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Intro to Adult Acne

Acne is often thought of as a teenage dilemma, and while it is true that acne appears most often during the teenage years, it is arguably just as true that there are a growing number of individuals who suffer from adult acne.

Adults in their twenties and all the way up to their fifties can still experience acne flare-ups. Adult acne can have just as many negative effects on a person as teenage acne.  Possibly even more so, as the stress of career and family adds to the strain of living with this common skin problem.

Mental stress is one of the most common causes of acne in adults. When dealing with stress the body produces more of a hormone called “androgens”. These hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne. (1) Acne can become an ongoing problem when you are consistently presented with stressful situations.

It is not a surprise that women are often more likely to suffer from adult acne than men. Adult acne can occur anytime from age 20 and on but is very common with women going through menopause. Just as in teens, hormones play an important factor in the onset and exacerbation of adult acne. Fluctuating hormones that usually appear around a woman’s menstrual cycle, pregnancy, peri-menopause, menopause, and when starting or discontinuing and birth control regimen can cause an imbalance leading to acne flare ups.

There are many things linked to adult acne from genetic predispositions, all the way to the hair and skin products you use, and even any medication you may be taking.

Prevention is a great step when dealing with adult acne. A proper diet, paired with plenty of water and rest is a good start.  Trying to relieve stress and maintaining a proper skin care routine can help to prevent acne from occurring.

But what if you’re already experiencing acne? There are many treatments available for people who have adult acne or acne in general.  Anti-acne medications, chemical peels, and even light therapy are just a few of the many treatments available for acne on the market today.  Visiting a qualified doctor or dermatologist is the only way to determine the root cause of your acne and a proper treatment plan that is right for you. Visit us online and consult with one of our board certified Dermatologists’ today. You’ll be on your way to clear skin in no time.

  1. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/adult-acne
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/in-depth/acne-treatments/art-20045892?pg=2

 

All about dry skin care, girl moisturizing her face.

All About Dry Skin

All About Dry Skin

Does winter weather have your skin singing the blues? Good news — Spring is on the horizon thanks to our little furry friend not seeing his own shadow!  The official first day of Spring is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. So let’s talk dry skin which can spell a recipe for disaster.

Dry skin can lead to painful cracks, itchy patches, and flaky skin, which tends to be quite uncomfortable. The main causes of dry skin include: winter weather, hot showers, moisture stripping soaps, dry climates, too much friction, and certain skin disorders. Whatever be the cause, implementing proper care for your dry skin will have you on your way to smooth and lustrous skin in no time.

One of the most effective remedies for dry skin is a good moisturizer. Generally moisturizers are classified under 2 categories based on the way they help moisturize your skin.

The first category includes moisturizers that preserve the moisture within the skin e.g. Vaseline. These moisturizers’ are relatively inexpensive and readily available over the counter at your nearest market, or drug store.

The second category includes moisturizers that work by drawing moisture from the environment and supplying it to the skin. This is a very effective way to treat dry skin in humid conditions. These moisturizers are referred to as humectants.  It’s always best to use a moisturizer that isn’t greasy if you tend have oily skin or fragrant. Humectants fall in this category. The ingredients of humectants include sorbitol, Sodium PCA, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, etc. These types of moisturizers are super beneficial to helping combat and replenish dry skin.

Caring for your dry skin is not just about just using moisturizers’ but caring for your skin in a manner that is more effective yet delicate. It’s always best to apply moisturizer immediately after showering or cleansing your skin in order to preserve and lock in moisture while the skin is still damp.

Exfoliation is beneficial depending on the individual situation, by removing the dead skin cells. However over exfoliation can lead to dry, irritated skin, so proceed with caution or consult with a Dermatologist to find out what the best solution for you is.

Including an SPF within your regimen should be at the top of your list. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market that are beneficial towards dry skin while including an SPF to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.  Avoid too much direct exposure to sun and stay out of tanning beds. You’ll thank us later.

Dry skin care shouldn’t plague you. So walk away with these few tips.

  • Gently cleanse
  • Pat dry don’t rub
  • Moisturize
  • Protect yourself from the sun

If you think your dry skin may be related to something more consult with one of our board certified Dermatologists’ ONLINE TODAY!

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3 Simple Steps for an Effective Skin Care Regimen

Facial skin care should be an important part of your daily routine. Let’s talk about the 3 simple steps for an effective skin care regimen:

  • Cleansing
  • Toning
  • Moisturizing

Cleansing

Cleansing is an essential part of a facial skincare routine. Cleansing aids in removing dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris or pollutants you may have come into contact with throughout the day. Gently cleanse the skin in a circular motion outwards using a gentle cleanser and rinse with luke warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean wash towel (do not rub).  Cleansing should be done at least twice a day i.e. morning (as part of complete facial skin care routine) and evening (on a standalone basis).

