By: Dr. Lisa Kellett Jun 28, 2012

I’m 35 and I have bad acne. What can I do?

Ditch the creams to help prevent and manage your breakouts

The first thing is to get rid of anything that you’re using on your skin that’s a cream or a lotion. Do not use creams or lotions if you have acne. You should use gel preparations only. Often those creams and lotions are what is making you break out.

We also use something called photodynamic therapy in the clinic, and it’s a treatment that we can use with a drug called Levulan. People tend to like it because it’s not an oral medication, and most people don’t want to take pills. We can also do things like silk peels, which deliver anti-inflammatory ingredients into the skin. Diamond peels can also help get rid of dead skin cells and clean out the pores.

Dr. Lisa Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), D.A.B.D. is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a member of the Canadian Dermatology Association, the Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society and the Toronto Dermatological Society. She has published scientific papers on skin care topics and acts as an advisor in developing laser technology and to the Canadian Medical Protective Association. For more information, visit and