Discover helpful acne-fighting tips and trick to achieve clearer skin.
You’re trying to find the right way to get your acne under control, right? Well, there are certainly so many options out there that it can be a bit daunting. First and foremost, if you are just starting to deal with acne then you may want to tackle the issue from the comfort of your own home before turning to a dermatologist for help.
At-Home Treatment Options
The first line of defense is usually to try an over-the-counter acne cleanser or topical cream that contains an active ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It’s important to be patient when it comes to seeing results. No acne product will work overnight. In fact, it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks of consistent use before you start to notice results from commercial acne products, so don’t give up on a product too soon.
Other tips to follow include:
- Cleaning your smartphone with disinfectant wipes at lease once a day (imagine just how much bacteria your phone picks up everyday).
- Washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and at night before bedtime, and immediately after sweating.
- Being gentle with your skin. Harsh scrubs and being aggressive won’t get rid of acne; it will actually just make it worse.
- Using cosmetic products that won’t clog pores (look for words like “non-comedogenic” or “oil free”)
- Leaving acne alone (do not pick acne or try to extract it yourself, as this can lead to scarring)
- Washing pillowcases regularly to get rid of pore-clogging bacteria
When to See a Dermatologist
If you are having trouble getting your acne under control after weeks of trial and error, or if your acne is severe and painful then it’s time to enlist the help of a dermatologist who will be able to provide you with more effective strategies for getting rid of your acne. After all, there are different things that can cause acne and it’s important that your skin doctor figures out what’s causing your acne so that they can create the right treatment plan for you.
Dermatologist-Approved Acne Treatment Options
Depending on what’s causing your breakouts, a dermatologist may recommend these treatment options:
- Topical treatment: Prescription-strength cleansers, ointments, and creams containing glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids can target and eliminate acne.
- Topical or oral antibiotics: Antibiotics can reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria responsible for acne.
- Oral contraceptives: If you are dealing with breakouts that occur around your menstrual cycle then hormonal fluctuations could be causing your acne. There are certain types of birth control pills that have been FDA approved to fight acne.
- Isotretinoin: More commonly referred to as Accutane, this powerful oral medication is used for those dealing with severe cystic acne that can lead to deep scarring. This is often recommended when other treatment options haven’t been effective.
Have questions about getting your acne under control? Then it’s time to consult with a dermatologist.
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Are you interested in smoothing away lines and wrinkles of the face without turning to more aggressive or surgical treatment options? If so, you may want to consider whether Botox is the best approach. Read below to get all of your Botox questions answered before turning to our dermatologist, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson, for treatment.
What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment designed to minimize the appearance of moderate to severe crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines. Botox uses very thin needles that contain a medical-grade form of neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin, which when administered into certain muscles of the face, causes them to temporarily relax. Since the muscles cannot contract, this smooths away certain lines and wrinkles from the face.
What can Botox treat?
As we mentioned above, Botox is often used to treat lines around the nose, mouth, forehead, eyebrows, and eyes. Wrinkles that appear as a result of smiling or frowning are wrinkles that can be treated with Botox. Botox will not be able to treat lines and wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage.
When will I see results?
It’s normal to notice results in as little as one or two days after treatment, depending on the severity of the wrinkles you are treating. Full results usually show up within 4 days.
How long does it take to get Botox?
The procedure itself is quick and easy, only taking about 10 minutes to complete. The needles are very thin, so most patients don’t feel more than a slight pinch.
Is there a recovery period?
One of the benefits of Botox is that there is absolutely no downtime. You can return to your normal routine immediately after getting this treatment. Some patients may experience mild redness, swelling, or soreness at the injection sites.
How long will my Botox results last?
Results last about 3-4 months, however, patients who love their new look may choose to come to one of our offices in Indianapolis, Batesville, or Tipton for maintenance injections every few months to refresh their appearance.
Dermatology Associates is happy to providing comprehensive dermatological care to the Indianapolis, Batesville and Tipton, IN, areas. If you are interested in getting Botox, call our office today at (317) 257-1484 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your consultation!
What is Psoriasis?
Have you been experiencing bumpy, white-scale-topped patches of red skin erupting over certain parts of your body? These itchy, sometimes painful plaques could be the result of an undiagnosed case of psoriasis. Although this skin disorder does not have a cure, there are several treatment options that can lead to symptom relief. Read on to learn more about psoriasis and how your local dermatologist can help!
The Background on Psoriasis
While there is no medical consensus on what exactly causes psoriasis, experts generally point towards an abnormality in how T cells operate in a patient’s immune system. T cells are normally used by the body in order to defend against foreign threats, such as viruses or bacteria. However, for those with psoriasis, these cells become overactive and start to treat healthy skin cells as if they were harmful. In turn, this leads the body to behave as if it had a wound to heal, or an infection to fight. As a result, sporadic patches of irritated skin begin to erupt on certain parts of the body.
