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Getting rid of acne is one of those things that often sounds a lot easier than it actually is. After all, over-the-counter medications or dietary changes that work well for your friends won't necessarily do anything to clear your face. Fortunately, dermatology treatments offered by your Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologist, Dr. W. Trent Massengale can finally improve your complexion.
Which Dermatology Treatments Are Available?
During a visit to your dermatologist's Baton Rouge or Prairieville office, he may recommend one or more of these treatments:
- Prescription-Strength Topical Products: Drugstore products may not be strong enough to tackle severe or stubborn acne. Luckily, your skin doctor can prescribe gels and creams that increase skin cell turnover and reduces pore blockages. Tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene are topical medications commonly used to treat acne.
- Antibiotics: If your acne doesn't improve, a topical or oral antibiotic may be prescribed, in addition to the topical medication. Antibiotics kill the bacteria responsible for inflammation and pimples.
- Blue Light Therapy: Blue light therapy can be a simple, pain-free way to improve your skin. During treatment, you'll expose your face to a panel of blue lights that kill the bacteria in your oil glands.
- Oral Contraceptives: If you're a woman and suspect that your acne is caused by monthly hormonal fluctuations, you may benefit by taking oral contraceptives. The contraceptives decrease the production of sebum. The oily substance keeps your skin soft but can cause blocked pores and pimples if you produce too much of it.
- Isotretinoin: This strong drug is only used when other treatments aren't helpful. Although it's very effective, it can cause serious side effects, including birth defects. You'll have frequent blood tests while you take the drug and must use a reliable form of birth control if you're a woman.
- Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels: Both of these treatments remove the outer layers of the skin, removing acne lesions and shallow scars.
What Else Can I Do to Keep My Acne Under Control?
In addition to washing your face to remove excess oils, it's also important to wash your hair regularly and wear hairstyles that keep hair off your face. Oil from your hair can easily transfer from your face to your hair, causing pimples. Breakouts can also be caused by oils from foods. If you eat pizza or other greasy foods, be sure to clean your face immediately.
Some foods can also trigger acne in some people. Keeping a food diary can help you determine if your acne is affected by certain foods.
Are you struggling with acne? Dermatology treatments can help improve the condition of your skin and prevent future breakouts. Call Dr. Massengale, your skin doctor in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, today to schedule your appointment: (225) 313-4560.
When was the last time you saw your dermatologist for a skin cancer screening?
We are seeing a rise in the number of Americans being diagnosed with melanoma, a serious and potential life-threatening form of skin cancer. This is news no one wants to hear, especially our Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologists Dr. William Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record. Here at Atlas Dermatology, our goal is to protect our patients and provide them with the knowledge they need to reduce their risk and catch problems early on when they are highly treatable.
More about Moles
A healthy mole will be,
- A single color
- Round with smooth clearly defined edges
Most moles won’t change much over time; however, some may gradually change color, become raised, or even develop hair. While moles are usually nothing to worry about, it’s important that you are performing skin exams on yourself at least once a month so that if any changes do occur, you are the first to know.
Even if you are performing these self-exams regularly, you should still visit your Baton Rouge, LA, skin doctor at least once a year for a professional skin cancer screening. Those who are at an increased risk for skin cancer and those who’ve had skin cancer in the past may want to come in more regularly, as well.
An atypical mole, also referred to as dysplastic nevi, is a mole that has some unusual features that can be detected under a microscope. While these moles are benign, people who have 10 or more atypical moles are at a much higher risk for developing melanoma. While an atypical mole is not skin cancer, it is important to keep a watchful eye on them for any changes to the shape, size, or color.
Risk factors for melanoma include:
- Having fair skin and hair or light eyes
- Having freckles
- A family history of skin cancer (both melanoma and non-melanoma)
- Repeated sunburns
- Having many moles
Here’s how to spot the warning signs of melanoma (it’s easy; just follow your ABCDEs):
- (A)symmetry: Healthy moles are symmetrical, meaning that you could draw a line down the middle and each half would look identical. Atypical moles are often asymmetrical.
- (B)order: An atypical or cancerous mole may have a jagged, blurry, or poorly defined border. Healthy moles usually have smooth, clear-cut edges.
- (C)olor: Like we said above, a healthy mole is usually a single color. Moles with multiple shades of brown, pink, white, black, or blue should be examined by an expert.
- (D)iameter: While healthy moles can be larger than 6mm, oftentimes, they are smaller. Moles and lesions that are about the size of a pencil eraser will need a closer look from a professional.
- (E)volving: If you notice that the lesion or growth begins to bleed, itch, or crust over these could also be signs of skin cancer.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you need to schedule your annual skin cancer screening then call Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA, today at (225) 313-4560 or (844) 313-4560, respectively.