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Acne is very common in young people – approximately 85% of young adults are affected. Acne appears when pores are clogged by skin cells that did not reach the surface. Acne can be caused by bacteria, stress, hormones, and a multitude of other factors. Mild cases of acne can often be treated with over the counter products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If you have a lot of acne or you have cystic acne, these over the counter products may not work for you. This type of acne can be treated with topical prescriptions, oral antibiotics, and certain procedures such as chemical peels. We also have products available in the office that can help to clear your acne. Schedule an appointment today to learn what option is best for you.
Microdermabrasion offers a quick improvement of the skin. This treatment helps with acne by cleansing pores. There may be slight redness after the treatment for a few hours. Cool compresses afterward will help to keep the skin calm. This type of treatment can also be done on the chest, neck, back, arms and legs. Although it can be done alone, microdermabrasion is often done in conjunction with chemical peels for the best results.
Teen Chemical Peels
This is a great peel for oily, acne prone skin and is good for all skin tones. Beta hydroxy acid penetrates the pores making it well suited for an acne treatment. Skin discoloration evens out more quickly with this peel.
We provide Jessner Peels and other peel combinations to exactly address your skin type and problem.
We have spa grade peels for sensitive skin and a 70% peel for less sensitive skin. This will make your acne better and add brightness, luster and even skin tones.
Many teens are embarrassed about unwanted facial, arm or body hair. But there are ways to help with this problem. Waxing can be done on any part of the body. For the best results, you can choose hair removal with a laser. The hair is gone permanently and you will love it. Click to learn more about the hair removal laser.
Tattoos and Piercings
Tattoo ink can be made from many different pigments and compounds. All of these different ink pigments can be the cause for a skin breakout such as a rash. Some of these pigments can even be toxic. Watch your skin closely when dealing with tattoos.
Although tattoos can be removed, it usually takes multiple treatments for the best results. Results depend on the type of ink used, the colors used and how deep the tattoo is. Lighter colors tend to require more treatments for the best results.
When getting a piercing, be sure to use hypoallergenic jewelry. Other jewelry that contains nickel, cobalt or white gold can increase the risk of a metal allergy. You, also, want to make sure the equipment being used is clean. The piercer should be wearing gloves, use equipment from new packaging, or use equipment that has been properly sterilized in an autoclave. These precautions can help to reduce the risk of infection.
Excessive sweating, called hyperhidrosis, can occur in both sexes and in all ages. This condition can make an individual more self-conscious. Treatments for hyperhidrosis have improved over the years. Botulinum Toxin A is a neurotoxin that can treat excessive sweating in your palms and soles of your feet. The Botulinum Toxin A treatment does need to be repeated about every 6 months. There are also prescriptions, oral and topical, that may help with excessive sweating. Talk to your dermatologist to learn which option is best for you.
It is not uncommon to have moles on your skin. There are many different types of moles so it is good to know the signs for when you should contact your dermatologist. If you find your moles changing size, color or are multiple colors, or are no longer round it is recommended you contact your dermatologist. Skin cancer screenings should be done by your dermatologist once a year. You should perform a self-screening each month. The American Academy of Dermatology has a site to help guide you through a self-screening. They also provide a “body mole map” document to help you keep track of your moles and any changes. Click the image to view self-screening information.
Spots and bumps that are changing could be possible skin cancers. Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC) are two of the most common types of skin cancers. Although these types of skin cancers are found most often in areas exposed to the sun (ex. face, neck, back of hands), they can develop anywhere on the body. Though rare, BCC and SCC can spread to other parts of the body. These skin cancers are very treatable when diagnosed early. Anyone who uses tanning beds is at a greater risk of getting BCC and SCC.
Melanoma is another type of skin cancer anyone can get. Melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body. If caught early, melanoma is nearly 100% treatable. If melanoma is not caught early however, it can be deadly. If you have had bad sunburns or use tanning beds, you have a higher risk of developing melanoma. As stated from the American Academy of Dermatology, “research shows that indoor tanning increases a person’s melanoma risk by 75%”. More young people are getting melanoma, even teenagers.
