The good news—Perfect skin doesn't just happen. So don't despair if you weren't born with a flawless complexion. Whatever your concern, we can help you achieve your skincare goals.
For most people, acne starts during the teen years. This is because hormone changes after puberty make the skin more oily. Acne can run in families. If one of your parents had severe acne, you are more likely to have it.
Don't be concerned if you are older and have acne. It is not unusual to have acne as an adult. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s -- even into their 50s -- can develop acne.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of acne include whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. These can occur on the face, neck, shoulders, back, or chest. Pimples that are large and deep are called cystic lesions. These can be painful if they get infected. They also can scar the skin.
- combination treatments with topical retinoids, topical as well as oral antibiotics
- treatments designed to help hormonal flares of acne are available
- Smooth beam
Acne is a skin condition that affects up to 80% of people in their teens and twenties, and up to 5% of older adults. While many people recover from acne without any permanent effects, some people are left with disfiguring acne scars. There are some topical skin care products and medications that can improve mild scarring, but most acne scars are treated with chemical peels and Fraxel laser (skin resurfacing).
Do you suffer from excessive sweating? Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. Sweating helps the body stay cool. In most cases, it is perfectly natural. People sweat more in warm temperatures, when they exercise, or in response to situations that make them nervous, angry, embarrassed, or afraid. However, excessive sweating occurs without such triggers. Those with hyperhidrosis appear to have overactive sweat glands. The uncontrollable sweating can lead to significant discomfort, both physical and emotional.
When excessive sweating affects the hands, feet, and armpits, it's called primary or focal hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis affects 2 - 3% of the population, yet less than 40% of patients with this condition seek medical advice. In the majority of primary hyperhidrosis cases, no cause can be found. It seems to run in families.
Visible facial veins are actually dilated blood vessels. They are most often found on the cheeks, nose and chin. Visible veins are most commonly seen in fair-skinned women and usually appear in the fourth or fifth decade. Blood vessel dilation is due to weakening of the elastic fibers in the walls of the blood vessel. Although the exact mechanisms leading to blood vessel dilation are not understood, visible veins are associated with excessive sun exposure, rosacea, normal aging, steroid use, liver disease, genetics, radiation therapy, and trauma.
The lines that appear between your brows (glabellar lines) actually result from muscle movement and the passage of time. You may have heard the expression "wearing your emotions on your sleeve," but in reality you wear them on your face. If you're angry or annoyed, for example, you knit your brows together. Underneath your skin, your facial muscles contract, cause a pleating of the overlying skin, and then, as anyone can see, you're frowning.
After years of crinkling and wrinkling, those glabellar lines start to linger longer and can become more pronounced. For women, whose faces tend to be more animated than men's, and whose skin is typically more delicate, these lines may appear exaggerated and more permanent.
Fortunately, there is a way to temporarily reduce moderate to severe glabellar lines. Treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can visibly smooth and soften moderate to severe frown lines between your brows.
At the Fair Oaks Skin Care Center, we can correct wrinkles around the mouth area. Facial volume loss, decreasing facial laxity or environmental factors such as smoke and other pollutants may lead to vertical ‘smoker’s’ lines around the lips. You may have never smoked, but have these lines nonetheless, which can be caused by other things, including the use of a drinking straw or just the way you talk.
In addition to smoker lines, some individuals suffer from marionette or puppet lines. These are lines that extend downward from the corners of the mouth, creating a puppet-like appearance.
Melasma or chloasma spots are similar in appearance to age spots but are larger areas of darkened skin that appear most often as a result of hormonal changes. Pregnancy, for example, can trigger overproduction of melanin that causes the "mask of pregnancy" on the face and darkened skin on the abdomen and other areas. Women who take birth control pills may also develop hyperpigmentation because their bodies undergo similar kind of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.
Do you have overproductive sebaceous glands, which are responsible for oily skin? The good news is this skin type is generally slower to show fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. The downside can be more frequent breakouts, large pores and a greasy appearance.
Heredity does play a big part in oily skin, but so do hormones. Pregnant women sometimes notice an increase in skin oil as hormonal activity changes. So do women taking certain types of birth control pills. Stress can also cause the oil glands to kick into overdrive. The wrong cosmetics can easily aggravate an otherwise mild case of oily skin. There is no magic cure, but we can help you manage your oily skin.
Rosacea is a skin disease that causes redness and pimples on your nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. The redness may come and go. People sometimes call rosacea "adult acne" because it can cause outbreaks that look like acne. It can also cause burning and soreness in the eyes and eyelids.
Rosacea can be embarrassing, and left untreated, it can get worse.
How is it treated?
Doctors can prescribe medicines and other treatments for rosacea. There is no cure, but with treatment, most people can control their symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse.
As we grow older, our skin experiences several significant changes. The skin’s natural support system begins to break down, causing fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Additionally skintone becomes uneven, the skins surface begins to show dark and light spots, roughness and redness. Even though 90% of premature ageing is due to harmful free radicals causes by UV radiation from sun exposure, stress, pollution, smoking, pesticides and other modern day hazards also play a role.
Skin ages all over the body, but much more so where there has been sun exposure. Changes brought on by sun damage (photoaging) include "dryness" (really roughness), sagginess, skin growths like keratoses ("liver spots"), and wrinkles.
Wrinkles in turn can be divided into two categories; fine, surface lines and deep furrows. Wrinkle treatments are in general much more effective for fine lines. Deeper creases may require more aggressive techniques, such as plastic surgery.
Factors that promote wrinkling include: smoking, skin type, heredity and occupational and recreational sun exposure over the course of many years.
Some of these factors are beyond our control. The main preventative measures we can take are to minimize sun exposure and not smoke.
Who should be providing your cosmetic treatment?
From the American Academy of Dermatology . . .
Patient safety is dermatologists’ No. 1 priority. Dermatologists have the education, expertise and experience to safely and effectively reduce the signs of aging. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, consumers should ask the following questions:
Q: What are the doctor's credentials and is he or she board-certified?
A: Remember, dermatologists are physicians with extensive education, training and experience in keeping the skin, hair and nails healthy.