Learn about the top four most common benign skin problems and how you can treat them on your own.
The skin is often described as the largest organ in the body. As a woman, I understand and empathize with how important it is to feel healthy not just on the inside, but on the outside as well. That’s why this article will be about the four most common benign skin conditions that I find in my female patients and how you can deal with them on your own.
#1: How to Deal with Acne
Adult acne, believe it or not, is a pretty common phenomenon. Many of my patients in their twenties, thirties, and even forties come in complaining of pimples and blackheads. It’s a myth that certain foods cause acne. Zits are actually partly genetic and partly hormonal, and acne is typically caused from internal hormonal changes in the body.
If you’ve got pimples, I suggest starting with over-the-counter topical treatments. Good ones to start with are benzoyl peroxide washes or creams used twice daily, which help to kill the bacteria that forms underneath the skin in the oil glands. In addition, make sure to keep the skin clean, and if you use foundation or makeup, make sure it’s “non-comedogenic,” which means that it does not clog up your skin glands.
If over-the-counter products don’t cut it, ask your doctor for a prescription alternative, such as a topical antibiotic cream or gel. If that’s not enough, there are other stronger alternatives with a “tretinoin” derivative, such as Retin-A or Differen gel. These options tend to be a tad harsher on the skin, causing such symptoms as red or dry, flaky skin, but they generally do the job.
No matter what option you select, realize that it often takes 6-8 weeks to take effect, and your skin may get worse before it gets better.
#2: How to Deal with Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process; they are a reflection of our wisdom and experience. But if you want to look younger, several treatments may help.
First of all, find a good moisturizer that you like, and use it twice a day. Don’t waste a lot of money on some of these department store moisturizers that claim to make you look younger if you only sign away your life savings. Any over-the-counter alternatives will do. As for prescription creams, studies have shown that treninoin derivates (which are now generic and much cheaper) effectively shed the outer deadened layers of skin, which allows the newer, younger skin layers to push their way through. That may help diminish wrinkles, albeit not overnight. It may take several months to see any changes.
In addition, there are a dime a dozen dermatologists who will inject “fillers” and other injectables every three months to help cover up your wisdom lines for a high fee. The best way to find a good dermatologist is by word of mouth, because not everyone injects the same concentration of the goods. The more diluted the poisons, the less effective. So ask your friends if they’re happy with their dermatologist and shop around.