Posts for tag: Acne

By Atlas Dermatology
February 07, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

Adult AcneYou know that acne is a common teen skin condition, but did you also know that it commonly still plagues adults as well? If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from frustrating and unsightly outbreaks of acne, why not consult with one of the physicians at Atlas Dermatology in both Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA? Drs. William Massengale, Jessica LeBlanc, and Ashley Record all have the skill and compassion necessary to help you manage your acne so that you have clearer skin and a brighter outlook.
 

What is Acne?

Acne consists of pimples (blackheads and whiteheads), papules, cysts, or pustules which spread across the forehead, cheeks, neck, shoulders, back, and chest. Left untreated, repeated outbreaks cause noticeable scarring, not to mention the continual discomfort and embarrassment that most acne sufferers experience.

Acne lesions develop because individual skin pores become blocked with excess sebum (oil) and dead skin cells. The American Academy of Dermatology says acne is influenced by:

  • The hormonal fluctuations of adolescence and even menopause
  • Poor skin hygiene and accumulation of a particular kind of bacteria
  • Heredity
  • Oily skin


How Atlas Dermatology in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, Can Help
Simply arrange a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists who will examine your skin and map out a treatment plan unique to your needs and lifestyle. Common treatments include:

  • Topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin (vitamin A)
  • Oral medications such as birth control pills and antibiotics (when lesions become infected)
  • Surgical extraction (done in the office)
  • Chemical peels
  • Light treatments which eradicate bacteria

Your doctor will encourage you to be patient with your treatments as acne can be very stubborn. Optimal results usually take about six weeks, no matter the treatment regimen.


Prevention
While you cannot prevent all acme outbreaks completely, you can manage them. Your dermatologist may suggest:

  • Gentle once a day washing of affected areas with a recommended acne wash
  • Never using a hard scrubber or washcloth, but rather, using the fingertips to exfoliate the skin
  • Avoiding tanning and fatty foods
  • Never squeezing or picking at acne blemishes
  • Keeping your hands away from your face as touching it may increase the number and severity of flare-ups


Find out more
Please don't wait on treating your acne—you deserve a nice complexion that you can be proud of! Please contact Atlas Dermatology today for an appointment and to start on your way towards healthier skin. For either the Baton Rouge or Prairieville locations, call (225) 313-4560.

By Atlas Dermatology
February 06, 2018
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

For many adults, acne doesn't disappear once the teenage years have passed. These unwanted bumps on your skin aren't always easy toacne treat at home, which is why the team of dermatologists at Atlas Dermatology in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA - Dr. W. Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record - are here to help you manage your acne. Below, they explain the treatments that go along with the varying degrees of acne.

Mild acne

For acne that totals 30 or fewer lesions, your dermatologist will often recommend topical treatments, which may be prescribed or purchased over-the-counter. This can include medicated face wash that you use once or twice daily or cream that you apply directly to the acne lesions to treat them at the source; these creams often contain retinoids, which help to unclog pores and enhance the effects of the face wash.

Moderate acne

Your Prairieville and Baton Rouge dermatologist diagnoses moderate acne when you have between 30 and 125 "spots." In addition to the treatments listed above, a prescription medication that you take by mouth may be necessary to clear up this type of acne. For many people, part of treating acne this way means that it initially gets worse during the time where the body is purging itself of the infection that caused it. It can take several weeks or months before improvement is seen.

Severe acne

Severe acne is easy to recognize; it is red, painful and can leave deep scars. There may be multiple lumps under the skin or the lesions may develop yellow or white bumps in large clusters. Corticosteroids can treat this chronic inflammation, and isotretinoin, which is prescription-strength vitamin A, helps to reduce the oil output from the glands under the skin. Regular appointments with your dermatologist are essential to monitor your progress and address any side effects from these powerful medications.

To schedule an evaluation with one of our dermatologists, contact Atlas Dermatology. We have convenient locations in both Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA, making it easier for you to have healthier and more beautiful skin!

By Atlas Dermatology
March 24, 2017
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

Don’t let acne take over your beautiful skin. Find out how to combat the issue for good.acne

Acne is one of the most common skin problems that people experience, and while most people assume that this is an issue that only teenagers deal with, you would be surprised how many adults still deal with breakouts. If you are feeling frustrated about your current acne-fighting regimen, let our Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologists - Dr. William Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica Lynne LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Coreil Record - provide a little insight into treating and preventing acne.

While there are certainly an array of medications that our Baton Rouge and Prairieville skin doctors can offer you, there may be some simple steps you can take every day to improving your acne symptoms:

Workout Regularly

Exercise isn’t just great for losing weight and boosting endorphins. It’s also a great stress reliever, which can help reduce your breakouts. Working out can also boost your blood circulation and send more nutrient-rich oxygen to the skin. Just remember to shower immediately after your workout.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

This is something a lot of people don’t do regularly but we can’t stress the importance of sunscreen enough. We get that lathering on sunscreen when your skin is looking pretty good may have you a bit nervous, but staying out in the sun can lead to sunburns and irritated skin, which can make acne worse. When shopping for sunscreen always look for one that’s “non-comedogenic”, which means that it won’t clog pores.