Toning

While toning isn’t necessary, it’s proven to help those who combat oily or acne-prone skin.  It’s also beneficial to restore the pH balance post-cleanse. Toning helps remove traces of dirt, grime, and excess cleanser that may have been left behind. Not only is toning beneficial for pH balance it helps protect, moisturize, and refresh the skin.

Moisturizing

Moisturizing is the most crucial part of a facial skin care routine. Not only do moisturizers prevent your skin from getting dry they aide in protecting and preventing. In the short term hydrating makes the skin look healthy by smoothing rough and flaky skin, locking in moisture, and giving the skin a more plump appearance. Over time moisturizing allows the skin to operate at its peak performance when it comes to cell turnover. And of course in the long haul moisturizing is beneficial to combating premature aging.  That’s a win, win if you ask us!

Want a skin care regimen tailored just for you? Consult with one of our board certified Dermatologists online today! Visits start at $45, with a response within 24 hours.

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9 Acne Myths Busted

Many myths continue to circulate and endure when it comes to acne. We’re here to clear up some of the misunderstandings revolving around acne and the myths that are sure to follow.

Myth #1: Acne only affects appearance
Acne can also cause deep psychological distress. Severe acne can lead to low self-image and depression. There is a strong link between severe acne and social withdrawal.

Myth #2: Acne is caused by poor hygiene
While skin infections are associated with acne, lack of cleanliness is not the reason for acne outbreaks. The combination of oil and dead cells which produce acne is located beneath the skin’s surface where it is impossible to clean it away. Cleansing with a gentle cleanser, such as Virtual Acne MD,  twice daily will keep your skin as healthy as possible. Be careful not to scrub or over-exfoliate as this can worsen current acne conditions.

Myth #3: Acne is caused by specific foods
Chocolate has long had a reputation as a pimple producer. Studies have shown no scientific evidence that this is true. The same holds true for potato chips and sugar. There are some foods that do seem to aggravate (not cause) the condition: milk and foods high in fat/sugar content.

Myth #4: Acne has to run its course
There are many acne treatments available both over-the-counter and more effective medications from a dermatologist. If you experience acne symptoms its best to consult with a Dermatologist in order to implement a proper treatment plan. More severe cases of acne may be related to a bacterial infection that needs to be tackled with antibiotics so consulting with a Dermatologist will help you get on the right path to clearer skin.
Myth #5: The more acne medicine the better
Some people believe that if their acne gets worse they should just use more medicine. Acne medication takes time in order to see results. If after 6 weeks you aren’t seeing improvement with your skin talk to your Dermatologist so they can direct you on what’s best. Excess use of acne ointments may irritate the skin further when applying outside the recommended dosage.

Myth #6: Sunbathing is good for acne
Exposure to the sun dries out excess oils, so it does improve acne short-term. However, long-term the skin adapts and the acne is unfazed. Worse, there is scientific evidence that over time sun exposure damages the skin and increases your chances of skin cancer. So be sure to find the right sunscreen to compliment your skin type.

Myth #7: Makeup causes acne
Some makeup products can clog the pores, which is bad for the health of your skin. Cosmetics that are labeled “noncomedogenic”  are safe to use. Some brands are made with ingredients that actually treat acne. More often than not cosmetics can lead to clogged pores due to not removing them prior to bed. Your skin needs time to breathe and repair itself and it can’t do this if covered with foundation overnight.

Myth #8: Acne is only a teenage condition
While most teens have acne, so do many adults. Acne generally clears up by the early 20’s. But some people experience acne for the first time as late as their 40’s. And for the most unfortunate of all, some people endure acne flare-ups their entire lives.

Myth #9: Popping pimples is the best way to get rid of them
The fact is popping pimples may worsen acne if not done properly by causing further inflammation within the sebaceous gland. Popping can also lead to eventual scarring which in severe cases can be permanent.

 

Common Dermatology Conditions Explained


Common Dermatology Conditions Explained

By Meagan Anne Hegler

Have you ever experienced a skin abnormality and wondered to yourself what is this? Only to find yourself plugging in your symptoms into an online body map to come back and convince yourself that death is near and that the worst that can happen is happening. Not so fast there Ace. In this post we touch on some common dermatology conditions, ways to seek treatment, and what these common skin conditions mean in terms more easily understandable.  

