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By Applegarth Dermatology PC
April 04, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Discover helpful acne-fighting tips and trick to achieve clearer skin.

You’re trying to find the right way to get your acne under control, right? Well, there are certainly so many options out there that it can be a bit daunting. First and foremost, if you are just starting to deal with acne then you may want to tackle the issue from the comfort of your own home before turning to a dermatologist for help.

At-Home Treatment Options

The first line of defense is usually to try an over-the-counter acne cleanser or topical cream that contains an active ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It’s important to be patient when it comes to seeing results. No acne product will work overnight. In fact, it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks of consistent use before you start to notice results from commercial acne products, so don’t give up on a product too soon.

Other tips to follow include:

  • Cleaning your smartphone with disinfectant wipes at lease once a day (imagine just how much bacteria your phone picks up everyday).
  • Washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and at night before bedtime, and immediately after sweating.
  • Being gentle with your skin. Harsh scrubs and being aggressive won’t get rid of acne; it will actually just make it worse.
  • Using cosmetic products that won’t clog pores (look for words like “non-comedogenic” or “oil free”)
  • Leaving acne alone (do not pick acne or try to extract it yourself, as this can lead to scarring)
  • Washing pillowcases regularly to get rid of pore-clogging bacteria

When to See a Dermatologist

If you are having trouble getting your acne under control after weeks of trial and error, or if your acne is severe and painful then it’s time to enlist the help of a dermatologist who will be able to provide you with more effective strategies for getting rid of your acne. After all, there are different things that can cause acne and it’s important that your skin doctor figures out what’s causing your acne so that they can create the right treatment plan for you.

Dermatologist-Approved Acne Treatment Options

Depending on what’s causing your breakouts, a dermatologist may recommend these treatment options:

  • Topical treatment: Prescription-strength cleansers, ointments, and creams containing glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids can target and eliminate acne.
  • Topical or oral antibiotics: Antibiotics can reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria responsible for acne.
  • Oral contraceptives: If you are dealing with breakouts that occur around your menstrual cycle then hormonal fluctuations could be causing your acne. There are certain types of birth control pills that have been FDA approved to fight acne.
  • Isotretinoin: More commonly referred to as Accutane, this powerful oral medication is used for those dealing with severe cystic acne that can lead to deep scarring. This is often recommended when other treatment options haven’t been effective.

Have questions about getting your acne under control? Then it’s time to consult with a dermatologist.

By Applegarth Dermatology PC
February 27, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Adult Acne   Acne   Blackheads   Exercise   Healthy Diet  

Acne is one of the most common dermatology and skincare problems, and contrary to popular belief it is not just a problem that affects teenagers in the throes of puberty. Acne can, and does, affect adults of all ages and backgrounds. Dr. William Applegarth, a dermatologistAdult Acne in Valparaiso and La Porte, IN, and his team offer a number of options to help manage acne flare ups and break outs.

Acne Treatment in Valparaiso, IN

There are a few different types of acne, and due to the potential for scarring, it's important to manage it properly in order to avoid permanently damaging your skin. Although it is most common on the face, acne can develop anywhere like the neck, chest, scalp, and back.

Types of acne:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pustules
  • Papules
  • Cysts
  • Nodules

What Causes Acne

There are many myths and misconceptions around the cause of acne and the best ways to treat it. The truth is that you can do everything "right" - eat a healthy diet, exercise, and follow a specific cleansing routine and still suffer acne breakouts. Some people may be more susceptible to acne than others, and it can strike in the teenage years or adulthood, even if you never experienced it before.

Acne develops when the pores in the skin become clogged with dead skin cells, or from bacteria. Excess oil production and hormones are the main culprits for buildups that can result in acne, but acne can also develop as a reaction to certain medications. Some studies have found that certain types of food and stress may increase the risk for certain people, but dietary factors alone are not responsible for causing breakouts.

What You Can Do About Acne

First and foremost, always resist the urge to "pop" or pick at pimples and blemishes, which can lead to infection and increase the risk of scarring. It is always a good idea to see a dermatologist to get a personalized skincare routine and treatment plan that will work best for your skin type and lifestyle.

Acne treatments vary depending on the type and severity of the outbreak, but range from self care and time (let the acne clear up on its own), to topical or oral medication and dermatology treatments like chemical peels or laser treatments.

Dermatologist in Valparaiso, IN

For more information about prevention and acne treatment and other common skin conditions and problems, contact Applegarth Dermatology, PC by calling (219) 548-0360 in Valparaiso or (219) 362-0161 in La Porte.

By Applegarth Dermatology PC
February 01, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Keratosis Pilaris  

Keratosis Pilaris can cause bumps on your armsCould those rough, white bumps actually be Keratosis Pilaris?

If you are dealing with rough patches of skin on your body, then you may be dealing with a condition known as keratosis pilaris. While this is a fairly common and non­threatening dermatological issue it can be hard to effectively treat. Luckily, most cases of keratosis pilaris go away by the age of 30. However, find out everything you need to know about this condition and how to manage your symptoms properly.

Are you noticing any of these symptoms?

  • Rough, scaly patches that are sometimes itchy
  • White or red bumps that look like acne
  • Bumps on the arms, legs, cheeks or butt
  • An increase in symptoms during the winter

If you’ve said “yes” to any of these symptoms above, then your bumps may be the result of keratosis pilaris. Luckily, this isn’t a serious condition and often won’t require treatment. However, some people feel embarrassed by how their skin looks. If this is the case, then consult your dermatologist.

