Other Acne Treatment Options
But before you schedule your dermatology appointment, you might want to try taking a zinc supplement, says Dr. Buka. The mineral zinc plays a role in wound healing and reduces inflammation, which could help improve acne. Taking a zinc supplement with food may reduce side effects, including a bad taste in your mouth and nausea, but you can also add zinc to lotions or creams to reduce acne breakouts. It'll still take about four to six weeks to notice improvements in your skin but it'll save you money on prescription medications and doctors' office visits. [source: Mayo Clinic]
If you like the idea of trying to fix your acne problems without oral medication, a few minutes of sun exposure without protection each day may also help improve acne. "I would never recommend sun as a solution for acne, but for some people, 10 minutes a day without protection might help," says Dr. Buka. Ultraviolet light (found in the sun's rays) is a basis for many light-based acne treatments, like blue-light therapies. The FDA approved the acid and blue light combination in 1999 as a way to combat the pre-cancerous skin lesions, and University of Chicago researchers are continuing to explore light therapy methods on acne patients. [source: Medill Reports Chicago]
- Badreshia-Bansal, Sonia, MD. Personal Correspondence.
- Buka, Bobby, MD. Personal Correspondecne.
- Mayo Clinic. "Acne Treatment and Drugs" (July 10, 2013). http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acne/DS00169/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
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