Acne Doctor in Brandon, FL
What is Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that can affect anyone, although the majority of cases occur during the teenage years.
How Acne Occurs
Acne occurs when hair follicles below the skin become clogged. Dead skin cells or bacteria can plug the pores of the skin, which lead to swelling and pimples. Pimples are generally found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.
Several factors play a part in the development of acne including hormonal changes, bacteria, excess oil production, and clogged hair follicles. Adult women may experience increased acne around their periods, pregnancy, or menopause.
Some have suggested that food can worsen acne, but there’s no conclusive evidence that it can cause the condition. Other triggers include certain medications, greasy makeup, pollution, hard scrubbing of the skin, and stress.
Risk factors associated with acne include heredity, age, friction on the skin, and contact with oily substances.
Acne Symptoms and Types
The most common types of pimples include:
- Whiteheads: pimples under the surface of the skin.
- Blackheads: a clogged pore that appears to be black (the blackness is not from dirt).
- Papules: small red or pink bumps that are tender.
- Pustules: red bumps with pus on top.
- Nodules: large, solid, and painful pimples below the skin’s surface.
- Cysts: painful, pus-filled pimples below the skin’s surface that can cause scarring.
There are many different forms of effective treatment, however, treatment options that work for one individual may not work for another. Two main goals of treatment are to control the acne and to prevent scarring.
Cases of mild acne can often be treated with over the counter products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
For those who suffer from more severe forms of acne, your dermatologist may prescribe a strong topical medication or an oral medication such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives, or isotretinoin.
Some therapies may be recommended in conjunction with topical or oral medications. These can sometimes include chemical peels, extraction of whiteheads and blackheads, and steroid injections.
Exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells, can help with the treatment of acne. However, this can be a difficult form of acne treatment for sensitive skin. If your skin stings or burns after the use of cleansing or exfoliating products, you should discuss your options with your doctor.
It is important to note that the best acne treatment does not involve over washing. Your dermatologist can recommend the best skin care regimen for your skin. Generally, it is recommended that patients wash gently twice each day. Keeping the hair clean is also a vital part of acne treatment.
When covering blemishes, look for water-based cosmetics (water will be the first ingredient listed on the label).
It is not recommended that patients wait for acne to clear on its own as this can be lengthy and lead to scarring. Acne and acne scars can affect one’s emotional well-being and lead to anxiety or depression. In these cases, it’s important to seek emotional support from loved ones, a support group, or a counselor.
Treatment for Acne in Lithia and Valrico, FL
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