Oh, no. You see another acne breakout starting. The American Academy of Dermatology says up to 85 percent of teens suffer from routine episodes of whiteheads, blackheads and red, inflamed pustules. Though smaller in numbers, adult breakouts happen, too. Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, treats this all too common and disconcerting skin condition. He's determined to help his patients achieve the healthy, blemish-free skin they long for.
Whether you nickname them zits, pimples or blemishes, acne comedones start in your hair follicles. The oil, or sebum, in hair follicles oozes out of skin pores throughout the day, but unfortunately, dead skin cells often block their exit off your face, back and chest. The result are blackheads as the surrounding air actually makes the skin cells change color. Whiteheads, those less visible acne bumps, happen when the follicles remains closed.
In addition, acne lesions often become infected and inflamed pustules. Large and red, pustules leave acne's characteristic scarring, especially as they increase in size and become hard, discolored cysts. Cystic acne is a severe form of this skin problem, but it, too, can be controlled and treated.
When you come to Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston to see board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Myers, he'll carefully evaluate your acne to determine its type and severity. Then, he'll present you a treatment plan tailored to reduce the appearance of your lesions, heal infection if necessary and assist you in controlling and even preventing future episodes of acne.
Dr. Myers may suggest one or more of the following, depending on your particular needs:
- Benzoyl peroxide, a topical medication which helps clear acne lesions
- In-office extraction of whiteheads and blackheads (sometimes called punch excision)
- Antibiotic therapy to quell infection
- Hormone therapy for female patients whose acne appears linked to certain hormones
- Topical Tretinoin, a prescription Vitamin A medicine applied directly to the skin
To obviate the appearance of acne scarring, your dermatologist in Charleston offers technologically advanced and reliable laser treatments, and chemical peels.
Acne is not your fault, but there are common sense strategies you can employ to prevent, or lessen the severity of, your breakouts. First, avoid harsh soaps. Keep your face clean, but do not wash it too frequently. Once in the morning and once at bedtime should suffice.
Additionally, avoiding picking or rubbing your existing acne lesions so they don't become inflamed and infected. Use oil-free make-up, and apply a quality sunscreen when you're outside on summer days.
Finally, do what you can to manage stress. Yes, researchers at the International Dermal Institute do say acne and stress are linked, possibly because stress chemicals such as adrenaline cause the body to release more oil to hair follicles.
Let us help you
Your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, can assist you in managing acne. Why not contact Dr. Myers at Magnolia Dermatology today for your personal consultation? Call (843) 769-2100.
Skin conditions, whether they appear slowly over time or come on suddenly, can be both surprising and concerning. However, learning to identify some common skin conditions can help you assess the situation and know what to expect, how to handle it, and when to contact your doctor. Find out more about some common skin conditions with Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC.
- Acne: Acne develops when the glands in the skin produce too much sebum, a naturally occurring oil. The oil pushes dead skin cells to the surface of a pore, causing the pore to become clogged, causing a pimple to form. Acne most commonly occurs on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back.
- Eczema: Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, occurs when the skin has the tendency to become red, inflamed, and irritated. While eczema often affects children and infants, it also affects about 3% of adults, according to the National Eczema Association. The rash is almost always itchy and most commonly occurs on the face, neck, wrists, hands, and feet.
- Skin Cancer: The Skin Cancer Foundation says that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Identifying skin cancer early is one of the most crucial steps in a successful treatment. Skin cancer often presents itself in the form of a new mole which will differ from a normal mole. The cancerous mole may have abnormalities in its border instead of being smooth and round or ovular, have two or more different colors within its border, be larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or evolve, change, or grow quickly. If you think you have skin cancer, you should see your dermatologist as soon as possible for testing.
- Rosacea: This common skin condition occurs most often on the face, sometimes moving down the neck to the chest or to the ears. Rosacea causes the skin to become red, flushed, irritated, or develop a thickened or bumpy texture.
Dermatological Treatments in Charleston, SC
Treatments for skin conditions vary based on which condition your dermatologist diagnoses. Treatments may begin conservatively with lifestyle changes or prescription ointments and evolve into a skin care routine or even surgery. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best course of treatment for your skin condition.
For more information on skin conditions or their treatments, please contact Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC. Call (843) 769-2100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Myers today!
Find out how you can protect your skin from cancer and when to visit us for a screening.
