Acne often leads to embarrassment and permanent facial scarring and is an unfortunate right of passage for many young men and women. People who use anabolic steroids are particularly prone to acne. Acne involves the collection of an oily substance called sebum around the hair follicles that appear as white bumps or inflamed red papules.
Acne occurs most frequently on the face, the upper part of the chest and the back. Testosterone increases sebum production, which explains why men have more acne than women. Treatments for acne include rubbing the skin with benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin (Retin-A), antibiotics and oral antibiotics, isotretinoin and hormones.
But what about a diet? What is the best diet for acne? Australian scientists reported that eating a low-glycemic diet (low in simple sugars that raise blood sugar quickly) improved acne symptoms.
The best treatment depends on the nature and severity of the acne, but typically includes taking 1.5 grams to 2 grams a day of oral antibiotics until there are no more pimples, then tapering off to 500mg per day if the skin remains clear.
Topical skin treatments continue for two months after the acne has cleared up. Treatment for acne has come a long way. There is no longer any reason for people to suffer lifelong scarring from acne. [sources: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Fitness RX]