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Solutions for Clear Skin

We all want to feel confident, comfortable, and happy with ourselves, but sometimes that is easier said than done—especially if you struggle with acne. It is estimated that 40 to 50 million Americans have acne and may struggle not only with bumps, but also painful nodules and cysts that develop from the deeper levels of skin.  

We all want to feel confident, comfortable, and happy with ourselves, but sometimes that is easier said than done—especially if you struggle with acne. It is estimated that 40 to 50 million Americans have acne and may struggle not only with bumps, but also painful nodules and cysts that develop from the deeper levels of skin.  

/// Cause and Effect: Why me? ///  

We all naturally secrete oil and produce bacteria on our face; however, some produce excessive oil and subsequently too much bacteria. This results in clogged pores and unwanted blemishes. This is especially common during puberty, when there is an increase in hormones. 

/// What to do /// 

  • Wash your face twice daily with an appropriate cleanser.
  • Wash your face and body after sweating.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Make healthy eating choices.
  • Use makeup and products that are non-comedogenic.
  • Be gentle with your skin.
  • Avoid picking to avoid scarring.

/// Treatment options: As unique as you are /// 

Consult your dermatologist when it comes to acne management; each person needs a personalized treatment plan. The most common treatment plans include consistent use of facial cleansers and topical creams, while moderate to severe cases might benefit more from oral antibiotics.  

Additionally, treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling, and lasers can treat acne and help diminish the scarring and discoloration caused by acne. Most likely, your provider will prescribe a combination of treatments specifically for your skin. 

/// What About Accutane? /// 

In more serious cases, your dermatologist may recommend Isotretinoin, (previously known as Accutane). While it is an a great option for patients with severe acne, it is not for everyone. Since this product as it can cause serious birth defects, any patient approved by their physician to use Isotretinoin must sign an iPLEDGE document and abstain from donating blood. For females, this documents her compliance to use two different forms of birth control and take monthly in office pregnancy tests. 

 /// The Result: Relief at Last /// 

Acne may be part of your life, but it does not have to control it. You can control your acne, and you can be confident in how you look. If you are ready for clear skin, speak to your dermatologist today; there is a solution for you! 

Dr. Porcia Bradford Love is a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of River Region Dermatology and Laser. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the Skin of Color Society, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society.  

Callie Renahan Mitchell is a medical assistant at River Region Dermatology and Laser. She was born in Albany, GA, grew up in Montgomery and currently lives in Millbrook with her husband, Alan, whom she recently married. She graduated on the Dean’s List from Huntingdon College with a major in cell biology and a minor in creative writing. 

 

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