• Acne Treatment Available In The Pine Belt

    by Lauren Aycock, FNP-BC
    on Mar 20th, 2018

   If you are a tween, teenager, or adult struggling with acne I have great news for you; 1) you are not alone in your struggle, and 2) there is an expert available near you that can provide treatment. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Ironically, even with it being a common condition, accurate information about acne can be rather scarce. This creates quite the conundrum for people who want answers on how they can manage their acne. In this blog I will provide some information that may help, along with information on how we at Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center can help.

 

   A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond so the information below is equally relevant to adults as it is in teenagers. Dermatologists are not sure why this is happening. But dermatologists understand that adult acne can be particularly frustrating. Some people chose to let acne run its course, and for the person who has an occasional pimple every now and again this may suffice. However, if you are dealing with mild to severe acne you may want to seek help from one of our board certified dermatologists. Letting moderate to severe, and even mild, acne run its course is not always the best advice. Without treatment dark spots and permanent acne scars can form, which can be detrimental to a person’s self-esteem. We often see this being the case in dermatology. Acne, Rosacea, warts, psoriasis, eczema, and hair loss all tend to damage a person’s self-image. I’ve listed below seven reasons for treating acne earlier rather than later:

  1. Faster results with treatment:
    • Regardless of how severe the acne, treatment of the condition always takes time. That said, it does take less time and effort to clear a few pimples than a breakout that could include blackheads, whiteheads, and deep-seated acne cysts. A Pine Belt Dermatology provider can help you find a solution that is optimal for you.
  2. Reduce the scars:
    • Acne is bad enough, but when you have to deal with acne scars after dealing with the condition it can be infuriating, even discouraging. Treatment will help reduce the scarring that occurs, especially when the acne condition is severe. Typically, the more severe the acne the worse the scarring. However, even mild acne can result in scarring. This is often the result of the acne being picked at. If the acne is treated early on, it can reduce the chances of forming a habit of picking at the acne.
  3. Stop lingering spots from continuing to breakout
    • Anyone who has medium-to-dark colored skin may see a dark spot appear when an acne pimple, cyst, or nodule clears. Dermatologists call this post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In light skin ethnicities, this can appear in the form of red pigmented spots where the acne once was. These spots can linger for months and some patients have stated they hate the spots worse than the acne itself.
  4. Prevent mild acne from becoming severe
    • Preventing mild acne can keep it from spreading and becoming much more of a hassle. Mild acne can progress to severe acne cases. A few untreated pimples can spread to widespread blackheads, whiteheads, and deep, painful acne.
  5. Decrease the likelihood of needing stronger treatment
    • When acne becomes severe, strong medicine is needed to see clearing. These medicines have more possible side effects and require close monitoring by a dermatologist. That means more office visits, which also means more time away from your busy schedule.
  6. Avoid prolonged periods with acne
    • Acne starts at a young age and seems to follow you for well into your early adult years. Dermatologists have actually seen an increase in the number of kids ages 7-to-12 who have moderate to severe acne. Treating acne early and keeping it under control can prevent future breakouts. Today, that can add up to a substantial number of years without acne. Many people have acne into ones 20s. For some adults, acne persists well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s or 60s. Treat it early if you can. Healthy skin is beautiful skin
  7. Boost self-esteem
    • It may sound arbitrary, but studies have shown that there are numerous individuals who say their acne conditions take a toll on their psyche. It can even cause some individuals to withdraw socially. Something interesting to note is that the studies done found that the level of acne severity did not seem to be a factor in whether or not self-esteem was affected.

 

   Acne is not defined by one type of skin blemish. A person who has acne can have any of the following blemishes: blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, nodules, pustules, and papules. Acne is also not limited to one spot on the body, it can appear on the head, face, neck, back, shoulders, chest, upper arms, and buttocks. So if you struggle with any of the above listed blemishes on any of the listed areas of the body and you can’t seem to get rid of them, I would encourage you to seek help from a PBD provider. We will thoroughly examine your skin, and then grade the severity of your acne. From there we will assess a treatment plan tailored to your acne condition. Despite myths out there, acne treatments do not work overnight and do take time to become effective. So if you, or a loved one, have a lot of acne, cysts, or nodules over the counter medication may not work. If you want to see clearer skin, you should seek help. Pine Belt Dermatology providers offer a few different treatment methods for acne:

 

   Waiting for acne to clear on its own can be frustrating. Without treatment, acne can become more severe and cause permanent scars, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Don’t make the struggle with acne harder than it has to be.

   To avoid these possible outcomes, let us help you treat your acne. Dr. Roy’s time is monopolized with skin cancer surgeries. However, all of our other providers are experts at treating mild to severe acne cases (myself, Dr. Conte, Dr. Duff, and Kristen Richardson). When the skin clears, treatment should continue. Treatment prevents new breakouts. A provider at Pine Belt Dermatology can tell you when you no longer need to treat acne to prevent breakouts. We are available at five different locations in Hattiesburg, Petal, Ellisville, Columbia, and Collins, Mississippi. In the event you need our services after hours, while you are out of town, or over the weekend we have Online Dermatology Visits available through our website and mobile app. Kristen Richardson, Dr. Roy, and myself are available on our virtual visitation services. Let us join you on your journey to healthy skin, because healthy skin is beautiful skin! Also, look for upcoming blogs that further discuss the treatment of acne scars!

Author Lauren Aycock, FNP-BC Pine Belt Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

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