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Skincare Habits to Adopt in the New Year

Did your New Year’s resolution include taking better care of yourself? If it did, did you include taking better care of your skin? As the largest system in your body, skin is exposed to harsh environmental elements, trauma, and the aging process – factors that can all take a toll on its health and ability to protect your internal organs. While you’re pulling together your new habits and paying closer attention to how you care for the rest of your body, consider adding the following habits and practices into your regimen this year.

Moisturize

You’ve heard it before, and we’re saying it again. Moisturization is the key to healthy, younger looking skin. Whether you’re just starting to pay close attention to your skin, or you’ve been searching to the fountain of youth, making moisturization a key element of your skincare regimen should be a top priority. When properly hydrated and cared for, skin produces the right amount of sebum, reducing the risk of acne outbreak. Moisturized skin also helps reduce the visible signs of aging by adding much-needed hydration to cells that gradually lose their ability to hold in moisture.

To find the right moisturization strategy for your skin, start determining your skin type then work with a professional to find the right daily ointment.

Sunscreen is your friend

Another critical element to healthy skin is sunscreen. Whether it’s overcast and rainy or hot and bright outside, harmful rays from the sun are always present. Without proper protection, these rays can irreversibly damage skin. At Abadir Associates, we recommend that all patients invest in a high-quality sunblock or moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Not only can sunscreen help slow the development of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, but it also is critical in reducing your risk of developing skin cancer.

Step up your cleansing routine

Clear, radiant skin doesn’t happen overnight – it takes close care and a solid, effective routine. Start by making sure you take off your makeup every night before bed. While a cleansing wipe can work just fine, an oil cleanser will not only take care of the makeup but will also remove any leftover oils and lotions that accumulated in your pores during the day. Finish up your routine by using a water-based soap to wash away sweat and dirt.

Invest in a professional exfoliation treatment

Dull skin, acne, and other blemishes can be blamed on accumulated dead skin cells. While an at-home exfoliation can help provide some relief, only a professional treatment can thoroughly remove dead skin cells and reveal glowing, healthy skin cells. Thanks to innovations in dermatological treatments, patients have a wealth of treatment options ranging from traditional chemical peels to laser resurfacing.

In addition to helping reduce potential breakouts, these facial rejuvenation procedures can help diminish the appearance of aging. Depending on the procedure you choose, you can expect results to las last up to several months. Often, our patients only visit a few times a year for touch-up treatments to keep their skin looking radiant.

Start your skincare journey with Abadir Associates

You only get one skin – care for it well! At Abadir Associates, our state-of-the-art facility offers the latest in professional skincare treatments to help you press reset on your skin’s health. From facial rejuvenation to cosmetic treatments, our practice is committed to providing all patients with comprehensive, personalized care. Together with our experienced dermatologists, you’ll enjoy the best care possible, tailored to your specific needs. Start your journey to clear, beautiful skin by calling 914-937-7593 today to schedule your appointment with our team.

 

The Luminous Skin You Were Always Meant to Have

Everyone knows at least one person with flawless skin. The most beautiful people in the world follow simple key steps to achieve their glowing skin. Yes, achieving flawless complexion can really be this easy! Follow our cosmetic skin care tips and you will achieve radiant skin in no-time.

Contact Dr. Abadir for more information on how you can achieve and maintain healthy skin.

Can You Gift Someone Skincare for the Holidays?

It’s the time of year where many of us are going through our holiday lists to make sure we’ve gotten something for those who we care about most. Rather than getting your loved ones something that will go unused, consider getting them the gift of self-care with professional skincare?

The True Value of Gifting Skincare

Gifting skincare is a great way of giving friends and family the chance to focus on their own health and wellness for a change. While we may make resolutions at the beginning of the year to take better care of ourselves, consistent self-care is often the first to fall to the wayside. Work stress, hectic home schedules, and other aspects of life can quickly swallow up time, energy and resources that could otherwise be spent of self-care.

While the choice to undergo professional treatment is certainly personal, gifting procedures can be thoughtful and done in a way that is sensitive to the personal nature of care.

How to Purchase Skincare for as a Gift

There are several different ways to go about gifting skincare. At Abadir Associates, we’ve pulled together our tips for giving professional treatments to friends and family members.

