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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!
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.
Treating Hair Loss
Hair loss happens to both men and women and can be caused by a number of factors including anemia, protein deficiency, low vitamin levels, chemotherapy, thyroid disease, and autoimmune conditions. If you are experiencing hair loss, we know that the process can be traumatic as it affects your self-esteem and self-confidence. However, the good news is you can do something about that hair loss with the help of your dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology. With convenient office locations in both Pasadena and Houston, Texas, Southeast Dermatology wants to introduce you to a revolutionary new treatment for hair loss called Platelet Rich Plasma (aka PRP).
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Basics
So, what is PRP? Treatment involves taking a blood sample from your arm and putting it into a centrifuge to separate out platelet-rich plasma. This plasma is then injected into sections of your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Platelets work by stimulating stem cells to regenerate hair growth through:
- Increasing blood circulation to the hair follicle
- Triggering hair to grow and controlling the growth cycle
- Increasing hair thickness and decreases hair loss
PRP treatment typically consists of 3 treatments spaced one month apart. Initial treatment is followed by maintenance treatments in our Pasadena office every 3 to 6 months. Results are gradual and may take 6 to 12 months to see, but once they arrive, your regained confidence and self-image will be well worth the wait!
Contact Us Today!
If you are experiencing hair loss, it’s time to take action and seek treatment. Your hair is an important part of your appearance and can affect the way you feel about yourself. Fortunately, Platelet Rich Plasma treatment can help you experience full, thick hair once again.
For more information about PRP treatment and other medical/aesthetic dermatology services, call either Southeast Dermatology's Pasadena office at (281) 991-5944 or our Houston location at (281) 481-0033.
Whiteheads and blackheads - they are a form of the common skin condition known as acne. Also, called comedones, whiteheads and blackheads affect youngsters and adults alike, but the vast majority of sufferers are teenagers. Dermatologists feel that there can be hormonal link to acne (hence, teens are prone to it) and that heredity may play a role, too.
Comedomes form on the face, neck and shoulders when the skin's natural oils, bacteria and dead cells clog pores. If a pore is wide and open to the air, blackheads form as oxygen reacts with the skin's own pigment. If the pore remains closed, the comedone is called a whitehead. Both are distressing to the person who has them, but there are ways to help avoid and treat this common skin malady. In fact, controlling comedones can assist in preventing more serious acne episodes.
How to avoid whiteheads and blackheads
Controlling whiteheads and blackheads takes some consistent skin care habits. While these practices do not guarantee an individual will have no blemishes whatsoever, many people report they have much clearer skin when they use them.
- Using warm water, gently wash the face twice daily along with a quality facial cleaner containing salicylic acid for oil or glycolic acid for cleaning off dead skin cells. Don't scrub the skin vigorously because this causes irritating dryness and redness.
- Daily, apply a retinol-based lotion with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Retinol and other ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid are known to reduce the occurrence of acne. Spot application of benzoyl peroxide creams clears out pores to stop flare-ups of whiteheads and blackheads.
- Once or twice a week , use a facial scrub to remove dead skin. An inexpensive exfoliating paste can be made from simple baking soda and water.
- Avoid touching the face, shoulders and neck.
- Don't dry the skin with excessive sun exposure, and indoor tanning is off-limits.
- Remove make-up at night, and only use cosmetics and lotions that have no oil in their list of ingredients.
- Never squeeze existing whiteheads and blackheads. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, breaking comedones can cause infection and scarring.
- Wash hair often to keep oil off the forehead and the back of the neck.
Again, the key to winning the battle against whiteheads and blackheads is good basic skin care done on a regular basis.
A board-certified dermatologist can evaluate the condition of your skin and answer any questions or concerns you may have about how to keep your skin as healthy-looking and feeling as possible. At Southeast Dermatology, our nine physicians are very knowledgeable in treating whiteheads and and blackheads and more serious forms of acne and other skin problems. Call the trusted dermatologists at the Pasadena, Texas office: 281-991-5944, or call the Houston, Texas location at 281-481-0033.
Changes in season (especially fast changes) can exasperate skin problems, namely acne. In the winter, cold temperatures can be a major cause of breakouts and prompt visits to Pasadena acne dermatologist Dr. Mary Garman of Southeast Dermatology. Learn how to prevent or take care of your acne problems during the winter so that when warmer weather comes you'll have a fresh, healthy face to present to the world.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that causes blemishes to appear throughout the surface of the skin—namely the face. It is most common in adolescents and teens. Acne shows its symptoms in three ways: as whiteheads, blackheads and red pustules that grow in various places on the skin. It happens when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil, which mixes with bacteria. The combination of bacteria and oil causes those blemishes to become irritated and raise up from the surface.
How Does Winter Weather Affect the Skin?
With winter weather comes cooler temperatures. Pasadena acne dermatologist Dr. Mary Garman often sees patients who have acne flare ups during this season. The colder weather, accompanied by dry air, can activate the sebaceous glands and cause them to produce more oil, which leads to acne breakouts.
Acne Care During the Winter
The best way to avoid acne problems in the winter weather is to keep your face continually moisturized. When your skin sees that you have already plenty of moisture, it won’t try to produce as much oil. If you have frequent problems with acne, make sure you are using a moisturizer that’s prescribed by your dermatologist. Also, keep your face clean with a gentle acne cleanser to reduce the chance that the bacteria that aggravates acne will thrive on your skin.
Get Acne Help from Dr. Garman
If you have a severe problem with acne that isn't responding to over the counter solutions, call Pasadena acne dermatologist Dr. Mary Garman's office to request an appointment at 281-991-5944 or visit http://www.southeastdermatologyonline.com for more information. Recommended treatments may include oral and topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide and vitamin A therapy. She may also be able to remove some blemishes, like whiteheads and blackheads.