Spring Skin

The school year is more than half over and spring promises the prom. Now is the time to get ahead of acne. Any changes in your acne regimen, prescription or nonprescription, takes at least 6 weeks to take effect. Start now!

Acne comes from oil, bacteria and hormones. Your acne plan should address each of these for the best effect. Remember that many of the packaged systems sold without a prescription are some combination of over the counter acne medicines like benzoil peroxide (works against oil) and salicylic (which works to make skin turn over faster to avoid plugged pores). If your store-brand product isn’t doing the trick, consider putting a call in to your doctor.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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