Teenage Skin

Top 5 Ways To Treat Back Acne (“Bacne”)

Back acne, also known as “bacne”, can be annoying and, at times, painful. If you are experiencing back break-outs, you are not alone. Back acne is a common problem among teenagers and adults alike. Luckily, there are ways to treat this pesky problem. 1. Exfoliate regularly “Exfoliating is one good way to prevent back acne,” shares Dr. Jennifer Vickers, a Continue reading

How To Protect Your Children From Skin Cancer

Summer is filled with time spent outdoors, and with that fun comes significant sun exposure. Although young children are not able to fully understand the risks of sunburns and sun exposure, teaching them healthy habits from a young age can help them learn to make the right skincare decisions throughout their lives. Teach Your Children the Importance of Sunscreen Many children Continue reading

Under Your Skin: The Inside Story on Blackheads and Whiteheads

Nearly everyone has them at some point in life, but that doesn’t make having pimples any easier. Whether you have whiteheads, blackheads or an inflamed acne bump, you’d like them to clear up. The problem starts when greasy secretions from the skin’s sebaceous (oil) glands combine with dead skin cells. This excess oil (called sebum) and the dead cells stop Continue reading

6 Benefits of Consistent Chemical Peels

A medium intensity chemical peel is a procedure that utilizes acid solutions to assist in removing dead and damaged layers of skin. “This helps to reveal the more youthful and glowing skin that is present underneath,” explains Amy Bowen, licensed aesthetician and laser technician at Sanova Dermatology –  North Austin in Austin, Texas. This procedure can provide many benefits when Continue reading

What You Need To Know Before Using Topical Antibiotics To Treat Your Acne

For sufferers of severe acne, relief often proves elusive. They try topical treatments, oral treatments, and follow a regulated diet, but nothing seems to clear their embarrassing and painful acne. “One common treatment option for sufferers of severe acne is a topical antibiotic,” shares Dr. Miriam Hanson, dermatologist and skin care expert at Sanova Dermatology. But many patients ask: While Continue reading

5 Skin Care Tips for Teens

It’s important to start healthy habits early. And when you are a teenager, taking care of your skin is especially crucial. This is a time of big hormonal changes, which can throw your skin into turmoil. Here are 5 tips for teens to help you improve your skin. 1. Drink Water Water is really important for your skin. Especially when Continue reading

What Changes in the Pilosebaceous Unit Lead to Acne?

We’ve heard about all the contributors: diet, stress, hormones. Even outside variables, like touching the skin too much, transferring bacteria and pollution can also contribute to acne. But all of these factors really effect one underlying structure in your skin that leads to the development of acne. The Pilosebaceous Unit “At its core, acne is a disease of the pilosebaceous unit Continue reading

What Traits Does Your Skin Have? How to Identify Your Skin Type

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the basic skin “types” — oily, dry, combination, sensitive and normal — but may still be a bit confused about how to characterize our own skin. The easiest place to start is by asking yourself “What traits does my skin have?”. “Making a list of your skin’s characteristics will help you Continue reading

Benefits of Low Dose Accutane Therapy

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a Vitamin A derivative that has been touted as a miracle drug for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. “This oral pill opens pores in the skin and shrinks oil glands,” explains Emily Johnston, certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. The shrinkage of the glands helps clear up the acne cysts and prevents new ones from forming. Continue reading

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