  • Acne

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Acne is a skin condition characterized by the plugging and inflammation of the pores and sebaceous glands. Acne comes in many forms such as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and/or cysts. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. [Read on to learn more about the different types of acne and their treatment options.](http://wp.me/p6Ic0j-3f)

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. The skin cancer usually develops on the skin exposed to the sun regularly such as the head, neck, and back of hands. Basal cell carcinoma is extremely common on the face, often forming on the nose. This type of skin cancer grows slowly rarely spreading to other parts of the body. Treatment is important because BCC can grow wide and deep, destroying skin tissue and bone. People who use tanning beds are at a higher risk of getting BCC. (Via the American Academy of Dermatology)

  • Dermatitis

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Dermatitis is an irritation or inflammation of the skin. It is a general term used to refer to an itchy red rash which is often referred to as eczema.  There are numerous types of dermatitis and a number of health conditions, allergies, and/or environmental factors that cause them.  Scratching the itchy rash associated with Dermatitis can make matters worse causing open sores and even more irritated skin. It’s important to visit your doctor or a [Dermatologist](http://www.virtualacne.com/) in order to address the type and underlying cause of dermatitis. Treatment and good skin care can alleviate much of the discomfort. Sources:http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dermatitis-eczema/basics/definition/con-20032183                     http://www.healthline.com/health/contact-dermatitis#Overview1 https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/atopic-dermatitis

  • Eczema

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Go back one slide and see Dermatitis.

  • Folliculitis

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. Folliculitis looks like acne pimples and usually are only present for a short period of time.  Shaving and use of topical steroid creams can increase the risk of developing this condition. Mild cases often clear on their own but in severe cases antibiotics may be needed to treat this condition.                                           Source: http://www.aocd.org/?page=Folliculitis

  • Hyperhidrosis

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating.Excessive sweating occurs when someone sweats more than necessary. Sweating is a natural mechanism that cools the body when needed. People who have hyperhidrosis sweat when cooling is not needed.  Excessive sweating can interfere with everyday activities.                                       Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/dry-sweaty-skin/hyperhidrosis

  • Inflammation

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Inflammation is a reaction of the skin due to disease or injury. An inflamed part of the body can become reddened, swollen, itchy, warm to the touch, and often times painful. It’s important to get to the root of the underlying cause when experiencing inflammation. 

  • Keloid

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    A keloid is the overgrowth of scar tissue. The scar rises after an injury or condition has healed. Keloids are often seen around the earlobes as the result of piercings. While keloid's aren’t harmful and don’t need treatment, if a person finds them unattractive, a doctor can sometimes minimize the scar. 

  • Keratosis Pilaris

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition, which appears as tiny bumps on the skin. Often times these small bumps are referred to as “chicken skin” or mistaken for tiny pimples. These rough feeling bumps are plugs of dead skin cell appearing on the upper arms and thighs. If the itch, dryness, or appearances of these plugs bother you there are forms of treatment that can help. [Consult with a Dermatologist today](http://www.virtualacne.com/). Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/bumps-and-growths/keratosis-pilaris

  • Melanoma

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Anyone can get melanoma. When found early and treated the cure rate is nearly 100%. If allowed to grow Melanoma can spread to other parts of the body rather quickly. When Melanoma spreads the disease can be rather deadly. It is important to examine your skin regularly for abnormalities or changes. Familiarizing yourself with melanoma and how to spot could help aid in the detection as well as prevention. Please take a look at the sources below to learn more about the detection of melanoma.                                                                                       Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/melanoma   https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/detect/what-to-look-for https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer

  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a term used for dark spots that appear post injury or inflammation from acne, a cut, a burn, or a rash. The dark spots are limited to the sites of previous inflammation and are most common in those with darker skin types. While hyperpigmentation can be quite frustrating there are many topical as well as physical treatments available.                                                                    Source: http://www.dermnetnz.org/colour/postinflammatory-pigmentation.html

  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (razor bumps)

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Pseudofolliculitis Barbae is a condition in which shaving causes inflammation and bumps to develop on the skin also referred to as razor bumps.  It is commonly seen within the beard area of men. The most effective way to treat is to let the hair grow. There are many shaving techniques that can be used in order to help and prevent.                                                                                               Source: http://www.aocd.org/?page=PseudofolliculitisB

  • Rosacea

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and often small, red, pus filled bumps on the face. Rosacea is often mistaken for acne or other skin conditions. If left untreated Rosacea can worsen over time. Symptoms of rosacea include redness of the face, tiny red pimple, fine red lines, rhinophyma (enlarged nose), eye problems such as swollen red eyelids. Rosacea can flare up, diminish, and return. If you experience persistent redness it’s important to visit your doctor or [see a Dermatologist](http://www.virtualacne.com/) for diagnosis and proper treatment.                                                                 Source:  http://www.medicinenet.com/rosacea/article.htm http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rosacea/basics/definition/con-20014478 https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/rosacea

  • Psoriasis

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Psoriasis is a chronic and long lasting disease. It develops which a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. The new skin cells start to form within days instead of weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin cells causing them to pile on the surface of the skin forming scales and itchy dry patches. Psoriasis is not contagious and you cannot catch psoriasis from another person. To learn more about psoriasis and the treatment options available please visit the source links below.         Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/scaly-skin/psoriasis https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis

  • Tinea Versicolor

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    We all have yeast living on our skin, when yeast growth becomes out of control it is referred to as Tinea Versicolor. It is a common fungal infection that causes small, discolored patches of skin. This condition mostly affects teens and young adults and is not contagious. Treatments such as antifungal creams, lotions, or shampoos are usually effective.                                                                             Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/color-problems/tinea-versicolor http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinea-versicolor/basics/definition/con-20024674

  • Stop the Guessing and ask a Dermatologist

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Still have questions? Need answers? Access a Dermatologist today from the comfort of your home.