The minute the sun comes out and the weather is nice, people flock outside to bask in the sun and soak up a little vitamin D; however, how many people do you think actually put on sunscreen before going outside? Better yet, how many people do you think bring sunscreen with them to reapply it? Chances are—not a lot of people. If you want to truly protect your skin from cancer, our Charleston, SC, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., weighs in on what you should be doing.
Find Some Shade: While the purpose may be to go outside and enjoy the sun, you can still do that while also seeking refuge under a beach umbrella or a restaurant awning to protect your skin. And if you are concerned about getting enough vitamin D, you really don’t need to spend much time soaking up the sun’s rays to get what you need.
Wear Tightly Woven Clothes: If you are looking for clothes that will protect you from the sun then you’ll want to look for tightly woven materials. A good way to tell how protective your clothing is to hold it up and see how much light shines through.
Sport a Hat: Whether you are gardening or just going for a jaunt around the neighborhood it’s a good idea to wear a hat before you go outside. A wide-brimmed hat is the best choice because it will be able to protect your face, ears and neck from the sun’s rays.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect against skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that will provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 15 or higher. Remember to reapply every two hours, or immediately after sweating or swimming.
What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?
It’s a good idea to schedule a skin cancer screening with our Charleston, SC, skin doctor at least once a year, even if you don’t notice any changes to your skin. Of course, be sure to examine your skin from head to toe regularly and look for moles that are asymmetrical, contain multiple colors, have undefined borders or are larger than the eraser end of a pencil. If you notice any of these changes, it’s time to visit us right away.
Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, is dedicated to the health of your skin. Whether you are concerned about skin cancer or you just want to schedule a routine visit, we are here to assist you with whatever you need.
Find out if this cosmetic dermal filler could give you the smoother appearance you want.
It’s the New Year and it’s time to say goodbye to dull, wrinkled and old skin and get a fresh, new look. If you keep wishing that you could turn back the hands of time to improve your appearance and look years younger, it’s time to talk to our Charleston, SC, dermatologist, Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., about whether Juvederm is right for you.
What is Juvederm?
Chances are you’ve heard of dermal fillers before but Juvederm is a bit different. This filler uses a substance naturally found in our bodies known as hyaluronic acid. Since Juvederm uses a substance that is already found in the body there is no threat of allergies from this dermal filler. This acid is designed to plump up and volumize skin.
Who is a good candidate for Juvederm?
If you want to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and creases on the face or you want to plump up your lips, then Juvederm could be the right cosmetic treatment for you. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not good candidates for treatment.
The Juvederm® family of fillers can be injected into the skin to help erase fine lines and wrinkles, plump the lips, elevate deep folds, and add volume to your cheek area to correct age-related volume loss. If you are tired of having wrinkled, creased skin and want to refresh your appearance then our Charleston skin doctor could help improve your appearance with Juvederm.
If you want to reduce the appearance of facial lines and get a rejuvenated appearance then it’s time you considered getting Juvederm in Charleston, SC. Call Magnolia Dermatology today to learn more.
What your dermatologist in Charleston, South Carolina wants you to know about Intense pulsed light ( IPL)
Everyone wants to look as young as possible for as long as possible. Thanks to a revolutionary treatment using intense pulsed light, commonly known as IPL, your skin can look younger and better than it has for years. It’s time to return to your youthful face and Amanda Jacobs, licensed esthetician and certified laser technician, at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, South Carolina wants to help you discover the benefits of IPL.
IPL is a high-intensity light system that uses pulses of light to renew your skin. The process is called photo revitalization and it can improve your skin's appearance quickly and easily.
IPL can help with a number of skin issues including the reduction of:
- Unwanted hair
- Appearance of rosacea or broken capillaries
- Excessive pigmentation and discoloration
- Appearance of freckles or sun damage
IPL therapy has many benefits, especially when compared to more invasive cosmetic treatments. When you choose IPL therapy from Magnolia Dermatology, you can count on:
- Minimal downtime after treatment
- Fast results, sometimes even after only one treatment
- Treatment that can cover a large area
- Non-invasive treatment
During your IPL treatment, you might feel a flash of hot bright light on your skin. Treatment requires from two to five sessions. Your IPL treatment can be combined with other cosmetic treatments including, Botox, and dermal fillers, administered by Dr. Joseph N. Myers, Jr., MD, FAAD
You deserve to discover the benefits of Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) for yourself. Find out how this revolutionary treatment can help you. You can fight aging every step of the way with IPL therapy so call Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, South Carolina to find out more!
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