Finding out how to get rid of acne on your particular skin can take years — and dozens of visits to the doctor. Everyone has different skin types, skin tones, lifestyles, and genetic histories, therefore there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. But here at Teen Vogue, we’ve made it our life’s work to track down the best pro advice and steer you in the right way.
So, what can you do to get rid of acne over the short term? “The first order of business is to control sebum production through diet and antibiotics,” dermatologist Dr. David E. Bank tells Teen Vogue. Sebum is an oily substance that lubricates your hair and skin. For those with excess amounts of sebum — which can be caused by genetics, stress, and hormones — it can build up in the hair follicle and lead to clogged pores and blemishes.
“You’ll want to reduce your total carb intake and stick with lean protein,” he adds. “The ketogenic diet is a good way of getting rid of acne.” It’s also important to avoid milk, cheese, and other dairy products.
“Acne is of course linked to hormones,” explains New York-based dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur. “The more stress you are under the worse your acne is going to be.” For some people, she says, acne can get better when they are pregnant or on their period, but this isn’t always the case.
“One thing that really helps is to keep your hands away from your face,” she says. “Don’t touch your face unless you are washing it or applying a product.” This prevents bacteria from entering pores and causing pimples.
“You can eat and drink what you want,” Marmur says. “I’m not a puritan.” While you should avoid sugary sodas and any foods that cause your blood sugar to spike, she recommends chocolate milk as a post-workout snack for skin health.
Other ways to get rid of acne include applying benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, glycolic acids, and tea tree oil on affected areas of the skin.
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