Adult Acne Specialist Fairhaven MA

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.

John Jerome Mc Gonigle, MD
11 Captains Ln
Mattapoisett, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1954

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Paul E Snyder
(508) 998-1994
368 Faunce Corner Rd
Dartmouth, MA
Specialty
Dermatology

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Deborah Lynn Schappell, MD
(508) 998-1994
2 Faunce Corner Rd # 368
Dartmouth, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dartmouth Dermatology Associates
(508) 998-1994
368 Faunce Corner Rd
North Dartmouth, MA
 
Nina Carol Blumenthal, MD
(508) 993-7601
145 Faunce Corner Rd
North Dartmouth, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1985

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Arnold Ernest Gellman, MD
(508) 993-7601
145 Faunce Corner Rd
North Dartmouth, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Hospital Of New Bedfo, New Bedford, Ma
Group Practice: Dermatology Services Inc

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DeBorah L Schappell
(508) 998-1994
368 Faunce Corner Rd
Dartmouth, MA
Specialty
Dermatology

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Karen S McGinnis
(508) 998-1994
368 Faunce Corner Rd
Dartmouth, MA
Specialty
Dermatology

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Nina Carol Blumenthal
(508) 993-7601
145 Faunce Corner Rd
N Dartmouth, MA
Specialty
Dermatology

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Paul Eugene Snyder, MD
(508) 998-1994
368 Faunce Corner Rd Ste 2
Dartmouth, MA
Specialties
Dermatology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Hospital Of New Bedfo, New Bedford, Ma
Group Practice: Dartmouth Dermatology Assoc

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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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