Blog Talk: Integrated Dermatology
Posts for: July, 2014
By Integrated Dermatology
July 14, 2014
Do you remember picture day in high school? Back then, almost nothing was more important than getting up early to look your best for school pictures, save maybe earning your driver’s license or retrieving your diploma from the school principal at graduation. Looking back through yearbook photos can be a bit funny, depending on how much trends have changed since the time you graduated or how different you look now than you did back then. Silly clothes and hairstyles aren’t the only things that cause some people to cringe when they see pictures of themselves as teenagers. Sadly, something that causes quite a few high-school children a significant amount of self-consciousness is their own skin.
Every year, about eighty percent of teenagers in the United States struggle with some form of acne. Pimples and blemishes are certainly a source of social anxiety for those affected, but for many people with acne, the spots are also painful. Below are some of the known causes of acne and a few ways we recommend treating it.
How Acne Forms
The thing that makes acne so troublesome is that it occurs a result of normal body functions. Even in skin that is perfectly healthy, oil glands produce a substance known as sebum, which rises through the hair follicle and spills out onto the surface of the skin. As it does so, it picks up and carries any dead skin cells with which it comes into contact. When the sebum flow gets backed up, which can happen easily, dead skin cells are trapped beneath the surface of the skin and whiteheads and blackheads develop. Once formed, these types of acne can become inflamed, causing red blemishes and pustules.
Treating Your Acne
Because ridding your skin of acne involves combatting your body’s natural oil production, treatment is often a slow process. Currently no miracle, overnight remedies are available to treat acne. There are, however, a few medications that help clear up blemishes and prevent them from recurring.
- Benzoyl peroxide reduces blockages in the hair follicles that cause acne
- Oral or topical antibiotics treat infection present in skin pores
- Hormone therapy is used to treat hormonally induced acne, usually in older women
- Tretinoin helps break up material in whiteheads/blackheads and is one of the most common drugs used to treat acne
Your dermatologist is the best resource for information about possible treatment options and which one will work best for you. Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach promises satisfying results and star treatment. We even have a Spanish-speaking dermatologist on staff! To learn more about acne treatment in the West Palm Beach area, call (561) 964-6664 today.
By Integrated Dermatology
July 10, 2014
As we get older, concerns about our skin become more prevalent. As children, worries about acne, wrinkles, and even certain skin diseases weren’t ever on our minds. As adults, we realize how just how important it is to care for our skin, and oftentimes, we realize we should have been taking better care of our skin long ago. Physician Assistant Kristen Hafner offers advice on how to help your child get an early start on preventative skin care.
Skin Care for Toddlers
It’s never too early to practice good hygiene. In fact, small children often have skin that is more sensitive than most adults’. Only gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and soaps should be used on toddlers. After bathing or swimming, be sure to apply non-scented lotion or other moisturizer to prevent dry skin or rashes from developing.
Summer Skin Care
In the summer especially, sun exposure can be traumatizing to your child’s skin. Practicing a strict UV ray-protection regimen will help prevent uncomfortable sunburn and even future skin diseases. Elements of this sun-protection routine include:
- Regular use of a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
- Reapplication of sunscreen every two hours, regardless of cloud cover, and especially after swimming or strenuous physical activity
- Wearing protective clothing (long-sleeved shirt, pants, hat, sunglasses, etc.)
- Seeking shade often, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the most intense
- Using extra caution in the presence of natural elements that reflect UV rays, increasing the chances of sunburn (i.e. water, snow, sand)
Keep the Bugs Away
Summer is also a time to be on the lookout for bugs—especially the ones that bite. The most common bug bites in the Boynton Beach, FL area are from fleas, mosquitoes, wasps, and bees. Some bug bites can cause bacterial infections like impetigo. Impetigo is highly contagious, and young children are particularly susceptible to contracting it. To avoid bug bites, apply an insect repellent with permethrin or DEET (only if the concentration is less than 10% DEET, and never apply on babies younger that two months old).
Treating Your Child's Acne
The most common skin condition in the Boynton Beach area is acne. It affects children as well as adults. Unfortunately, there is no immediate cure for this pesky condition, but with the right hygiene routine and medication, many people have been able to stave off unwanted blemishes and painful pimples. At our facilities in West Palm Beach, we offer a number of treatment options to help your child get rid of their acne.
For more information about pediatric dermatology in the Boynton Beach, FL area, call (561) 964-6664 today!