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What Causes Adult Acne?

Woman about to apply acne creamAcne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, and though many adults think they’re old enough to no longer experience pimples, they still seem to creep up on their skin. Unfortunately, acne is not just reserved for teenagers and can impact adult men and women just as severely.

What Causes Adult Acne to Form?

Hormones: Hormones play a huge role in your life, even well past your teenage years. Hormonal acne tends to strike women more so than men, as their hormones are constantly fluctuating. Ovulation, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, and birth control can all throw a woman’s hormones for a loop and contribute to adult acne.

Cosmetics: If you’re suffering from adult acne, it would be wise to look over your cosmetics. Cleansers, moisturizers, makeup, and hair care products all have the potential to irritate your skin and cause pimples to form.

Medications: Certain medications can also play a part in the formation of adult acne. Steroids, certain birth control, hormone therapies, and other medications can cause breakouts. If you’re worried your prescription is causing your acne, speak with our Colorado dermatology specialists to develop a treatment plan that works for you.

Heredity: Acne tends to run in families. If one or both of your parents had acne, your chance of also having it is much higher. Skin type is also hereditary, so if oily skin types tend to run in the family, that may be the source of your blackheads and blemishes.

Using Epiduo Gel to Treat Acne

Epiduo Gel is a topical treatment used to treat mild to moderate acne. This gel is a combination of two different medications, adapalene, and benzoyl peroxide. This treatment is suitable for use by tweens, teens, and adults who experience acne as it can treat inflammatory acne and comedonal acne. At this time, Epiduo Gel is only available through a prescription.

How it Works

This gel works to treat acne in several different ways due to its ingredients. Adapalene causes your skin to shed more effectively, helping dead skin cells fall off to keep your pores clear. Benzoyl peroxide then fights the bacteria responsible for the breakouts. This gel will also reduce inflammation, so you can kiss those red, inflamed pimples goodbye!

Side-Effects

As with any medication, there are some side-effects of Epiduo that you should be aware of:

  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Flaking
  • Stinging
  • Burning

Side-effects of Epiduo are usually the worst during the first few weeks of using the treatment and will subside as your skin adjusts to the medication. Be sure to inform your doctor if any side-effects persist or are severe.

If you are interested in trying Epiduo Gel for your acne, contact Colorado Skin Care today to schedule an appointment. We specialize in advanced dermatology in Colorado and will work with you to develop the best treatment for your needs.

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Sunburnt skinSkin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and over one million people are diagnosed every year. May begins National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, with campaigns all over the country to help educate and raise awareness on the causes, risks, and treatment of various skin cancer forms.

One of the most important things you can do this month is visit our Denver skin clinic to be checked for signs of skin cancer. National Skin Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to schedule a screening and to ensure you are doing all you can to avoid the causes of this disease. Below are some common facts about skin cancer and its causes.

  • Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer.
  • More than 90% of skin cancer types are due to excessive exposure to the sun.
  • Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, accounting for 4% of diagnosed cases.
  • Unprotected exposure to UV rays is the main culprit of skin cancer cases, though genetics can play a role as well.
  • It is recommended that people have a clinical skin exam every year and a monthly self-exam.

Below are the most common symptoms of skin cancer:

  • A small lump that appears shiny, waxy, pale, and smooth.
  • A red lump, spot, or mole that is firm.
  • A sore spot that bleeds, becomes crusty or doesn’t heal at all.
  • Rough and scaly patches on the skin
  • Any new growth on the body that appears suspicious

How to Choose a Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin

Girl enjoying time in the sun on a lakeIf you have sensitive, acne-prone skin, the thought of slathering on thick, heavy sunscreen could be less than appealing. However, sunscreen should be an incredibly important part of your skin-care routine to ensure your face is protected against skin cancer, premature aging, and hyperpigmentation. When you have skin that is prone to breakouts, below are some tips on choosing a sunscreen that will protect your skin and leave your face feeling great all day.

  • Look for oil-free and noncomedogenic products: For daily use, you want a sunscreen that is oil-free. You should also look for the word “noncomedogenic” on the packaging. This means the product does not contain ingredients that will clog pores. Never use sunscreen formulated for your body on your face, as it is much too thick and greasy.
  • Opt for fluids, gels, and sprays: Sunscreen lotions are fine for normal to dry skin, but if you have oily skin, you want a product that can be absorbed quickly. A sunscreen gel can be excellent for oily skin, as they are very lightweight and will absorb into your skin without a trace. Sprays can also be a lightweight option for your face, but you want to make sure you are spraying enough on to protect your skin.
  • Choose SPF 30 or higher: To adequately protect your face, you want your sunscreen to have at least 30 SPF. This will blog around 97% of UV rays you are exposed to, ensuring your face is protected.

