Tucson Lifestyle December 2013 : Page 5

Q Your Skinformation My daughter just started college and has gained the freshman 10, has acne, and is more moody than ever. What should I recommend for her skin? Does the weight gain a ect her skin? Q A is is a common scenario we see in our practice. College is well known for the processed carbs that are quick and usually less expensive than proteins, fruits, and vegetables. e body stores these “sugars” as central body fat and creates a pro-in ammatory state. us we secondarily see acne, central weight gain, and hormones can get out of balance. We recommend avoiding gluten and dairy and encourage protein at meals with healthy carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruits. We also start topical acne programs with alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, topical antibiotics, e MIA and/or benzoyl peroxide. facial brush is the best for college students and can go right in the shower with them. We try to avoid oral treatments until we see the results of the dietary changes. Many individuals can jump-start their program with microdermabrasions, light peels, or laser treatments. When the diet changes and the skin clears, you most likely will also see a mood improvement! $119 Clarisonic Mia A I read that eating the wrong foods will cause more wrinkles on my skin, so I want to eat more healthily. However, I don’t have much time to cook, so I often end up grabbing something quick to eat. How bad is this for my skin really? Ten years ago, we would have told you not to worry about it. However, we now know that diet has a big impact; some researchers think that as much as 50% of our skin aging may be caused by eating the wrong foods. It also aggravates common skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. As you point out, unfortunately convenient foods are often not the best for us. Many of our patients have solved this problem by using a company called F3 Foods (F3Foods.com) that makes healthy eating easy by delivering high-quality, delicious, ready-to-eat meals to your home. Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. SKIN Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 www.skinspectrum.com

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