Walnut Creek residents ask, “Why should I take my teen to a dermatologist in my area?”
By Dr. Christine Lee
Who gets acne?Nearly eight out of ten teenagers get acne. Because it is so common, acne is considered a normal part of growing up. It is triggered by hormonal changes that occur during puberty. Acne can appear as whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, or pimples.
The most common types of acne needing the attention of a dermatologist are as follows:
- Recurrent acne is more than a normal breakout. It keeps showing up, and lasts two weeks or more.
- Milia are pores that usually become clogged from improper facial care. They look like whiteheads but refuse to open.
- Cystic acne is large, painful bumps on the skin.
- Acne scars often arise from picking or squeezing pimples.
- Skin redness, or rosacea, is often mistaken for acne but should be treated by a dermatologist.
Don’t pop pimples!The key point to remember with acne is not to pop or pick at breakouts. This damages skin and allows bacteria to enter. Scars can form or infection may occur. Once the skin is damaged to a point where it cannot repair itself, scars are harder to treat.
Even if you do not have acne, visiting a dermatologist once per year is a healthy habit. Skin problems go beyond acne breakouts. Annual skin checks help catch and address abnormal skin changes early. Contact The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute today at 925-500-1180.
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