Acne--those embarrassing red pimples on the face, back, shoulders and chest--plagues more people than you may think. Not just a teenage problem, acne outbreaks affect women and men into their twenties, thirties, forties and even fifties, says research in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. But, don't fret, there's hope with acne treatment from Dr. Matthew Zirwaz and Dr. Jill Fichtel at Bexley Dermatology.
Just what is acne?
Besides being unsightly, this common skin condition seems to have autoimmune, hereditary and hormonal components. Adolescents suffer most, probably because of their hormone levels, and so do women in their child-bearing years and at menopause.
Whatever causes the outbreaks, acne shows itself as red, sore widely scattered comedones--in other words, whiteheads and blackheads. The pimples form, and sometimes becomes infected or cystic, when oil glands clog up with sebum, or oil. The oilier your skin is, the greater is your tendency to suffer from acne.
How to treat acne in Bexley
While acne cannot be cured per say, you can manage it successfully, and your skin team at Bexley Dermatology can help with a care plan tailored to your skin, your lesions and your life. A comprehensive, in-office examination, combined with a detailed discussion of your symptoms, helps Dr. Zirwaz or Dr. Fichtel determine right acne treatment in Bexley.
Common medical interventions include:
- In-office extraction of stubborn lesions
- Tretinoin (Vitamin A preparation)
- Birth control pills to control hormonal surges
- Salicylic acid
- Topical antibiotics for infected areas
- Over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide creams and cleansers
At home, your skin doctor will encourage you to eat a healthy diet, avoiding greasy and fatty foods. Also, you should eliminate tanning, and daily wash your face and other areas affected by acne. Key to avoiding infection and irritation is gentle washing, particularly after gym workouts.
Also, your skin doctor warns against picking at or squeezing acne blemishes. This only causes more redness and soreness and introduces additional bacteria to the areas.
Your emotional health
Acne can be exceptionally trying emotionally. The team at Bexley Dermatology asks you to be patient with your acne treatment plan. You can manage your breakouts and avoid the scarring and embarrassment common to acne, psoriasis, rosacea and other stubborn skin issues. When you start a plan, stick with it, and you'll start to notice good results in six to eight weeks.
Acne does not have to rule your life. Manage it with expert help from Bexley Dermatology. To arrange your personal consultation with our professional staff, call the office at (614) 947-1716.