Other factors that may increase your chance of a melanoma skin cancer are being fair skinned, had other skin cancers, a weakened immune system, a family history of melanoma, or if you are sensitive to the sun (rarely tans, burns easily).
The best way to reduce your chance of skin cancer is with sun protection. A great option is the SPF 46 Clear sunscreen by EltaMD. This sunscreen is designed for acne prone skin, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. This sunscreen will protect your skin with zinc oxide, currently the best sun protection available, while keeping your skin clear with extra ingredients that help your acne.
Another great sunscreen is our EltaMD Sport. This sunscreen also contains zinc oxide and will not run into your eyes, even with sweating.
EltaMD Aerosol Continuous Spray and Pump Spray sunscreens are the first spray sunscreens that contain zinc oxide. These sprays are environmentally friendly and easy to apply. As with all liquid sunscreens, they need to be replaced yearly.
Colorescience sunscreen is a great dry sunscreen for on the go. Keep in your car, purse, or gym bag and just brush it on. All of the Colorescience sunscreens contain zinc oxide. This dry sunscreen does not expire, get damaged by heat, or run into your eyes.
Anyone can get warts. Some warts can be caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus can be spread from one body part to another, from person to person, or from touching something such as a towel that another individual’s wart has touched.
HPV is a commonly sexually transmitted infection. This can cause genital warts. It may be one wart or a cluster of warts. Warts can take weeks or months to show up after you are infected with the virus.
There are multiple ways to treat warts anywhere on the body. They can be treated by cryosurgery (freezing), surgery, medications, and in some cases laser. Warts can often take multiple treatments. Check with your dermatologist to see what treatment is best for you.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, most often presents as dry scaly patches. These patches are often itchy. Over time the skin can get discolored, thick, and even develop knots. Eczema is not contagious but it does tend to run in families. Although foods do not cause eczema, certain foods can worsen the rash and itching. Other products such as soaps, detergents, some plants, fiberglass, and synthetic clothing are just a few items that can also worsen eczema.
Although there is no cure for eczema, there are treatments available to help minimize the symptoms. The best way to control eczema is a combination of skin care, physician treatment, and prevention. Our dermatology team can determine the best course of action for you. They can even refer you to an allergist to help determine if there are certain items that you are sensitive to and are increasing the symptoms of your eczema.
An athlete can often get bacterial, viral, and fungi infections due to the closeness of sports. Many of these conditions can be contagious. It is good to be aware of the most common conditions and their prevention.
Impetigo is a highly bacterial infection that is characterized by crusted lesions and sometimes ulcers. These areas may often be itchy. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can sometimes be the cause for an impetigo breakout. A MRSA outbreak can appear as a pimple or a boil that sometimes drains fluid. Quick diagnosis by your dermatologist can treat impetigo and help prevent spreading from one athlete to another.
A common virus that is spread by anyone, not just athletes is the herpes simplex virus. This virus is contagious an often causes blisters near the mouth, nose, genitals, and buttocks. Although these are the most common areas for blisters, they can occur anywhere on the body. Treatment typically includes an oral antiviral medication.
Ringworm, also called tinea corporis, is a fungal infection that usually looks like a red, itchy circular rash with a clear center. Early on, the rash may not look circular so be sure to consult your dermatologist if you have an unidentified rash. There are topical and oral medications that can be prescribed by your dermatologist to treat the ringworm.
Another common fungal infection is athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis. This fungus’s ideal environment is dark, damp, and warm making the sweaty feet of athletes ideal. Fungal infections can also be spread through damp locations such as floors in public showers or locker rooms. Athlete’s foot can often be treated with over-the-counter topical medications. However, it is best to take these precautions to reduce the chance of infection. It is best to wear flip-flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers and completely dry your feet afterward. When home expose your feet to the air, change your socks every day (especially in warmer weather) and don’t share any shoes, towels, or clothing.