Our dermatologists receive questions about best practices in relation to skin care, including:

  1. What is my skin type?
  2. What moisturizer should I use?
  3. What products should I use to prevent aging?
  4. What should I do about my acne?

FAQ 1: WHAT IS MY SKIN TYPE?

There are many different skin types: oily, dry, combination, normal and sensitive. Knowing your skin type can help you choose the best skin care regiment, including picking out a moisturizer.

WHAT IS MY SKIN TYPE

FAQ 2: WHAT MOISTURIZER SHOULD I USE?

Picking a moisturizer can be extremely confusing. If you walk in the skin care aisle, it will make your head spin.There are so many options. There are face creams, body and facial moisturizers, and lotions or ointments for dry, sensitive, light, or dark skin. Add in anti-aging ingredients and sunscreens and the confusion just grows.

Picking a moisturizer is a must, no matter what kind of skin you have: oily, dry or a combination of both.

In general if you have dry skin, you’ll probably want to lock in moisture with a thick ointment. Creams are thinner and are good for normal skin. Lotions are the lightest (water is their main ingredient) and are a good match for oily skin.

FAQ 3: WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE TO PREVENT AGING?

There are key products that you should use to prevent the signs of aging.  The key products include cleansers, toners, antioxidants, sunscreens and retinoids.

To talk with one of our dermatologists about products you would like to use, schedule an appointment below.

FAQ 4: WHAT DO I DO ABOUT MY ACNE?

You have to be able to identify your type of acne before treating your breakouts.

There are two types of acne inflammatory vs. non-inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne has no significant redness or inflammation—you’ll see whiteheads and blackheads. With inflammatory acne, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts are present. Nodules and cysts are seen in more severe acne.

Acne varies depending on the severity:

  1. Whiteheads are closed, clogged pores
  2. Blackheads are open, clogged pores
  3. Papules are small red, tender bumps
  4. Pustules (pimples) are papules containing pus
  5. Large, firm, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin are nodules
  6. Painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin are cystic lesions

Best treatments for different types of acne include:

Non-inflammatory acne treatments

Mild, non-inflammatory acne can usually be treated at home with products containing salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids(AHAs) and retinoids including:

Hormonal acne treatments

If you have hormonal acne, we might try  birth control or a pill like Spironolactone. If your acne is severe, you might want to consult a doctor about Accutane or other acne medication.

Severe, inflammatory acne treatments

For more severe acne with nodules and cysts, prescription treatments like antibiotics, topical retinoids or isotretinoin are used.

Talk to your dermatologist about how to best treat your acne may be your best bet. There is a wide range of prescription topical and oral medications, but they require a consultation with a medical professional. In-office, we can perform a range of treatments that may help, including chemical peels, laser and dermal filler treatments.

We also suggest using a product with SPF because acne marks can get darker over time when exposed to sunlight.”

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