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Understanding your skin to find the best acne treatments in Huntington Park

Every face and body is different, but there is one thing we all have in common. Anyone can get acne. This common skin condition does not discriminate by age, gender, or ethnicity. The side effects of troubled skin range from mild embarrassment to lifelong scars. The first step in getting and keeping your complexion clear is to gain a deeper understanding of your skin. Then you are on your way to finding the best acne treatments available in Huntington Park and surrounding areas.

Underlying causes of acne

Although you may not see it, most of your body is covered with hair. Dead skin cells and oil clog hair follicles. Bacteria thrive in that situation, causing localized infection and inflammation. The result is whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, pustules, and cysts. When your system is balanced, your body produces enough oil to keep skin lubricated and healthy, without acne. Excess production of oil leads to flare-ups.

Hormonal fluctuations are the primary cause of acne. Most teenagers get acne at the onset of puberty, and women commonly breakout during pregnancy and at menopause. Stress can lead to significant hormonal changes, causing acne outbreaks in men and women, at any age. Other factors that may trigger or aggravate acne include inferior-quality skin care products, aggressive cleansing, irritating friction or pressure (such as clothes that rub), poor nutrition, medications, and family genetics.

Getting to know your skin

Here is a simple test you can do at home to get to know your skin type better. It may reveal some surprises.
  • Wash your face gently, with a mild cleanser. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry. Do not apply toner or moisturizer.
  • Wait one hour, doing normal activities, but avoid touching your face.
  • Dab the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) with a clean tissue.
Dry skin feels taught and may show flakes. Normal skin does not exhibit oil or flaking, and feels supple. Oily skin looks shiny and leaves grease on the tissue. Pores may look large, as well. Combination skin is usually oily in the T-zone, and dry or normal elsewhere.

Thorough skin analysis by a trained professional takes this knowledge to the next level. Dr. Blose will suggest an at-home skin care regimen with products that keep your skin in balance and acne at bay. He may recommend dietary changes, and chemical peels, or prescribe topical or oral medications. A number of treatment options are also available to address acne scarring.

Dr. Blose has years of experience helping patients in the Huntington Park area find the best acne treatments. He can help you, too. Call (562) 923-6450 to schedule an acne treatment consultation.

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