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Teen Acne: Three Contributing Factors

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While acne affects millions of Americans, its exact causes are still unknown. A variety of factors can contribute to the clogging and collapsing of pores that leads to acne breakouts, including certain lifestyle choices and hormonal changes. A dermatologist can help teens and adults to control the potential causes of acne; talk to your dermatologist about what might be triggering your acne and the treatment options available to treat it.

  1. Hormones: When women and men experience stress or a change in hormone levels, the adrenal gland begins producing an excess of androgen hormones, which dermatologists say can contribute to acne. This hormonal imbalance can cause an inflammatory response in the body, including an overproduction of oils. Excess oil, in turn, can lead to broken pores, which can cause pimples. Because they experience more hormonal changes throughout life stages like menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, women can be at higher risk for developing acne.
  2. Diet: Although more research is needed to determine any relationship between acne and diet, scientists and doctors do hypothesize that certain foods can increase hormone output levels. Eating sugary foods, for example, increases your body’s insulin production, and insulin affects the rest of your body's hormones. Eating certain foods like vegetables, fruit and seafood can regulate insulin levels, helping teenagers to control and manage breakouts better.
  3. Stress: Between schoolwork, socializing and sending out college applications, being a teenager can be stressful. This emotional and physical strain similarly prompts the body to produce more oils, resulting in an inflammatory response that can damage clogged pores. Your dermatologist may recommend using certain products during stressful periods and suggest exercise as a way to reduce stress.

For more information about the causes of and treatments for teen acne, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Treating Irritated Skin: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

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Acne, sun damage and a skin rash can all contribute to red, blotchy, and irritated skin. Whether caused by hormones and genetics or an external environmental factor, red and irritated skin can be not only uncomfortable but also embarrassing. Talk to your dermatologist about how to prevent and soothe irritated skin caused by acne and rashes, and learn more about these skin conditions below.

  • A variety of factors could be contributing to your acne, including hormones, diet and stress. Learn more about how to manage stress, maintain a healthy diet and avoid certain lifestyle habits to control your skin and breakouts.
  • This guide to acne and acne treatment explores the skin condition, its causes and possible treatment options. If you suffer from acne, talk to your dermatologist about ways to control breakouts, clear skin, and remove signs of scarring.
  • Red and bumpy skin could also be the result of a skin rash. Skin rashes can be caused by internal or external factors that irritate the skin, including allergies and certain skincare products. Read more about how skin rashes develop and how to treat them with this dermatology guide from WebMD.  

For more information about treating red or irritated skin, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Light Chemical Peel for Glowing Skin

Age, genetics and environmental factors can all affect the tone and texture of your skin. To brighten your complexion and smooth out the skin, consider a light chemical peel, a non-invasive dermatological treatment that can rejuvenate the face. In the video below, learn more about how a light chemical peel can help you achieve a healthy, glowing complexion.

By dissolving the top layer of dry, dead skin, a light chemical peel can exfoliate and brighten the skin while helping it to seal in moisture. A peel also helps to increase circulation and promote cell regeneration, both of which can contribute to younger-looking skin. Depending on your skin type, your dermatologist or aesthetician will recommend a particular type of peel or acid compound to suit your individual needs.

For more information about chemical peels, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Environmental Causes of Skin Rashes

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If you develop a skin rash, it could be your body’s way of telling you that your skin has been compromised by an environmental irritant. Appearing red, bumpy or swollen, some rashes can be treated with ointments or other at-home remedies. If your rash is severe or worsens, contact your dermatologist for further medical testing and treatment. Below are some common causes of skin rashes:

  • Plants: Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are three poisonous plants that can cause skin rashes. These rashes generally appear as red lines or streaks that are itchy and uncomfortable. You may also notice fluid-filled bumps or hives. Less common symptoms include swelling of the face, neck, genitals, eyelids, and any other area on the body that comes into contact with the plants.
  • Skincare Products: Topical skincare products like lotions, soaps, perfumes, detergents, and makeup have all been known to contain chemicals that can irritate the skin. If you use multiple products, it can be difficult to pinpoint which of them is causing the rash. Compare products side by side and look through their ingredients. Your dermatologist can offer suggestions on which chemicals are causing your skin rash and on which products to avoid using.
  • Jewelry: Some people are allergic to the nickel used to manufacture earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry. Allergy sufferers will usually experience skin irritation, persistent itching, and redness on and around the exposed area after wearing jewelry made from nickel and other synthetic metals. In most cases, the skin rash will clear after the jewelry has been removed and the exposed area cleaned.

For more information about skin rashes, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

4 Tips for Choosing a Dependable Dermatologist

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When it comes to your skin’s health and appearance, not everything is skin-deep. Look for a qualified dermatologist who can help you achieve radiant skin from the inside out and guide you on the right products, treatments and medications for your skin. Consider some of the following suggestions for choosing a dermatologist who can help you look and feel your best.  

  1. Check Qualifications: Choosing a board-certified dermatologist assures patients of a doctor’s qualifications and of at least four years of experience as a resident dermatologist. Patients can also look into whether or not a doctor belongs to any professional organizations or has had specialty training in a certain field, treatment or procedure.
  2. Inquire about Availability: With the busy lives that many people lead, scheduling a doctor’s appointment can often be a challenge. When selecting a dermatologist, ask about after-hours and evening appointments and about the availability of the doctor in the event of an emergency. If a dermatology practice has multiple locations, inquire about whether you would be able to see a doctor at another office if necessary.  
  3. Schedule a Consultation: By scheduling a consultation, you can gain more information about what being a patient might be like. See if you are comfortable around the staff and medical team, and ask other patients in the waiting room about their experiences with the office. Pay attention to how the doctor listens to your concerns and interacts with you to see if you are comfortable with his or her approach and demeanor.
  4. Ask Questions: While listening can be an important component of evaluating your comfort level around a dermatologist, so is asking questions. Ask potential doctors about their experience, success ratio, the products they use or the treatments they provide. Also inquire about before and after photos to see what their record of results look like.  The more confident you are in their ability to treat you, the more you will trust their guidance and judgment.

For more information about finding an experienced and qualified dermatologist, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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