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Study: Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Caused by Free Radicals in Adult Acne
Posted: June 6, 2013
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Adult acne can be embarrassing and upsetting, leading to both depression and anxiety, says Bowe. "It can be perplexing and frustrating when the remedies you used to turn to aren't effective," she says. "The good news is that after treatment many women feel more confident and it boosts self-esteem."
Bowe offers tips for preventing and treating adult acne
"Almost all cases of acne in adults can be treated and, in some cases, it can even be prevented," says Bowe. "It's crucial to address both periodic breakouts and chronic acne because, over time, acne can lead to scarring or dark spots." Following are possible recommendations for clients struggling with adult acne.
- After cleansing your skin in the morning, apply an antioxidant serum under your sunscreen, or find a sunscreen that contains antioxidants along with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB-blocking ingredients. "Even though some people believe that the sun can help control acne, exposure to the sun's harmful rays can cause skin cancer and premature wrinkles. If you think your acne benefits from exposure to the sun, ask your dermatologist about light-based treatments that are just as effective for acne but safe," says Bowe.
- Try to add antioxidants to your diet. "The more deep colors you see on your plate, the better. Look for deep greens such as kale or spinach, bright reds such as tomatoes and strawberries, and oranges such as salmon and squash."
- Don't smoke, which can increase your exposure to free radicals and lead not only to accelerated signs of aging such as wrinkles, but also to cancer.
- Talk to an esthetician and/or dermatologist if you have chronic acne that isn't responding to over-the-counter therapies. Depending upon the type, location and severity of symptoms, additional treatments may include antibiotics, oral contraceptives and other medications, as well as laser and light therapy, treatments shown effective in clients with acne.
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