IT IS BEST TO AVOID ANTIBIOTICS
While oral antibiotics are commonly prescribed to kill the bacteria that cause acne, the overuse of these medications contributes to antibiotic resistance, can disrupt your body’s delicate microbiome, and may increase the risk of certain diseases.
Instead of relying on oral antibiotics, talk to your treating doctor about alternative treatment options, including the proper skincare regimen, diet and lifestyle changes, and if needed, other oral medications.
Use the right treatment products for your skin type. The most effective topical ingredients for Acne treatment are Retinoids, Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid (if you don't have sensitive skin), and Zinc.
It is important to remember that acne is an eight-week cycle, so you will not necessarily see results overnight.
HEALTHY DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHOICES
Limit dairy and sugar
The latest studies have demonstrated a link between dairy and acne. Researchers believe that dairy consumption increases the levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factors in humans, leading to increased sebum production in the skin.
Sugar triggers inflammation. Acne is a sensitive skin sub-type, with underlying inflammation as a barrier to skin health. Limiting sugar intake can help to keep inflammation under control and help you maintain clear, healthy skin.
Manage stress levels
Stress is known to raise cortisol levels, triggering increased sebum production and clogged pores. Try to manage stress by getting enough sleep, exercising on a regular basis, and trying deep breathing techniques.
For persistent or severe acne, your doctor might recommend oral contraceptives, spironolactone, or isotretinoin, commonly known as Accutane or Roaccutane. As with any medication, there are side effects to these treatments. However, they can all be safe and effective alternatives to oral antibiotics for acne.
Blue light therapy also has been shown to help clear acne by killing acne-causing bacteria on the skin. However, blue light has been linked with accelerated skin aging, so this option may be best as a last resort.
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