What can I do to bring my breakouts under control?

Hi Dr Maureen, I hope this message finds you well. I am 25 years old and still getting acne breakouts which leave dark marks. I have tried almost every product for breakouts, acne, blackheads, dark marks. I've been to skin care clinics, for facials, most of the time my skin gets slightly better and then in no time it starts breaking out. this has affected my socially as my facial appearance has really deteriorated and I'm losing my self esteem. I am now considering to go to a dermatologist. Please advice. Thank you


Thank you very much for your question. There are many people out there who are sitting in exactly the same boat as you. The answer to your question is both simple and complex at the same time. Simple, in that the error has been that everyone you have been to for help is helping you treat a symptom… hence the short lived results. Acne, is not as simple as just treating the skin and the breakouts themselves. In the majority of acne cases, the problem does not simply lie in the skin. In about 70% of cases, the problem is very much internal and just manifesting as acne on the skin. If you pin point the trigger, which can be done with some simple testing and investigation, and you treat that trigger (the cause), you will be able to see longer lasting, more permanent results as the acne will then start clearing as it’s trigger is being brought under control. Are you close enough to get to any of our branches to see one of our Health Renewal Doctors? You can find us at www.healthrenewal.co.za


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