Acne Management

Acne Laser Treatment Utah

Everyone who has acne knows how difficult it can be to control. We offer many alternatives to the traditional antibiotics and prescription creams that are often used to try and control acne.

First, Genesis Lifestyle Medical always recommends that the certain lifestyle steps be followed for optimal acne control:

* Cut all fruit out of your diet except for berries until face is clear

* Drink at least 64oz of water daily

* Reduce refined carbohydrates (sugar, white bread, white rice, cookies, etc.)

* Use a white pillow case and change to a clean pillow case often

* Do not scrub face. Wash gently or pat

* Avoid over the counter skin care – it contains fillers that can worsen your acne

* Wash your makeup brushes often

* Use mineral makeup and mineral sunblock (won’t clog your pores)

* Avoid constipation. Use daily fiber supplement if needed

* Keep your hair out of your face and off your forehead

* Sleep 8 hours nightly

* Exercise regularly
Second, we recommend use of the Pelle Di Giovane Acne Protocol. This is a system of doctor-grade cleansers and exfoliators designed to penetrate deeply into the skin and effectively unclog pores and keep them clean. We also offer moisturizers that will protect your skin, but not worsen you acne.

Third, we recommend that adult women suffering from acne have an acne hormonal evaluation. Dr Jepson believes that most adult female acne is hormonal. It is difficult to control this type of acne without identifying and correcting the hormonal issue. There are 3 common types of hormonal acne:

Progesterone deficiency – if your acne cycles with your menstrual period (usually you break out with acne mostly in the 1-2 weeks before your period) and if you also suffer from some degree of PMS, then your acne is most likely due to progesterone deficiency. This is also the most common form of hormonal acne for women over 50 (your ovaries stop producing progesterone at menopause)

Testosterone excess – this is a common cause of acne in younger adult females (20s and 30s). Either your ovaries produce too much testosterone or your skin produces too much of a testosterone derivative called DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Generally this type of acne will occur through your entire cycle, is often associated with oily skin and unwanted facial hair, and commonly (but not always) can affect the chest and back.

Stress and Cortisol excess – many of you may have noticed that your acne gets worse at times of stress. This is also a hormonal form of acne. Stress causes your adrenal glands to produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol causes acne. This type of acne usually only lasts as long as your stress lasts. But many of you probably suffer from chronic stress and can consequently suffer from chronic stress-induced acne. Genesis Lifestyle Medical can help you identify which hormonal problem is causing your acne, and most importantly, help you fix it!

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