UNDERSTANDING THIS INFLAMMATORY CONDITION

By having acne treated and with the right lifestyle modifications, you can make a big difference in your life. And all it takes is to schedule an appointment with our experienced, board-certified doctor, Dr. Kia, at the Allergy and Skin Spa.

Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin problem that leaves you with open or closed clogged pores, pimples, and cysts on visible areas of your body like your face, upper back, shoulders, and chest. The problem tends to crop up wherever there is an abundance of oil glands in the skin. While it is made famous by spotty teens coping with acne, the condition also affects adults, particularly women.

You develop acne when a pore in your skin gets clogged up. Normally, these are just dead skin cells in your pores which get pushed to the surface and shed. If your body makes excessive sebum or oil, these dead skin cells can start to clump and stick together in the pore instead of getting pushed out. Bacteria on your skin too can get trapped in that clogged pore – an environment that’s perfect for these microorganisms to rapidly multiply. This excessive replication of bacteria makes the pore go swollen and red from inflammation. You may also develop nodules or cysts if that inflammation runs really deep.

NO SINGLE TRIGGER FOR ACNE, GET HELP TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO

Acne can be brought on by many causes, and many of these are still being studied. Hormonal change around pregnancy, using oral contraceptives or other reasons can make acne worse. Medicines that contain testosterone, lithium or corticosteroids can also bring on the breakouts. For some people, stress seems to worsen their acne.

Family history and your genes may have a part to play too. Chances are, if both your parents had acne, you might too.

Poor dietary choices like eating a lot of high carb foods like bread or chips can make it worse. Chocolate is another food that can lead to the breakout of acne. However, the link between diet and acne needs to be researched more. What will help though is to see if any of these foods seem to present a problem for you; you could explore this during a consultation with your doctor.

For persistent or severe outbreaks, it is important to see your doctor right away.

SPOTTING THE SYMPTOMS OF ACNE

Acne can show up in half a dozen different ways, typically on your face, back, chest, shoulders, neck, upper arms, as well as buttocks. Here are some possible symptoms of the problem:

• Open clogged pores called Blackheads
• Closed and clogged pores called Whiteheads
• Small red tender bumps called Papules
• Pimples or Pustules – these are papules that have pus on their tip
• Cysts – pus-filled and painful lumps just below the surface of the skin.
• Painful large solid bumps beneath the skin’s surface called Nodules

SPOTTING THE SYMPTOMS OF ACNE

Acne can show up in half a dozen different ways, typically on your face, back, chest, shoulders, neck, upper arms, as well as buttocks. Here are some possible symptoms of the problem:

• Open clogged pores called Blackheads
• Closed and clogged pores called Whiteheads
• Small red tender bumps called Papules
• Pimples or Pustules – these are papules that have pus on their tip
• Cysts – pus-filled and painful lumps just below the surface of the skin.
• Painful large solid bumps beneath the skin’s surface called Nodules

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ACNE TREATMENT

Acne treatment aims at either reducing the incidence of outbreaks making the acne less severe or preventing scarring and dark spots. The exact medication and regimen Dr. Kia will recommend would depend on things like your age, how severe your acne is, the kind of acne you have, and what you are comfortable trying. The treatment would typically involve a combination of acne medications designed to reduce the oil production, cut inflammation, increase skin cell turnover, and fight off bacterial infections if any. These may be taken orally or may need to be applied topically to the affected areas of your skin. Laser or light-based therapy like photodynamic therapy may also be suggested.

It may take a month or two for you to start seeing results. You should also be prepared for a slight worsening of symptoms, in some cases, before the problem improves. Remember, treatment takes a while, so, you have to be patient.

FOOD ALLERGIES, SENSITIVITIES AND TESTING, FOR ACNE TREATMENT

A food sensitivity can occur when an individual’s body cannot properly process a particular food. Symptoms such as abdominal pain, intestinal gas or diarrhea, and skin outbreak can result. Food sensitivity differs from a food allergy. Food allergies have the potential of leading to serious or life-threatening reactions, such as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of a food sensitivity and food allergy can appear to be similar, but the differences between the two are important to understand. A true food allergy can be life-threatening, while a food sensitivity can leave you feeling off physically and even miserable.

Food sensitivities are definitely a factor worth analyzing if you suffer from acne. Studies show dairy products and high glycemic foods can trigger acne. Discovering and understanding food and drink sensitivities, and the effects they have on your skin and overall health, is important to ensure you make the best possible choices to optimize your diet and therefore improve the health of your skin. By identifying and eliminating harmful foods from your diet, you can take an important step forward to improving your skin.

Food sensitivity testing is designed to locate both immediate reactions and delayed ones, against the most commonly consumed foods. Blood is drawn and sent to a lab for analysis. A food sensitivity may be treated with various nutritional supplements, herbal formulations, dietary counseling, or homeopathic treatments. At Allergy and Skin Spa your test and treatment is based on your individual needs and the symptoms they manifest.

WHY YOU SHOULD GET YOUR ACNE TREATED

If you let your acne fester without treating it, it could leave you with dark spots on your skin that take months to fade. You also run the risk of developing permanent scars even after the acne clears up.

More immediate are the benefits the treatment will have on reducing the acne outbreak you’re currently experiencing. With a reduction in acne, it isn’t just your skin but your self-esteem that might also get a boost.

With a range of effective treatment options available at our Allergy and Skin Spa, there is no reason for you to live with the bumps, pimples and blemishes on your skin any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.