Adult Acne Specialist Kent WA

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.

Robert K P Chow MD
(206) 324-7546
13512 Ambaum Blvd SW
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Dermatology

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David William Shneidman, MD
(425) 646-0922
21903 68th Ave S
Kent, WA
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1973

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Craig Ken Fujisaki, MD
(425) 228-4520
4509 Talbot Rd S Ste 200
Renton, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Valley Med Ctr, Renton, Wa
Group Practice: Renton Dermatology Clinic

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Kumasaka Brian H MD
(425) 902-5246
4011 Talbot Rd S, #460
Renton, WA
 
Ellendee Pepper
(425) 271-5345
4011 Talbot Road South
Renton, WA
Specialty
Dermatology

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CosMedic Skincare
(206) 922-7273
901 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA
Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Acne Treatment, Age Spot Reduction, Anti-aging Facial Treatments, Birthmarks, Chemical Peels, Dermatology, Endovenous Laser Therapy, Facial Rejuvenation, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Lip Augmentation, Liposuction, Non-Surgical Face Lift, Phototherapy, Scar Revision, Sun Damage Repair, Vein Therapy, Wart Treatment, Wrinkle Reduction

Robert K P Chow, MD
(425) 228-4520
4509 Talbot Rd S Ste 200
Renton, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1992

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Carmen M Berger
(425) 271-5345
4011 Talbot Road South
Rent, WA
Specialty
Dermatology

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Ellendee Pepper, MD
(425) 271-5020
4011 Talbot Rd S Ste 500
Renton, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1981

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Brian H Kumasaka
(425) 271-5345
4011 Talbot Road South
Renton, WA
Specialty
Dermatology

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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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