Acne skin care myths

When I have problems with my skin, I know how frustrating it can be to with just one prominent pimple. Imagine what sufferers of adult acne must deal with on a daily basis. They must sort through an overwhelming number of acne products on the market, each one offering the promise of clear skin. In addition, acne patients must contend with myths and old wives' tales that can hinder real treatment. We want to help clear up a few of these myths in the hope that you come to the understanding that your Charlotte dermatologist can offer some real and effective solutions to help you achieve clearer skin. Consider the reality for the following myths:

Myth: Scrub your face with soap to keep your skin acne free.

In reality, when you scrub your face with soap, you remove many of the protective oils and barriers that your skin needs to stay blemish resistant. It is highly recommended that you use a gentle cleanser, working it in with your fingertips, and follow up with a moisturizer. After washing, and before going out, always apply your sunscreen.

Myth: Get rid of a pimple by popping it.

To a certain extent, releasing the pus from a pimple can provide pain relief and improve your appearance. However, unless this is done properly, pus can be pushed deeper into the skin, causing more inflammation and possibly lead to scarring. If you have a chronic acne problem, you should be under the care for a board certified dermatologist, who can recommend the best products and treatments for your particular skin condition.

Myth: Facials should be a regular part of your skin care routine.

For the vast majority of people, facials may actually cause acne breakouts. Facials may leave you feeling relaxed, but your dermatologist would likely use microdermabrasion and peels encourage the growth of healthy skin cells, and for clearing pores of oil and debris.

Myth: The higher the SPF, the greater the sunscreen protection.

UVA rays and UVB rays can cause your skin to age prematurely, and produce a sunburn. The sun’s rays also damage DNA, causing pigment changes and skin cancers. The SPF rating on sunscreen refers to the amount of protection against UVB rays and against sunburns. When purchasing a sunscreen, look for a minimum SPF of 30, which provides a range of protection, based upon your skin type and health. Certain skin conditions such as adult acne or rosacea may require a specific recommendation from your Charlotte dermatologist. Never use sunscreen as a method to stay in the sun for longer periods of time.

Ballantyne area dermatologists

If your constant concern is, “What to do about my problem skin,” Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide effective care in a professional and compassionate environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.

Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis.

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