Once you find the right product, be sure to apply daily, even on cloudy or rainy days to ensure your face is protected year-round. If you are having difficulty selecting a product, reach out to our Colorado dermatology specialists by calling (303) 740-4883.

Foods that can Trigger Rosacea Flare-Ups

Denver skin clinicIf you have rosacea you know how frustrating and sometimes embarrassing it can be. Even when you haven’t been exercising, or out in the sun, your face can still take on an unpleasant shade of scarlet. If you aren’t already aware, there are likely key triggers that are causing the flair-ups, while other times it appears to happen for no reason at all.

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but is not caused by poor hygiene. A number of factors can trigger or aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of these factors include:

Hot Food and Drink: Hot temperature food may aggravate rosacea. Waiting for your food to cool down instead of eating it piping hot from the oven or limiting the cups of hot coffee that you drink may make a big difference.

Alcohol: Alcohol, especially beer and wine, are very high in histamine, which causes rosacea symptoms.

Spicy Foods: You should avoid any food that contains trigger spices, such as white, black or red pepper, cayenne, curry powder or paprika.

Dairy: Chocolate and vanilla have also been found to provoke rosacea. Yogurt and sour cream are also common triggers.

Foods Containing Vinegar: Ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles, pickled beets, chili sauce, olives and relishes are all high in histamine and can cause rosacea flare-ups.

Experts don’t have a clear understanding of exactly what causes this chronic skin condition, but they do know that it’s hereditary. Besides avoiding triggers that may cause it to flair, a Denver skin clinic dermatologist can prescribe medications, applied directly to the skin, which can help control rosacea symptoms and progression.

Skin Care Tips Every Teen Should Follow

Denver dermatology clinicIt’s nearly impossible to survive the teen years without a number of skin problems. As if being a teenager isn’t angsty enough, troubled skin only adds to the stress. If your teen is spending a lot of time in front of the mirror and is becoming increasingly frustrated with their skin condition, there is help.

Hormones, puberty, and hygiene all play a major role in the condition of girl’s and boy’s skin alike, with acne, blackheads, and oily skin topping the list of teen skin complaints. Particularly for the new teen, proper skincare needs to be taught.

Here are the top skin tips for teen skin care:

Daily Face Washing: Daily face washing for a teen is a must, and we don’t mean just soap and water.  Teens break out mostly due to a combination of hormones and increased oil production. That oil clogs pores and invites bacteria and debris inside, leading to breakouts. Find a cleanser that gently removes dirt, oil, and impurities while enriching and energizing the skin with vitamins.

Control Oil: First, choose a salicylic acid cleanser. Second, use an oil-free primer to control shine. Finally, blot oil during the day using specialized cloths or tissues.

Exfoliate: Exfoliate only once or twice a week, using a relatively gentle product. Don’t and don’t over-exfoliate.

Wash off Makeup before Bed: Girls who make a regular habit of sleeping in make-up can have an acne breakout or develop a bumpy rash called perioral or periocular dermatitis.

Keep Hands Clean: Wash your hands before you touch your face or touch up your makeup and regularly clean other surfaces that touch your skin, such as your phone.

Clear skin equals confidence and confidence is everything to a teenager. Seeing a dermatologist about acne can make a huge difference, especially if your teenage has red, pus-filled pimples or large lumps under the skin that are painful or leaving scars. Our Denver dermatology clinic, Colorado Skin Care, can help address your teen’s acne concerns and determine the necessary treatments. Give us a call today at (303) 740-4883 to schedule an appointment.

You Are the First Line of Defense against Skin Cancer

Happy woman with flawless skinMake no mistake: cancer is a serious disease. Amongst one of the most common types is skin cancer. However, with diligence and early detection, skin cancer is easily treatable and has a high cure rate. With this knowledge, it is important to keep in mind that treatment and prevention do not simply “happen:” it requires a diligent, concerted, and well-practiced ethic.

Within the field of dermatology, Denver doctors and medical care practitioners agree that the first step to successful cancer treatments is practicing proactivity. In other words, it is highly recommended to incorporate routine self-check examinations as part of your skincare routine.

How to Perform a Self-Check

Performing a self-evaluation is inexpensive and may be performed in the comfort of your own home. Simply have access to a full-length mirror, a handheld mirror, and a bright light source.

