Causes of Acne
Acne vulgaris, or acne, affects most preteens and teenagers and it usually gets better after puberty. It can be mild with a few stubborn pimples or severe with painful cysts. Acne can be hereditary and run in families. The hormonal changes during and shortly after puberty and later adult years can make acne more common during these times, because our skin may become more oily. Many people experience adult onset acne which may be stress related. Dead cells accumulate on the surface of the skin when we don’t clean the face well and clog pores. Bacteria become trapped in this clogged pore and swelling, redness and a blemish form. Skin products that are not oil free may also clog the pores. Although, chocolate and greasy foods don’t cause acne, a healthier diet full of fruits and vegetables can make it better. The great news is that there are many effective home routines and other treatments to keep this facial craziness under control.
-Oil clogging skin products
Yes, we have to accept what are parents give us, the good, the bad and the ugly! However, there is still a lot we can do.
-Faithfully and gently wash your skin daily. Be careful not to overly zealous and strip the skin of all natural oils. The skin will get into a cycle of producing more oil to compensate for you removing it all with to frequent washings and cleansers that are not gentle.
- Avoid getting the perspiration on your facial skin. Wear a fashionable headband or scarf to absorb the sweat when you work out. Then wash your face immediately.
-Always remove your make up before going to bed at night. Keep your hair clean and style it off the face whenever possible.
-Avoid petroleum based hair products and harsh chemicals.
-Use oil free moisturizers and sunscreens in acne prone areas.
-Wash daily with a gentle exfoliating cleanser
-Wear a head ban when working out to keep the perspiration of your face
-Wash your face immediately after working out
-Remove your makeup before going to bed
-Keep your hair clean and styled off your face
-Avoid harsh and greasy hair products
Avoid skin products that clog your pores. Gently exfoliate your face with a good cleanser and invest in good skin brush. The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush ( featured in Self as the ‘best way to clean the face’……) works with your skin natural elasticity and gently and effectively cleanse using sonic frequency to produce over 300 movements per second. It invigorates and stimulates your skin by improving circulation. It works well with a creamy cleanser that is not abrasive such as the Purifying One cleanser ( featured in Essence……)Look for oil-free moisturizers and sunscreens. It should be suitable for acne, oily and normal combination skin that can occasionally get blemishes too. Along with a good cleanser, try other over the counter treatments first that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic and glycolic acids. Try the Doctor’s Approach Alpha Beta gel (Featured product in Canadian Pharmacy Post….) These are reliable ingredients that have been proven to work on mild acne.
If this does not do the job, see your doctor or visit our acne clinic at Doctor’s Approach adjacent to the MAC on the first floor. We have late afternoon and early evening appointments to accommodate your busy schedule. You may need prescription creams, and pills. The medicine used for acne includes antibiotics, hormone regulators, synthetic vitamin A (Accutane). Take advantage of the many acne treatments in the office that will improve the pores, and the overall texture and tone of the skin, detoxify, and prevent scaring.
Suggested Doctor’s Approach Products
-Oil free moisturizer and sunscreen
-Clarisonic Skin Care Brush
-Salicylic and Benzoyl peroxide containing products
-Purefying One Cleanser
-Alpha Beta Acne Gel
Dr. Marcy Street, board certified, Mayo clinic trained dermatologist has been in private practice for nearly 20 years. She is a recognized skin care and skin cancer expert who has had many articles published in popular magazines, professional journals and newspapers. She is also the first Black female Mohs Surgeon in the nation. Dr. Street has also has been interviewed on radio and television, and has spoken to physicians’ groups in both the United States and abroad as a skin cancer expert. She is also the founder of a skin care line also under the name Doctor’s Approach.
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Doctor’s Approach is a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic with a cosmetic medical spa. Our dermatology practice has been well established and respected for over 15 years, with patients visiting from all over the Midwest region.