According to Andrea Henderson, a Skin Care Clinician at the Scott & White Cosmetic Surgery Center, “Hormones, allergies, heredity, rosacea, can all cause acne. It can be dry, sensitive oily, red- everyone is different. Pin pointing the source can be tricky.“
Managing acne breakouts is challenging. Henderson recommends seeing a dermatologist if your breakouts are hard and cystic and/or inflamed, congested (a lot of blackhead clogged pores), or the acne starts to move onto the neck or around the ears, as this suggests infection.
The type of acne you have determines the treatment. Salicylic acids and benzoyl peroxide work for pustule acne, glycolic and lactic acids work on cystic acne. Henderson cautions to be careful not to over stimulate the skin. “A professional can steer you in the right direction.”
“What you do every day at home makes the biggest difference in the treatment of acne, but coupling that with procedures such as chemical peels, and alpha hydroxyl treatments can be very beneficial.” Andrea says.
Learn more on what you can do for your skin with a personalized complimentary skin evaluation from a Skin Care Clinician at the Cosmetic Surgery Center.