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.