Summer is here in Knoxville and the outdoors is calling. Yet, as you spend time in the sun and don summer clothing, skin problems such as acne become even more noticeable. The extra sweat and oil that hot weather brings don’t help. As June is acne awareness month and the start of summer, this is an excellent opportunity to review some basic skincare techniques to help you look your best.
What Is Acne
Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles under the skin become clogged with sebum oil and dead skin cells leading to inflammation of the skin. Most often, the outbreaks occur on the face but can also appear on the body, especially the back, chest, and shoulders. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting around 50 million Americans each year.
Acne can affect people of all ages, but it is most common during puberty and young adulthood due to hormonal changes impacting the skin. In fact, approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 have had at least minor problems with acne. When acne appears during the teenage years, it is more common in males, whereas acne during adulthood is more common in women.
Acne is common, but it’s not all the same. Here are some of the common types you or your kids may experience:
- Pustules or pimples
- Severe nodular acne (sometimes called cystic acne)
What Causes Acne?
Acne has different causes depending on your age and stage of life. The exact cause of acne is not fully understood, but it is thought to be due to a combination of factors including:
- Excessive sebum or oil production
- Certain medications
Most of the time, adults suffering from acne have problems due to hormones or poor skin care. Hormones can increase sebum production, which clogs hair follicles and causes acne. Poor skincare can allow oil to remain in the pores and increase the risk of bacteria on the skin. In the summer, sweat and sunscreen can make this problem worse.
For children, the hormonal changes of puberty are usually the first cause. However, when kids start using makeup or playing sports and don’t thoroughly cleanse their skin, it can also contribute to acne.
Prevent Acne With Summer Skin Care Best Practices
For many types of acne, prevention is the best way to fight the condition. While there is no cure for acne, there are steps you can take to prevent breakouts:
- Use gentle cleanser: Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser to remove excess oil, dirt and makeup from your skin, which can clog pores and lead to acne.
- Use an oil-free moisturizer: This will help keep your skin hydrated without making it oily.
- Don’t pick or pop: This can make the acne worse and lead to scarring.
- Wash sweaty clothing: Be sure to wash sweaty clothes after wearing them and shower as soon as possible after engaging in physical activities.
- Eat a healthy diet: Eating a diet low in processed foods and sugary drinks can help reduce inflammation and improve overall skin health.
- Get enough sleep: When well-rested, your body can better fight off acne-causing bacteria.
- Manage stress: Stress can trigger acne breakouts. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, yoga, or meditation.
- Visit a dermatology professional: If your acne is severe or doesn’t respond to home treatment, we’re here to help. From medical-grade skincare products and prescription medications to cosmetic services and facials, our dermatology staff can create a customized treatment for your acne.
If you’re struggling with acne or have a teenager with this condition, and your summer skincare routine isn’t helping, getting the proper treatment is essential. The sooner you treat your acne, the less risk you have of permanent scarring. Treatment starts with finding the underlying cause. Our general dermatology team at Knoxville Dermatology Group or Dermatology Associates of Knoxville can help you find the underlying cause of your acne struggles. Treatment may include topical products or medication.
Once you know the cause, then it’s time to schedule a visit to Meridiem DermSpa. Our Glow Squad has safe treatments for teens and adults, including women with hormone shifts due to pregnancy or breastfeeding. We offer:
- Medical grade skincare
- Facial treatments
- Medical oversight
In addition, if you’re struggling with uneven texture, hyperpigmentation or scarring, we offer several treatment options, including:
- Professional facials
- Chemical peels
- Light and laser treatments
Acne can be a devastating problem, especially in the summer when you’re showing more skin, but it is treatable. Contact Meridiem Dermspa for your complimentary skincare consultation today so your family can have glowing, clear skin this summer!