Guest Blogger Dr. Irwin – Acne Care & Treatments 101

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Acne Information and Treatments

Acne is something that affects almost everyone at some point in his or her life. Sometimes as a teenager and other times as an adult. The good news is that there are many treatments available to keep acne under control.

Some of the available treatments include acne cleansers and creams both by prescription and from the drugstore, oral antibiotics, oral contraceptives, spironolactone, Accutane, facials, peels, microdermabrasion, lasers, and photodynamic therapy.

What causes acne? It’s a chain of effects, usually starting with hormones, which stimulate our oil glands to produce more oil. This excess oil mixes with dead skin cells and forms a plug. Then bacteria begin to grow causing inflammation. The oil, dead cells and bacteria then spill into the surrounding skin causing more irritation, swelling, pus, and sometimes larger cysts.

Different types of acne are blackheads, whiteheads, red bumps (papules), pustules and cysts (both micro and nodular). Because there are so many different types of acne, it is important to see a good dermatologist who will know how to tailor a treatment to your needs. For example, some medications fight the bacteria and some prevent plug formation. Other medications fight the inflammation or get rid of dead skin cells.

Read my more in depth article on acne: http://www.skintour.com/in-depth/acne

The main goal is to keep your acne under control with the right products, and to make sure you do not have the type of acne that causes scarring (usually the cystic type causes permanent scarring).

Here are some products I recommend if you have mild acne: http://www.skintour.com/oil-control-and-acne-care-products

If you have severe acne, I strongly suggest you see a dermatologist. Dermatologists are trained to treat severe acne, and they will help you to prevent scarring and clear up your skin. Here is a list of dermatologists I recommend in the US: http://www.skintour.com/trusted-experts/your-regional-guide-to-excellent-cosmetic-dermatologists

I also created an acne test which takes about 5 minutes to complete, and at the end you will see what I recommend for your acne profile: http://www.skintour.com/skin-care-tests

Quick tips for everyone dealing with acne:

  1. Be patient, it takes 8-12 weeks to see if a new acne medication is working.
  2. Apply creams/lotions in a thin layer over the entire area, not just on the lesions itself unless specifically labeled for spot treatment.
  3. Don’t pick! Picking can cause scarring.

Dr. Irwin

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One Comment on "Guest Blogger Dr. Irwin – Acne Care & Treatments 101"

  1. Thanks for sharing and… Keep up the good work. I know from experience it’s not always easy! The information you have given is really easy to understand.And I am sure this will definitely going to help me by getting my acne worse.

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