Dermatologic Care may be the Missing Puzzle Piece in your Acne Treatment
Acne is a problematic condition that may affect a person of any age. We typically associate breakouts of blackheads and pimples with the teenage years. However, younger children and even older adults may struggle to keep skin clear. This is because the development or persistence of acne is triggered by a number of factors. Hormonal imbalance is a major factor in acne, which is why teens and women may experience breakouts more often than others. What is important to recognize is the limited role that hygiene plays in acne.
There is a common misperception that a person with acne is at fault. If skin were “clean,” pores would not be clogged with oil, dirt, and bacteria. This is not the case. The person who suffers from acne may take extremely good care of his or her skin. In fact, this person may often overdo it in terms of facial cleansing. Because persistent acne has such a significant impact on feelings of self-confidence and self-worth, the acne patient deserves understanding and focused help to find the most appropriate method of treatment.
The Level of Care Matters
The standard approach to acne treatment is to purchase one or more commercial products. Face washes, toners, and ointments are abundantly available. While some people do notice that their breakouts clear up faster with commercial products, there is a large percentage of the population for whom these methods are insufficient. In fact, some may experience a worsening of inflammation as a result of certain ingredients. If you or a loved one has tried an over-the-counter solution or home remedy for acne, but irritation persists after a week or two of treatment, contact your dermatologist for a higher level of care.
We all have unique qualities to our skin. When acne is a problem, there is no universal treatment that will work for every person. The only way to determine an appropriate level of care is through a dermatologic consultation and examination. At Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center, acne treatment is tailored to each patient. We take into consideration skin type, the severity and type of acne, and lifestyle when discussing treatment options.
Acne does not have to rob you of optimal confidence. Get the care you need when you call us.