Confirm the desire for professional care:

Most close friends and family members may have been able to pick up from passing conversation that the recipient is looking for more ways to care for themselves. Given the personal nature of this gift, having confirmation that they would be receptive to treatment can help you avoid any awkwardness that may arise from purchasing such a personal gift.

Give as a gift card

When giving skincare and other professional medical treatments, knowing what you’ll be gifting is an important factor. Some find it easiest to give gift cards to a preferred dermatologist. This way, the loved one can go through the consultation process and work with a skin specialist to develop a comprehensive treatment strategy that best suits their needs. Others choose to gift specific treatments that they know their loved one has long considered. Some of the most popular procedures purchased as gifts at our practice include:

Dermal Fillers

Options like Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane are excellent options at almost every age. Designed to add volume to different parts of the face, dermal fillers have been successfully used to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles as well as add natural-looking volume to the lips.

Botox and Dysport

Another popular form of injectable cosmetic dermatology, Botox and Dysport are among our most frequently gifted treatment options at Abadir Associates. In addition to being used to stall existing wrinkles and lines, these botulinum-based treatments are gaining popularity as a proactive treatment against aging.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure perfect for smoothing away fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. During the procedure, a mechanized device is used to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process and increase collagen and elastin production.

Chemical Peels

Perhaps among the most comprehensive skin care treatments, chemical peels are an excellent way to rejuvenate skin and restore a patient’s “glow”. Gifting several sessions can be a great way of helping a loved one start their new year with smooth, clear skin.

Give the Gift of Skincare at Abadir Associates

Give a gift that you know will be appreciated and put to good use. At Abadir Associates, our specialists can help you give the gift of skincare and self-love to your loved ones. To learn more, call our team at 914-937-7593 and schedule your consultation. Together, we’ll help you find the perfect solution for your friend or family member.

 

 

Craft the Perfect Cold Weather Skincare Routine with these Tips

With winter right around the corner, do you have your cold weather skin care routine ready? While it may not seem like it, winter weather and behavior can impact your skin’s health and elasticity more than the summer heat. Between freezing temperatures outside and heaters turned all the way up inside, it’s no surprise that skin tends to dry out and crack during the winter months. Not only does this diminish your natural, supple appearance, cracked skin can also be especially painful.

If you haven’t already, spend some time reevaluating and updating your daily skin routine to ensure it best meets your needs and keeps your skin looking fresh all winter long.

Watch the Heat

With the nights dipping into near-freezing temperatures, ultra-hot showers and roaring fires can seem like the perfect way to end any winter day. However, these ways of staying warm can negatively impact your skin. Raising the temperature on your shower and thermostat can quickly dry out the air at home, leaving your skin susceptible to becoming dry and flaky. Rather than cranking up the temperature (and utility bill!), keep the thermostat a comfortable cool and invest in a good humidifier to add much-needed moisture to your home. Lower indoor temperatures also have the added benefit of leaving you more alert during the day and more likely to sleep well at night.

Just as high indoor temps can dry out your skin, so can super-hot showers. We recommend taking shorter, warm (not hot) showers. Not only will you still get just as clean, you reduce the risk of stripping your skin of its natural oils and moisture thereby increasing the likelihood of your skin becoming drier and losing its natural glow.

Maximize Moisture

A diligent moisturizing routine and product can make or break a winter skincare regimen. In addition to creating a skin-friendly environment, it’s incredibly important you physically care for your skin. This includes investing in a high-quality moisturizer for your face and body as well as regularly applying the cream daily. Looking to keep your feet soft and supple? Try applying moisturizer to dry feet and covering them with socks as you sleep to prevent moisture loss.

For all outdoor excursions, we recommend choosing a moisturizer with some form of sunblock. Even though you’ll be covered with clothes, the bulk of the winter, harmful UVA and UVB rays can still damage your skin.

Stay Hydrated & Healthy

While winter months certainly call for rounds of hot cocoa and mulled wine, your skin needs good old-fashioned H2O to stay supple and beautiful looking. Be sure to continue drinking at least eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated – your skin will thank you!

Between nearly monthly feasts and get-togethers, it can be difficult to stay dedicated to a skin-healthy diet – after all, who doesn’t want to indulge in the extra piece of pumpkin pie or cheesecake? When it comes to your skincare, it’s critical to remember that moderation is key. Between gatherings with family and friends, be sure to enjoy antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, monitor sugar and fat intake and take time to exercise. These simple steps can help mitigate unwanted flare-ups and keep skin looking clear throughout the winter.

