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Acne is one of the most prevalent skin problems in the United States. This skin condition causes pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads to appear on your skin. Acne often surfaces on the facial skin, chest, and upper back.

At Mohave Dermatology we offer a wide range of services to treat various skin problems, including acne. We provide tailored treatments based on our client’s requirements. Let’s understand a little more about what acne is, what its symptoms are, the causes, and how we treat this skin condition.

Acne Symptoms

The symptoms of acne vary based on your unique condition, but can include:

  • Pimples- Papules with pus at their tips
  • Blackheads– Open clogged pores
  • Whiteheads- Closed clogged pores
  • Papules- Small, red bumps
  • Cystic lesions- Pus-filled, painful lumps beneath the skin
  • Nodules- Large, painful lumps beneath the skin (nodules)

Acne causes much more than blemishes on your skin. Many studies indicate that acne affects a person’s self-esteem and might also lead to permanent discolorations and scars on the skin.

Causes of Acne

Acne starts when the dead skin cells get trapped inside hair follicles (pores) that produce oil. When your body starts to produce more sebum/oil, these dead skin cells begin to clump and clog the pores.

Acne isn’t contagious; however, it is affected by various environmental factors. Stress and improper eating habits can worsen acne, while sunlight makes it better. There are several different causes of acne, such as:

  • Many people notice that they suffer from severe acne breakouts when they consume a particular food. In such cases, it’s best to avoid that specific food.
  • Sometimes, hormonal changes in women may cause their acne to worsen before their menstrual period.
  • Exercise generally doesn’t have any effect on acne. However, sweating tends to worsen the condition in about 15% of all patients.
  • There are times when bacteria that exists on the skin gets lodged inside blocked pores. This results in the rapid multiplication of bacteria, which causes swelling and redness. When this inflammation spreads into your skin, you might develop a nodule or acne cyst.

The Best Acne Treatment at Mohave Dermatology

If you have excessive acne that continues to breakout despite various self-care remedies, you should schedule an appointment at Mohave Dermatology. One of our expert dermatologists will carefully examine your skin and recommends the most suitable treatment based on the type of acne.

We offer a wide range of specialized acne treatments. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating this skin problem. Depending on the type of acne you have, our providers may recommend one or more of these treatments:

  • Accutane® pills
  • Antibiotic pills
  • Benzoyl peroxide-a topical medication
  • Retin-A®- for whiteheads, blackheads, and papules
  • Chemical peels

Our team of providers is here to provide all the information you need about our services. You can also schedule an appointment with us, via this online form.

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10 Do’s and Don’ts
From Dermatologists

To help control oily skin, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

1.Apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors.
Sunscreen is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. It really can slow down skin aging. It can also help prevent skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance. While it’s important to protect infants’ skin from the sun, the AAD recommends applying sunscreen ONLY to children who are 6 months and older.

2.Don’t smoke.
Smoking speeds up how quickly your skin ages. If you smoke, your wounds will also take longer to heal. And research shows that smoking worsens some skin diseases, including psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa.

3.Check your skin for skin cancer.
Skin self-exams can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. If you notice a spot that differs from the others, or one that changes, itches, or bleeds, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

4.Use a self-tanner if you like looking tanned.
Anytime you tan indoors or outside, you prematurely age your skin. You also increase your risk of getting skin cancer. A self-tanner can give you the look you want without the risks. To keep your skin healthy, you want to protect it from the sun even when using a self-tanner.

5.Use skin care products that match your skin’s needs.
What’s your skin type — oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin condition? Using products formulated for your skin’s needs will help your skin look and feel its best.

6.Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.
If you’ve been sweating heavily or have a serious acne flare, it may seem natural to scrub your skin. Don’t! Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can worsen any skin condition, including acne.

7.Wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating.
Washing when you wake up removes the dirt and bacteria that settle on your face while sleeping. Before bed, you want to remove makeup and grime, such as smog, smoke, or dirt, which may have landed on your skin.

8.Gently wash your face.
Gentle cleansing helps skin look its best. To gently cleanse your face, wet it with lukewarm water. Then apply a mild cleanser, gently applying the cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips. Finish by completely rinsing off the cleanser and gently patting your face dry with a clean towel.

9.Stress less.
Finding healthy ways to manage stress can help your skin, too. Some skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema) often appear for the first time when someone feels really stressed. Stress can also cause flare-ups of many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

10.See a dermatologist if you dislike something about your skin.
When it comes to our skin, dermatologists are the experts. These doctors diagnose and treat thousands of different skin diseases. They also have the expertise needed to help people safely rejuvenate and care for their skin. (taken from the American Academy of Dermatology)

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