7 Tips for Preventing Acne

As adult acne is becoming more common, Dr. Jennifer Haley shares expert advice and preemptive measures to combat acne beside traditional acne medications. Typically, adult acne occurs in the form of very tender, deep pimples around the chin and takes an extensive time to heal.  There is a significant amount of evidence that indicates that the types of foods consumed affect the severity of breakouts.  

What causes acne?

Generally, acne is caused by hormones, clogging of the pores, and bacteria. Anything that worsens one of these factors can predispose you to breakouts.

Preemptive measures

  1. Choose low glycemic, unprocessed foods - The glycemic index measures how fast our blood sugar rises after eating a certain food. Eating lower glycemic foods, like those in a plant based diet, will help reduce the number and severity of acne breakouts. 

  2. Avoid dairy - Dairy causes inflammation and offsets the hormonal balance.

  3. Drink water - Water flushes out toxins and hydrates the skin.

  4. Intake Zinc - 15-30 mg daily may help reduce acne and in some studies has been proven just as effective as antibiotics.

  5. Intake Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Supplement diet with 2000 mg daily to help reduce inflammation.  Rich sources include salmon, walnuts, flax, and avocado.

  6. Choose organic - Pesticides are endocrine disruptors and throw off the delicate balance in the body causing many problems, including acne.

  7. Control Stress - Oftentimes we cannot change our situation, however, we can change how we perceive and handle it.  Key stress relievers are: positive thinking, deep breathing, and a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.

Dr. Jennifer Haley recommends implementing these changes for a minimum of three months as flushing out toxins and rebalancing hormones naturally takes time.  While improvements may manifest sooner, stay committed to the changes understanding that reducing inflammation is an overall health improvement.