acne myths

When to Schedule a Visit for Acne Treatment

It’s sometimes hard to know when to get out of the drugstore aisle and into the Dermatology office.  If you’ve been treating acne with over-the-counter treatments (such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid) for over six weeks, or if you’re developing scarring at any point, we recommend coming in for an appointment with one of our providers.  We will gently examine your skin to determine the type of acne you are dealing with and work with you to find the best regimen for your skin.

Every person is different and so are the needs of their skin, but some of the most common acne treatments we prescribe are topical antibiotics and topical retinoids.  These ingredients kill the acne-causing bacteria and make sure your pores stay clear to avoid the development of acne in the first place.  Some patients may get the optimal results with a combination of a course of oral medication and topical medicines.  During your visit, we’ll explain all of your treatment options and help to clear your skin in a safe and effective way.

Lauren Sundick, PA-C, is a board-certified dermatology physician assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Plymouth and Edina locations.

 

acne myths

Acne Myths

For most of us, acne is nothing new. Maybe we experienced breakouts as a teenager, or maybe it was just a single pimple that came up at the very worst time. Either way, we all have preconceived notions about acne and what to do about it. For Acne Awareness month, we’re busting some of the myths that float around about acne and sharing the truth about this frustrating condition.

Myth: Acne only occurs in teenagers. Acne can develop at any time, and one of the most common times we see acne is actually during the 20’s and 30’s, particularly in women. There are many treatments that address both aging skin AND acne, so do not hesitate to seek treatment if you develop adult acne or have acne scars that don’t go away on their own.

Myth: Popping a pimple makes it go away more quickly. It’s actually the opposite that is true! Popping a pimple can lead to increased inflammation, which can make the blemish stick around longer. This increased inflammation may also increase your chance of developing a scar from the acne lesion. Leave the ‘pimple popping’ to the experts. We often have same day appointments available and can carefully extract the pimple and put a tiny bit of an anti-inflammatory medicine right into the pimple, which helps it to flatten within a couple of days.

Myth: Greasy food causes pimples. In recent years, there have been studies that link some dairy products and diets with a high glycemic index (foods that raise your blood sugar) to the development of acne. Thankfully, greasy foods haven’t been shown to contribute to acne. Still, we recommend everything in moderation.

If you have acne or are experiencing a new acne breakout, that isn’t improving with over-the-counter treatments, we recommend coming into the office to meet with a Dermatology provider, who can examine your skin and determine the most effective treatment regimen for you. A simple routine can often make a dramatic difference in the appearance and health of your skin.

 Lauren Sundick, PA-C is a board-certified dermatology physician assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Plymouth and Edina locations.