Learn about effective acne treatment with a dermatologist in the area of Walnut Creek, CA
By Dr. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee and the staff at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute provide treatment for a variety of skin and body conditions, including medical and cosmetic concerns. Patients in the Walnut Creek, CA area who are dealing with acne want effective solutions. Our practice is equipped to help patients with the treatments needed to achieve results and reduce or even eliminate stubborn acne.
There are many misconceptions regarding acne. It used to be considered a condition only experienced by teenagers due to hormonal changes. People also believed that acne was caused by eating chocolate or greasy foods. These myths have perpetrated for years, and have made it difficult for patients to truly understand the condition. Acne is actually caused by blockage in the sebaceous glands, which causes pimples. This blockage can cause bumps, including:
Patients who deal with acne are often very self-conscious about their appearance. Many women try to hide their acne behind cosmetics, which can sometimes cause oily skin that contributes to the condition. Instead, it is important for patients to work with a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. M. Christine Lee to learn about ways to care for the skin and treat the condition.
Proper skin care
First, it is important for patients to develop a skin care regimen that works for their skin type. Some patients have oily skin while others have dry skin. Some have combination skin with both dry and oily areas. When patients want to address their acne, it starts with a proper foundation. Patients can work with their dermatologist to learn more about gentle cleansers to clean the skin. Toners help address pore size, and moisturizers can keep the skin hydrated to avoid overproduction of oils on excessively dry skin. Additionally, many patients find that over-the-counter or prescription-strength topical medications can treat the active acne that is present on the skin. By combining these into a single skin care regimen, many patients find relief from even severe acne.
Solutions for acne-prone skin
In addition to developing a skin care routine that works best for each patient, individuals can ask about treatment options that can be combined with proper skin care regimens. These include:
- Chemical peels
- Laser/light therapies
- Topical medications
Protecting the skin
Another way for patients to take control in protecting their skin is with the use of a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen. Some patients believe that exposing the skin to the sun can help reduce acne. This is a myth that many patients wrongfully believe. Instead, it can cause the skin to overproduce oils because the skin dries out. This, can clog the sebaceous glands even more, resulting in worse acne than before. Instead, we encourage patients to follow their skin care routine developed by Dr. M. Christine Lee and her staff and to take care in protecting the skin from sun exposure. Not only can it worsen acne, it can also put patients at risk for skin cancer.
Taking care of acne-prone skin
After acne is under control, it is important for patients to maintain their skin care regimen to ensure the condition stays addressed. This includes the use of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and topical medications. Some patients may even be prescribed oral medications, which can help control the infection from the inside out. Patients should take great care in using products on their skin that are dermatologically approved, including cosmetics and sunscreens that may otherwise contribute to pore blockage and acne.
Schedule a visit with Dr. M. Christine Lee and her staff today!
At The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute, patients in and around the Walnut Creek, CA area are welcome to speak to a Board-certified dermatologist to learn about effective treatment options available for acne. Whether you are a younger patient struggling with acne or an adult who has been looking for ways to address this concern, we encourage you to call for an evaluation and consultation appointment. Call the office at (925) 500-1180 and visit Suite #125 at 370 North Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek, California.