Q: Is it o.k. to wear sunscreen if I have acne?
A: Yes, it is still recommended to wear sunscreen, even if you suffer from acne. Look for an acne friendly SPF by finding formulas that offer broad spectrum coverage, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure you look for water resistant or sweat proof formulations, because these add an extra layer of protection, especially when you’re in the water or active. If you’re spending the day in the outdoors, use an SPF 50 — or higher.
Q: I eat a lot of greasy foods and sweets – is that responsible for my acne?
A: In general, it is not. Numerous studies have found no evidence to support this. However, it’s still a good idea to stick to a good diet to keep your skin in good, healthy shape, as some studies have found that high-carb foods such as white bread could worsen acne.
Q: What types of acne are there?
A: Generally speaking, there are six types of acne blemishes:
Whiteheads – pimples that are under the skin surface
Blackheads – a clogged pore that becomes dark in color
Papules – small pinkish-red bumps that are tender and sensitive to touch
Pustules – red blemishes filled with white-yellowish pus
Nodules – large, solid blemishes that are painful and go deep under the skin
Cysts – deep, pus-filled pimples that are painful to touch and will like cause scarring, especially when left untreated
Q: Should I wash my face more to reduce the chances of an acne breakout?
A: Although it is a great idea to keep your skin clean and free of debris, you should avoid scrubbing your skin too vigorously. This can aggravate your skin, making it more susceptible to harmful bacteria.
Q: Is my cleanser causing my acne?
A: Not necessarily, no. However, if you’re using an alcohol-based cleanser, it could be drying out the skin, which could affect the buildup of dead skin cells.
Q: Can I wear makeup if I have acne?
A: Most likely you can. However, it might be a good idea to switch brands or use a different type of makeup, as certain kinds can worsen acne or increase oil buildup. You should use any lotions, creams, or makeup that is “non-comedogenic”, or that does not clog pores.
Q: Which acne treatment(s) would work for me?
A: It’s hard to tell without a one-on-one consultation with one of our acne experts at West Dermatology. In addition to the severity of your acne, there are other factors to consider: your age, gender, the duration of the acne to be cleared up, and more. In general, for a mild case, you may start with topical medication with a retinoid or benzoyl peroxide and/or a topical antibiotic. More inflammatory types of acne may require an oral antibiotic, while more severe cases could mean laser or light therapy, a chemical peel, or an extraction and drainage procedure.
Q: When will I see results from acne treatment?
A: It depends on the severity of the condition and the type of treatment you receive. In some cases, you can see results within a few days. In others, it may take two weeks. In fact, it’s not uncommon for results to appear in 4-12 weeks
Q: When should I see a West Dermatology acne expert for treatment?
A: In general, for small breakouts or mild cases, try an over-the-counter medication first. If the acne does not respond or you continue to experience regular breakouts, then you should schedule an appointment. For more severe cases, visit our office or schedule an appointment ASAP to reduce the chances of scarring.
Q: How much are acne treatments at West Dermatology?
A: Your case is unique, which means we customize treatment to suit your needs and condition. Thus, cost varies depending on the severity and extent of your case. A consultation with acne our experts will help determine your cost.
Q: Can I reduce the chances of an acne breakout?
A: There are definitely ways you limit your risks. Wash your skin twice a day, particularly on your face and after exercise. Use gentle cleansers and cloths to avoid irritating your skin. Keep your skin moisturized with lightweight, oil-free, and water-based formulas with hyaluronic gel.