Every Day Guide to Acne

by Dr. Kristel Polder

Acne is an inflammatory skin disease which is characterized by increased oil production, clogging of the pores, bacterial overgrowth, and resulting inflammation. All of these processes contribute to blackheads, whiteheads, and larger bumps. It’s a vicious cycle that is a daily struggle for millions of adults and teens.

In the last few years, we have learned a few new things about acne. For example, your diet could be playing a role in your breakouts, as high-sugar diets have been linked. Also- dairy has been linked to acne. We now also know that sleep can affect your skin, and not getting enough sleep causes the release of a stress-hormone which promotes breakouts. While some believe the sun ‘dries out’ their pimples, we now know that while it may seem the sun is helping the skin, it is actually causing more harm than good. UVA and UVB rays suppress the natural immune system in the skin which in the short term calms down pimples, but in the long run- can lead to skin cancer and aging skin.

A popular myth is that you will grow out of acne. Patients of all age ranges suffer with acne. Do not wait to ‘grow’ out of acne. Patients who wait to treat their acne may end up with scars.

Please click the link the below to download your own copy of Dr. Polders brochure, An Every Day Guide to Acne .