What is a Clarisonic?

February 3, 2016

Clarisonic…What’s That?

Mia2You may have found the skin care regimen at home that works for you (maybe you haven’t), but most days you feel as if they don’t offer that total clean you are looking for. Maybe you want to penetrate products deeper into your skin, clear out those pores, slough off dead skin cells, and totally remove cosmetic products without the need to have an entire stock pile of products to use multiple times daily.  Well that’s where the Clarisonic comes out to play.

The Clarisonic is a sonic cleansing brush that gently exfoliates, stimulates circulation, cleans your pores, and helps your skin care products to penetrate and work more effectively. Not only that but you can find one tailored exactly to your skin care needs based off the type of brush head you use.

Image source: http://www.clarisonic.com/


Image source: http://www.clarisonic.com/

Regular cleansing can sometimes leave behind dirt, oil, and all the fun things under the sun trapped in your pores. Over time this build up can cause a dull appearance, acne prone skin, as well as prevent the daily products you use from effectively working. The Clarisonic is highly effective at cleansing and exfoliating the skin, and works 6x more effectively to remove make up as well dirt, and oil that would normally be left behind when only using your fingers or a cloth. As you progress throughout the day your skin is subject to debris, pollutants, environmental factors, and of course if you wear them, cosmetic’s.  All of these factors can contribute to clogged pores and a dull appearance which is never fun. With the right skin care regimen and tools you will be well on your way to that gorgeous skin you’ve always wanted. Visit us online today and consult with one of board certified Dermatologists virtually, to find the regimen that is right for you.

New Year New You

 

Pre and Post Workout Tips for your Acne-Prone Skin

New Year, New You…right?

As we enter into the New Year, we take time to reflect on the last twelve months and what we have accomplished, as well as what we want to accomplish for the coming year. A common resolution we all set for ourselves is to get back into the game and pursue a more active and healthy lifestyle. While the benefits of working out and staying active consistently are prodigious, some of us can’t help being faced with those acne-prone workouts.

Or can we?

While acne is something many of us suffer from, there are many steps you can take to help aid your acne-prone skin not only post-workout but in general.

Here are some tips to get you on track to healthier skin pre and post-workout:

General Practice:

The best thing you can do for your skin is to cleanse at night before bed. Overnight, the skin needs oxygen to repair itself, and sleeping with your makeup on deprives it of this vital nutrient (Future Derm Article). You are basically suffocating your skin whether or not you use foundation. Not only that but throughout the day we come into contact with so many pollutants that cause our pores to clog, like touching our faces for one. When you think of the amount of things our hands come into contact with and we touch our face, we are just transferring those pollutants to potentially clog our pores by mixing oils with toxins. So cleansing at night helps prepare our skin by allowing it to recover for the next day.

Pre-workout:

A quick cleanse in the morning is beneficial to the rejuvenation of your skin as it helps remove dead skin cell’s and excess oils that your skin has produced overnight, especially if you plan to hit the gym in the morning. A quick rinse helps remove up to 65% of those dead skin cells and excess oils (Future Derm Article). Remember to always wash your skin with warm water because hot water tends to dry it out. When you are ready to wash your face we recommend using circular motions from the inside out. Rinse with warm water and gently dap dry to make sure you’ve completely rinsed all product from your face.  Apply a toner to help prevent bacteria from entering your pores while you are working out.

Working out at night after a long day of work? It’s extremely important to fully cleanse your face to remove makeup, dirt, and oils because if you don’t you are putting yourself at risk for those post workout breakouts. While we work out we are working up a sweat, body temperature is rising and our pores are opening. If you fail to cleanse your skin pre-workout where do you think the makeup, dirt, and oils are going to go? You guessed it, back to clogging those pores. And nobody wants that.

Post-workout:

Follow the same steps you would for cleansing your skin pre-workout. This is extremely important. Especially since we know you just hammered out that sweat session. If you have issues with your chest, shoulders, and back breaking out be sure to cleanse those areas of your skin as well. You’ll be glad you did.

Here’s to wishing you a Happy New Year and New You!

Still having issues with your skin and feel as if you could use a little more guidance and help? Be sure to check us out at www.virtualacne.com.

Dermatology consults start at just $49 with a personalized treatment plan in just 24 hours.