We recently hosted a live Twitter chat where we answered lots of different acne questions. We'll be chatting again soon about an entirely different topic, but until then, we thought we'd share some of our favorites. If you're not already, be sure to follow BellaSugar on Twitter, and to see a few highlights from last week's chat, just keep reading.
Question: Ava Stefani asks, "How do you get rid of acne scars?"
Answer: Acne scars aren't easy to get rid of, unfortunately. Lasers and peels are the most effective ways of reducing their appearance, but there are other ways to fade them, too.
Question: Rebecca Stearns asks, "I have combination skin so I need a moisturizer that won't give me zits. Any suggestions?"
Answer: Find an oil-free moisturizer with gentle, exfoliating glycolic acid. We like Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel ($48) and Iman Time Control All Day Moisture Complex ($15).
Question: Misha Zia asks, "I have combo skin and have never used toner/astringent. What is the benefit? Do they prevent breakouts?"
Answer: Toners work to balance your skin's pH after cleansing, which helps prevent the overgrowth of acne bacteria.
Question: Captain Bringdown asks, "Once and for all, is there a link between sugar and acne?"
Answer: No, but there is an established link between acne and high glycemic index food, which includes things like candy, sugary cereal, white bread, and pasta. Scientists think that because high glycemic index foods make your glucose levels rise quickly, they also cause your body to flood with hormones, which can inflame follicles and increase oil production.