Adult Acne Specialist Milton 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.

Leera Briceno, MD
(781) 331-2250
851 Main St,
Weymouth, MA
Business
Park Dermatology Associates
Specialties
Dermatology

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Ronald Jason Finn, MD
4 Franklin St
Milton, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Carney Hosp, Dorchestr Ctr, Ma; Milton Hospital, Milton, Ma

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Elise Bilodeau Mc Carthy, MD
(617) 773-0711
36 Adams St
Quincy, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1990

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Steven Martin Kahn, MD
(617) 773-7431
500 Congress St Ste 2H
Quincy, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Carney Hosp, Dorchestr Ctr, Ma; Milton Hospital, Milton, Ma
Group Practice: Associates-South Shore Drmtlgy

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Elise Bilodeau McCarthy
(617) 773-0711
36 Adams St
Quincy, MA
Specialty
Dermatology

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Ruth Tedaldi, MD
(781) 431-7733
65 Walnut St
Wellesley, MA
Business
Dermatology Partners
Specialties
Dermatology

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Stephen Gregory Werth, MD
(617) 658-0954
2110 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester Center, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Carney Hosp, Dorchestr Ctr, Ma
Group Practice: Associates-South Shore Drmtlgy

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Marco Petrazzuoli
(617) 773-9805
36 Adams St
Quincy, MA
Specialty
Dermatology

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Kenneth Mark Reed, MD
(617) 472-6764
500 Congress St
Quincy, MA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1980

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Aldo Gonzalez Serva, MD
(617) 254-7284
1400 Vfw Pkwy
West Roxbury, MA
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central De Venezuela, Esc De Med "luis Razetti", Caracas
Graduation Year: 1971

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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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