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Pinpoint what might be triggering your acne outbreaks and stop acne in its tracks!
It’s amazing how many of us, from children to seniors, experience acne outbreaks. In fact, acne is one of the most common skin disorders. If you are dealing with acne, chances are good you are trying to find the acne treatment that is right for you. Find out what is causing your outbreaks and how our Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ dermatologists can help.
What causes acne?
Acne is usually due to hormones, which is why teens are more likely to experience frequent or severe outbreaks. These hormones, along with bacteria found on the skin and in oil glands, result in acne.
Acne can take on many different forms from nodules and cysts to whiteheads and blackheads. While hormones and bacteria are the main causes there are certain factors that can also make acne worse:
- Changes in hormone levels (as is typical for women during menstruation)
- Picking or trying to pop acne
- Wearing certain articles of clothing (e.g. hats)
- Certain hair products (which can cause acne around the hairline)
What are my treatment options when it comes to acne?
There are several ways one of our Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater practitioners might recommend treating your acne. There are three main medications that are most effective for reducing acne outbreaks: benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and antibiotics. Some people may be able to control their acne with just one of these treatments while others may need to use multiple treatments.
Benzoyl peroxide is usually in cleansers and acne-fighting topical medications. You can often find this solution in over-the-counter acne remedies, but we may recommend using prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide to target more severe outbreaks.
Retinoids are prescription topical gels or creams that are most often used to treat whiteheads and blackheads.
Antibiotics may either be prescribed orally or topically to reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin and to also reduce inflammation. Antibiotics are often more efficacious when used with other treatment options.
Women whose acne is due to fluctuating hormones may also benefit from using one of the specific birth control pills that are designed to also treat hormonal acne.
Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA is dedicated to giving you radiant and more beautiful skin. We offer a full range of services so that all of your skincare needs are met. If you want to find out what acne treatment is ideal for you then it’s time you scheduled a visit at our Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ dermatology offices.
Acne--who hasn't experienced this bothersome skin condition at some point in their lives? Affecting 80 percent of teens and 5 percent of adults, acne consists of infected or inflamed sebaceous or oil glands in the face, chest and neck. The good news about acne is your Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ, dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA, can identify and treat it. There is hope for clearer skin!
Acne exhibits characteristic lesions that originate in the second layer of the skin called the dermis. The skin's very active oil glands reside in this layer, and when they become plugged with dead skin cells, comedones--acne pimples--result. These comedones come in a few varieties:
- whiteheads, in which the oil or sebum flows freely out of the glands
- blackheads, in which sebum is trapped by skin cells and a signature black dot appears on the pimple
- red pustules or papules that become infected
Beyond being immediately unsightly, acne lesions often leave permanent scars, particularly when individuals pick at or squeeze individual pimples. The National Institutes on Health indicate that while acne remains something of a mystery, hormonal fluctuations during puberty, menopause and times of stress play a part in acne flare-ups. Contrary to popular myth, greasy dietary choices (such as potato chips and fast food) and chocolate do not exacerbate acne.
- There are good reasons to treat acne. One is permanent scarring, especially on the face. The other is simply the effect acne has on self-confidence. As such, our dermatologists recommend these lifestyle habits and pharmaceutical treatments that help patients control flare-ups:
- Wash your face gently twice a day, using only the fingertips to cleanse the skin. Pat it dry, and do not vigorously rub the lesions as this only irritates them.
- Apply a topical acne treatment as directed by your dermatologist. Common preparations contain benzoyl peroxide or Vitamin A (Tretonin). The doctor may prescribe a topical, or even oral, antibiotic.
- Do not squeeze lesions in an effort to break them open. This only leads to infection and worsening of scars. In fact, during a break-out, it's best not to touch the face or other affected area.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure.
- Have our dermatologists manually extract stubborn lesions.
Consult the board-certified Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA. They will devise a treatment plan to control your acne flare-ups, make your skin clearer and more comfortable and boost your self-confidence. Phone one of the convenient offices for a personal consultation. Call today at (973)267-0300.