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Zap that zit! How to handle adult acne

Apr. 20, 2012 @ 11:10 PM

If you think Cameron Diaz and Angelina Jolie are picture-perfect beauties, here's a news flash! They have to fight the pimple wars just like you do, and there are photos to prove it. But the YOU Docs know how YOU can win the battle of the bump. To zap zits, try this combination of good food, smart skin care and a nice, long walk.

POP some lean poultry and fish (salmon's loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3s), veggies, avocados, nuts (especially walnuts) and 100 percent whole grains onto your plate. Nix all added sugars and saturated fats (notorious pimple pumper-uppers), and get 900 mg of omega-3 daily -- especially DHA -- from food and supplements. And don't avoid heart-friendly dark chocolate; it's not an acne-maker, so long as the sugar is low and the amount is small.

PICK up on your personal triggers. See if stress, your menstrual cycle or menopause, inflammatory foods like trans fats and added sugars, or stuff you put on your face for shaving, waxing or makeup are the culprits. Ditch them pronto! Log onto to www.youbeauty.com/skin/acne-decoded for more details.

SOOTHE persistent acne with a tube of over-the-counter treatments with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur or resorcinol. If that doesn't help, there are always prescription antibiotics and other pimple stompers.

But YOU Docs thinks you can avoid all that with smart choices about food, skin products and exercise. Your skin will be naturally as healthy as a movie star's -- only yours won't be make-believe. It'll be RealAge!

The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic, are authors of "YOU: Losing Weight." For more information go to www.RealAge.com.