Adult Acne Specialist Alamogordo NM

When it comes to pimples, people tend to think that dirty, oily skin is the main instigator, so the first instinct is to scrub those big, ugly whiteheads with abrasive cleansers and daub on harsh chemicals such as the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid found in many over'the-counter acne remedies. Big mistake.

Jennifer L Toncray
(505) 437-6700
1212 9th Street
Alamogordo, NM
Specialty
Dermatology

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Maxx Studios Hair Salon
(575) 434-2232
2350 1ST St Ste A
Alamogordo, NM

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Seth David Madell, MD
142 S Water St
Las Cruces, NM
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1982

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Alicia D Bucko, DO
(505) 247-4220
1203 Coal Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1983

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K Van De Velde Kossmann, MD
(505) 986-5025
1650 Hospital Dr Ste 600
Santa Fe, NM
Specialties
Dermatology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, Nm

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Jennifer Toncray, DO
1212 9th St Ste A
Alamogordo, NM
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Nova Se Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Ft Lauderdale Fl 33328
Graduation Year: 1995

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Donald Dee Harville, MD
(505) 299-4414
8200 Constitution Pl NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1958
Hospital
Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, Nm; Univ Of New Mexico Hosp, Albuquerque, Nm

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William Van H Mason, MD
(505) 842-1904
200 Oak St NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Dermatology, Aerospace Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1961
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Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, Nm

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Karel Jill Ortiz, MD
(505) 291-2850
8300 Constitution Pl NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 2001

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William Francis Sausker, MD
6255 Jack Rabbit Jct
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Adult Acne

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By Trisha Gura

Once puberty had come and gone, I thought my pimples had followed my prom dress into the back closet. But the joke was on me. At 31, days after giving birth, my face began breaking out in a freak show that could rival any teenager’s.

Apparently, adults get acne too. In the October 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), researchers reported that 54 percent of women and 40 percent of men surveyed had facial acne and they didn’t see it diminish until they turned, on average, 44.

What’s more, adults don’t suffer those zits in silence—they demand treatment advice. An online survey conducted in February 2008 by Harris International found that two-thirds of dermatologists reported that they currently see more adult acne patients than they did a year ago and the mature set now represents nearly half of their acne caseload.

Why so many pimples in the over-30 mix? The answer involves a complex jumble of hormonal, dietary, and environmental triggers that blend into a recipe for breakouts at any age.

Harsh treatments debunked
When it comes to pimples, people tend to think that dirty, oily skin is the main instigator, so the first instinct is to scrub those big, ugly whiteheads with abrasive cleansers and daub on harsh chemicals such as the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid found in many over-the-counter acne remedies. Big mistake.

“Certain soaps contain surfactants, which strip away the ‘good oils’ along with the ‘bad,’” says herbalist and aromatherapist Barbara Close, president and founder of Naturopathica.

Harsh cleansing devitalizes skin—and it backfires. The skin struggles to rebalance the outer lipid layer by pumping out more oil to make up for the loss. That means more breakouts. And more acne lasting later in life.

Add up the damage over time, and you get premature aging. “I have so many patients tell me, ‘I cannot believe I am dealing with acne and wrinkles at the same time,’ ” says Richard Fried, MD, PhD, author of Healing Adult Acne (New Harbinger, 2005). The psychological effects can be so devastating, he notes, that 34 percent of acne sufferers sink into depression (see “Beyond Vanity: Acne Dysmorphia” below).

Perhaps a few lessons in how acne works will help you avoid this scenario and give you gentler, more holistic ways to counter future outbreaks.

Acne 101: Clogged Pores
Deep in the pores of the skin lie special cells that divide constantly to replace dead cells sloughed off by daily washing and environmental factors such as wind. If the cells reproduce too often or become too “sticky,” they clump together and plug the pore (also called a follicle). Whiteheads are clogged pores sealed off from the air. Blackheads are clumped cells exposed to oxygen.

Many factors control cell reproduction and stickiness: diet, genetics, hormones, and even stress. You can’t change your genes, but you can manage “misbehaving cells,” says Fried.

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Author: Trisha Gura

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