Wash Your Face Daily

You should be washing your face in the morning and again at night. Remember to always be gentle on your skin and to never scrub or rub your skin too aggressively, as this can make acne worse. If you aren’t sure what kind of cleanser to use on your skin that will help fight acne, talk to us. We would be happy to provide some recommendations.

Use an Exfoliant

No matter whether you have acne-prone skin or not, using an exfoliant at least once or twice a week is a good idea for everyone. Dead dry skin can clog pores and let bacteria enter the skin. Prevent this by using an exfoliant and then applying a moisturizer immediately after.

Clean Your Phones

When was the last time you cleaned your phone? Cell phones are just teaming with nasty germs that are ready to cause nasty bouts of acne. Think about how often you touch or use your phone and then tell us whether it’s time to give it a good cleaning. It’s a good idea to pack a hand sanitizer with you and use a little on your phone every day.

Acne doesn’t have to take over your life. Turn to Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, today and schedule an appointment with us. We would be happy to discuss your acne treatment options with you to help you on your way to clearer skin.

By Atlas Dermatology
December 05, 2016
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne   Clear Skin  

Find out how to manage your acne symptoms effectively to get smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Acne is one of the most common skin problems that someone can deal with. Maybe you thought to say goodbye to your teenage years meant saying goodbye to acne, but this isn’t always the case. Fortunately, our Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologists, Dr. William Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Coreil Record, have been treating people’s acne successfully and could help you, too. Learn more about how to reduce your acne flare-ups.

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that is caused by inflammation of the hair follicles and glands of the skin. Since acne develops under the skin, just washing away dirt and oil from the surface won’t be very effective for treating or preventing acne. Here are some of the best ways to tackle your acne issues yourself:

Keep Your Skin Clean

It’s important to wash your face with a mild cleanser every day. Of course, you want to be gentle with your skin. Scrubbing or being too harsh could just leave your skin and acne irritated, which will make things worse.

We also recommend exfoliating your skin one to two times a week to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Not only will it leave your skin looking more radiant but it can also prevent pores from being clogged. If you aren’t sure which products to use on your acne-prone skin, talk to our Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, skin doctors for advice on the best skincare products for you.

Know What to Use

Wearing sunscreen every day is very important for protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Look for a sunscreen that is oil-free and noncomedogenic, which means that it won’t clog pores.

Consider Medications

Acne medications can certainly go a long way to tackling your issues. From benzoyl peroxide-based cleansers and antibiotics to Retin-A solutions, there are a plethora of acne-fighting medications to choose from. These methods are very effective but they won’t work overnight. It usually takes a couple months to notice results, but once you start to see clearer skin it will certainly be worth it!

If you are dealing with acne and are desperately looking to get your issues under control then call Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA today. We are happy to help you get clearer skin!

By Atlas Dermatology
July 28, 2016
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

While acne may be famous for plaguing teens, it can also happen during adulthood. Acne is a nuisance for about 17 million Americans of all ages. Unfortunately, even if you clear up your acne, it can leave behind scars. However, your Baton Rouge, LA dermatologist can help you get rid of your acne scars and work toward a complexion you love. Find out more with your doctor at Atlas Dermatology.Acne

What causes acne? 
Doctors are not sure what exactly causes acne. However, they do know that it forms when the hair follicles becoming clogged. This can be due to hormone changes, particularly during puberty, which stimulate the sebaceous glands and causes them to produce more oil than normal. The oil comes into contact with dead skin cells, causing the pore underneath to become clogged. If bacteria grows within this clogged pore, pimples form. Serious cases of acne often leave behind scars on the skin.

Acne Scar Treatment in Baton Rouge, LA
Depending on the severity of your acne scars, your dermatologist will recommend different treatment options. Special creams containing cortisone help calm swollen scars and reduces inflammation. Lightening creams may help even the skin tone. Your dermatologist may recommend laser skin resurfacing or other dermatological treatments to even the skin’s texture. Dermal fillers can fill in deep scars which have an indention. However, dermal fillers are temporary and require touch up appointments once or twice a year.

Can I prevent acne scars? 
Preventing acne scars begins with preventing acne. Your dermatologist can help you find an acne treatment routine to relieve the symptoms of acne and prevent it from forming in the future. Avoid sun exposure and always wear a wide-spectrum sun block with at least 30 SPF as the sun darkens scars. Avoid touching or picking at acne or acne scars. See your dermatologist for an examination and help with treating and preventing your acne and the scars it leaves behind.

For more information on acne scar treatment, please contact Dr. William Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica Lynne LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Coreil Record at Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rogue, LA. Call (225) 313-4560 to schedule your appointment today.



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