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What Can You Do to Avoid Acne Scarring?

If you have acne-prone skin, you may notice that the condition is likely to flare up a lot during the summer. When the weather is warm—as happened over the summer—acne breakouts tend to get worse. That’s because the high temperatures and humidity ramp up the skin’s production of oil and sweat, which can stick to the surface and lead to blocked pores. There’s also the added friction from damp hair and clothing, which is likely to irritate the skin. Although acne is a fairly harmless condition that’s usually just uncomfortable and embarrassing, it can leave some lasting marks on the skin when inflammation occurs in the blemishes and pores rupture. The skin attempts to rebuild the damaged areas, but can sometimes produce too much or too little collagen, causing scars to form. A combination of treatments for acne from Albuquerque NM’s The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants may be the best way of managing the symptoms and reducing prominent scars to create a more even complexion. 

However, the best way of treating acne scars is by preventing them from occurring in the first place. It helps to be aware of and avoid certain habits that make scars more likely. 

• Wear Sunscreen

Even if you’re afraid it will make your acne worse, sunscreen is a necessity if you’re trying to keep your skin clear. Not only do acne medications make your skin more prone to sun damage to begin with, but the sun exposure is more likely to delay healing and cause discoloration, making your scars more pronounced. 

• Avoid Heavy Makeup 

We often use heavy foundation and cover-up to disguise acne, but if the pores become blocked, it can cause irritation and worsen scars. 

• Don’t Pick at Your Skin

Though it might be tempting, don’t pop, pick, scratch or squeeze your skin. This is likely to spread bacteria and cause further damage, resulting in inflammation and potential scarring. Try to allow your skin to heal naturally. If acne lesions are large, deep, painful, and lasting, contact us to help.

Find out more about effective treatments for acne to restore more even and clear skin in Albuquerque, NM, from Western Dermatology Consultants. Give us a call at 505-855-9267 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you’re interested in learning more. 

How “Beauty Sleep” Improves Your Skin

Don’t underestimate the advantages of beauty sleep for making you look youthful and healthy. Research has shown that millions of Americans don’t get enough sleep at night. Along with contributing to other health problems, such as weight gain, getting less than seven hours sleep on most nights might also be causing your skin to suffer. As we all know, even just a few nights of tossing and turning can lead to dark circles, puffy eyelids, and an overall more haggard and worn-out appearance. If you want your skin and hair to look more refreshed, you need about seven to eight hours of quality sleep. The REM sleep that occurs in the middle of the night is the most essential type of sleep of all. While considering advanced treatments designed for skin rejuvenation at our Albuquerque, NM, practice, the team at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants recommends making changes to your lifestyle that will promote healthier skin. Here are some reasons why getting some shut-eye is great for your complexion. 

Your Skin Goes into Repair Mode

As we all know, our skin faces constant adversity from everything from dust, pollution, and the force of gravity to harsh chemicals, temperature fluctuations, and sun exposure. When you’re sleeping, your skin has the opportunity to repair damage sustained during the daytime. Cell turnover happens at a faster rate when you’re asleep, and the skin is also building new collagen. 

A More Even Complexion 

Is your skin looking blotchy, sallow, or discolored? Instead of using makeup to conceal it, getting a good night’s sleep can help, because proper rest promotes healthy blood circulation. This brings beneficial oxygen and nourishment where it’s needed. 

Fewer Breakouts

Even noticed that you have your worst breakouts when you’re stressed? When you’re sleep deprived, levels of a stress hormone called cortisol that can have bad effects on your skin increase. This triggers activity in sebaceous glands, causing excess production of oil that may contribute to acne breakouts. Levels of cortisol drop when we’re sleeping, which means less oil production when you’re rested.

Warn more tips for glowing skin? Learn about how cosmetic treatments like microdermabrasion and other techniques for skin rejuvenation at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants can help you reduce blemishes and enjoy smoother, clearer skin. Call us at 505-855-9267 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.