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Acne can strike whether you're a child, teenager or adult. No matter your age, it's stressful to worry about your appearance every day as you wonder if healing your acne is possible. If you're longing for the confidence that clear skin could give you, you're not alone--and you do have options that can help you be satisfied with your complexion once again. Learn of these options from your Yardley, PA dentists.
Types of Acne
Depending on the form of acne you have, it can be anything from a mild annoyance to a severely disfiguring condition. Below are the three basic types of acne in order of severity.
Comedonal acne: A mild type of acne characterized by blackheads and whiteheads, which are made up of old skin cells and sebum that block the pores.
Inflammatory acne: A slightly more severe form of acne, occurring when the skin beneath the blockage becomes red and inflamed.
Cystic acne: This is the most severe type of acne, and it can be both painful and embarrassing. It develops as a result of infection around your breakouts and often leaves behind permanent scars.
Treating Your Acne
Acne doesn't have an instant cure. Rather, your treatment is an ongoing process of committing to your skin health and finding the right combination of treatments for you. Common treatments include:
Topical treatments: Creams, cleansers and medications can help keep your pores open and your skin clear. Benzoyl peroxide is a common cleanser that reduces oil and bacteria on the skin. Another mainstay of topical acne treatments are retinoids, medications that reduce swelling and affect the growth of skin cells.
Oral treatments: To help your body fight skin infections, antibiotics such as erythromycin or tetracycline are often prescribed. Hormonal medications can also help resolve some cases of acne.
Extraction: Blackheads can be manually extracted using a small metal tool to push the blockage out of the pores.
Laser treatment: Lasers can help shrink the sebaceous (oil) glands in your skin, reducing the amount of sebum your skin produces. It can also help reduce the severity of inflammatory or cystic acne and smooth over the appearance of some scars.
Acne Treatment in Yardley
If acne has been causing your self-esteem to suffer, make it a priority to give yourself the glowing complexion you deserve. Call (215) 321-3500 today to schedule your appointment with an experienced dermatologist at Rosenman & Leventhal in Yardley, PA.
Summer is here and it is only natural for people in Yardley, PA to want to be outside.
Drs. Howard Rosenman and Linda Leventhal and staff at Rosenman & Leventhal, PC, want to remind people to have fun in the sun – but stay safe. Whether you’re a gardener, an athlete, or just someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, it pays to protect yourself from sun exposure.
The truth is, that deep tanned look people always thought was a sign of health and vigor is actually a potential troublemaker. A lifetime of exposure to the sun can cause premature aging to your skin. This can be manifest with wrinkles, red veins, even dry skin and lesions. Worse, it can lead to more serious and potentially deadly problems such as skin cancer.
The following are tips and recommendations from your Yardley dermatologist to protect your skin and your health.
- Use sunscreen. Many doctors recommend sunscreens rated at least 15 SPF; the American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 or stronger. Use it often and reapply after swimming or if you are profusely sweating. If you are also using insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first, then the repellent.
- Try to avoid being in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. These are the peak hours when the sun’s rays are the most intense.
- Cover up. Try to wear light long sleeve shirts and long pants. Wear sunglasses. Wear a broad-brimmed hat that will offer shaded protection all around.
- Consider wearing clothing or outdoor gear especially designed for being in the sun.
- Never, ever, rely on what people used to refer to as a “base” tan for protection – a base tan will not protect you from sun exposure and if anything may give one a false sense of security.
Remember, summer is for fun, but be careful and protect your skin from overexposure to the sun. If you need more information or are seeking the services of a qualified dermatologist in Yardley, consider contacting Rosenman and Leventhal, PC, at 215-321-3500.
Tired of looking tired? Want to do something about those lines in your face?
If you live in the Yardley, PA area and you’re seeking options for smoothing facial wrinkles, a qualified dermatologist, such as Rosenman and Leventhal, PC, can help you make the right decision for you.
One non-surgical option many people choose is Botox, or more specifically, injections of Botulinum toxin.
Botox refers to a group of medications that use various forms of botulinum toxin, a microbe associated with a certain type of food poisoning. When injected, Botox temporarily paralyzes muscle activity by blocking certain chemical signals from nerves which cause muscles to contract. The most common use of Botox injections is to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles.
Botox has been in use since the 1980s. When administered under the experienced care and guidance of a qualified medical doctor, Botox can be a safe and effective option for erasing facial age lines and wrinkles. Botox can be used for a number of cosmetic issues, most notably smoothing out lines in the forehead made by furrowing the brow, frown lines, and crow’s feet, which are lines around the corners of the eyes. A study recently published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery found that Botox may improve skin pliability and elasticity for up to four months.
