All About Acne Prevention
Professional Advice from Dermatology Specialists
Acne is the result of pores becoming clogged with dirt or dead skin cells resulting in inflamed sebaceous glands causing pimples, blackheads or bumps. Living in a hot, humid state can increase sweat and oil production making acne even more likely.
While people of all races and ages can experience acne, it is most common in teenagers. It’s estimated that 80% of people ages 11 to 30 will have at least a mild form of acne, and most people are affected by it at some point in their lives. Genetics, hormones, oil production and bacteria are leading causes of acne.
According to Angela Pearson, a nurse practitioner at the Watersound Origins office of Dermatology Specialists, “The best way to prevent acne is to wash your face every night with a gentle cleanser.” Pearson recommends a gentle cleanser such as Cerave and stresses that patients need to use a cleanser specific to the face as opposed to a hand or body soap.
“If consistent face washing is not sufficient, there are over-the-counter topical medications such as Differin that can be used,” said CRNP Pearson. She further explains, “These medicated gels contain retinoids which work by prompting surface skin cells to turn over and die rapidly, letting go of dead skin, dirt, bacteria and oil.” For body acne, Angela recommends a benzoyl peroxide-based body wash.
If problems persist, Dermatology Specialists can prescribe a stronger retinoid called tretinoin — an effective treatment for acne. Prescription strength tretinoin is especially effective on cystic acne but may result in dry, flakey skin in the first week of use. After that stage has passed, most patients see desired results.
CRNP Angela Pearson recommends the use of retinoids to both acne patients and those patients wishing to turn back the hands of time. “A thin layer of retinol should be applied every evening, after face cleanser, even when pimples are not present. Retinoid use should become a lifetime practice as it not only prevents acne, but it also promotes the production of collagen that evens skin tones and prevents fine lines and wrinkles.”
As all dermatologists will tell you, sunscreen use is vital. For acne-prone skin, an oil-free non-comedogenic sunscreen, used daily, is advised since some sunscreens can contribute to blocked pores.
The experts at Dermatology Specialists work with acne patients to customize a treatment plan that works for their individual needs. With any acne treatment, consistency is key. Pearson says, “Daily dedication to your treatment plan will help you get the best results — clear, healthy skin.”
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