Often dismissed as a routine rite of passage among adolescents, acne is a medical condition that affects 40–50 million Americans of all ages.
During National Acne Awareness Month in June, Parasol Dermatology in Monterey reminds the public that acne can pop up during any stage in life. In fact, studies show that adult acne is increasing, with up to 15 percent of women affected well past their teen years.
“While 85 percent of young adults have experienced acne, it’s a skin condition that can affect anyone,” said Parasol founder Dr. Christina Bolante. “For anyone suffering from chronic acne, it’s wise to see a clinician who will be able to assess its severity, discuss its possible sources, and work with them to treatment.” customize an effective treatment regimen.
Parasol opened its doors in Monterey at 900 Cass St. Suite 200 (Second Floor), on June 6th, providing state-of-the-art medical and cosmetic skin care “across lifetimes.”
Named Parasol due to its comprehensive, A-to-Z skin care under one “umbrella,” the practice aims to help patients of all ages achieve healthy, beautiful skin through the latest and most advanced treatments available.
When it comes to acne, exact causes are not clearly known, but the following are related:
- Hormonal changes: Acne can flare up easily in teens and adults — especially women during pregnancy, menstrual periods and menopause.
- Heredity: Genetics may play a large role in acne. One study found that this was the case for half of all adults with acne.
- Comedogenic products: Makeup, body lotions and even hair care products, can clog pores, leading to breakouts.
- Stress: Although it won’t cause acne, stress can aggravate the hormones that do.
A consultation with Parasol can lead to effective treatment plans. In the meantime, Dr. Bolante offers the following tips to create clearer, healthier skin:
- While sun exposure increases the risk of melanoma, it has also been found to worsen acne. Tanning damages your skin. In addition, some acne medications make the skin very sensitive to ultraviolet light, which you get from both the sun and indoor tanning devices. Don’t shy away from sunscreen use in acne prone areas, simply look for one that is non-comedogenic.
- Wash twice a day and after sweating. Perspiration can make acne worse, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
- Use your fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything else can irritate the skin.
- Don’t overwash your face. Overwashing can cause irritation and will disturb the skin’s natural ability to create a natural balance of oils.
- Use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free. Do not use products that irritate your skin, which may include astringents, toners and exfoliants. Dry, red skin makes acne appear worse.
- Let your skin heal naturally. If you pick, pop, or squeeze your acne, this will cause further inflammation and your skin will take longer to clear and you increase the risk of getting acne scars.
- Keep your hands off your face. Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups.
Dr. Bolante reminds those with acne to consult a dermatologist if your acne makes you shy or embarrassed, if the products you’ve tried have not worked, or if your acne is leaving scars or darkening your skin.
To find out more about Parasol Dermatology, or to book an appointment, visit www.parasoldermatology.com