Adult Acne Specialist Marion OH
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1967
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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Cookies, Cake, and Pie, Oh My!
Dates: 12/21/2013 – 12/21/2013
Worthington Place Columbus
7227 North High Street
Spend 3 delicious hours touring specialty bakeries in Columbus. Itinerary may change as we find new venues to introduce to you.
Jorgensen Farms 3rd Sunday Supper
Dates: 12/15/2013 – 12/15/2013
Jorgensen Farms Westerville
5851 E. Walnut Street
As our guest, you'll be greeted by our hosts the farmers and offered an informal tour of the farm and firsthand knowledge of how the food was produced. Our menu is inspired by the day's harvest. You'll enjoy the diversity of foods fresh from the farm, prepared on site by professional chefs. Meals are served, rain or shine; outdoors, when weather permits, and otherwise on the farm house porch or in the post and beam barn. Given the whims of the weather, Mother Nature, and the chef, actual meals may vary slightly from the posted menu. Please note that all Third Sunday Farm Table events are BYOB - we invite you to bring your favorite beverage of choice to enjoy or share responsibly. All dinners start at 5pm. Adults only please. For more information, and specific menus for each month please visit our website www.jorgensen-farms.com