How to put glowing skin in the spotlight and banish blemishes for good.
Acne. The word alone can send people into a frenzy. We sometimes feel like we are on display, so to speak, and while putting your literal best face forward is a necessity for most, it isn’t always a cakewalk. Acne is technically defined as an inflammatory skin condition where your hair follicles (Pores), become clogged with oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. However, if you or a loved one has struggled with juggling clear skin and breakouts, you know all too well that acne is more than skin-deep.
The most common areas of the body for acne are the face, chest, shoulders, and back. The clogged pores become inflamed and form whiteheads, blackheads, nodules or cystic lesions – all commonly referred to as “pimples.” The balancing act of identifying where your breakouts occur and the type of acne that appears can help your dermatological provider develop a course of action to lessen and to prevent additional blemishes.
Acne can affect people of all ages; however, it is most commonly seen in teenagers. Androgens (a type of hormone that increases during puberty) cause the skin’s oil glands to increase production, which leads to breakout after breakout. In addition to hormones, things like bacteria, stress and product irritants can exacerbate acne breakouts. Washing your face twice daily with warm water and a mild facial cleanser will help remove impurities that have accumulated on your skin’s surface. Using mineral based, “non-comedogenic” makeup (meaning it doesn’t block pores and cause acne), and keeping hands and hair away from your face are little things you can do that are major players in pimple prevention.
There is also increased evidence that a healthy diet can help acne. Foods that are linked to lower levels of acne are those that are rich in Zinc, Vitamins A, D, and E, omega fatty acids, and antioxidants.
Great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment. If persistent acne is getting you down, call a board certified Skin Expert who can properly investigate the causes of your acne. Office visits for acne are often covered by most insurance plans. Treatments will most likely include prescribed oral and/or topical medication combined with professional grade products (which are only available in a physician’s office). In addition to those treatments and/or if you want to afford harsh medications, microdermabrasions (with or without extractions), chemical peels, and light therapy take center stage. After all, glowing skin is always in!