November has officially arrived, and while you might be sipping a pumpkin spice latte or raking leaves, it’s also a great time to think about your skin. This month is National Healthy Skin Month, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the top treatments for your most common skin concerns. Check it out and get your skin glowing!
Are you among the 80 percent of the population struggling with some form of acne? This common skin condition can present itself in a variety of ways, including blackheads and whiteheads (known as comedones), papules (small, inflamed red bumps), pustules (pimples filled with yellow pus), cystic nodules (pimples deep under the skin), and more.
If you’re dealing with some or any of these types of acne, don’t fret. There are a ton of treatments available, depending on your specific skin concern. Chemical peels are one way to ensure that the top layer of skin -- where dirt, oil, and bacteria build up and clog pores, leading to acne -- is regularly exfoliated. There are different variations of chemical peels that can be administered at various depths, depending on the type of acne you have and its severity.
Microdermabrasion is another excellent exfoliating treatment for acne sufferers. Like chemical peels, microdermabrasion exfoliates the top layer of skin, sloughing off dead skin cells and excess oil. But instead of using a chemical solution, this treatment relies on a special mildly abrasive tool to manually remove this layer of skin. Many dermatologists recommend frequent (every three to six weeks) exfoliating treatments like microdermabrasion or chemical peels to patients with acne. Besides helping to prevent further breakouts, these treatments can also help reduce scarring from past acne.
Another common skin concern is rosacea. This visible reddening of the skin of the face isn’t painful, but it can be embarrassing for many. It typically shows up as a response to stress or physical exertion, as blood vessels become weakened and permanently stretched.
There’s no known cure for rosacea, but there are some treatment options that can help reduce its appearance. Vascular-specific laser treatments can help dramatically reduce the flushing that occurs in patients with rosacea. Two to four laser treatments at six- to eight-week intervals are usually all that’s needed to combat this skin concern. The laser treatment also helps smooth the skin of the face.
There are a host of issues that might bring you into a dermatologist’s office besides acne or rosacea. If you are struggling with dry skin concerns or skin spots, book an appointment to get the issue checked out.
A dermatologist can diagnose any skin conditions -- like eczema or psoriasis -- and prescribe a treatment tailored to you. And remember that an annual skin cancer exam is crucial for keeping your skin at its healthiest.
If you’re in the greater Washington, D.C. area and looking for a dermatology home, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We can help you target and treat any of your top skin concerns.