Be Picky About Products

A high-quality moisturizer isn’t the only product investment we recommend making. During the winter months, your skin is already at a higher likelihood of drying out. To help protect it, try limiting exfoliation frequency to just once a week and invest in alcohol-free skincare products as well as mild soaps. These solutions are gentle enough to avoid damaging vulnerable skin cells while still thoroughly cleaning your skin.

Find Your Solution at Abadir Associates

Not sure where to start your skincare routine evaluation? We can help. At Abadir Associates, our dedicated team is available to help patients fill the gaps in their winter skincare routines with treatments that preserve and protect skin health. To get started, call (914) 937-7593 today and schedule your consultation.

 

The Benefits of Antioxidants in Your Skincare Routine

Over the course of the day, your skin is exposed to a lot. Makeup, UV rays, and pollution can all clog pores, damage skin and accelerate the aging process. However, new studies in skin care have shown that while exposure may be inevitable, there are preventive measures you can take. Adding antioxidants to your skincare routine through topical skincare and a healthy diet can help improve the way your skin looks, functions and ages. Here’s how:

Reduces Inflammation

Diet, sunburn, acne and even scratching your face can all contribute to skin inflammation. Not only is inflammation uncomfortable, but it can also be disheartening to see in the mirror. Instead of trying the latest trend in skin care, turn to antioxidants as a way of reducing redness and swelling. Antioxidants like vitamin C have been found to help reduce inflammation and stimulate the skin’s repair process.

Fights Aging at the Cellular Level

The topical use of antioxidants is perhaps best known for its role in slowing the aging process. Naturally produced vitamins like vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene all help diminish the impact of oxidative stressors by targeting free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules created by pollution, the sun, and smog. Daily exposure to them leads to skin damage, which can appear as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. When combined with the natural aging process, these factors can accelerate skin damage and premature aging.

Antioxidants help slow the aging process by disabling these free radicals. Furthermore, they help to increase collagen and elastin production, important compounds that keep the skin looking full and elastic. Often, many injectable solutions use hyaluronic acid, a naturally produced compound with antioxidant benefits, to add volume to areas where collagen production has slowed or stopped altogether. For an at-home skincare regimen, many high quality and professional grade anti-aging products leverage antioxidants to ensure they are regularly applied to the skin that needs it most. Ultimately, the use of these helps patients keep their skin looking beautiful and youthful.

Improves Skin Tone

In addition to accelerating the aging process, oxidative stressors are notorious for compromising skin quality on a near-daily basis. Dark spots, uneven skin tone, and excess oil production are all common side effects most patients are likely familiar with. When antioxidants like vitamin C are introduced into a comprehensive skin care routine, they can help inhibit the production of enzymes the promote melanin production, lessening the impact of dark spots or uneven skin tone.

More than Skin Deep

Great skin starts with a solid skincare regimen tailored to your skin type, environment and needs and is most effective when complemented with a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet. Together, this combination can help patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin from the inside and out. To learn more about introducing antioxidants to your life via skin care routine, we recommend calling our Westchester County doctors for a consultation. During your visit, our team will help determine the condition of your skin and can recommend both professional and at-home solutions to help improve the quality and appearance of your skin. Call today to get started!

 

How to Undo the Effects of Summer Sun Damage

As summer winds down and your skin is not looking its best, it may be time to initiate some process to reverse the effects of summer damage. Excessive sun, wind, sand, chlorine, and salt water exposure can trigger a discolored, splotchy, and dull skin presence. Your skin will increase the number of dead cells to protect itself from the elements resulting in a weathered and dry skin appearance.

Additionally, an increase in sun spots, freckles and the increased risk of skin cancer are other factors to consider for those who spent their summer in the sun. To get your skincare back on track, here are some tips we suggest to implement immediately:

Schedule a Peel

Removing dead skin cells, lightening discoloration and enhancing skin radiance are great benefits of a chemical peel. This procedure is a strategic treatment to rejuvenate your skin after your summer fun. Your individual skin care needs and the level of summer damage will determine if a chemical peel is a right choice for you. It is an optimal beauty enhancement treatment for patients with summer damage and acne as well.

With multiple options available including Micropeels, Dermaplaning, facial treatments, and acne facials, improvements to sun spots, skin tone, wrinkles, lines and moderate acne breakouts can be a welcome benefit to start your fall season.

