5 FAQs About Acne

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As one of the leading acne dermatologists in Atlanta, Buckhead Dermatology frequently fields questions from patients who are suffering from big breakouts and severe acne. Acne is one of the most challenging skin conditions because it can take time and persistence to treat, not to mention the emotional toll it can take.

Acne is extremely common. And while it may feel like you are the only one suffering from breakouts, the reality is that almost everyone will experience acne breakouts at one point in their lives. Many patients finally see a dermatologist after years of attempting to treat the condition on their own. Visiting your dermatologist early can help you get down to the root of the issue and began a treatment plan, so you can achieve positive results quickly. 

In this article, we are sharing some of the most common questions we get asked in our practice about acne. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for acne. It requires individualized treatment from a board certified dermatologist. If you are having regular breakouts that are impacting your day-to-day life, contact the dermatology office of Buckhead Dermatologist today to schedule your appointment.

5 FAQ About Acne

Should I avoid sunscreen when I am dealing with active breakouts?

Acne-prone skin is still vulnerable to the effects of the sun. After a breakout, too much sun can create hyperpigmentation at the spot of the previous breakout. This can take months or even years to fade. Sunscreen should be part of your daily skin regimen, even for acne prone skin. With the help of your dermatologist, choose a sunscreen product that provides broad spectrum protection and is oil free. Mineral sunscreens are best.

Is it bad to wear makeup during a break out?

Many people who are experiencing severe breakouts wear more makeup to try to cover up their pimples. While makeup is not necessarily a bad thing for acne prone skin, you do want to make sure you are choosing a makeup that is not aggravating the condition further. Many makeup products contain ingredients that can clog your pores and prevent your skin from breathing and healing. 

Mineral-based powder makeups are a good choice for those who are concerned about developing pimples. Whenever possible, give your skin a break by going makeup free. Always try to remove your makeup before engaging in vigorous activity and before bed. Be sure to clean your makeup brushes frequently. 

What causes hormonal acne?

Many women experience acne breakouts into their adult years that occur around their menstrual cycles. This hormonal acne can be challenging to treat. Oftentimes, hormonal acne will crop up on the chin and jawline at around the same time every month. If you are noticing this pattern, provide this information to your dermatologist. There are a variety of options to treat hormonal acne that are quite successful. 

Should I avoid certain foods to prevent acne?

There is a lot of conflicting research out there stating that certain foods trigger acne, while other studies say that those same foods do not. In any case, all research suggests that eating well provides your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. A diet rich in leafy greens, whole grains, lean meats and plenty of water can help you maintain healthy skin. As much as possible, avoid highly-processed foods including fast food and soda.

When should I see a dermatologist for my acne?

A pimple here or there is nothing to seek medical treatment for. There are very few of us on this planet who will never have a pimple. But some people experience breakouts regularly, and some are so severe that they can impact that person’s confidence. Anytime you are noticing breakouts that stick around for a while or return time and again, you should see a dermatologist. If over-the-counter products and small diet and lifestyle changes do not impact the appearance of your breakouts, you may require prescription and more specialized treatment.

Acne Dermatologist Atlanta

If you live in the Atlanta area and are frustrated by your acne breakouts, schedule an appointment with Dr. Straughn of Buckhead Dermatology today. Acne is a treatable skin condition. With a proper diagnosis from your doctor, you can get on the road to clear and healthy skin.

Call the office today to schedule an appointment at our Atlanta or College Park office.