Keratosis Pilaris Treatments

There is no one treatment that effectively helps those with keratosis pilaris. However, your dermatologist might recommend a medicated exfoliant, a retinoid cream or gel, or laser treatment. While using these medications may improve the look of your skin, if you stop taking this medication there is a significant chance that the problem will return. The biggest issue with this dermatological condition is that it lasts for many years.

Self­Care Measures for Keratosis Pilaris

While your treatment options might not sound ideal, there are also some easy things you can do at home that can improve the look of your skin.

  • Avoid scrubbing or rubbing your skin, which can further aggravate your condition.
  • Always pat your skin dry and never rub. This will also help to maintain moisture.Apply a moisturizer after getting out of the shower. This can further help to improve the appearance of dry, irritated skin.
  • Look for products with urea or lactic acid. Both of these ingredients can be found in over-the­counter skin care products and they remove excess keratin from the outermost layer of the skin.

Talk to your dermatologist about which prescription medications and lifestyle changes would improve your condition. Even though this condition isn’t serious you can still seek medical advice and treatments to help with your problem.

By Applegarth Dermatology PC
January 03, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Botox  

The Benefits of Botox

Want to erase the signs of aging this year? Millions of men and women are discovering the benefits of BOTOX treatments. BOTOX is a medicine that is injected into muscles to erase the signs of aging and treat certain conditions. Dermatologists are physicians who are trained in diagnosing and treating conditions and diseases of the skin. BOTOX is available from dermatologists. Read on to learn about the benefits of BOTOX.

1. It rejuvenates the skin.

BOTOX treatment is an excellent adjunct for rejuvenation of the face. BOTOX should be considered in addition to laser therapy, skin care, chemical peels, and resurfacing to improve the appearance of the face. It tightens and rejuvenizes your skin to help you look and feel younger. 

2. It can remove your wrinkles.

BOTOX works by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract and cause wrinkles. It's commonly injected into the face to eliminate wrinkles. Many patients who get BOTOX treatments can experience an improved complexion without the need for surgery. 

3. It can erase smile lines.

For most people, nasolabial folds— also known as smile lines— are nothing to smile about. Smile lines are fine lines that primarily develop around the sides of your mouth. They are more noticeable when you laugh or smile. BOTOX can reduce the appearance of smile lines. BOTOX can improve your look with minimal to no downtime. You will be able to go about your normal routine immediately after your treatment.

4. It can make crow's feet disappear.

Before you know it, crow's feet can leave you looking older than you feel. Crow’s feet are the lines that appear around the eyes. BOTOX is injected into crow’s feet with a tiny needle to improve the skin’s appearance. You may begin to notice the results of your BOTOX treatment within a few days, with results lasting up to 4 months.

Ready for an anti-aging makeover? Say yes to BOTOX! Find a dermatologist near you and schedule a consultation. BOTOX has helped many people enhance their appearance, giving them more self-confidence and improving their lives. And it will do the same for you.

By Applegarth Dermatology PC
November 20, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Acne TreatmentAcne is a skin disorder that is often chronic, reoccurring at unexpected and often inconvenient moments in your life. It causes redness, irritation, and sometimes bleeding from pimples on the face, and it can leave unsightly scars behind. If you have this problem, seek acne treatment at Applegarth Dermatology in La Porte and Valparaiso, IN.

About Acne and Its Causes
Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by acne each year according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It is most common in teenagers who are going through puberty because their hormones can cause overproduction of sebaceous oil in the glands that are attached to the hair follicles. That oil comes in contact with bacteria and dirt, creating red pustules (better known as pimples). Blackheads and whiteheads are also related to acne. Many patients have extended acne complications because they are tempted to pick at the sores, which makes the condition worse. Acne might also be caused by poor diet (such as eating fast foods), stress, and use of certain skin products.

How a Dermatologist Can Help
The team at Applegarth Dermatology in La Porte and Valparaiso, IN, routinely helps patients who are struggling with mild to severe cases of acne. These are some common courses of acne treatment:

- Gauging the severity of the acne problem (usually on a scale of one to four).
- Prescription of topical medication, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or an antibiotic treatment.
- Prescribing oral medication that will treat the acne problem systemically (may include antibiotics or isotretinoin).
- Laser treatment.
- Chemical peeling for certain types of acne.
- Medically draining and removing acne cysts to reduce the chance of scarring and pain.

Keeping Your Skin Clear
After defeating a stubborn case of acne, you will likely be highly motivated to avoid a recurrence. These are some tips to help keep your skin clear:
- Eat better foods and eliminate fast foods.
- Don’t touch your face with dirty fingers and avoid picking at pimples or blackheads.
- Gently wash your face twice a day using the skin cleansing solution prescribed by your dermatologist to best manage oil in the skin.

Your Acne Solution
It’s very possible to have clearer skin when you visit Applegarth Dermatology in La Porte and Valparaiso, IN,—even if your case of acne is severe. Call (219) 362-0161 for an appointment in La Porte, IN, or (219) 548-0360 today to schedule an appointment in Valparaiso, IN, for acne treatment with Dr. William Applegarth.