Following a low glycemic diet may help with acne breakouts. Foods with a low glycemic index include: green vegetables, most fruits, raw carrots, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils and bran breakfast cereals. Foods with a high glycemic index include: white bread, bagels, potatoes, pretzels, white pasta, rice and sweets. Cow’s milk contains androgens, estrogen, progesterone and glucocorticoids, which provoke keratinisation and sebum production, leading to acne.

Yes! You should not stop using retinols in the summer. The key with all acne medicines is to stay consistent even in the summer months when the sun is more intense. In the summer and winter months it is best to use retinol at night.

There are many ways to prevent acne scars. Consider medication to prevent the pimple from appearing in the first place. First and foremost, do not pick at any pimples, but if you will, and can’t resist please make sure that the area is clean. We suggest that you gently cleanse the area with the Skorr Acne Cleanse. Wash your face twice a day in the morning and evening to prevent acne lesions from forming. For severe acne scars see your dermatologist who may be able to discuss options with you such as lasers.
Accutane is a powerful medicine that should be used as a final resort to treat acne. Accutane’s active ingredient is isotretinoin. There are a variety of alternatives to Accutane. Options include isotretinoin-free medications such as topical retinoids indicated for the treatment of acne include Retin-A (tretinoin), Tazorac (tazarotene), and Differin (adapalene). As with isotretinoin, most retinoid medications require a prescription although Differin can be found over the counter. Discuss your options with your dermatologist.
If you have oily skin, there’s a possibility that you believe skipping on moisturizer after washing your face is no big deal. In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can start to look overly shiny. Refusing to moisturize can actually lead to your skin looking oilier. Those with oily skin should use a moisturizer that is lightweight and non-comedogenic—meaning it won’t block pores. Your dermatologist can recommend the best moisturizers for your skin.
Yes, typically it is fine to wear makeup when you have active acne lesions. However, be cautions as some makeup may cause breakouts. Opt for makeup that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. When applying makeup, clean brushes are a must. If you are applying your makeup with your fingers, please make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water prior to touching your face. Ideally it is best not to wear any makeup in the affected area until the blemish subsides.
Acne is categorized into two main categories – inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Inflammatory acne includes papules, pustules, nodules and cystic acne. Non-inflammatory acne includes blackheads and whiteheads.