The Magic of Laser Resurfacing

Lasers have been successful in treating skin issues for over two decades. Our StarLux 1440 laser system removes external skin layers without affecting adjacent skin tissue. This skin care laser treatment is relatively painless with no downtime after treatment. It is effective in the treatment of wrinkles and lines, scars, stretch marks, dull skin, brown spots, and sun damage.

Treatments are quick events done in our state-of-the-art dermatology center and are suitable for different parts of your body.

Dermaplaning

This procedure is a great alternative to a chemical peel or laser resurfacing. It simply removes excess skin cells by gentle exfoliation. You will enjoy skin rejuvenation and a smooth, soft skin surface free of skin debris and unwanted peach fuzz. Dermaplaning will also speed up skin cell regeneration and improve product absorption.

Update Your Skincare Products

Once your summer is over, upgrading your skincare regimen may be a smart move. The use of topical serums and lotions including retinol or glycolic acid at night will help restore skin radiance and reduce some of the setbacks caused by the sun.

Exfoliation, sunscreens, moisturizers, collagen stimulation and other anti-aging remedies will help you enjoy a revitalized skin beauty and resolve skin problems resulting from the effects of your summer.

We offer the best products from the best product lines to help restore and maintain your skin health. With our professional consultation, these products are good for aftercare treatments from dermatologic and cosmetic procedures as well as your daily skin care regimen.

Other Considerations

At Abadir Associates, we offer other treatments designed to improve skin health and appearance. These include microdermabrasion, wrinkle treatments, Photofacial and scar camouflage. With multiple treatments at our disposal, we can customize your skincare to fit your unique needs and goals.

Take a Hard Look at Your Skin

If you have never seen a dermatologist or it’s been a while, the fall season is a great time to do it. Sun exposure may cause slight immune suppression within your skin which can allow severe skin issues like skin cancer. With a fall skin assessment, you can avoid skin complications and bring proactive help to your skin beauty.

We offer you the best dermatology care you can find from the village of Rye Brook and Westchester. Contact us today to ensure your skin will attain and maintain the health and radiance you deserve.

Contact us today or call 914-937-7593.

Sunscreen 101: FAQ’s about Sunscreen

Although it’s important to be cautious of the sun all year long, it’s officially summer now. That means you need to be even more mindful of how damaging sun rays can be to your skin. Simply put, you can’t afford to not wear sunscreen.

At Abadir Associates, we believe in looking good and feeling good, which is next to impossible to do when you’re sunburnt. Therefore, we’ve put together this helpful guide to assist you in picking the best protection for your skin and how to apply it. Take care of your body, because you only have one!

The following are common FAQs regarding sunscreen protection:

Q:  Who should wear sunscreen?

A: In short, anyone who plans to expose themselves to the sun should wear sunscreen. Despite age or race, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Although sunscreen is not 100% guaranteed to protect you from developing skin cancer, it has been proven to lower your chances.

Q: When purchasing sunscreen, what should I look for?

A: The American Academy of Dermatology states that it is necessary to purchase a sunscreen that offers all of the following:

  • Protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Water-resistance

Of course, any type of sunscreen is better than none. However, when you use products with the features above, it’s more likely that you’ll avoid sunburn, aging skin, and skin cancer.

Q: How often should I put on sunscreen?

A: The American Cancer Society states that it’s best to put sunscreen on as early in the day as you possibly can. It is imperative to apply sunscreen to your body regularly, especially if you get wet or sweat it off. Don’t be afraid to use a fair amount. Try to put on sunscreen thirty minutes before stepping into the sun and every two hours following for as long as you’re exposed.

Q: Is sunscreen safe to use?

A: Yes, sunscreen is safe to use. In fact, scientists have found evidence that supports using sunscreen to help minimize damage to the skin from the sun. Sunscreen is also proven to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Q: Can I treat a sunburn?

A: It’s best to avoid a sunburn altogether by regularly applying sunscreen. However, if you do happen to get burned, try soothing your skin with a cool bath, moisturizer, hydrocortisone cream, and ibuprofen. Also, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

During the summertime, everyone wants to experience “fun in the sun”, but how much fun can you have if you’re suffering from a painful burn? This season, don’t risk your skin, your health, or your fun – lather up with sunscreen!

Abadir Associates proudly offer a wide variety of skin care products and sunscreens, allowing you to look your absolute best! Contact us today by calling 914-937-7593.