Botox can be an effective, non-surgical cosmetic option for removing facial lines and wrinkles. However, Botox can be dangerous if not administered properly. While “Botox parties” – events hosted by non-medical professionals such as cosmetologists – have become popular, Botox injections are safest and most effective when administered by a qualified, experienced medical professional.
People in the Yardley, PA area seeking further information about Botox or seeking the services of a qualified medical professional to administer Botox should consider contacting Rosenman and Leventhal, PC. For more information call 215-321-3500 or visit the website at www.roselev.com.
Acne is the most common dermatological condition and is often frustrating and disheartening for those suffering from it. While 80% of American adolescents are familiar with the effects of acne, not everyone is familiar in how to treat or prevent it. Thankfully, your Yardley, PA dermatologists can help you beat acne for good.
How do pimples form?
Acne occurs when a pore on the skin becomes blocked. Our skin produces an oil called sebum that keeps the skin from drying out. When the skin produces too much of this oil, dead skin cells remain inside of the pore instead of rising to the surface. When p. acnes, a bacteria that lives on our skin, also gets trapped inside of the blocked pore and multiplies, the pore becomes inflamed, and a pimple forms.
Are there different kinds of acne?
Acne usually occurs in one of three forms:
- Blackheads and whiteheads: If the blocked pore remains open, it appears black, and is known as a blackhead. If the pore closes, a white bump forms on top, creating a white appearance, known as a whitehead.
- Papules and pustules: Sometimes, the pore’s walls break due to irritation. This creates papules, hard bumps, or pustules, pus-filled pimples.
- Nodules and cysts: These kinds of pimples form when the irritation becomes so great that the pore becomes bigger, pushing further down into the skin and becoming painful. Nodules are hard, while cysts fill with pus and feel softer than nodules.
How can I avoid acne?
Sometimes, just washing your face is not effective enough to prevent acne. Using acne-preventing makeups, keeping your face clean, changing your pillowcase once a week and simply not touching your face can help prevent pimples from forming.
How is acne treated?
Mild acne is often treatable with over-the-counter acne washes that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These treatments, however, do not clear acne overnight. With correct and committed applications, usually in the morning and at night, results should be seen in about 6 weeks.
In more severe cases, your dermatologists might prescribe antibiotics to help bring down inflammation in the pores from the inside out. For women, birth control is sometimes prescribed to regulate acne-causing hormones in the body. Stronger acne creams or washes can also be prescribed. In-office treatments may be needed to treat more stubborn acne. Light therapy can reduce the amount of p. acnes on the skin. Extraction, or removal of the buildup inside the pore by your doctor, may also be needed in some cases.
If you are struggling with acne and would like to beat it once and for all, Rosenman & Leventhal, PC in Yardley, PA can help. Call (215) 321-3500 to schedule an appointment today.
If you’re not happy about the way your skin looks, you should ask a dermatologist at Rosenman & Leventhal in Yardley about cosmetic fillers. This is a popular cosmetic service offered available for patients with common skin issues related to aging and sun damage. Cosmetic fillers may be just the solution you've been looking for to improve the appearance of your skin.
To understand how cosmetic fillers work, you should first understand the anatomy of the skin. There are three main layers: the epidermis (top), the dermis (middle) and the subcutaneous layer (deepest). Your skin protects your body from the outer environment, but unfortunately sometimes it sustains damage that negatively affects its elasticity and appearance. Cosmetic fillers help to restore this damage. A material (usually hyaluronic acid) is injected into the deeper layers of the skin that helps it to fill out and look more youthful. Two of the most well-known filler treatments are Juvederm and Restylane.
What Skin Problems Can Fillers Fix?
Dermatologists and practitioners have used dermal fillers for years to help patients with age and sun-related skin problems. Here is a list of a few issues that this cosmetic service offered by Rosenman & Leventhal in Yardley can help fix:
- Wrinkling of the face
- Crow’s feet and smile lines
- Thin or hidden lips
- Creases in the face
- Recessed scars
Is This Solution Right for You?
If you have any of the skin concerns listed above, consult your dermatologist about cosmetic fillers. To know for sure if cosmetic fillers are right for you, you'll have to have your skin, health, allergy profile and medical history evaluated by a dermatologist at Rosenman & Leventhal.
Call for a Consultation
You can have rejuvenated, more youthful looking skin with the help of cosmetic fillers. Talk to a staff member at Rosenman & Leventhal in Yardley, PA to make sure it's the right cosmetic service for you. Call the office at (215) 321-3500 today.