Help! I’m Embarrassed About My Acne

Help! I’m Embarrassed About My Acne

It doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a teenager, acne can be embarrassing for anyone. If you’re struggling because of frequent acne breakouts, you’re not alone. Nearly 50 million people in the United States have acne and many of those people seek medical treatment for their condition.

At Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston, Lisa Hitchins, MD, and Sheevam Shah, MD, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of acne. Our experts offer comprehensive care to clear your skin and minimize your risk for skin damage and acne scars.

Understanding acne

Acne is a skin disorder that causes pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads because your sebaceous glands produce excess oils. These oils can clog the opening of your hair follicles and lead to acne breakouts.

When large pores get blocked, small, dark spots known as blackheads appear. If the clogged openings are small, the clogged pores appear as white bumps called whiteheads. Both whiteheads and blackheads can worsen and become pimples or pus-filled lesions.

In severe cases, clogged pores can form hard, painful cysts under your skin, a condition known as cystic acne.

What not to do about acne

The best thing you can do for acne breakouts that you can’t treat with facial cleansers and over-the-counter acne products is to schedule a skin evaluation with our team at Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston. We can evaluate the severity of your acne and determine how best to treat your condition.

We can also recommend what you shouldn’t do to minimize your risk for acne scars and painful skin infections. This includes:

You should also make it a habit to clean things that touch your face regularly, including your makeup brushes, washcloths, and cell phone. Remember to also wash your pillowcase. 

When to consider medical help for acne

If you have acne that’s moderate to severe, we recommend that you schedule an acne consultation as soon as possible. We can create a treatment plan that addresses the underlying cause of your acne and helps prevent new breakouts to preserve the health of your skin.

Dr. Hitchens and Dr. Shah have extensive experience treating acne with a variety of methods, such as:

We can also recommend a high-quality moisturizer that doesn’t dry out or increase the oil in your skin, as well as an effective sunscreen that lowers your risk for skin cancer and other skin damage.

Our dermatology team also offers a variety of services to help improve the appearance and health of your skin, such as microdermabrasion and microneedling. These treatments may reduce the visibility of existing acne scars, so your skin feels smoother.

You don’t have to be embarrassed by acne anymore. Make a skin evaluation appointment online or call Dermatology Center of Northwest Houston today to get the clear, healthy skin you deserve.

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