Three Common Causes of Acne and When to Treat It

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects around 50 million Americans annually. There are several different potential causes for acne, and the type of treatment you need depends on the reason for the acne flare-up. While acne can be treated with over-the-counter cleansers, astringents, and topical medications, sometimes you need to seek professional treatment for acne. Here are the three most common causes of acne and when to seek treatment.

Excess Oil Production

Sometimes acne is caused by excess oil production in the skin. There is a natural oil called sebum that keeps the skin hydrated and supple. Yet when there is too much of this oil being produced, it can easily clog pores, causing acne. Typically there isn’t much that can be done about excess oil production, but topical treatments that keep oil under control and keep pores clean and unclogged are available.

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Allergies and Eczema: What to Expect from Patch Testing

Did you know that eczema can sometimes be caused by allergies? While the exact cause of eczema is often unknown, in some cases it appears to be caused by allergies. If you have eczema that resists treatment, you may need to go through allergy testing to determine if that is the cause. If so, treatment options for allergies are available that can reduce or eliminate eczema. One of the most common ways to test for allergies is patch testing.

What Is Patch Testing?

Patch testing is a form of allergy testing that is designed to determine if a specific allergy is causing skin irritations such as eczema. The suspected allergen is infused in a patch that is placed on the skin. One or more patches may be used at a time. If there is a particular allergen that is suspected, you may only have a few patches. However, it is not uncommon to have 20 to 30 patches at once. 

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Why Acne Treatment Is Important for More than Just Appearance

If you or your child is suffering from acne, it is important that you seek out treatment. While acne does affect appearance, there are many more reasons to consider acne treatment than what you see in the mirror. You may think that acne is just a part of growing up and your teen should just keep their skin clean and healthy, but in reality, there are more reasons for acne treatment than this.

Mental Illness

Acne affects you or your teen in ways that you may not realize. Acne has been linked to many types of mental illness, including depression and anxiety. While depression and anxiety do not always follow on the heels of acne, the skin condition can make symptoms appear or worsen if a risk of mental illness is already present. It is important for your wellbeing or the wellbeing of your child that you seek treatment for acne to lessen its effects on your mental state. Continue reading “Why Acne Treatment Is Important for More than Just Appearance”

Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment

When your child has an irritating skin rash arise, you may be concerned about the cause. While some skin rashes are due to allergies and may resolve themselves when the allergen is removed, skin rashes are often the result of psoriasis or eczema. Psoriasis and eczema can appear similar to a parent, but a dermatologist can accurately diagnose your child’s rash and provide the proper treatment.

What is the Difference?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 1 percent of children. It is characterized by raised, red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are usually only mildly itchy, but can break open and bleed if scratched. It can be found anywhere on the body, although the most common places are the scalp, face, buttocks, elbows, and knees.

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by redness and extreme itchiness. Eczema can be caused by a number of things, including allergies or sensitivities to the environment (such as laundry soap or body wash). Many children who suffer from eczema as children do not have a problem as an adult. Continue reading “Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment”