If you are amongst millions of Americans suffering from acne prone skin, you are undoubtedly painfully aware of blackheads and whiteheads as common causative agents of this relentless medical condition. Although many that are afflicted are teens, many others may continue to struggle for many years to come.
Daily cleansing is simply not enough to battle this annoying condition, which can at times leave behind reminders of its presence with scars.
I have, over the last two decades, treated hundreds if not thousands of patients afflicted with acne. My approach over the years has morphed into a gentler, more natural, approach with a unique focus on utilizing less harmful agents and incorporating more natural elements.
How does one then win the war against blackheads and whiteheads?
Perseverance, habitual regimes, time and patience are key.
In a world where so many patients suffer from unwanted side effects of oral agents, it appears logical that we would initiate these agents only when needed and for short-term control of the condition.
The plan? Get to the root of the problem: an abnormal keratinization pattern coupled with inflammatory agents produced by a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes (P acnes). An individualized plan will always be formulated for each acne patient, as each individual brings with them their own unique picture: e.g. oily pore pattern, sensitivities of skin, and lifestyle considerations.
My go to weapons are:
- comedolytic agents (e.g. salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide)
- anti-inflammatory substances
- organic soothers
- antibacterial preparations
- in-office treatments utilizing extractions, microderms and gentle peels
- and more…
Which plan is best for you?
You can make an appointment today for a complete skin evaluation and to obtain your unique skin care wellness plan with me or our NPs by calling 605-341-5565.
Dr. Vassilia D. Young received her undergraduate degree from Minot State University in North Dakota and her MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She currently practices as the head dermatologist at Black Hills Dermatology in Rapid City and Spearfish, SD. She specializes in Mohs surgery as well as a variety of laser and cosmetic procedures.