Dealing with Acne Breakouts

Illustration of young man with acne on left image and clear skin on the right, illustrating how acne can be cleared with the right treatment

Acne is a medical condition that most often can be addressed with the correct treatments and medications. I am asked about acne by patients all the time. Here are a few questions I frequently answer about acne:

I’m not a teenager, why am I still getting acne breakouts?

Acne occurs at any age. Environment, hormonal changes, and even stress can trigger acne. And, now that we are wearing masks to keep safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, patients are complaining of even more acne under their masks.

Breakouts occur when follicles on your skin become clogged. Bacteria thrive in these clogged pores, and when inflammation results, normally calm skin erupts into acne lesions.

How can I reduce or control breakouts?

There are a few things you can do to reduce and control breakouts:

  • Wash with products appropriate for your skin type. And don’t over wash, which can cause more harm than good.
  • Use non-comedogenic products and makeup.
  • There are several over-the-counter acne medications. If these don’t work for you, schedule an appointment with us and let us assess your condition. We may prescribe a medication better suited for you.

Is exfoliating good for my skin?

Some exfoliants can be harsh, which has them causing more damage to your skin than doing you any good. Using exfoliants can aggravate inflamed acne lesions. With so many products available, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you and to know how often to use it. That’s why I recommend that we discuss exfoliating, as well as all your skin care products. If you’re having issues, please make an appointment and let us evaluate your skin.

Here for your dermatological needs

If you are dealing with acne breakouts, know that you are not alone so don’t delay dealing with it. Talk with us about what you can do to minimize flare ups. Our goal is to help you have and keep your skin looking its best. Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment.