Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses when to take your child to the dermatologist

Acne is painful. It can leave adolescents feeling embarrassed and isolated from their peers, and certain types can even leave behind permanent scarring. Though you may have already noticed changes in your teen or preteen’s skin, you might be wondering when to take them to a dermatologist. The answer is simple: the sooner, the better. While you’re busy helping your children prepare for their new experiences this fall, consider putting a dermatology appointment on your back-to-school to-do list.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger often sees patients who suffer from more than one type of acne.

The vast majority of teens and preteens will experience acne at some point. Breakouts occur when a substance called sebum clogs pores, causing a red, inflamed pimple to appear. Acne can also appear in the form of whiteheads and blackheads. Whiteheads are pores that have become impacted with oil and then covered by layers of skin, while blackheads are impacted pores whose material pushes out through the follicle.

More serious forms of acne include papules, pustules or nodules, which appear as red, swollen lesions, and cysts, which are deep, pus-filled pimples. Breakouts generally occur on the face, neck, back and chest and it’s common to experience multiple types of acne at once.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking your child to a dermatologist as soon as you notice mild to moderate acne.

At his clinic, Dr. Schlessinger often encounters parents who elect to bring their children to the dermatologist after acne has already caused severe scarring. Once scarring has occurred, there is little that can be done to improve it. Luckily, this heartbreaking situation can be avoided by addressing breakouts early.

Dr. Schlessinger strongly recommends taking your child to a dermatologist as soon as you notice acne. However, when it comes to keeping acne under control, preventative care is key. If you’ve noticed the first signs of puberty in your child, oily, acne-prone skin is probably not far behind. Getting them started on a skin care routine early can keep acne under control and help them form good habits for life. This is especially important if you have a family history of acne.

Pinpoint the cause of acne and discover cost-conscious treatments with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and Skin Specialists P.C. of Omaha.

There is a misconception that dermatological care and acne treatments are expensive. Dr. Joel Schlessinger assures that this is usually not the case. At his Omaha clinic, he can pinpoint the cause of acne and recommend a variety of treatment options, including many that are less expensive and more effective than popular infomercial alternatives.

Dr. Schlessinger likes to recommend the Obagi CLENZIderm MC Acne Therapeutic System to many of his patients. The products in this set use 2% salicylic acid to fight acne without over-drying or irritating the complexion. In as little as four weeks, patients saw improvement in their skin.

Patients also see success with the LovelySkin Acne Care Starter Set for Oily Skin. This complete regimen contains LovelySkin Cleanser Gel, Toner Mist, Acne Care Gel and Sheer Oil-Free Moisturizer to not only address current blemishes, but to prevent future breakouts. The products use gentle exfoliators to help balance your child’s skin, remove excess oil and protect it from irritation.

Remember that stress only exacerbates acne. Keep your child healthy and happy by scheduling a dermatology appointment before the new school year is in full-swing.

Do you have a question for Dr. Joel Schlessinger about adolescent acne? Let us know in the comments below.

Posted Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 3:21 pm
Filed Under Category: Acne Skin Care
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