Posts for: February, 2021
It is entirely possible to treat your acne at home, but you should be aware of some of the myths regarding is care, and that oftentimes, especially for more severe conditions, a professional may be your best recourse. To learn more contact your Belleville, NJ, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Eastern of the Belleville Dermatology Center in Northern New Jersey.
Dispelling Acne Myths
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding acne care which can needlessly hamper the self-esteem of those affected, without providing a real path toward being acne-free.
Foods, for example, do not affect acne. No scientific link has been found between consuming chocolate, or pizza, fried foods, or any other of the common usual suspects.
Acne is also not a sign of poor hygiene, but instead, it is often hormones and hormonal changes that lead to the clogging of the pores and eventual inflammation. This means that just soap and water alone cannot help to alleviate the problem.
This leads to one of the most popular myths, that we ought to just let acne take its course, that eventually it will go away on its own. While simply washing your face isn't enough to treat it, over-the-counter products can prove very effective for some, particularly mild cases.
Treating acne is a rather slow process, so don't trust any medications that promise overnight cures. Some at-home treatments may not be as effective for everyone, so if you are not seeing the results that you hoped for, then it may be time to consult with your dermatologist.
Acne Care in Belleville, NJ
Just as with home treatments, those at your doctor's office will not all have the same effect on all patients. But the important difference is that your dermatologist will examine your condition and work with you to find the one that will prove the most effective. These treatments can range from benzoyl peroxide washes to chemical peels, and prescription medication, among others.
For help with treating your acne make an appointment today with Dr. Eastern of the Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ, by dialing (973) 751-1200.
Remember Your ABCDEs
This easy-to-remember acronym will help you spot those signs of skin cancer whenever you examine moles yourself. This is what it stands for,
- A is for asymmetry: A healthy mole will be perfectly circular and symmetrical. If you find that half of the mole is shaped differently from the other half, this could be a sign of pre-cancerous growth.
- B is for a border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border. If the mole has a jagged or an even or poorly defined border, it’s time to visit your dermatologist.
- C is for color: A healthy mole will remain a singular color throughout your life. If the mole changes color or develops multiple colors this could be a sign of skin cancer.
- D is for diameter: A healthy mole is typically smaller than a pencil eraser (under 5mm). Moles over 5mm, or larger than a pencil eraser, may be cause for concern. Large moles warrant seeing a dermatologist.
- E is for evolving: A healthy mole will remain the same over the course of your lifetime. So, if you notice it changing at all then it’s worth having a dermatologist look at it.
Along with remembering your ABCDEs, it’s also a good idea to look for,
- New moles: Just because you develop a new mole doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s cancerous; however, if you start noticing any new moles developing past the age of 20 (particularly on the face, neck, shoulder, or other sun-exposed areas), this warrants an evaluation with a skincare professional.
- Troublesome moles: Do you have a mole that bleeds, itches, crusts over, or is painful or tender? If so, the mole should be checked out.
- Sores in the mouth and nose (mucous membrane sores)
- Hair loss, sometimes caused by discoid lesions
- Purple spots (due to broken blood vessels) on the legs