I’ve had patients of all ages come to me suffering from acne. Not only can it be painful, but it can also cause confidence issues and end up in long term scarring. However the good news is that acne is not a life sentence, and with the right treatment all patients can be acne free.
There are four main ways in which I would treat acne, but with each patient I’d start with a set of blood tests to help determine the underlying cause.
1) VI Peel
The VI Peel is one of a new generation of chemical peels; it gives dramatic results with a far shorter downtime that conventional peels. There’s more about the VI Peel in this post. I have a specific protocol for using the VI Peel to combat acne. The process will need to be repeated twice, but the results on my patients have been incredible. Plus, unlike many other peels, it can also be used on darker skin types.
2) Hormone balancing
The results of your blood tests will give us an indication as to whether hormones are to blame for your acne. There are a number of possibilities including high levels of testosterone, low levels of progesterone and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). If I believe that hormones are the cause of your acne, it’s possible to rebalance your hormone levels with medication, supplements and nutritional advice.
3) Spironolactone treatment
The drug Spironolactone is an agonist of androgen receptor that can be used to treat hormonal acne. It’s similar to Roaccutane, but I find it to be without most of the side effects. Again, the results of your blood tests will determine your suitability for this course of treatment.
4) Dietary advice
Changes to our diet can radically affect the way our skin behaves. At your consultation we’ll discuss your current diet and I’ll offer advice on the changes you can make that will have a positive effect in your skin.
The next step is to treat any scars, to find out more about how I do this see my next post.
If you’re suffering from acne please get in touch. You can comment on this blog post, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @DrDanielSister, or book a consultation. I look forward to you getting in touch.