The dermatological doctors at Southeast Dermatology, located in Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, can tell you more about acne.
Here are some FAQs about acne:
What is acne?
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, about 80% of adolescents have acne and about 5% of adults experience acne, which is characterized by pimples that appear all over your body: face, back and chest.
There are two types of blemishes:
- Whiteheads/Blackheads: These are non-inflammatory comedones that appear on your face and shoulders.
- Red Pustules or Papules: These are inflamed pores filled with pus.
Remember not to pick or scratch at lesions. Picking at them may lead to inflammation and long-term scarring.
What are the causes of acne?
Skin has oil glands, sebaceous glands, under skin produce an oily substance called sebum that moisturizes the surface of the skin and ridding your skin of unwanted dead skin cells.
In the case of acne, the pores in which oils are secreted to reach the skin are plugged up causing the buildup of sebum and the accumulation of dead skin.
Fully blocked pores result in white heads and open pores result in blackheads. As explained before, inflamed whiteheads or blackheads result in red pustules or papules.
What kind of treatment options are there?
There is no overnight remedy for treating acne and your Pasadena and Southeast Houston dermatologist understands how this may impact your self confidence.
Here are some treatment options you may want to consider:
- Benzoyl Peroxide, which reduces blockages in hair follicles.
- Oral and Topical Antibiotics, treats infections that develop in pores.
- Hormonal Treatments, which is used for adult women suffering from hormonally-induced acne.
- Tretinoin, which is a derivative of Vitamin A, that unplugs blocked-up material in whiteheads/blackheads.
- Extraction, helps with the removal of whiteheads and blackheads with the use of a small metal instrument.
If you have any questions about acne, feel free to contact your Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, dermatologist today!
You've probably seen advertisements for Botox everywhere—on television, in magazines, or even in your email. If you've been considering this proven wrinkle reducing treatment, it's important to educate yourself before scheduling an appointment. Read on to learn some of the basics on Botox, and contact Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena, TX, to undergo treatment!
How does Botox work?
Botox uses a minuscule amount of a protein that temporarily stops the targeted muscles from moving. This allows the skin on top of these muscles to smooth out, creating a natural-looking, younger appearance.
Where can Botox be applied?
Cosmetically, Botox works best for several sites on the face, including the forehead, between the eyebrows, and the outer corners of the eyes (crows feet). Here at our Pasadena office, our dermatologist is skilled in recommending and applying other cosmetic treatments for other signs of aging that you wish to eliminate.
How long does Botox last?
Every patient's response to Botox is different, but on average, you can expect its effects to last between four and six months before having to be reapplied by a dermatologist. One of its perks, however, is that many people notice that the effects of Botox last longer with each subsequent treatment and the skin stays wrinkle-free for longer intervals.
Does Botox hurt?
The needle used to inject the Botox solution is very tiny, and most patients only report slight, if any, discomfort upon injection. The whole process usually only takes a few minutes to complete. Additionally, because this treatment is only minimally invasive, there is no downtime afterward and you can resume regular activities immediately. Some patients do have temporary bruising or facial swelling following their treatment, but these side effects are typically mild.
Give us a call!
If you'd like to schedule an appointment for Botox or any other dermatology procedure, contact Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena, TX, at (281) 991-5944 to set up a time to meet with one of our dermatologists today! We also have another location for those patients in Southeast Houston, which is reachable at (281) 481-0033.
How your dermatologists in Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, can help clear up your skin
Are you having trouble with acne? The truth is, acne is one of the most annoying and common skin conditions that dermatologists treat. Although the condition will sometimes go away by itself, stubborn acne should be treated by an expert, such as a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology. We have two convenient office locations in Pasadena and East Houston, TX, to help clear up your skin!
More about Acne Treatments
Acne can affect everyone, no matter how old you are. More commonly affecting teenagers due to the hormonal fluctuations at the onset of puberty, it nevertheless still affects older adults too. Acne shows up in several forms, including blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and cystic bumps.
