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By Integrated Dermatology
June 10, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Care   Acne  

Skin CareTo fight acne breakouts, you need to know how to prevent them.

As an adolescent, you may have battled inconvenient breakouts of pimples on your face. Even as an adult, you may find that acne - inflammation of the sebaceous glands - is still a problem for you. Knowing how to prevent acne from happening is an invaluable tool, so the physicians at Integrated Dermatology in Boynton Beach, Florida have compiled a list of tips to keep breakouts at bay.

Cleansing is key 

Washing your face twice daily is a great habit to get into, whether or not you're prone to acne. Clearing your skin of impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil is very important. Warm water and a mild cleanser designed for facial skin are all you really need. You can apply the cleanser with your hands and then rinse it with water the same way. There's really no need to scour your face with coarse sponges or washcloths, according to your Boynton Beach dermatologists. When you're finished, pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.

Product predicaments
A lot of over-the-counter anti-acne products dry the skin out. The staff at Integrated Dermatology suggests using a moisturizer to combat dryness and peeling after applying anti-acne products that contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. When choosing a moisturizer, check the label to see if it is "noncomedogenic." This means it won't clog your pores and potentially promote more acne.
If you wear makeup, make sure these products are also labeled as noncomedogenic and oil-free. Try to avoid facial cosmetics like blush, powder and foundation during a breakout. Always wash your makeup off at the end of the day.

Even your hair care routine may be contributing to acne. If you're prone to breakouts, avoid oils, pomades, and gels. They can block the pores and cause acne around your hairline. You should wash your hair often as well; oily hair can mean oily skin.

Hands off!

It may be tempting to remove the offending blemishes with your hands, but your Boynton Beach dermatologists caution against this practice. It can introduce more oil and bacteria into your pores and cause scarring in some cases. You should also try to avoid propping your cheek or chin in your hands.

Our staff of dermatology professionals - Drs. Barry Kuttner, Kathleen Herne and Heather Houck and physician's assistants Kristen Hafner and Belinda Girmonde - have the expertise necessary to help you treat and prevent acne. Call Integrated Dermatology today to start your journey to clear skin!

By Integrated Dermatology
July 10, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer   Skin Care   Kids Skin   Skincare  
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!