Acne flare-ups in spring, Spring 2014 Newsletter

While we’re more than excited to welcome warmer temperatures and the start of spring, the changes of the season and temperature increases can often trigger unwanted acne flares and breakouts. In addition to your prescription medications, a few adjustments to your skincare routine can help maintain a clear complexion. As the temperature rises, more sweat and oil on the skin can clog pores making the cleansing process even more important. Using a gentle, exfoliating cleanser such as Revision® Brightening Facial Wash ($29) in conjunction with a Clarisonic® Mia 2 ($150) can allow for a deep clean that cuts through oil that can build up. Because of the increased humidity in the air, you may not need as rich of a moisturizer as you do in the winter. Consider transitioning to a hydrating serum such as SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($78) which is packed with hyaluronic acid. Follow this with your favorite zinc oxide-packed sunscreen such as EltaMD® UV Clear SPF 46 ($31) available at skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique, to help protect your skin and to prevent post-inflammatory pigmentation left over from acne blemishes. A great way to clear blemishes quickly is to apply skinfo® Clear Skin 5% ($14) directly to affected areas. While your provider will be able to tailor your prescription and non-prescription treatments specifically for your skin, be sure to continue with your nightly retinoid top help keep the pores unclogged.

In addition to optimizing your topical regimen, Clear Pore facials can help prevent breakouts and unclog the pores. We also offer a variety of in-office treatments to help clear up acne. Specifically the Omnilux™, Isolaz ™, or Photodynamic Therapy with Levulan® can be options depending on your acne. If you are looking to learn more on these treatments, feel free to call us to schedule your individualized consultation.