It’s easy to look at someone with acne and speculate that if they just slathered on a topical cream containing benzoyl peroxide, or wiped their face with pads drenched in salicylic acid, their complexion would immeasurably improve.
Sadly, that’s not the case – as the millions of Americans of all ages, genders and ethnicities who suffer with this chronic condition would attest. If it was as simple as dabbing on spot treatments or slathering on a mud-based face mask, acne would be but a temporary nuisance instead of an affliction that can last for years.
To most effectively address acne requires a two-pronged approach.
The first necessitates looking inwards to something we can’t actually see – our hormone levels. Our body’s chemical messengers, hormones are critical to organ functionality and overall wellness. When they’re out of balance so are we – physically, mentally and emotionally.
What many people don’t realize is that many hormones are influenced by what we eat. Take carbohydrates, for example. Chips, breads, crackers, cookies, potatoes and pasta may lie well on our tongues, but may also have a deleterious effect on our hormones due to their high glycemic indexes that increase blood sugar levels. This triggers a spike in insulin, promoting sebum production that can clog pores.
Milk products might be equally to blame. Dairy products contain progesterone that is transferred into testosterone, a hormone that stimulates oil production. As the amount of oil in the skin increases, so does the chance of it manifesting itself in troubled skin. And if that wasn’t bad enough, milk also contains rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), a synthetic growth hormone also known as Posilac that is administered to cows to boost production. This superfluous growth hormone in our milk can cause IGF-1 and keratinization that can result in acne.
From a holistic perspective, such as that advocated by Dr. Sergey Kalitenko who operates two successful offices in the greater New York City area, there’s a simple way to address this situation. By limiting or eliminating carbohydrates and dairy products, hormone levels can naturally return to their optimal levels. When the body is in balance inside, everything on the outside looks and feels better as well.
Speaking of which, acne can be addressed on the external front through a strategic combination of facials and microdermabrasion, such as those offered at Ecobeautica Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY. Their Acne Facial gently zaps away zits while nourishing the rest of the skin, using special serums to make blemishes disappear and an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial mask to reduce redness and irritation. Diamond microdermabrasion can be equally beneficial for acne by removing the cellular debris that can clog follicles and cause infection. In conjunction with regular facials, this safe, non-invasive procedure can promote smoother, more radiant and less-blemished skin.
To speak with Dr. Kalitenko about the underlying factors that contribute to acne, schedule a consultation at his Brooklyn office (718-382-9200) or Great Neck office (516-467-0253.) For a nurturing, therapeutic acne facial or dermabrasion treatment, call Ecobeautica Wellness Center at 718/382-9200 or visit their full-service medical spa at 2158 Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn.