Fighting Acne with your Meridian Doctor
Acne is one of the most common and distressing conditions encountered in primary care. By the time they see a healthcare provider, most patients have tried multiple, occasionally expensive, over-the-counter treatments and programs with varying degrees of effectiveness. The clinical team at Treasure Valley Family Medicine is uniquely qualified to treat even the most severe cases of acne.
Diet has a limited effect on acne. Foods that increase IGF-1 hormone levels can promote inflammation, oily skin and acne. Examples include high glycemic index (starchy/processed) foods and lactose sugar from milk. Greasy foods have not been proven to cause acne. Genetics also play a role as studies of identical twins suggest a higher risk of acne when it runs in your family.
Four main components directly contribute to the formation of acne pimples and blackheads: oil production, skin shedding, surface bacteria, and immune response. Over-the-counter (OTC) agents are usually first line. This group includes products with active ingredients such as:
- salicylic acid (exfoliates dead skin cells),
- adapalene/Differin gel 0.1% (prevents inflammation, limits skin shedding)
- benzoyl peroxide 5% (reduces bacteria, skin cells, and oil production).