Natural therapies that work fast
When faced with an outbreak of acne, you can turn to several types of natural therapies to help clear your skin as well as the medications noted in the last post.
There is good evidence that applying alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid) at concentrations above 10% can improve acne lesions within weeks. These can be applied as daily lotions or as a face peel every 2-4 weeks. Alpha hydroxy acids are very common additives in natural acne cosmetics. Glycolic acid is used very commonly in home facial peels and at medical spas.
Acne can be embarrassing and frustrating at any age and is an extremely common condition. While we normally think of teenagers getting acne, it can start much younger — up to 50% of 10-year old’s and 90% of 18-year old’s in America currently have, or have dealt with, some level of acne on their face, chest, back, or shoulders. It can cause individuals to avoid swimsuits or even change their entire wardrobe to hide their disease. And the effects can go more than “skin deep”; severe acne breakouts can lead to social isolation, avoidance of romantic relationships, depression and anxiety. Acne flares can be a really big problem!
A doctor trained to treat the skin of young people
A Pediatric Dermatologist focuses on the skin health of young people. Becoming a pediatric dermatologist requires special training — in addition to the four-year medical school curriculum and one year of internship, three years of dermatology residency and an additional year of rigorous fellowship training are required. Most pediatric dermatologists also work as attending physicians at teaching hospitals for several years prior to establishing their own community practices.
“All of my family loves Dr. Burkhart. I have several children and have been to many dermatologists. He is the best and all my kids go to him now. I wish I was able to be his patient too, but he only sees children.”
~ happy parent
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