyst usually remains.
Frankincense oil reduces the inflammation and also kills the bacteria. It tones the skin and promotes the growth of healthy cells (7). Use this essential oil to get rid of that stubborn pimple on your forehead.
Punch grafts are often used to help alleviate the appearance of ice pick acne scars. These types of acne blemishes are characterized by irregular, jagged borders. Dermatologists can excise these scars with a sutured closure. It joins the separated portions of the dermis, ridding the skin of margins and closing a former gaping hole into a fine line. If a slight incision scar is left over, resurfacing procedures may be performed to even further lessen its appearance.
The predisposition to acne for specific individuals is likely explained by a genetic component, a theory which is supported by studies examining the rates of acne among twins and first-degree relatives. Severe acne may be associated with XYY syndrome. Acne susceptibility is likely due to the influence of multiple genes, as the disease does not follow a classic (Mendelian) inheritance pattern. Multiple gene candidates have been proposed including certain variations in tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), IL-1 alpha, and CYP1A1 genes, among others. Increased risk is associated with the 308 G/A single nucleotide polymorphism variation in the gene for TNF.
Coconut oil, lavender essential oil, honey and gentle exfoliation can also help prevent scars, depending on your skin tone and texture. To naturally heal acne scars you can make a paste of raw honey, lavender essential oil, tea tree oil and frankincense oil. Here is a recipe for a homemade acne scar removal face mask:
Wash your face every morning and night, but when you do it at night, wait for your face to dry, then use a cotton pad and wipe your face with alcohol. After you wash your face in the morning, use a face lotion, and absolutely do not poke at your face unless it is to remove blackheads.
The medical term for pimples or acne is “acne vulgaris”. For years it has been postulated that hormones and medication can cause acne. According to Ref.1 there are several steps that work together in causing acne. The hair follicle and sebaceous gland work as one unit. Male hormones, called androgens play an important role in the development of acne, both in males and females. Testosterone in males is not only produced in testicles, but also in the skin itself. It gets converted by an enzyme, 5-alpha-reductase, into the much more active metabolite dihydrotestosterone. In individuals with hypersensitive receptors in the sebaceous gland this will cause blockage in the sebaceous gland duct and at the same time stimulate the sebaceous gland oil production leading to the formation of a keratotic plug. White heads and black heads are formed this way. Contributing factors are inflammatory substances that are caused by insulin release stimulated by sugar, wheat and starch intake. This stimulates IGF-1 receptors in the skin, which causes growth of the subcutaneous skin layers, which is pushing up from the layer below the skin, kinking the sebaceous gland duct and causing acne pustules (pimples) to form. A skin bacterium, called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), is getting trapped in the pimple causing a local skin infection, which in turn can cause acne cysts and furuncles, particularly in males where there is a family history of acne. High cortisol levels from stress can also be a contributing factor in causing acne. Today’s teenagers are exposed to a lot of stresses from exams, competitive sports and peer pressures.
Minocycline is available in generic form or the branded formulation, Solodyn. The most-prescribed oral antibiotic acne medication for moderate to severe inflammatory acne like cystic acne, Solodyn is a minocycline like those mentioned above. However, it comes in an extended release formula that allows it to work to clear skin over the course of the day with just one daily dose.