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Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, and it is difficult to avoid many of the myths and misconceptions about how you should treat it. Unless you consult with a dermatologist who can evaluate your acne and determine its cause, this can make it difficult to get clearer skin. Our intent here is to help you understand why acne develops, and how to treat it. One of the biggest myth is that it should be left to run its course. Dermatologists know that failing to treat acne is detrimental, here is why:
- Without treatment, you run a high risk of developing dark spots and permanent scars.
- Treating and improving acne can boost one’s self-esteem.
- There are too many effective treatments to ignore acne or suffer through it.
You can reduce your acne by following these simple skin care tips:
- Clean your face gently
Use gentle products that are alcohol-free as recommended by your dermatologist. Products that irritate your skin such as certain astringents, toners and exfoliates may cause trauma to the acne making it worse or causing scarring. When washing your face, use only your clean hands. Regular terrycloth or scrubbing pads may cause acne sores to rupture. It is important to understand that perspiration, can make acne worse, and so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating. After applying the recommended cleanser, rinse your skin with lukewarm water.
- Shampoo regularly
If your hair is naturally oily, wash it daily. Try to keep your hair and your hands out of your face. Avoid styling products such as cream rinses, gels, mousses, and pomades that contain a lot of oil.
- Let your skin heal naturally
One of the hardest things to resist is the urge to pop or squeeze a prominent pimple. Pimples develop when hair follicle pores are blocked. At this point inflammation and bacteria in the pore lead to red bumps and cysts in the skin. The sweat glands can contribute excessive amounts of sebum into the plugged follicle. If you pop or pick at your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase your risk for developing acne scars.
- Avoid excessive sunlight and tanning beds
Remember, tanned skin is damaged skin. Beyond the irritation and increased inflammation, your dermatologist may have prescribed some acne medications that make your skin very sensitive to ultraviolet light. Using tanning beds considerably increases your risk for melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- Consult with a dermatologist
There is more misinformation about acne, than there is about any other skin condition. Nearly everyone sees it as a minor problem that can be solved with washing alone, or with over the counter creams and medications. Many try these products, which may not work, and actually make their skin condition worse. Consult with a dermatologist for the best course of treatment in order to avoid your acne leaving scars or darkening your skin.
As we mentioned above, virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated. Dermatologists can help treat existing acne, give you the information that will prevent new breakouts, and reduce your chance of developing scars. If you have questions or concerns about caring for your acne breakouts, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
Charlotte treatment for acne
The severity of a skin condition such as acne may depend upon many factors. If you are finding it difficult to live with your acne, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your acne or any other skin condition.