Acne treatment is one of the most common reasons that residents seek out a local dermatologist. This embarrassing skin condition can take a toll on your self-confidence, especially during the teenage years. There are many misconceptions about acne that simply aren’t true. One is that it’s only a condition that affects teenagers. However, every year Dr. Perri sees hundreds of Texans suffering from cases of adult acne. Another misconception is that acne only appears on the face. While that’s certainly a common area for one to get pimples, acne can also appear on your arms, chest, and back, places it isn’t easily hidden with makeup. If you’re suffering from a case of unsightly acne, we recommend you see Dr. Perri immediately for a proper diagnosis and customized acne treatment plan based on your unique case.
In addition to the misconceptions about who gets acne and where it appears, there are several myths about the causes of acne. Some people believe that eating certain foods, like chocolate, causes acne. This just isn’t true.
The truth is that acne is caused by clogged pores. Your pores naturally secrete oil, but sometimes they retain this oil. When this happens, the oil, along with dead skin cells, get trapped in your pores, causing the inflammation that all residents know as acne. While everyone understands what acne looks like, there are actually different types of this condition. There are whiteheads, blackheads, red bumps and large red nodules.
Reasons You Might Have Acne
Although the myths about eating certain foods that cause acne aren’t true, there are some reasons beyond your control that might cause you to develop acne. These includes:
- Genetics – If you have a family history of acne, you’re likely to inherit it, too;
- Hormones – The hormones that run through a teenager’s body during puberty are a known cause of acne;
- Stress – Stress can affect our lives in so many ways, including unwanted breakouts; and
- Menstrual Cycle – The hormonal changes in a woman’s body associated with her menstrual cycle are a common reason for causing adult acne.
If You Have Acne, Don’t Pick at Your Face
Often, acne sufferers are tempted to pop their pimples, hoping that they’ll go away faster, or be easier to cover up with makeup. However, this simply isn’t the case. When you pop a pimple, you actually make things worse by introducing dirt and bacteria from your fingers into the opened pore, which can make the pimple come back with a vengeance, or become infected, inflamed, or leave permanent scars on your face. Instead of popping pimples, you should seek acne treatment from a professional dermatologist.
Getting a Professional Diagnosis of Acne
Are you a resident who has tried every over-the-counter acne treatment solution you can find, to no avail? If so, it’s time to see Dr. Perri for a professional diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. If you have a case of acne, Dr. Perri will inspect the affected area(s) and diagnose your case as either:
- Mild, meaning that you have whiteheads and blackheads;
- Moderate, meaning that you have inflamed red papules; or
- Severe, meaning that you have deep cystic nodules that have the potential to leave permanent scars.
Professional Acne Treatment Options
Whatever degree of acne that Dr. Perri diagnoses you with, the good news is that he has a variety of professional acne treatment options at his disposal to provide residents relief from the emotional and physical harm caused by acne.
- Treating Mild Acne.
If you have a mild case of acne, then a skin care regimen is often prescribed to alleviate your symptoms. This includes washing your face in the morning and before bedtime with a gentle, over-the-counter cleanser such as Cetaphil or Neutrogena Oil-Free Wash. After washing your face, you’ll use your prescribed acne cream, typically tretinoin or Retin-A.
- Treating Moderate Acne.
For moderate cases of acne, more professional intervention is required. In addition to the self-care skin treatment regimen that mild acne sufferers follow, Dr. Perri will likely also prescribe you an antibiotic gel like clindamycin. Together, these treatment options should rid your face of unwanted acne.
- Treating Severe Acne.
If you have a severe case of acne, more long-term intervention may be required. First, Dr. Perri may prescribe you with an oral anti-inflammatory to control swelling, such as doxycycline or minocycline.
Reaching Out to Dr. Perri for Help
Many acne sufferers are so embarrassed by their skin condition that they are too humiliated to seek help. Acne is a treatable condition that you don’t have to live with forever, and Dr. Perri is a caring, sensitive dermatologist who understands your desire to live acne free. When you see Dr. Perri for an acne consultation, he will work on finding a unique combination of treatment solutions that will work for your individualized case – not only ridding your body of these unwanted pimples but boosting your self-esteem, too.
To schedule an acne treatment appointment with Dr. Perri today, call our offices at (281) 943-2749.