Why Teen Acne and Adult Acne Cannot Be Treated the Same

Acne is acne, right? Not really. In addition to there being several different types of acne that can be present in either teens or adults, acne is caused by different things at different ages. The type of acne and what caused it are important factors in determining the best treatment. 

Since adults and teens differ greatly, treatments for one may not work for the other. If you suddenly find yourself with acne, you’re not going to be able to just steal your teen’s topical treatment. You need to see our expert dermatologists to help find the right treatment for you. Here are some things to consider.

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Our Acne Treatment and Prevention

Most people think of acne as being a problem for teens; but in reality, anyone of any age can get a bad acne outbreak. There are a lot of different things that might cause you to break out in zits, and often you won’t be able to stop the acne completely unless you can pinpoint and treat the cause. Most often, acne breakouts are related to hormonal changes.

Regardless of what is causing your acne, we have several different treatment options available to help you clear up your skin once and for all. We will do an extensive skin and lifestyle evaluation to determine the exact cause of your acne. Once we know the cause, we can find a solution.

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Living with Rosacea: Treatments to Reduce Symptoms

Rosacea is not an easy skin condition to live with. Even though it may not cause any irritation or itching, it can be very embarrassing in some situations. You may feel like you can’t control the redness and rash, but in truth there are a lot of different treatments available to clear your skin so you don’t have to rely on camera filters.

At Home Lifestyle Changes

There are some things you can do at home to reduce the symptoms associated with rosacea. These include avoiding triggers such as:

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Cysts: What They Are, What Causes Them, and How They Are Treated

The very word “cyst” can make even the bravest man shudder a bit. Most people associate cysts with cancer. The good news is that most cysts aren’t actually cancerous at all, and benign cysts, especially those addressed by a dermatologist, are very easily treated. Here’s what you need to know before heading into your appointment.

Types of Cysts

There are actually a lot of different types of cysts, and not all of them are addressed by dermatologists. However, there are several types of cysts that we do treat. These include:

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How Allergy Patch Testing Works

If your doctor suspects that your sensitive skin is actually skin inflammation due to allergies, you may need to undergo patch testing to find out what it is that you’re actually allergic to. Patch testing is pretty simple, and it can be conducted easily on an outpatient basis with little supervision. Here’s what you need to know.

Patch testing is just what it sounds like.

The doctor is going to place suspected allergens on patches, which are then attached to your back. You can be tested for many allergens at one time. The patches will need to remain in place for a few days. Your doctor will give you instructions for keeping them dry and in place, as well as schedule a follow up appointment to view results.

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Cryosurgery for Mole Removal: What to Expect

Do you have a troubling, irritating, restricting, or oddly shaped or colored mole? Most of the time moles are harmless and nothing needs to be done to treat them, but sometimes moles can cause problems and need to be removed for health or comfort. Before you head into the doctor for mole removal, understand exactly what you can expect with cryosurgery removal.

Before the Procedure

Your doctor may do a few different things to prepare the area for cryosurgery. The area must first be thoroughly cleansed. If you have sensitive skin or if the mole is already painful, the doctor might apply a topical solution to somewhat numb the area. 

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When to Start Your Teen on Acne Treatment

Almost every teen goes through a period when they get at least mild acne. While most typical acne can be treated with over-the-counter treatments, severe cases of some types of acne should be evaluated and treated by a doctor. Here are some things to look for when deciding to seek other treatment options.

Cystic Acne

If the acne your teen is getting looks like cysts or is extremely painful, you will not be able to treat it on your own. You’ll have to make an appointment with a doctor, preferably a dermatologist, so that you can get prescription and individualized acne treatment. The sooner you seek out medical treatment the better. Cystic acne can cause significant scarring.

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What You Need to Know About Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer

Cancer. The word strikes fear in the hearts of patients daily. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or if you fear a diagnosis of cancer, it doesn’t have to be a scary process. Most cases of skin cancer can be remedied by removing the cancerous part of the skin, and it rarely progresses to the rest of the body. 

The procedure that is used to treat skin cancer of this type is called Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery can completely remove the cancerous cells so that you can regain your health. Mohs surgery is done by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is a trained Mohs surgeon. After Mohs, you may want to undergo plastic surgery to reduce the appearance of scarring.

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How Diet Affects Acne

One of the most important things to learn when you have acne is the triggers for acne flares. There are a lot of different factors that can affect the severity or appearance of acne. Among these may be diet. What you eat can have an impact on the severity of your acne symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about foods to avoid and foods that can improve your condition.

Foods to Avoid

Studies indicate that there are two main categories of foods that you should avoid when you have acne. The first is simple carbohydrates. This includes things like breads, sugars, white pasta and rice, and other high-carb, low-nutrition foods. Two of the triggers many people find with their acne are chocolate and pizza. Both of these are high in simple carbohydrates.

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Yearly Planning: Scheduling Your Exam to Check for Skin Cancer

Another year is almost here, and with it comes a lot of appointments that you should be making. Just as you should schedule a physical exam with your primary doctor and a dental exam and cleaning with your dentist, you also should be scheduling an annual checkup with your dermatologist. Getting annual exams to check for skin cancer is important for a number of reasons.

Skin Cancer Is Common

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Approximately 9500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer every year. With the prevalence of skin cancer in Americans, it only makes sense to be checked out annually, just in case.

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