As many of us know, acne is embarrassing and affects many people. We've compiled a list of questions to help you understand your options and to answer some of your questions regarding acne.
What causes acne?
One thing that not a lot of us know is what causes it. Acne can be caused by a multitude of different factors, but one of the most common factors is hormones. When teens are going through puberty, or women are getting ready to start their menstrual cycle, is when the hormones increase. As the hormones increase, they also cause the oil glands of the skin (sebaceous glands) to produce more sebum (oil). With this increased production, the skin cells don’t rapidly shed surrounding the hair follicles; this with the increased oil leads to acne.
Who can get acne?
Anyone can get acne, but it is more common in teens. Many people think that once they’ve had acne as a teen, they won’t get it again. This is untrue. Adults can get acne later in life.
Are there other things that can cause acne?
Acne can be caused by stress, hormones, unhealthy face washing habits, and clogged pores. The best regimen to help your acne is to wash your face in the morning and at night. If your acne isn’t getting any better, seek help from your dermatologist.
How can a dermatologist help with acne?
Think of dermatologists as experts in skin care. With many years of training, and many more years of hands-on knowledge, dermatologists tailor their strategy to each patient. Dermatologists may prescribe a topical treatment, oral treatment or a combination of both.
Should I pop my pimples?
No. Popping or squeezing your acne can result in infection and scarring. Leave the treatment and options up to your dermatologist.
What products are best for acne?
The best products for acne tend to be products with benzoyl peroxide. Start with the lowest strength and work your way to the stronger strengths. This is the best way in order to allow your skin to get accustomed to the new product.
If you have acne and need a consultation, call our New Orleans dermatologists today.