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Clearing the Path to Radiant Skin: Navigating Acne with Expert Skincare Tips

Acne

 

It happens…

that dreaded breakout or pimple during the worst time possible! Maybe it's right before a significant event or when it’s time to take your driver's license picture. Acne can be frustrating, but the good news is...it's treatable!

 

Acne is commonly termed breakouts or pimples and can happen at any age and can occur on the face, chest, shoulders, and back. It can be mild with only a few pimples or severe with cysts (larger bumps under the skin) and scarring.

 

Acne is caused by a combination of factors: clogged pores (called comedones), increased oil production, inflammation, and bacteria called Cutibacterium acnes (C. acnes).

 

There are different types of acne. Mild denotes a few comedones or blackheads or whiteheads with minor inflammation. Moderate is categorized by more comedones or pustules (pus-filled bumps), inflammation, and few papules (small red or brown bumps). Severe is a combination of comedones, papules, and even cysts. It often has significant inflammation, pain, and even scarring. Because this type usually leads to scarring, early treatment is essential.

 

The goal of treating acne is to clear the existing lesions and prevent new breakouts. Many different treatments are available depending on what type of acne you have.

 

Your skincare routine is the most critical. A gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen are the best place to start. Over-the-counter acne treatments include salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, and aapalene. Prescription treatments can include Retinoids, Antibiotics, Hormonal, and Sulfur-based cleansers. More importantly, there's no need for a 15-step acne treatment! Less is more, and great skincare is about quality over quantity!

 

To treat your acne efficiently, talk to a board-certified dermatologist who will work with you to develop a treatment plan and help you be confident in your skin!

 

 

The Doctor’s Order

Treat your skin gently to prevent worsening your acne.

·        Squeezing, scrubbing, or picking at the skin can cause scaring and dark spots

·        Greasy products such as skin or hair products with oil can clog your pores

·        Clean your makeup brushes regularly and throw out expired products

·        Offset pressure on the skin from sportswear, helmets, cell phones


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