The Clear-Skin Makeover
THE CLEAR-SKIN MENU
Many dermatologists have been reconsidering their longtime stance that there
are no links between diet and acne. One potential culprit may be a
high-glycemic, processed-food diet (think white bread, pasta, rice). Colorado
State University researchers theorized that these sorts of foods may elevate
hormones and thus stimulate sebaceous glands. In 2006, Australian scientists
found that eating a low-glycemic diet (high in protein, with fewer refined
sugars and flours) for 12 weeks reduced acne by almost 50 percent. Another
possible trigger: dairy. Hormones in milk are thought to stimulate sebum
production and, in turn, provoke pimples. Dermatologist Jeffrey Dover, M.D.,
now asks his patients with stubborn acne to try a dairy-free diet. “After they
cut out milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, their acne often becomes easier to
treat,” he says.
A BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENT FOR BREAKOUTS
If you’ve tried everything and are still seeing red, consider Isolaz Deep
Pore Lazr Therapy, an FDA-approved, in-office combo of light (to kill
acne-causing bacteria) and a pore-clearing vacuum. In a company-sponsored test,
64 percent of intractable-acne sufferers had more than 75 percent clearance
after four treatments. While it’s pricey ($300 to $500 per session), patients
see improvement within 24 to 48 hours of the first treatment, and full results
after four or five sessions, says Miami- and New York City–based dermatologist
Fredric Brandt, M.D.
IF YOU DO GET A PIMPLE...
...Zap it. Consider new handheld gizmos that deliver
low-level heat directly to blemishes to destroy acne-causing bacteria. “These
devices aren’t going to help with blackheads or whiteheads, but they can
shorten the duration of inflammatory pimples by a few days,” says Mary Lupo,
M.D. Try Zeno ($150, Target) or ThermaClear ($150, sephora.com).
...Hide it. Here’s our beauty editor’s secret for
disguising a real zinger: First, gently buff away flakes using a damp
washcloth. Then, put on any spot treatments, smooth moisturizer all over your
face, and apply foundation. Next, concealer: Stick versions are best (blemishes
need something with staying power). We love Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($68,
Saks); Maybelline New York Cover Stick ($5.65, drugstores) is great, too. Use a
finger to apply it, lightly tapping the product directly on the pimple and
nearby skin. Blend the edges, and you’re good to go.