Find out when it’s time to see a dermatologist about your acne symptoms.
Are you having trouble getting your acne under control? Do you feel like it’s a losing battle between you and your acne? There are many reasons people turn to our Anderson, SC, dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen for help. Whether you are feeling embarrassed by your appearance or your acne outbreaks are getting worse it’s important that you have a doctor you can turn to for more effective skin care.
What causes acne?
While hormones can certainly cause acne there are other reasons acne can surface including:
- Certain medications
- Overactive glands
- Emotional stress
- Diets high in dairy
All of these factors can contribute to breakouts. Also the type of acne you’re dealing with can also give our Anderson, SC, skin doctors some insight into what could possibly be causing your breakouts. Determining the cause will help us determine the best approach for treating the type of acne you have.
How can you reduce breakouts?
There are simple measures you can take everyday to protect your skin from acne. Some of these habits include:
- Washing your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day
- Not popping or squeezing pimples, which can make them worse or cause scarring
- Keeping your hands off your face
- Disinfecting your cell phone screen twice a day
- Washing bedding (including pillowcases) at least once a week
- Wearing sunscreen before going outside
- Using makeup and hair products that are oil-free and are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores
- Managing your stress
- Staying hydrated
Any over-the-counter acne product you use will take time to work. There is no miracle or overnight cure; therefore, if you don’t see results right away this doesn’t necessarily mean that the product doesn’t work. It can take up to 12 weeks to see whether an acne medication or product is effective.
When should I see a dermatologist?
It’s a good idea to see a qualified skincare professional for acne treatment if:
- You haven’t officially been diagnosed with acne before (there are a lot of other skin conditions that can resemble acne)
- Your acne is getting worse
- You have deep, painful nodules or cystic acne
- Your acne could be caused by certain medications (e.g. steroids)
- Your skin makes you feel self-conscious or embarrassed
If you are looking for a dermatologist in Anderson, Seneca, or Abbeville, SC, who can get your acne outbreaks under control then call Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic to schedule a consultation.