Blackheads, pimples, pustules, whiteheads, zits, pizza-face, skin inflammation, there are numerous terms for the skin condition that many people deal with regularly… Acne.
According to the National Institute of Health, acne is one of the most common skin conditions, and can affect people of all races and ages but is most common in teens and young adults. Fortunately, for people seeking acne skin care in Frisco, Texas, the specialists at Magnolia Dermatology of Frisco treat people of all ages. Dr. Carla Gustovich, Board-Certified Dermatologist, answers the most common questions.
What causes acne?
Acne is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, oily skin, bacteria, and stress.
Do certain types of food cause acne?
There is some evidence that a diet high in sugar and dairy can lead to pimples. So, as in all things, consume in moderation, especially if you are experiencing blackheads, whiteheads, or other medical symptoms linked to sugar or dairy in your diet.
Does soda cause acne?
The sugar content in soda could potentially play a role in exacerbating acne. When treating your skin, it is best to have a clean diet, including plenty of water and limiting processed foods.
Do certain types of makeup cause acne?
It is important to look for makeup that is “non-comedogenic.” This means that it will not clog your pores. Look for an oil-free makeup.
Does washing your face help reduce acne?
Yes, it important to wash off the dirt, makeup, and excess oil twice daily. Over-washing your face can actually lead to an overproduction of oil which can lead to oily skin and clogged pores. So, be careful to wash no more than twice a day.
Does a dab of toothpaste on a pimple get rid of it overnight?
A small study did show that some kinds of toothpaste decrease bacteria; however, it also showed that the fluoride in toothpaste could irritate your skin. So overall, it is probably best to avoid toothpaste as a treatment.
How do you treat acne?
Each patient needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There are several causes of acne, which all need to be addressed. The severity of the condition, gender, and age of the patient all need to be taken into account when developing a treatment plan. Topical and oral medications can be used depending on the above factors.
If you or a family member are experiencing troubling skin symptoms, contact us at Magnolia Dermatology to schedule your consultation to start the journey to healthier, clearer skin.