Acne is a common problem for teenagers and adults alike. Most teens experience worsening of acne
until age 16, and it generally begins to improve after that. But not always. High glycemic index foods
(simple carbohydrates) and skim milk are proven to worsen acne. A 3-month trial of low glycemic diet
and low or no dairy may improve acne. Genetic factors such as oily skin and hormonal influences are
Teens aren’t the only ones affected by acne, of course. Adult females tend to have more persistent and
deeper acne than men, and many times will have acne for the first time after a child birth’s hormonal
fluctuations take place. This hormonal acne is more prevalent along the jawline and neck.
Regardless of the cause, there are numerous treatments available, depending on skin type, age, and
Many prescription medications are FDA-approved for acne, including oral medicines, gels, creams, and
lotions. New drugs are released every year for acne and acne scarring.
Chemical peeling using glycolic acid, salicylic acid help improve mild to moderate acne very modestly as
an initial treatment while other treatments tend to take some weeks to see a difference. Laser therapy
has been shown to reduce sebum (oil) production and dramatically improve acne and its resultant scars.
The above options may all be discussed with Dr. Jensen a Utah based Dermatologist to find the right treatment for you!