When conventional treatments aren’t working, it’s time to consider not just the magic elixirs that you’re putting on your face but also what’s going on in your diet and daily life. Ahead, some tips from Jeanette Jacknin, MD, a San Diego–based dermatologist who approaches treatment from a holistic perspective.
Take a Closer Look at Your Meals
Sorry to break it to you, but everything you’ve heard about quitting dairy and sweets for better skin is legit, Dr. Jacknin notes. She also says to avoid fried food, soda, alcohol, and anything else you’d consider junk. “A Mediterranean or whole foods–based diet, with a lot of fresh vegetables and fish like salmon, is ideal,” she says. “Several studies show low-glycemic-load diets improve acne.”
Practice More Mindful Activities
There’s no one-size-fits-all method for calming down and cutting stress, so Dr. Jacknin works with her patients to see what gets them in their Zen zone. Is it a HIIT class with your friends? A solo hike in nature? A morning meditation sesh? Find your outlet, but know that adequate sleep, regular exercise, and speaking to a mental health professional are pretty much a 10/10 across the board.
Integrate Natural Remedies
Dr. Jacknin combines botanical actives and Rx ones, depending on severity and preference. More intense cases may require a prescription, but on milder spots, she suggests applying 5 percent tea tree oil—a natural antibacterial—twice a day. Also clutch? Ingredients like green tea and resveratrol (an antioxidant found in grape skin), which are known to reduce inflammation. Try Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate ($80, esteelauder.com).
This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Women's Health.
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