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Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting teens and adults in the U.S. It can also be one of the most frustrating conditions to try treating on your own. A dermatologist can help by developing the right treatment plan for controlling your acne. Treatment can clear up existing acne and help prevent new acne from developing. At Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Linda Banta treats acne and other skin conditions.
Causes of Acne
Acne can develop anywhere on the skin, but the face, chest, and back are especially prone to acne break outs. Acne develops when the pores become clogged with sebum. Normally, sebum helps clear out the pores by pushing debris and dead skin cells out. However, when the natural flow of sebum is interrupted for any reason, the pores can become clogged with dirt, debris, and dead skin cells. When this happens, acne is more likely to develop on the surface of the skin.
There are several different types of treatments available for clearing up existing acne and preventing future outbreaks. Your dermatologist in San Antonio can evaluate your skin and determine the most effective treatment plan for you. Treatments can be topical or oral. Topical treatments are applied externally on the surface of the skin. Oral treatments are ingested much like medication. In some cases, your dermatologist might develop a treatment protocol that includes both oral and topical treatments. Examples of acne treatments available through a dermatologist include:
- Extraction of whiteheads and blackheads using a comedo instrument.
- Topical application of benzoyl peroxide to minimize blockage of the pores.
- Antibiotics, which can be taken orally or applied topically.
- Topical application of tretinoin, a retinoid, for clearing up existing acne and preventing the formation of new acne.
No one wants to deal with acne outbreaks and struggling with chronic acne is especially frustrating. Your San Antonio, TX, dermatologist can develop an individualized treatment plan to clear up your existing acne and prevent additional flare ups. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Banta, call Stone Oak Dermatology at (210) 494-0504.
Acne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers, affecting nearly all of those between the ages of 12 and 17 at least occasionally, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In most cases, hormones released during puberty are responsible for the appearance of blemishes during the teen years. These hormones stimulate the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands, producing oily skin that is more prone to breakouts. Because teens are extremely conscious of their image and appearance, an acne outbreak can be emotionally devastating.
While hormonal changes during puberty cause many types of acne to be unavoidable, with a diligent skincare regimen, many teens can help control breakouts from becoming severe, minimize the appearance of blemishes and prevent scarring.
- Keep skin clean. Teens produce more oil, so it's important to wash your face every day with warm water and a mild cleanser to remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Always remove makeup before going to bed to avoid clogging pores.
- Avoid over washing. Harsh scrubbing can lead to dry, irritated skin, which can actually increase inflammation and trigger glands to produce more oil.
- Don't pick. Squeezing and picking at acne can make breakouts worse. Picking at blemishes can also lead to greater inflammation and infection, increasing the risk for scarring.
- Keep hands off. Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as your hands carry bacteria.
- Use oil-free products. Avoid oil-based makeup. Instead, look for products that are noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic.
- Shower after sports or physical activities. Sweat and oil can settle on the skin's surface, trapping dirt and bacteria in the pores.
- Visit your dermatologist. Most cases of mild acne can be controlled and improved with a good skincare routine at home. If your skin problems persist, visit your dermatologist for professional treatment.
Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about breakouts. The good news is that effective treatments are available for acne - and the earlier treatment is started, the lower a teen's risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. When home care is not helping, talk to a dermatologist about treatment options. Your dermatologist can help tailor a treatment plan that is best for a teen's unique skin type and needs.