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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.
Skin cancer signs may not seem alarming initially. Unfortunately, if you ignore changes in your skin, you may put your health at risk. The dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology regularly diagnose and treat skin cancer in their Houston and Pasadena, TX, offices.
Can I ignore that spot?
Pimples, insect bites, rashes and other minor skin conditions are often, but not always, responsible for spots on your skin. If a new spot doesn't begin to fade after a few weeks, or you notice a change in a mole, it's time to schedule an appointment with your Pasadena or Southeast Houston skin doctor. If you do happen to have skin cancer, you may notice these changes:
- A Never-Ending Pimple: Red, pimple-like bumps can form on your skin if you have squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. The bumps usually develop on areas of your body that receive regular sun exposure. Most pimples only last about two or three weeks. If your "pimple" hasn't gone away in that time, it may actually be a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma can also appear as brown, black or pink bumps on your skin.
- Flaky Skin Patches: Dry skin isn't the only cause of flaky skin. An area of reddened skin that appears flaky or crusty may be a sign of squamous cell cancer.
- Open Sores That Don't Heal: Non-healing sores may occur if you have either squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma.
- Mole Changes: Changes in moles can be a sign of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. If you have melanoma, your mole may change color, bleed, hurt or itch. A round mole may suddenly become irregular in shape, or you may notice that borders of the mole look rough or uneven. Reddened skin or swelling around the mole, texture changes, or a dry, flaky appearance may also be signs that something's not quite right with your mole.
Prompt treatment of skin cancer can help you protect your health. If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, schedule an appointment with the dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology by calling (281) 991-5944 for the Pasadena, TX office or (281) 481-0033 for the Houston, TX office.
Pore strips are a popular treatment for many people with clogged pores. They are used in order to lift old makeup, blackheads or dirt. Many use it to treat visible blackheads on the nose and forehead. They are purchased at retailers and done at home. However, as our dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX, can likely tell you, they are not necessarily safe for the skin and here’s why.
More about Pore Strips in Houston and Pasadena
Whiteheads and/or blackheads appear on the skin when the pores are clogged with sebum. When the hair follicles become impacted, they will swell and push bacteria to the surface where it turns black. Pore strips remove these clusters by pulling the clogged material out of the pore. The strip is covered with adhesive on one side that is pressed over the surface being treated. The pulling motion can cause irritation. Also, open pores that are left behind are prone to infection. For individuals with sensitive skin, our dermatologist recommends not using them or only use those with natural ingredients such as tea tree oil to reduce irritation.
Before you use any type of at-home treatment such as pore strips, it’s important to talk to your dermatologist to see if this is the right product for you and your skin. They can offer you other alternatives that may be better at dealing with blackheads and whiteheads. They will fully examine your face and can create a custom treatment plan tailored to your needs and your goals for your skin.
A dermatologist is well versed in proper extraction methods for blemishes and pore strips may lead to future infection or redness of the skin. When it comes to pore strips, trust our dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX, to provide you a professional service that removes these blackheads for you.