If anyone is privy to the horror that is cystic acne, you’ll want to listen up closely.
Byrdie recently spoke to doctors Gary and Kristina Goldenberg of Goldenberg Dermatology in New York City about the severe type of acne that many women of all ages have encountered at some point in their lives. Surprisingly, the doctors explained that while the infection that forms deep below skin tissue is tough to crack it can actually be managed effectively at home.
Yes, you heard right. Instead of running up a bill at your doctors office, there’s a few steps you can take to get rid of your cystic acne with the help of a prescription.
To begin, the Goldenbergs believes that cystic acne is heavily correlated to diet, explaining, “Diet is very important in development and progression of acne.” Therefore, it’s a good idea to make some modifications to your diet, in particular, cutting out all dairy products. However, they do recommend eating only organic dairy products if you have to. “We recommend a daily probiotic and ask patients to consume more anti-inflammatory foods,” they further offered. “A diet that produces an alkaline state is also important.” In addition to the aforementioned, the duo also believe in lowering your alcohol consumption if you feel like you’ve been indulging too much.
Next, they advise that simply keeping your skin clean will aid in keeping it clear. That means showering immediately after a work out, as you run the risk of “bacteria sitting on your skin. So, instead, just get up and shower and wash your face to keep your pores clean. Pillowcases are also a big deal, too. Keeping them clean is a must. By regularly washing your pillowcases, you’ll avoid irritation and infection.
When it comes to products, the Goldenbergs love peels. “Peels helps acne, and to some extent cystic acne,” say the Goldenbergs. “Peels containing retinoids or glycolic acid can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as prescription creams and pills.” But be sure to pick the right one that will suit your skin type well because it could make things worse. So, if you’ve got sensitive skin don’t go for something scented or including harsh ingredients.
As most know, your stress levels can dictate cystic acne. Therefore, it’s best to as stress free as possible. That means self-care practices and simply taking time out for yourself. According to the Goldenbergs, you’ll see an improvement in your skin by doing such.
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