Discover the best ways to handle your acne breakouts.

Maybe you assumed that once your teen years were over that your skin would become magically acne-free. Chances are, this isn’t the case at all. If you are still battling acne breakouts that cause you to feel embarrassed about your appearance then it’s time to turn to our Edmond, OK, dermatologist, Dr. David Graham, to discuss your treatment options.

There are some mistakes that people with acne tend to make, which is why they don’t see the results that they want. If you are guilty of any of these mistakes then it’s time to change your habits and see if these changes alone are enough to reduce or even eliminate your acne symptoms:

  • Not sticking to acne treatments long enough: Even a good thing takes time. Our skin doesn’t respond right away to treatment. It can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks for acne to heal and for skin to finally respond positively to the treatment you’re using, so it’s important to be patient.

  • Using too many acne products together: Some people think that if they continue to use one acne product on top of another that will somehow provide better results, but in fact this could just irritate your skin and make acne worse. This is why it’s always a good idea to talk to our Edmond skin doctor first before you start trying to treat acne by yourself.

  • Cleaning too often: If you think scrubbing your skin will remove more bacteria or washing your face multiple times a day will keep it cleaner, you’re wrong. Cleaning too often or too vigorously could potentially make acne worse. Always be gentle when caring for acne-prone skin and try not to wash your face more than twice a day.

  • Using the wrong products: Using harsh cleansers that contain alcohol and other ingredients can actually make your issues worse. When shopping for skin care products look for ones specifically formulated for acne. Also look for any product that says it is noncomedogenic, as it won’t clog pores.

We know that battling acne can be a challenge, but we are here to help. When you come in for a consultation we can also talk to you about your options. Common acne treatments include:

  • Antibiotics (oral or topical)
  • Retinoids (topical)
  • Oral contraceptives (birth control)
  • Extractions
  • Light therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Dermabrasion

Silver Leaf Dermatology in Edmond, OK, is ready to give you healthy, clearer skin. If you are sick and tired of dealing with acne then let’s talk about the different treatments we can offer you. Call our office today!

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