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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the best way to manage adult acne?

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    All my friends and I experienced forehead/face acne as teenagers. However, I am now 32 and still have acne on my forehead that doesn't seem to subside. What is the best way to manage this?
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  • Rebecca Charlotte Reynolds, PhD (Dr Bec) Personable and ethical registered nutritionist (RNutr) and lecturer at UNSW Australia in lifestyle and health. Regular consultant to the … View Profile

    Hi there!

    Acne is a very stressful affliction, that's for sure! I still struggle with it myself.

    There are various options you can try to improve your acne:

    • Diet - there is some evidence that a low glycemic index carbohydrate diet (think Burgen bread, chickpeas, etc) with less dairy and vegetable oils and more fish oil and olive oil and fruit and vegetables and lean meats (and maybe even zinc supplements if you don't get enough zinc in your diet) can help acne.
    • Topical treatments like benzoyl-peroxide (active ingredient in Proactiv but you can buy cheaper version in chemists, I find this works well but it bleaches clothes so be careful with this) or stuff from your doctor like topical retinoids or antibiotics.
    • Oral treatments like the contraceptive pill (which I have found very helpful) and oral antibiotics and the last resort for acne sufferers, isotretinoin.
    All the above is explained in more detail in the links below:
    http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/201009/39116
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002416.htm
    http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/1/107.full
    http://thepaleodiet.com/dietary-cure-for-acne-book/

    Let me know how you go?
    Thanks, Dr Bec

  • Rebecca Charlotte Reynolds, PhD (Dr Bec) Personable and ethical registered nutritionist (RNutr) and lecturer at UNSW Australia in lifestyle and health. Regular consultant to the … View Profile

    PS Any diet-acne link is currently very sparse/weak, but it's still worth a try!

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