Answers to Frequently Asked Acne-Related Questions

If you are battling acne, you are not alone. Many patients in my dermatology practice come to see me about acne.

You may have the same questions that plague my patients. Below I have provided the answers to some of the most common acne-related questions I have received.

What's the best makeup to use when you have acne?

I recommend mineral makeup powder because it's simple, which allows you to avoid a lot of the dangerous, pore-clogging ingredients, and it has great long-lasting coverage. My mineral makeup works particularly well for acne-prone skin. It's an ultra-high quality mineral makeup that dusts lightly over your skin for complete, all-day coverage. It never leaves you looking like you are trying to hide your acne under thick powder. For acne-prone skin my favorite mineral makeup powders are:

What other products work to fight acne?

You can make your acne products work even better by washing your skin with a Clarisonic Mia 2 or Clarisonic SMART Profile Skin Brush Cleansing System. Research shows that using a Clarisonic allows your skin care products to penetrate your skin more than six times better, which means faster results. Also, using a Clarisonic gets your pores cleaner, and that's really important for treating acne. If you're not ready for a Clarisonic System, use the Buf Puf Facial Sponge with your cleansers to improve their effectiveness.

What about spot treatments for acne?

The best acne spot-treatment options include benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid (even if your skin can't tolerate them all over, they work great for spot treatment). Use my Benzoyl Peroxide Treatment Cream or Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads.  


Do I really need sunscreen if I have acne?

Daily sunscreen use is important for preventing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after acne lesions heal. You need broad spectrum, mineral zinc oxide sunscreen in an oil-free product. My favorite sunscreens for acne-prone skin are Sheer Strength Pure Physical Sunscreen, MDSolar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme, Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray SunscreenEltaMD UV SPF 46Solbar Zinc SPF 38, and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40. Remember, all skin should be protected by daily sunscreen use. 

Is there a diet and acne connection?

Yes, diet is a big issue for acne. Researchers are uncovering more information daily, but the bottom line is that what you eat matters. Some important tips are:

  • Work towards a diet that mostly consists of veggies, fruit, and whole grains.
  • Avoid high-carb diets.
  • Minimize dairy products; yes, even low-fat ones because dairy seems to have a unique role in causing acne.
  • Avoid eating a lot of the "bad fats" found in most animal-based meats and fast foods.
  • Eat "healthy" omega 3 fats like those found in salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts.
  • Drink a lot of water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Eat naturally pro-biotic rich foods like yogurt or kefir. (Yes, they are dairy foods so go easy on them.)

Are there acne treatment masks I can use at home?

Yes, clay masks help to draw out oils from your pores. Sulfur helps to soothe redness. Using a mask once or twice a week can be helpful.

Also remember that facialschemical peels, and extractions from a skincare professional can help. If your acne is not clearing up with home treatments, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist because there are prescription medicines that can be added to your treatment.

Where can I learn more about treating my acne?

To learn more about acne solutions, check out the acne articles on my blog.

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  4. Facial Acne Vulgaris, if you are intolerant to benzoyl peroxide
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