What is Acne?
Acne is one of the most widespread skin ailments in the United States and affects approximately 60 million people every year. While many cases are mild and can be controlled with prescription drugs and/or a consistent at-home cleansing regimen, many individuals have it so severely that scarring could happen. Acne generally is a combination of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, little cysts, and other red, itchy, and swollen areas on the skin. Caused by a mix of dead skin cells, bacteria, and clogged pores, it is most frequently found in teenagers but can be found in adults well into their 40s. Acne most frequently appears on the face, chest, and back. To regain a healthier, glowing look, our dermatologists at Dermatology Center of Dallas in Dallas, TX can provide numerous treatment options, ranging from custom at-home cleaning methods to prescription drugs and laser treatments.
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What Causes Acne?
Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, certain drugs and medications (such as the birth control pill), stress, and a poor diet can all lead to acne "flare-ups." Symptoms vary, depending on the type and severity of acne, and include blemishes, such as whiteheads, cysts, pustules, papules, nodules, and blackheads. Dermatology Center of Dallas offers numerous therapy solutions to control and maintain acne and clear its standard symptoms. For less severe cases of acne, our dermatologists may suggest prescription drugs, such as topical solutions and creams that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and retinoids, might provide help. Additionally, there are oral antibiotics, such as tetracycline, minocycline, or doxycycline, which often prove effective. Along with topical and oral prescriptions, laser therapies are also typically successful. Not only can laser treatment help deep clean and attack dead skin cells under the dermal layer, but it can also help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues connected with acne. Chemical peels and extractions may also help, depending on the kind of acne you are dealing with.
Is it possible to permanently cure acne?
For some people, acne symptoms only occur during puberty and their teenage years. For others, acne can be a lifelong condition. For these people, acne typically cannot be permanently cured; however, at Dermatology Center of Dallas, our experienced team of doctors offers a wide range of effective acne treatments that can be used by themselves or in concert to create a personalized acne treatment plan. By creating a plan customized to their unique acne needs, many patients have dramatically reduced their acne outbreaks to achieve clearer, healthier skin.
What acne treatment is best for me?
During your consultation, we will examine your skin, review your medical history, and listen to your concerns to choose the best acne treatment plan for your specific needs. Because the causes of acne can be unique to each person, some patients may achieve the best results with medications alone; others may benefit from a combination of laser acne treatments, topical creams, chemical peels, and more.
Are there certain foods that cause acne?
Yes, certain foods have been shown to increase or exacerbate acne outbreaks. These often include high-fat foods, processed sugar, dairy products, refined grains, and milk chocolate.
Can wearing makeup cause acne outbreaks?
Using too much foundation and/or concealer may clog pores and irritate the skin, which can contribute to acne flareups. This doesn't mean you have to stop using makeup, though. You can look for makeup and skin care products that are non-comedogenic and oil-free which are less likely to cause acne outbreaks. Also, making sure to fully remove all makeup and cleansing your skin will help to reduce acne outbreaks.
Free From Acne
If you are tired of acne, covering up acne with makeup or certain types of clothing, or want to feel more comfortable in your own skin, we encourage you to contact Dermatology Center of Dallas to schedule an appointment with our dermatologists today. At our Dallas, TX office, we can provide you with a thorough skin analysis and make a customized treatment program to help clear your complexion as soon as possible.