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By Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center PC
March 30, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Acne  

Teenage AcneAcne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers, affecting nearly all of those between the ages of 12 and 17 at least occasionally, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In most cases, hormones released during puberty are responsible for the appearance of blemishes during the teen years. These hormones stimulate the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands, producing oily skin that is more prone to breakouts. Because teens are extremely conscious of their image and appearance, an acne outbreak can be emotionally devastating.

While hormonal changes during puberty cause many types of acne to be unavoidable, with a diligent skincare regimen, many teens can help control breakouts from becoming severe, minimize the appearance of blemishes and prevent scarring.

  • Keep skin clean. Teens produce more oil, so it's important to wash your face every day with warm water and a mild cleanser to remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Always remove makeup before going to bed to avoid clogging pores.
  • Avoid over washing. Harsh scrubbing can lead to dry, irritated skin, which can actually increase inflammation and trigger glands to produce more oil.
  • Don't pick. Squeezing and picking at acne can make breakouts worse. Picking at blemishes can also lead to greater inflammation and infection, increasing the risk for scarring.
  • Keep hands off. Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as your hands carry bacteria.
  • Use oil-free products. Avoid oil-based makeup. Instead, look for products that are noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic.
  • Shower after sports or physical activities. Sweat and oil can settle on the skin's surface, trapping dirt and bacteria in the pores.
  • Visit your dermatologist. Most cases of mild acne can be controlled and improved with a good skincare routine at home. If your skin problems persist, visit your dermatologist for professional treatment.

Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about breakouts. The good news is that effective treatments are available for acne - and the earlier treatment is started, the lower a teen's risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. When home care is not helping, talk to a dermatologist about treatment options. Your dermatologist can help tailor a treatment plan that is best for a teen's unique skin type and needs.


By Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center PC
March 20, 2017
Category: Skin Care

Find out how we could help improve the appearance of your skin.skin care

We all want to have beautiful, glowing skin. It’s important to feel comfortable in our skin, but if you are dealing with unwanted hair, wrinkles, sagging skin, embarrassing tattoos or other skin problems then you may be feeling less-than-happy with your appearance. If you are ready to change all this then turn to our Duluth, GA, dermatologist Dr. Kendra Cole for any of these amazing services:

SculpSure

Even with a great diet and exercise routine, you may still find areas of unwanted fat around the midsection, thighs or buttocks. Sometimes simple lifestyle changes just aren’t enough, but the idea of surgery may have you nervous.

If this is the case, then it’s time to consider SculpSure—the first FDA-cleared treatment that uses laser technology to kill unwanted fall cells non-invasively. By directing the laser over an area of unwanted fat we can safely heat up and destroy these cells in around a half hour with visible results and no downtime.

Laser Hair Removal

Many people are embarrassed by dark, unwanted hair. Instead of covering it up why not turn to a proven way to reduce the appearance of thick, coarse dark hairs from virtually anywhere on your body? Laser hair removal is popular for treating unwanted hair around the bikini line, armpits, back, chest and face. It usually takes several sessions to achieve optimum results.

Skin Resurfacing

If you are tired of noticing wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, acne scars and other imperfections, then laser skin resurfacing is just one cosmetic procedure that will help to reduce and even eliminate some of these irregularities to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Talk to our Duluth, GA, skin doctor about the different kinds of laser skin resurfacing options and which one is right for you.

Botox

If you want a fast way to lessen the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, particularly crow’s feet and laugh lines, then it’s time to consider getting Botox. These thin needles are injected into certain muscles of the face to reduce muscle contractions, which will smooth out these dynamic wrinkles. Botox only takes a couple minutes to administer, there is no downtime and the results can last up to six months.

Do you have questions about the cosmetic options above? Want to find out what we can do to makeover your appearance? Then schedule an appointment with Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center in Duluth, GA, to figure out what skin treatment will meet your needs.


By Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center PC
March 14, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Adult Acne  

adult acneAcne is the most common of all skin disorders, affecting almost everyone at some point in their lives. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many are affected into adulthood or even experience late onset acne. Although the exact cause of adult acne is unknown, possible causes include stress, cosmetics and hormones.

How Can I Treat Adult Acne?

Not only is chronic adult acne frustrating, but it can also have long-lasting effects on the self-esteem and confidence of those suffering from it. To combat blemishes, follow a few basic guidelines to improve your skin's condition.

  • Avoid the urge to pick or squeeze pimples. Aggravating your acne will only increase inflammation, delay the healing process and lead to scarring.
  • Follow a daily skincare regimen to remove oils, make up, and sweat from the surface of your skin.
  • When wearing make-up, only use oil-free cosmetics.
  • Avoid over-washing your skin, as this can make your acne worse.
  • Wash gently with a mild facial cleanser once or twice a day. Be cautious of harsh cleansing products that lead to dry, irritated skin.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Limit exposure to sun and excess cold.

Fortunately, the physical and emotional effects of acne can be reversed with proper treatment. While adult acne can be persistent, an individualized treatment plan from our office can help you reduce blemishes, prevent scarring and eliminate your acne. With diligent home care and help from your dermatologist, your acne can be significantly improved, allowing you to regain your confidence!