There are some things you can do to reduce your chances of developing acne. Remember to:
- Wear non-comedogenic makeup to avoid clogging up your pores
- Eat healthy foods and avoid fried, greasy foods and dairy
- Exercise often to increase perspiration and flush out toxins
- Drink water to eliminate toxins and clear up skin
- Don’t pick or pop blemishes because it can spread bacteria
- Avoid touching your face to reduce bacterial transfer
For stubborn, severe acne, you need to visit your dermatologist. At Southeast Dermatology, they offer several effective treatments for acne including:
- Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products which unblock your pores, eliminating small blemishes
- Oral and topical antibiotic medications to reduce or eliminate acne-causing bacteria
- Isotretinoin medications to unblock pores and clear up cysts; used for cases of severe acne
- Hormonal treatments to help with acne caused by hormonal imbalances
- Extraction, using a metal tool to extract blemishes
Don’t let acne get you down. To get started on an individualized treatment plan to get rid of your acne for good, just pick up your phone and call one of Southeast Dermatology's offices in Pasadena, or East Houston today! The numbers are (281) 991-5944 for Pasadena, and (281) 481-0033 for Southeast Houston.
Knowing the early warning signs of skin cancer could just save your life.
No matter whether you are directly at risk for developing skin cancer or not, it’s important that you keep an eye on your moles so that you know right away if they start changing. Our dermatologists in both Pasadena and Southeast Houston want patients to take an active and vested interest in their skin health, for performing regular self-exams every month is one of the best ways to detect skin cancer in its earlies stages. Read on to learn more!
Here’s what to look for when it comes to early signs of skin cancer
It’s time to remember your ABCDEs when it comes to looking out for suspicious moles that could be trying to tell you that something is wrong. In order to catch these issues early on, it’s important that you are performing skin exams on yourself every month.
When we talk about remembering your ABCDEs, we are talking about the criteria you should use to make sure that any moles or growths are fine and healthy. The ABCDEs stand for,
- Asymmetry: A healthy mole will be the same size, shape, and color on both sides.
- Border: Healthy moles have clearly defined and smooth borders.
- Color: A healthy mole should only be a single color; it should never contain multiple colors.
- Diameter: Suspicious moles are often larger than 6mm, or the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving: Healthy miles shouldn’t change over the years. They should stay the same in regards to color, shape, or size.
Other warning signs to look out for include,
- A lesion or growth that doesn’t heal
- A mole that bleeds, scabs over or itches
- Swelling or redness around the mole
If you are noticing any changes in your moles, it’s important that you call either our Pasadena or Southeast Houston skin doctors in order to schedule a skin cancer screening as soon as possible. Even if you haven't observed anything too concerning in your skin, it’s still important to turn to a medical professional every year for an evaluation.
Call us today!
When was the last time you had a skin cancer screening? If you’ve never had one or if it’s been over a year, it’s the perfect time to call Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena or Southeast Houston, TX, to schedule your next screening. Phone (281) 991-5944 for Pasadena, or (281) 481-0033 for Southeast Houston
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It is also one of the easiest to diagnose and treat in the early stages if patients are educated about what to look for. Read below to gain an understanding of how a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX, can treat a case of skin cancer and how the skin condition can be avoided in the future.
Skin Cancer Causes and Risk Factors
The most common cause of skin cancer is too much exposure to the sun, which is why patients in sunny locales must be particularly aware of the risks. According to statistics published by the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of nonmelanoma cases are caused by UV rays from the sun. Other risk factors include:
- Pale skin that burns, freckles, or reddens easily
- A personal or family history of skin cancer
- Having a lot of moles
- Continued use of skin tanning equipment
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
It’s important to be screened for skin cancer when you have concerning spots or marks on the skin, or if you are at a higher risk for the disease. This allows you to avoid having to undergo more aggressive and invasive treatments. In its early stages, skin cancer can often be treated by having your Houston and Pasadena dermatologist remove the mole or mark that contains cancerous cells through surgical excision. A technologically advanced procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery ensures that all traces of the disease are eliminated. Cryosurgery, which is the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze off abnormal cells, may also be an option. In difficult cases, radiation therapy and other more aggressive treatments may be needed.
Skin Safety Tips
Take precautions to make sure your skin is protected throughout the year. Follow these simple skin safety tips:
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF that’s recommended by your dermatologist
- Cover up the skin as much as possible when in direct sunlight, and use beach umbrellas when enjoying the beach
- Wear large glasses and large-brimmed hats when outdoors
- Time outdoor adventures for before 10 am or after 4 pm
Let a Dermatologist Check Your Skin
The sooner skin cancer is identified and diagnosed, the better the chance for a successful and minimally invasive treatment. Call (281) 481-0033 or (281) 991-5944 today to schedule an appointment at Southeast Dermatology in Houston or Pasadena, TX.
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