Back to the Basics: Acne Q&A

I’ve tried so many products, why won’t any of them work? Over-the-counter acne products are typically first-line treatment for acne. Many of them can irritate your skin, and if your acne isn’t improving it’s time to see a dermatologist. He or she can accurately diagnose and discuss scientifically backed treatments that work for you.

Help your teenager keep up with skin care. With returning to school just around the corner, it can be challenging to squeeze a skin care routine in-between sports workouts or band practice. It is important to keep pores free from dead skin cells and bacteria by washing with a gentle cleanser and moisturizing. If your teen uses an acne medication, it is important to apply regularly for best results. Establishing a morning or evening routine will help to keep skin acne-free!

I’m 20/30/40 years old! Why am I still getting acne? We usually think of teenagers when it comes to acne, but these pesky pimples can affect anyone at any age. They may be similar or different than acne you’re used to from when you were a teenager. Women may also notice cystic acne spots that are hormonal in nature and require treatment that specifically targets this type of acne.

Sunscreen up! The absolute best thing you can do for your skin is to protect it from sun damage by wearing a daily facial lotion with SPF. Many acne-fighting medications can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it is very important to protect it. There are several brands available. Look for a daily lotion with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and labeled as “non-comedogenic” or “won’t cause acne” to keep your skin looking great.

Our dermatologists are well versed in the latest scientifically proven acne treatments. Schedule an appointment here.