 

 

 

Leg Vein Treatment: Understanding Your Options

If you’ve recently discovered unsightly blue and purple squiggles on your legs, you’re not alone: Spider veins and varicose veins are one of the most common aesthetic complaints in the world. In fact, it’s estimated that over half of all adults in the United States have one (or both) of these conditions. Fortunately, spider and varicose veins are also one of the most treatable cosmetic conditions. Depending on the severity of your vein issues, either sclerotherapy or laser vein therapy should be able to return your legs to a smooth, clear state.

How Does Leg Vein Treatment Work?

Both types of leg vein treatment work by agitating problem veins so that the blood vessels close off. This seals each vein shut, halting the flow of blood, and eventually the remnants of the treated veins are simply reabsorbed by the body. Meanwhile, blood flow is safely routed through other veins below the skin. As a result, the surface of the skin returns to a clear, unblemished state.

Sclerotherapy, which is suitable for small spider veins, relies on the use of a chemical agent (called a sclerosant) that’s injected directly into problematic veins. Laser therapy, on the other hand, makes use of light energy, which penetrates deeply into veins in order to close them. This therapy is best suited to larger, more bulging varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy is the preferred treatment in many cases because it’s faster, less expensive, and less painful than laser treatment (though it should be noted that neither procedure is especially painful). It’s also the most effective for tiny veins that are very close to the skin’s surface and more suitable for people with darker skin. Lasers can, in rare cases, cause discoloration when applied to tanned or dark skin. With all of that being said, however, some people prefer laser therapy. If you’re sensitive to chemicals or have a fear of needles, for instance, laser therapy might be the better choice for you. Laser therapy is also more versatile, being able to target everything from pronounced varicose veins to telangiectatic matting (clusters of tiny blood vessels visible on the skin).

Whichever procedure you choose to deal with your unsightly veins, you can rest assured that the price will be reasonable and the recovery time will be minimal. Most people who have vein treatment performed can return to their normal activities within a day. With such a minimal investment needed and such powerful confidence-boosting benefits, leg vein treatment is a “no brainer” for most people who suffer from visible vein issues. To have your leg vein treatment done by experienced professionals, contact Abadir Associates now, for a consultation.

Best Summer Salads for Your Skin

Nowhere is the old saying “are what you eat” truer than when it comes to the appearance of your skin. While some foods in particular are associated with breakouts (such as dairy products), others—like leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables—are celebrated for their skin-healing properties. Spinach, kale, and arugula, for example, all contain skin-nourishing compounds like vitamin A, C, and K. When topped with some almonds or walnuts for a kick of Omega 3 fatty acids (healthy fats which are reputed to protect the skin) they can form the basis for a powerful skin-healing meal. As Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a nutritionist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, explains: “[Omega 3] fatty acids are responsible for the health of the [skin] cell membrane, which is not only what acts as the barrier to things that are harmful, but also the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell.”

So, what typically combines leafy greens, fruits, and nuts, all in one convenient dish? You guessed it: Salad. This once-underappreciated meal has undergone something of a renaissance in the last decade, and today a number of specifically skin-healthy blends are available for you to try. Some of our favorites include:

Fresh Cucumber and Celery Salad with Mint And Fennel Dressing

Key properties:

  • Diuretic that helps remove toxins from the body
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Makes two servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cucumber, chopped into 1/2″ cubes (leave the peel on)

1/2 cup celery, chopped into 1/2″ cubes

1 cup loosely packed spinach

1 bulb fresh fennel (cut the fronds into thin strips and dice the bulb)

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/3 cup avocado oil

Large pinch salt

Large pinch pepper

Directions:

Combine the mint leaves, fennel fronds, apple cider vinegar, and mustard in a blender and blend on high. Add avocado oil and keep blending until a runny dressing is formed. Mix the fennel, celery, spinach, and cucumber in a bowl. Add dressing and toss.

Avocado, Walnut, and Toasted Coconut Salad with Tropical Ginger Lime Dressing

Key properties:

  • Loaded with skin-protecting Omega 3s and nourishing Vitamin E
  • Hydrating and anti-inflammatory
  • Makes two servings

Ingredients:

1 avocado, pitted and cubed

1/4 cup toasted walnuts

1/4 cup flaked toasted coconut

1″ piece of ginger, grated

1 lime (plus zest)

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup coconut milk

Large pinch salt

1 cup mixed greens

Directions:

Combine lime juice and zest in a bowl before adding grated ginger, coconut milk, honey, and salt. Mix vigorously to make the dressing. Toast the coconut and walnut, then add them to a bowl along with the avocado and greens. Toss together with dressing.

