Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic knows all too well the battles of living with acne, having suffered from the condition herself as a teenager and most of her adult life. She is passionate about educating people about acne and prescribing the best treatments and therapy combinations to improve the conditions of her patients as well as their wellbeing.
Cortisone is a quick fix for acne emergencies. We mean got a big board meeting tomorrow kind of quick. Go into the dermatologist’s office for a shot of this corticosteroid, and acne will disappear in 24 to 48 hours. The treatment works to curb inflammation, which makes it best for cystic breakouts and can be really good at combatting hormonal flare-ups. If done incorrectly, a cortisone shot can leave a small depression in the skin that lasts about eight weeks. “It’s a rare side effect that happens if dosage of cortisone is too high,” explains Linkner. “You want to go to someone who knows what they’re doing.”
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First, your doctor cleanses your skin because the skin has to be clean and oil free before getting a chemical peel. It is good to wash the face a few times with a mild oil removing soap or use an alcohol wipe
As if that wasn’t enough bad news, Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says the number of woman who will experience acne at some point during adulthood is rising. “It is unclear exactly why this is happening, however it may be due to a combination of stress, dietary factors and changing hormones,” he said.
The other type of breakouts are inflammatory acne, which occur when an already clogged hair follicle experiences an overgrowth of P. Acnes bacteria, which causes an immune reaction, leading to inflammation and infection. Inflammatory acne is trickier to control because it can be caused by hormones, food sensitivities, stress, and underlying medical conditions. Cystic acne is a form of inflammatory acne occurs when a hair follicle ruptures, causing painful bumps deep within the skin. Here are some ways to rid your complexion inflammatory acne:
High-glycemic foods: These are foods that break down quickly in the body, triggering an insulin spike and raising blood sugar levels. They trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation—both of which encourage acne. We’re talking foods like white bread, processed breakfast cereals, white rice, pretzels, potato chips, cookies and cakes, etc. Choose low glycemic-index foods instead, like vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes, and most fruits.
Try out zinc. Not a common household cure for acne, but certainly effective in some cases, zinc is a known enemy of acne. Zinc is a metal that humans need in small doses to perform essential functions. In addition to treating acne, it is used to boost the human immune system. Zinc can be used to treat bacne in two different ways:
Acne scars are a common consequence of this skin condition; almost 95 percent of acne patients will develop some degree of scarring. Luckily, there are many new treatments available to help patients minimize these skin blemishes and rid the skin of unsightly disfigurements.
A squeeze of lemon for your tea… and your T-zone! According to Dr. Bank, “lemon juice contains vitamin C that may help to stimulate collagen and improve post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation,” also known as brown spots.
Some deeper scars leave an actual indentation in the skin, Dr. Jegasothy explains: “the surface of the skin is bound to the underlying dermis by a fibrous band, creating an indentation that is very difficult to lift.” The treatment for this type of scar involves cutting the fibrous band and then putting dermal filler, like Bellafill or Juvederm, underneath.