Pimple prone skin and breakouts can be hard to control and often limited relief is seen with topical treatments alone. Unfortunately medical treatments are also limited and not ideal long term strategies. The oral contraceptive pill is often prescribed to women with hormonal acne which can have many long term side effects such as increased risk of some cancers, clotting disorders and hormonal problems once the pill is stopped. Antibiotics is another common medical treatment which can have huge ramifications on long term microbial balance and gut health. The last resort is roaccutane, a drug that has been linked to depression and causes a huge drying effect on the skin to the point of having flaky and dry lips, eyes and hands.
The key to successfully controlling your breakouts is to determine what is causing it in the first place. For some this can be obvious (such as a poor diet or hormonal acne) while for others there may be a combination of contributing factors. The following list documents some of the most common causes of acne that I find with my patients:
For some people, it is a combination of these causes that need to be worked on in order to resolve acne and breakouts. For others, it can be more simple. The trick is to work out what your specific causes and triggers are, and work on these. Come in and see us for a personalized health plan to help you achieve healthy skin
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