Shaved Asparagus and Roasted Grapefruit Salad

Key properties:

  • This salad works to reduce acne breakouts because the grapefruit encourages pores to tighten
  • The high level of Vitamin C in this salad improves collagen strength and helps the skin to cleanse itself
  • Makes two servings

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus

6 green onions, (remove the tips and ends and cut each in half)

1 medium grapefruit (plus zest)

2 teaspoons honey

5—6 springs thyme, roughly chopped (stems removed)

1/4 cup hemp oil

Large pinch salt

Large pinch pepper

Directions:

Zest the grapefruit, chop it in half, and place it on a baking sheet (cut side up). Broil for 2—3 minutes, then let cool. Once cooled, squeeze the grapefruit juice into a small bowl and add salt, pepper, thyme and olive oil; mix vigorously to form the dressing. Using a vegetable peeler, shave ribbons off the asparagus, then toss them together with the green onions and dressing. Let sit for ten minutes before serving.

Eat Your Way to Radiant Skin

In addition to incorporating skin-nourishing salads into your diet, try to avoid heavily processed foods; the more whole foods you consume, the better your skin will look. As biochemist Elaine Linker, PhD, co-founder of DDF skin care, advises: “It’s definitely true that diet can play an important role in all skin conditions—not just helping combat wrinkles and lines, but other skin problems as well, including acne, eczema, psoriasis—even dry flaking or very oily skin.” The fastest route to achieving a natural glow is therefore to eat healthily, regularly (The rest of your body will thank you for it, too!). Want to get your skin even more radiant? Contact Abadir Associates, a premier dermatology and cosmetic practice now, for a consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

Fighting Adult Acne: 4 Tips To Clear Up Your Skin For Good

Acne, like cliques, braces, and questionable hair color choices, is usually associated with adolescence. For many adults, however, this unsightly nuisance never quite goes away, instead hanging around longer than an embarrassing Facebook photo. If you’re a sufferer of adult acne, you know just how painful and embarrassing this condition can be… But did you know that there’s something you can do about it? In recent years, a number of effective adult acne treatments have been pioneered:

  1. Eat fewer refined carbs.

While the relationship between junk food and acne is not as direct as people once thought (e.g., eating chocolate will not “give” you acne), there’s a strong case for eating more whole foods if you’re battling zits. According to Diagnosis Diet, a diet with high glycemic carbs can cause acne by promoting inflammation, raising androgen levels and causing an overgrowth of skin cells. According to a 2007 study conducted by Australian researchers, eating a low-glycemic index (GI) diet that emphasizes complex carbohydrates and lean protein can lead to a 22% decrease in acne lesions.

  1. Try blue light therapy.

If dietary changes don’t work, you’ll need to head to your dermatologist and discuss more intensive treatments. One of the most promising of these is blue light therapy, which uses powerful rays to penetrate follicles and kill acne-causing bacteria.

  1. Ask your doctor about medication.

In recent years, the prescription medication Aldactone (spironolactone), long used to treat high blood pressure, has been reinvented as a surprisingly effective adult acne treatment. It works by blocking androgen hormone receptors and therefore reducing the testosterone surges that fuel acne outbreaks. Other possible treatments available at Abadir Associates are topical creams, microdermabrasion, Accutane, and special facials. Do ask your dermatologist at Abadir Associates which treatment would best suit your situation.

  1. Use tea tree oil.

If you’re worried about trying intensive light therapies or taking medication, you’ll be glad to know that safe, natural tea tree oil can help to combat acne. Multiple studies, including a review published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2013, attest to tea tree oil’s effectiveness in treating mild to moderate acne outbreaks.

Above all else, it’s important to remember that as an adult with acne, you’re not alone. Adult acne is actually a fairly common condition, particularly among women: A 2012 study published in the Journal of Women’s Health revealed that acne affects nearly half of all women aged 21 to 30 and fully one quarter of women aged 31 to 40. If you’re struggling with your condition or feel stigmatized by it, reach out to fellow sufferers—Not only will you find acceptance and support, you might pick up a few more key treatment tips as well. Good luck!