Posts for tag: Acne
Breakouts always seem to rear their head at the worst of times: right before an important business meeting, senior photos, or that special date. While our Pittsburgh, PA, dermatologists understand that the occasional pimple may not be a cause for concern, there are also countless teens and adults who are having trouble getting their acne under control.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent those dreaded breakouts,
- Wash your face twice a day with a cleanser that contains acne-fighting ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
- Be gentle whenever you are applying cleansers, lotions or moisturizers to your skin. You may think scrubbing your face will get skin cleaner, but it will only exacerbate your symptoms.
- Make sure you are drinking enough water. The Institute of Medicine recommends 13 cups of water for men and at least 9 cups for women.
- Make sure you are also getting your beauty rest and sleeping anywhere from 7-9 hours a night. Getting good, quality sleep every day can reduce inflammation and improve skin problems.
- Quit smoking, as smoking has the ability to lead to deep, cystic types of acne that are incredibly painful and can last for months.
- Limit alcohol consumption, as alcohol has the ability to affect hormone levels, which can be particularly problematic for women whose acne symptoms are due to hormones (e.g. women who often experience breakouts around their menstrual cycle)
- Make sure to wash your face and body immediately after sweating or working out.
- Only use makeup and hair products that are “non-comedogenic”, meaning that they won’t clog pores.
- Wash pillowcases regularly and make sure to disinfect your cell phone regularly throughout the week, as germs can easily spread from your pillow or phone to your face.
When should I seek professional treatment for acne?
Is it time to see one of our Pittsburgh, PA, dermatologists for your acne? It might be if:
- Your skin isn’t responding to lifestyle changes and home care
- You are dealing with severe, cystic acne
- You are dealing with painful acne
- Your over-the-counter treatments aren’t working anymore
- Your acne is affecting your self-esteem, appearance, and quality of life
If you are having trouble treating your acne with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter treatments, then you may want to sit down and talk with our Pittsburgh, PA, dermatologists about more effective solutions. Call Three Rivers Dermatology at (412) 262-4911 to schedule an evaluation.
Acne isn't just unsightly and difficult to hide; it can also pose a threat to your overall health. At Three Rivers Dermatology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we believe in helping our patients achieve beautiful, healthy skin through treatments and education. Dr. Damon McClain and Dr. Susannah McClain are here to define the three forms of acne and explain how we can help you treat it.
Treatments for mild acne
When acne appears as a few scattered blemishes on the surface of your skin, it's usually considered mild. Effective treatment is often dependent on what over-the-counter products work best for you; benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are two common ingredients that reduce oil and clean the pores. Your Pittsburgh dermatologist will examine your skin and talk with you about your medical history to determine the type and strength of products that will help to clear up your skin and prevent breakouts.
Treatments for moderate acne
Breakouts that are more stubborn and widespread than a few blackheads or papules could be diagnosed as moderate acne by your Pittsburgh dermatologist. Inflammation and nodules - painful lumps under the skin - are usually mild or not present. While washing your face is definitely important, OTC products aren't typically effective for treating moderate acne. Instead, you may be prescribed an oral medication in addition to a topical.
Treatments for severe acne
Severe acne is typically extensive, reddened, painful, and may lead to scarring. Working with your Pittsburgh dermatologist is essential to treating severe acne; each patient is different, so a treatment plan will be created for you and must be followed carefully. Often these plans include a combination of oral medication, topical medication, or antibiotics. Avoid picking or squeezing the acne, as it could lead to infection and more scarring.
Several of the acne treatments listed above require regular monitoring from your Pittsburgh dermatologist, so it's important to discuss all your options and goals during your appointment at Three Rivers Dermatology. If you have acne, contact us today for an appointment!
Have you given up on your skin? When nothing you do improves your acne, it's easy to lose hope. Dr. Damon McClain and Dr. Susannah McClain, your Pittsburgh, PA and Coraopolis, PA dermatologists at Three Rivers Dermatology, explain how they can help you manage this condition.
Managing acne at home
Acne occurs when your pores become clogged with oils and dead skin cells. Bacteria in the pores causes them to become inflamed and red. Preventing blockages is a simple way to reduce breakouts. You can prevent or reduce blocked pores by:
- Washing your face daily with a mild cleanser
- Pulling your hair away from your face and washing it often. Oils from your hair can collect on your skin, making acne worse. If your hair tends to be oily, it's a good idea to wash it every day.
- Choosing makeup, sunscreen and moisturizers that are oil free.
Over-the-counter acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can kill bacteria on your skin, reduce blockages and promote rapid skin turnover. Additionally, adapalene gel just became available over the counter and is a very mild form of Retin A which can be used nightly. If home care doesn't help your acne, your dermatologist can offer several stronger medications available only by prescription, such as antibiotics (both oral and in cream form) and retinoids. When acne is severe and doesn't respond to these treatments, other options may be recommended.
Are you tired of living with acne? Dermatological treatments can help you finally get rid of your pimples. Call Drs. Damon and Susannah McClain, your Pittsburgh, PA and Coraopolis, PA dermatologists at Three Rivers Dermatology, at (412) 262-4911 to schedule an appointment.