Acne Treatment; A complete guide for locals in Torrance & Palos Verdes
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition affecting Americans. It occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Sebaceous glands, or oil glands, are most commonly found on the face, forehead, upper back, shoulders, and chest where you may find those whiteheads and blackheads and unclog pores. This is why these areas are more prone to acne outbreaks. Even though South Bay Los Angeles and Torrance have relatively low humidity comparing to regions, acne can still be a huge concern for those who suffer the side effects and those who are concerned about their skincare. This post will discuss what acne is, how it can be managed at home, and other acne treatment options that may be available.
While acne is most common during the teenage years, adults can also be affected.
Acne can appear in a variety of forms:
– Whiteheads: closed plugged pores
– Blackheads: open plugged pore
– Papules: small, red, tender bumps
– Pimples (pustules): papules with pus at the top
– Nodules: Large, painful, solid lumps beneath the surface of the skin
– Cysts: painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin
The list goes from less severe to more severe acne.
While each type can be treated and requires slightly different treatments, all types of acne can benefit from a mild cleanser. Chemical peeling, oral antibiotics, other oral medication, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid are often suggested to treat acne, however, getting an opinion from a board-certified doctor, like Dr. Matt Tahsini, is recommended prior to treatment.
There are a few factors that can trigger or aggravate acne, including hormones, certain medications, diet, and stress.
First, hormones are a huge player in the world of acne. Androgens are hormones that increase in both boys and girls during puberty. They cause the sebaceous glands to become larger and increase sebum, or oil, production. During pregnancy, women may notice an increase in acne due to hormone fluctuations. Women have low levels of androgens circulating in their bloodstream, which can cause acne to worsen. Second, oral contraceptives can help decrease sebum production and improve acne in women.
Certain medications may cause acne outbreaks, including testosterone, lithium, or corticosteroids.
Other medications, such as temporary antibiotics and topical retinoids, can be used to treat acne. Third, recent research has shown that foods with a high glycemic index (GI) can not only aggravate acne but also trigger outbreaks. Foods such as white bread, soda, chocolate, and milk should be avoided if possible. Talk with a board-certified doctor, like Dr. Matt Tahsini, to discuss what may be causing your acne and how to treat it.
Have you ever heard that toothpaste can help acne?
While toothpaste contains ingredients that will help sanitize the skin, it can also dry out acne and cause irritation or rash. It is recommended to use acne spot treatments that are milder for the skin. Avoid oily substances on the skin. This includes lotions, moisturizers, or sunscreen. Make sure you are using an oil-free option. Avoid tight-fitting clothes as this can cause acne and ingrown hairs. Make-up can also clog pores; however, many make-up brands are now noncomedogenic. This means that they don’t clog pores and will not cause acne outbreaks. Make sure you look for this on the label when selecting your products.
Acne can be treated at Skin Works Medical Spa with a variety of different treatment options that can assist with decreasing acne, reversing the signs of acne damage, and giving your skin the radiant glow that you desire.
Each method assists with reducing the presence of acne while also providing other benefits to your skin. Most of Skin Works’ methods stimulate collagen production in order to promote the healing of acne.
These procedures include Radio-Frequency Micro-Needling, N-Lite Laser Therapy, and Infrared Light Therapy. Facials help cleanse and brighten the skin while cortisone shots can be used for problematic bumps or ingrown hairs.
All options require little to no social downtime! Board-certified doctor, Matt Tahsini, recommends getting your free skin consultation at Skin Works Medical Spa in order to determine which options are right for you!
Not sure which Acne Treatment is right for your skin type? Call now and book your FREE Acne consultation at Skin Works Medical Spa in Torrance!
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