Understanding and Managing Acne

Everyone deals with acne at some point in life. It’s one of the most common issues that your dermatologist deals with on a daily basis. Acne can be difficult to deal with and can impact your self-esteem. You might find yourself constantly trying to hide it or cover it up with makeup, which can, in turn, make your acne worse. Instead of suffering from acne, find out how you can learn to manage it and clear up your skin.

Learning to Manage Your Acne

Acne is caused by blockages in the pores. This could be from a buildup of oil or dead skin cells and it can appear as whiteheads, blackheads, or red pustules. It’s very important that you never pick at acne because it can cause scarring and cause it to become worse.

You should be sure to discuss a skincare routine with your dermatologist. You should be washing your face with a gentle cleanser and making sure to moisturize. Your dermatologist can also help by recommending other treatments that can help target acne and diminish it completely.

There are different prescription medications that your dermatologist might recommend. These medications work by reducing the amount of oil that is produced or treating any bacterial infections you may be dealing with. You might have to try multiple types at the same time to get the best results.

Topical medications could be retinoids, antibiotics, or salicylic acid. These each work differently and work to target specific issues that may be happening on your skin. Oral contraceptives can help women with acne if their acne is caused by hormones.

Your dermatologist may also recommend things like light therapy, chemical peels, extractions, or steroid injections.

Contact Your Dermatologist Today

Find out how you can manage your acne and be well on your way to clear skin! Contact your dermatologist to schedule an appointment and learn more about how acne is affecting your life.

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