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Reasons to Not Pop That Pimple

Acne blemishes often appear very quickly, and your first reaction may be to pop the pimple. However, the short-term benefits of popping may end up leading to long-term harm to your skin. Popping the pimple destroys this barrier, exposing it to bacteria and other harmful environmental irritants. Here are a few issues that can arise from pimple popping:

ADDITIONAL PIMPLES
The most common negative effect of popping a pimple is the development of even more pimples. This happens as excess oil and bacteria leak out of the pustule, and become reabsorbed back into the pores.

What is phytophotodermatitis?

This patient was squeezing lemons for lemonade over Easter weekend, and subsiquently developed these strange, punctate, round blotches her hands. A visit with me quickly identified her rash as phytophotodermatitis. This is a phototoxic reaction to contact with certain plants. Phytophotodermatitis generally occurs during in spring or summer following some outdoor activity on a sunny day during which there has been contact with one of the responsible plants. Its name has 3 components: phyto (plant), photo (light) and dermatitis (inflammatory rash).

TCA Peels for Acne and Scarring

Here is a photo of a patient's acne journey with medical grade skin care and treatment. This patient received a series of 4 trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels for his acne and acne scarring. A TCA peel is a chemical peel used for skin resurfacing. A solution of TCA is applied to remove the outer layer of skin, and allows new, healthier skin to emerge. TCA chemical peels are commonly used to treat sun damage, facial wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne, and pigment abnormalities. We would individualize the treatment to your particular type of acne.

Treatment for Acne Rosacea

This patient has a condition called acne rosacea. He received 2 months of medical treatment with an oral pill, and topical prescription creams. He was very pleased with his results, as he suffered with acne rosacea for years before seeking treatment. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness of the skin, especially on the face, and can also cause skin sores that resemble acne, and possibly swelling. While rosacea is harmless, it can create embarrassment and self-consciousness in those who suffer from it.

Photofacial/IPL for the Hands

This patient was concerned about the sun damage on her hands. We performed only one treatment of IPL/PhotoFacial, and her results are significant! IPL/Photofacial uses precise amounts of visible light (IPL is ‘intense pulsed light’) to effectively treat facial redness and improve sun-damaged skin. The light energy is absorbed by the damaged tissue resulting in a stimulation of the production of collagen. Through this stimulation of collagen, the appearance of aging skin is softened, fine lines and wrinkles are improved, and dark pigmentation and age spots fade.

Pulse Dye Laser for Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness of the skin, especially on the face, and can also cause skin sores that resemble acne, and possibly swelling. While rosacea is harmless, it can create embarrassment and self-consciousness in those who suffer from it. In fact, a majority of rosacea patients report a loss of self-esteem and adverse affect on social and professional interactions due to the condition.

New Avene Antioxidant

We are loving our new Avene A-Oxitive serum! It is a complex of time-released forms of Vitamin C and E precursors, as well as hyaluronic acid. The serum is enhanced with a powerful antioxidant booster, which helps neutralize free radicals. This fast absorbing serum works to alleviate fine lines, free radical damage and dehydrated skin. Our skin feels super soft, and looks healthier and luminous after just one month of using it.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

The newest drugstore solution to your acne is…a Power Ranger-esque mask studded with blue and red lights. It sounds improbable, if not Instagram-worthy, to say the least. But the science behind the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is far from a fad. It is designed to deliver the same benefits as LED therapy: calming inflammation and zapping away blemish-inducing bacteria. The technology has been used by dermatologists for decades, and at-home devices have been available for years. At-home LED devices can deliver similar results because they make it easy to be consistent.

Chemical vs Mineral Sunscreens

Confused by which which type of SPF is best for you? Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon-based) compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. And don't forget, reapplying is key!

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