First, have familiarity with your body: this is where the importance of the routine comes in. If you know how your skin normally looks, it is easier to detect abnormalities or changes in the pattern. Keep in mind that symptoms of skin cancer may appear anywhere–even places that are not normally exposed to the sun.

It is easier to perform an exam after you have taken a bath. Using your light and mirrors, examine your skin by section:

Head and Hair

Hands and Fingers

Arms

Chest and Belly

Thighs, Shins, Feet, and Toes

Genital Area

Backs of Calves and Thighs

What You Are Looking for

Remember that familiarity encourages confidence. Not every blemish is a skin mutation. However, you will want to look for the warning signs:

Red or Dark-Colored Patches

Firm Lumps

Sores That Don’t Heal in at Least 2 Weeks

Moles That Have Changed Size, Shape, or Color

Painful or Itchy Moles

Communicate and Act

If you notice something out of the ordinary, request an appointment with your physician. Your care provider may issue additional testing, such as a biopsy, to determine the presence of cancer. You may also be referred to a dermatologist or cancer specialist to address the condition.

There is no mistaking this simple fact: early detection increases the odds of successful cancer treatment. When you detect an abnormality, don’t put things off or wish it away. Seek medical attention and make your opening moves against cancer the winning ones.

Control Acne with a Superficial Chemical Peel, Part 2

Experience the Acne Treatment that will Change your Life

When you go in for a chemical peel procedure, your clinician will discuss your specific needs. For example, you may want to discuss what you are doing for your acne, as well as any allergies you might have to certain skin care products.

After going over the details, the procedure itself takes roughly 10 to 20 minutes. The clinician will clean the skin first, apply and set the exfoliating agent, and then wash away the peel with water and a neutralizer. After drying the skin, you are free to go about your day.

Many clients who undergo a superficial chemical peel report a slight tingling or warming sensation in the affected area. This feeling is natural. Nonetheless, your clinician will advise you to wear sunscreen and maintain good skin care habits after your visit.

Chemical peels may supplement facial treatments, and you may also choose to schedule them on a routine basis to keep your skin appearing healthy, soft, and youthful. Request an appointment with your dermatology clinic and feel how easy it is to keep clear skin.

Colorado Skin Care offers chemical peels as part of our acne treatments. If you are interested in this procedure, schedule an appointment with our Englewood dermatology clinic today by calling (303) 740-4883.

Control Acne with a Superficial Chemical Peel, Part 1

Woman with hair wrapped in towelWe have all been there: acne and pimples can be a real hassle, especially when making a good impression matters. Now, there is a simple, safe, and effective way to control breakouts. In Englewood, dermatology clinics offer light chemical peels as part of their skin treatment services. Learn more about this treatment option below.

Don’t let the name scare you away: a “chemical peel” does not make your skin come off! Instead, the procedure involves a special solution, normally composed of salicylic acid that quickly exfoliates your skin. The exfoliation process allows dead skin cells to shed easily, preventing them and excess oil from clogging your pores. As a result, you are less likely to form pimples.

The superficial chemical peel is an excellent supplement to your daily acne treatment routine. In many circles, this procedure is known as a “lunchtime peel” since it takes place within the span of a lunch break: a testament to how seamless the results are.

Colorado Skin Care offers chemical peels as one of our acne treatment options. We ensure the procedure is safe and effective and will happily answer any questions you may have before or after the chemical peel. If you are ready to finally kick acne to the curb, contact our Englewood dermatology clinic today at (303) 740-4883.

How to Treat Facial Psoriasis

Woman touching her faceFacial psoriasis affects up to 46% of people with psoriasis on the body. It can cause silvery scales, itchy rashes, and even open lesions on the skin. On a general level, facial psoriasis can be relieved with moisturizers and petroleum jelly. However, some more severe cases can be challenging to treat.

How to Treat Facial Psoriasis

Those who are affected by this skin condition should pay close attention to what triggers a flare-up. If swimming in a chlorinated pool, specific facial wash ingredients, or other factors cause your psoriasis to become nearly unmanageable, it is essential that you cease those activities and remove those products from your daily routine.

Topical steroids are one way to treat psoriasis on the face and body; however, their use should be limited as it can cause the skin to thin out over time. It is important to discuss treatment options with your Denver skin care specialist, as your skin may not react the same way as someone else’s.

Facial psoriasis comes with a variety of mental challenges, as it is difficult to cover up and can result in decreased self-esteem. However, the right combination of treatment and support can help those affected by the condition get through their day. There are also a variety of cover-up options that can be experimented with, as there are some companies that create cosmetics specifically for those with psoriasis, dermatitis, and other conditions.

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