Acne Treatment in Coral Gables, Florida

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What causes acne?

Acne is a skin condition that almost every person has experienced to some degree at some point in their lives. Whether due to hormonal changes, food choices, or skin sensitivity, acne can be a small annoyance at best and psychologically damaging at worst. Acne comes in a wide range of forms and levels–from small zits or pimples that are hardly noticeable to patches of acne that cover entire areas of your body. For those who suffer from more severe forms of acne, the skin condition can be incredibly damaging to the skin and overall well being of the person suffering from it. Luckily, today’s technology offers us advanced approaches to treating even the worst kinds of acne.

Why am I getting acne all of a sudden?

If you are an adult and are experiencing acne seemingly out of nowhere, there may be something behind it. Stress levels, certain medications, and what you eat can all play a role in your skin’s health and cause acne in some people.

What foods cause acne and why?

The top foods that are linked with causing acne include:

  • Sugars
  • Refined grains
  • Fast food
  • Omega-6 fat (foods that are rich in this ingredient)
  • Whey protein
  • Chocolate
  • Dairy products

Another possible trigger behind acne breakouts is foods that you are allergic or sensitive to. The best way to determine which foods could be causing your acne is to visit a dermatologist who can help you with an allergy test. Food sensitivities and allergies trigger an immune system response, which releases proinflammatory molecules into your body. These proinflammatory molecules may be the cause of newly created or aggravated acne.

How can I clear up my acne and prevent future acne?

There are several simple steps that can help you prevent and treat acne naturally or without undergoing chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Ask your dermatologist for a full list of acne prevention techniques that can help you stay acne-free naturally.

1. Wash your face in the morning and at night before bed
2. Keep your hair clean and free of excessive oils or hair products
3. Avoid touching your face, especially to pick at acne
4. Do not pop zits or pimples
5. Visit your dermatologist regularly and ask about medications that might help your acne
6. Use a dermatologist-recommended facial cleanser and topical creams
7. Do not scrub the face harshly

Does acne go away naturally?

With proper care and following the direction of your dermatologist, most people with acne will notice improvements over time. However, some people suffer from more severe acne that does not seem to go away no matter what they do at home. In these cases, prescription medications from your dermatologist or other acne treatment options might be needed. Because everyone’s skin is different, determining the best option for you requires a visit to your dermatologist for a skin evaluation. After discussing your skin concerns and medical history with your dermatologist, you will be given personalized treatment options and tips for improving your acne.

Why do I keep getting pimples?

Pimples can come and go throughout your life for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons for recurring acne include:

  • Excessive oil on the skin
  • Bacteria
  • Inflammation
  • Hormones/hormonal fluctuations
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Clogged pores/sticky skin cells

Does acne get worse before it gets better?

In some cases, acne treatments or medications could trigger an acne outburst. This can be frustrating for patients who have been dealing with acne for some time and think they have finally found a solution–only to see their problem getting worse. However, this side effect tends to lessen over time, and in most cases, your acne will continue to improve after this initial hump. Similarly, when undergoing microdermabrasion or chemical peels for acne, you may have an initial period when your skin seems to be worse. Both of these skin procedures can help dramatically improve acne and acne scarring, but also typically cause redness and irritation immediately following the procedure. For these acne treatments, the results will take time to fully show.

In addition, as you are making lifestyle and dietary changes, you may experience some setbacks as you find the right skin regimen, diet, and other skin care tools that are right for you. Always seek the advice of a skin care expert before making any changes in order to get the safest and most effective results.

If you are experiencing acne, visit the Florida Academic Dermatology Center, a dermatology and research clinic dedicated to offering the best acne treatment options. Our state-of-the-art facility provides compassionate medical care using world-class, cutting-edge treatments. Call us today at (305) 324-2110 or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment.

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