At YoDerm, our dermatologists use photos to diagnose and treat acne online. Patients upload photos of their skin and answer a handful of medically relevant questions. The doctor examines the pictures and information, and creates a prescription treatment plan for the patient within 24 hours. Continue reading
We love talking about acne. And we get to do that with people everyday on YoDerm with mostly well-informed people. But through hundreds of these conversations I’ve noticed a couple of patterns of misinformation. I figured that I would share these so you can speak about your skin with more confidence and understanding.
The dermatologists in our network are very fond of prescribing topical retinoids, like Retin-A. These creams and gels are very effective acne treatments, yet have relatively mild side effects. Many YoDerm patients ask how these treatments actually work, so we’ve done our best to describe exactly how retinoids treat and change your skin.
We work directly with new patients every day to help them clear their skin. After looking over some recent consults, there were a handful of misconceptions that repeatedly came up. One of them in particular was that patients were mistaking ingrown hairs as acne. I’ve put together a small post that should help everyone and anyone distinguish between the two.
Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is a key ingredient in the most commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) acne-treatments as well as some prescription medications. One of the first proven treatments for acne, it is often the first choice for those suffering from mild to moderate acne. So, what do you need to know about benzoyl peroxide and acne? Read-on and we cover it all!
Hormones affect your complexion. In particular, your sex hormones (called androgens) have the greatest effect on your sebum levels than any other hormone. Therefore, taking oral contraceptives can indeed clear up your skin, but it’s no guarantee.
Some people experience the occasional breakout that they spot treat or ignore. Many others deal with a constant struggle to keep their skin clear of acne. This latter group can find some salvation in over-the-counter products, but many consider getting help from a dermatologist. Below we explain when one should make the jump to seeing a derm, as well as why one should.
The most common steroid used to treat severe inflammatory acne is cortisone. Typically injected, cortisone can quickly reduce swelling, help heal blemishes, and ultimately reduce scarring.
Blackheads are the curse of many teenagers and young adults, and getting rid of them can become a time-consuming (and skin-damaging) fixation. Many acne sufferers try to take matters into their own hands by performing their own blackhead extractions, a practice safe and effective only in a professional setting.
As more and more spas offer them, chemical peels are becoming a popular treatment for many with acne. Before you schedule yours, make sure it’s the treatment that’s right for YOU: read on to learn what exactly a chemical peel is and everything else you should know about chemical peels for acne.