5 Important Facts for Acne Prone Skin
While most of us might think acne is purely something you suffer from during your teens, the truth is that nearly half of the adults in the world are dealing with some form of acne right now and over 85% of Americans will suffer from acne at some point in their lifetimes. At Treiber Dermatology, Dr. Eric Treiber MD deals with countless acne treatment cases on a daily basis, and most of these patients have what would be considered “acne-prone” skin. The term acne-prone is something thrown around by dermatologist quite often, and the truth is that most of us would fall into that category. Skin would be considered acne-prone if you have larger than normal pores, that have a tendency to clog easily. And as Eric Treiber MD educates his patients, it can vary from overly dry to overly oily skin, that tends to break easily. The fact is that all of our skin is made up of the same parts, the skin’s surface, the sebum & sebaceous gland, the hair follicle and the pore in which it resides. Acne occurs when the pores or site of the hair follicle, becomes blocked and our naturally occurring oil known as sebum, cannot drain out onto he skin’s surface.
Fact #1 – This build-up of sebum causes a number of issues beneath the skin’s surface – mainly the growth of acne-causing bacteria known as propionibacterium acnes, the number of culprit in the proliferation of acne. As one of the top dermatologists Rye has in practice, Dr. Eric Treiber MD offers patients a number of different pore opening, acne treatment options. When excess oils are present, they essentially grab up airborne dirt and debris, getting it stuck to the skin’s surface. Once it gets stuck to the skin’s surface, it will then get into the pores and block their opening. This occurs when the pores are overly enlarged – as when they are smaller, objects cannot get penetrate them and in-turn, they are impossible to clog.
Fact #2 – Water is important, just not the magic potion some make it out to be. Many of the acne treatment patients Dr. Eric Treiber MD sees often mention that they can’t believe they are breaking out, since they drink so much water every day. This is a huge myth. While water is definitely important to your overall health and can help to flush the body of harmful toxins and waste (that may cause bacteria) – it is definitely not the cure-all many of us make it out to be. Drinking water will not help you to get rid of your acne, and nor will not drinking enough water cause your acne. And while Dr. Eric Treiber MD knows this to be fact, he still recommends that patients drink enough water throughout the day as it does improve your overall health, and indirectly, will help assist in your acne treatment.
Fact #3 – The sun is not your friend, especially when it comes to acne treatment! As the top dermatologist Rye has in practice, Dr. Eric Treiber MD is constantly advising patients to wear sunscreen and avoid exposure to the sun – especially for those with acne-prone skin. Going back decades, many individuals have sworn that the sun has been their secret weapon in acne treatment – helping to remove zits and breakouts within only a few hours of tanning. However, in reality, the skin is actually darkening and therefore any redness you might see around your breakouts is less visible. In actuality the sun’s UV rays are breaking down the skin’s defensive barrier and causing an overall loss in moisture. As a result of lost moisture, your body tries to make up for it by producing excess oils – and as we previously discussed, excess oil leads to clogged pores and more breakouts.
Fact #4 – Sugary sweets and dairy items aren’t your friend, either. As the top dermatologist Rye has in acne treatment Dr. Treiber is met with a lot of debate on this subject. And while, many dermatologists do point out that there is no concrete evidence that sugar or dairy products cause breakouts, the fact is that they are not doing anything good for your skin either. Sugary foods & dairy products are actually proven to cause inflammation within the body and in many instances weight gain, circulatory problems, and other issues that can directly influence other aspects that lead to acne and acne-prone skin.
Fact #5 – Popping a zit can lead to more pimples than before. Those of us with acne often come to love the silent satisfaction we get from popping one of those annoying zits – and in many instances the more “gunk” that comes out the more satisfaction we get! However, despite the satisfaction you might get it is definitely not a good idea. What happens is that, the “gunk” that comes out of the zit is made up of bacteria and other acne-causing debris. In some instances when a pimple becomes too inflamed and explodes or you pop it, that action can cause the surrounding skin to become inflamed as well. In addition, that nasty debris can then enter another pore – causing it to become clogged and even filling it that same harmful bacteria. Its best to leave it to the professionals like Dr. Treiber, there is a reason many consider him the top dermatologist Rye has to offer.
With so much of the world dealing with acne issues and most of us having acne-prone skin, acne treatment is an important part of any healthy mindset. To schedule your acne treatment appointment contact Dr. Eric Treiber MD, and the team at Treiber Dermatology.