Skin Care El Paso TX – Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It affects up to 50 million Americans annually. Acne affects people from every ethnic background and race and can occur at any stage of life. Acne affects adolescents most often since it usually starts during puberty; but it can be an issue in adulthood as well.



Acne is a skin condition in which outbreaks of skin lesions, commonly called pimples, occur; this happens when oils and dead skin cells clog the pores in your skin. Acne outbreaks develop mostly on the face, but can also occur on your back, chest, neck, and shoulders. While the condition cannot be prevented, it can be treated. You can take steps at home and/or work with your doctor to address your acne.



If you have a mild case of acne, you likely will be able to manage it easily at home. Steps to take include washing your face two to three times per day with lukewarm water and a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser to ensure removal of the skin debris that can clog pores; and make sure to use a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic (i.e., tends not to clog pores) after you cleanse. Another helpful action is to change your pillowcase regularly, even up to twice a week, to help prevent a buildup of the oils and dead skin cells there that transfer back to your face while you sleep. And if you want to add in another acne-fighting measure, you might want to apply an over-the-counter (OTC) acne product developed to stop new pimples from forming, help heal any existing acne, and prevent scarring. If your hygiene changes and OTC skincare products do not help as much as you’d like, your doctor should be able to recommend other treatment options.



If your acne persists without improvement, you might want to make an appointment with your primary care doctor. You can discuss your treatment options with your doctor or get a referral to see a dermatologist to help determine which treatment will be best for you to try. The treatment will depend on the severity of your acne and will be chosen from a variety of options. One option your doctor might recommend is oral or topical prescription medication to help stop acne from developing. If prescription medications are ineffective, your doctor might suggest an office-based medical procedure such as light therapy, chemical peels, or steroid injections. It can take several months before your acne dissipates.

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Written by: Erika Mehlhaff