Both the appearance of these symptoms and the level of their severity can be triggered through a number of factors, including:
- Skin infections
- Skin injuries
- Heavy stress
- Regular tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Use of specific medications, such as lithium, beta blockers, antimalarial drugs, and iodides
Although there is no cure for the disorder, your local dermatologist has a number of treatment methods that can slow down the growth of skin cells responsible for psoriasis’ uncomfortable rashes. An appointment with your skin doctor can determine which of these options is right for you:
- Steroid cream
- Coal tar (available in lotions, creams, foams, soaps, and shampoos)
- Ultraviolet therapy
- Retinoid (not recommended for women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant)
- Methotrexate (only for serious cases)
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Could those rough, white bumps actually be Keratosis Pilaris?
If you are dealing with rough patches of skin on your body, then you may be dealing with a condition known as keratosis pilaris. While this is a fairly common and nonthreatening dermatological issue it can be hard to effectively treat. Luckily, most cases of keratosis pilaris go away by the age of 30. However, find out everything you need to know about this condition and how to manage your symptoms properly.
Are you noticing any of these symptoms?
- Rough, scaly patches that are sometimes itchy
- White or red bumps that look like acne
- Bumps on the arms, legs, cheeks or butt
- An increase in symptoms during the winter
If you’ve said “yes” to any of these symptoms above, then your bumps may be the result of keratosis pilaris. Luckily, this isn’t a serious condition and often won’t require treatment. However, some people feel embarrassed by how their skin looks. If this is the case, then consult your dermatologist.
Keratosis Pilaris Treatments
There is no one treatment that effectively helps those with keratosis pilaris. However, your dermatologist might recommend a medicated exfoliant, a retinoid cream or gel, or laser treatment. While using these medications may improve the look of your skin, if you stop taking this medication there is a significant chance that the problem will return. The biggest issue with this dermatological condition is that it lasts for many years.
SelfCare Measures for Keratosis Pilaris
While your treatment options might not sound ideal, there are also some easy things you can do at home that can improve the look of your skin.
- Avoid scrubbing or rubbing your skin, which can further aggravate your condition.
- Always pat your skin dry and never rub. This will also help to maintain moisture.Apply a moisturizer after getting out of the shower. This can further help to improve the appearance of dry, irritated skin.
- Look for products with urea or lactic acid. Both of these ingredients can be found in over-thecounter skin care products and they remove excess keratin from the outermost layer of the skin.
Talk to your dermatologist about which prescription medications and lifestyle changes would improve your condition. Even though this condition isn’t serious you can still seek medical advice and treatments to help with your problem.
Have you heard of BOTOX but wonder exactly what it is? BOTOX injectables have both medical and aesthetic uses. At Dermatology Associates in Indianapolis, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson, board-certified dermatologist, administers this popular FDA-approved medication to patients who wish to look younger and feel their best. Learn more about the benefits BOTOX could give you.
What is BOTOX?
It's a purified, safe form of the protein called Botulinum clostridium. Injected under the skin of selected areas of the face, BOTOX Cosmetic in Indianapolis reduces the movement of muscles which control the eyebrows, sides of the mouth, forehead and more. Muscle relaxation translates to fewer and shallower lines and wrinkles associated with simple aging (called dynamic wrinkling).
A slightly different form of BOTOX may be used to control hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Patients who suffer from excessive sweating usually do not respond to prescription deodorants and medications and experience dripping-wet body, underarm, feet, hand, and facial sweating, says the American Academy of Dermatology.
Do you qualify for BOTOX?
Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson administers BOTOX right in the office. First, she reviews a patient's medical history and inspects the skin features in question. If all is well, injections take just a few minutes and produce a mild stinging sensation. Redness, tenderness and some swelling often occur but resolve quickly.
Noticeable results appear almost immediately with full effects taking 24 to 48 hours. While BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic don't last forever, they do stop excessive sweating or smooth wrinkles for up to six months or longer. Then, injections may be repeated.
BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic have many benefits. They are:
- Fewer obvious wrinkles and lines on the face and neck
- Less sweating
- Comfortable short, in-office procedures
- No recovery time (get back into your normal routine right away)
- Therapeutic effect of injections increases with subsequent treatments
- No oral medications, invasive surgeries or complex treatment regimens
Find out more
At Dermatology Associates, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson and her staff recommend BOTOX to both men and women. Could you be one of them? For a personal consultation on this wonderful aesthetic and medical treatment, please call our office at (317) 257-1484 or email us at [email protected] We have three convenient locations in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton.
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