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Adolescent years are formative both physically and emotionally. That is why we focus on the special skincare needs of teenagers. From severe acne to athlete’s foot, we try to make these difficult years less difficult.
More than 85% of teenagers have this common skin problem, which is marked by clogged pores (whiteheads, blackheads), painful pimples, and, sometimes, hard, deep lumps on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, and upper arms. We treat (and prevent) acne many different ways based on the severity, from topical and oral solutions to light and laser therapies. Below are some of the treatment options we offer.
AviClear is the first and only FDA-cleared device for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe acne, and Dermatology Consultants is one of the first practices to offer this treatment!Learn More
Our teen facial is specifically designed to address the unique needs of our younger patients that are beginning to experience hormonal changes presenting with breakouts, clogged pores and in need of a simple skin care routine that they are able to stay compliant with to maintain that youthful, glowing, healthy appearance that we associate with younger skin.
The treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.
Treats stubborn acne and congested pores using a light and suction treatment. (Available in our Covington Office only.)LEARN MORE
Isotretinoin is a drug used to treat severe acne that hasn’t responded to other treatments. These oral medications are prescribed by your physician. Available in a variety of brand names, including Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan, and Sotret. The original brand, Accutane, is no longer on the market.
LED Light Therapy, or color light therapy, is a pain-free, non-invasive, soothing and rejuvenating skin treatment. It helps treat acne breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, post inflammatory scarring, rosacea and boost collagen production by using clinically proven wavelengths of UV-free LED lights.
Work with your dermatologist to develop an individual skin care regime. Based on your unique skin type and lifestyle, customize your plan for healthier skin.
The effects of youthful sunburns are often not realized until decades later. Over-exposure as a child can lead to leathery skin or even skin cancer as an adult. So it is important to start a healthy regimen of protection at an early age. While every sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer, it’s not just those big days at the beach or ballgame that cause trouble.
No single method of sun defense can protect you perfectly, though. The best path to beautiful, healthy skin is to adopt as many of these steps as possible into your lifestyle, and make them daily habits everywhere you go, all year long.
It’s simple: Don’t use a tanning bed — ever. Indoor tanning (even one time) raises the risk of all kinds of skin cancer, including melanoma. In fact, using a tanning bed before age 35 increases your risk of melanoma by 75 percent.
Clothing can provide a great barrier against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Its protection is consistent over time and doesn’t wear off like sunscreen does. Many new fabrics offer high-tech protection and breathability, too. Look for UPF, which stands for ultraviolet protection factor, on labels for clothing, hats and fabrics.
When outside, think of shade as your refuge, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, the peak hours of sun intensity. Walk on the shady side of the street, sit below an umbrella, duck under an awning or even a tree. Of course, some UV rays will still reach your skin -- reflecting off water, sand, glass and concrete.
Whether it’s a sport spray, an easy-to-use stick or a rich moisturizer, the best sunscreen is the one you will use every day. “Broad Spectrum” indicates that the sunscreen protects against UVA & UVB rays. While sunscreens can’t claim to be waterproof, they can be water resistant for 40 or 80 minutes. Mineral formulas may cause less irritation in people who have sensitive skin.
While glass blocks UVB rays pretty well, it allows UVA rays to pass through. This is true of your windows at home as well as on the road. When you’re in your car, protect yourself with hats, clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen.
Sunburns appear around 4 to 24 hours after exposure. The affected skin is red and may be painful or blistered. Further exposure should be avoided for a few days. Cool water or milk soaks may help soothe. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help decrease the redness and pain. Should blisters break, use a topical antibiotic ointment. A moisturizer can help with skin peeling afterward.
Other Conditions & Treatments
Still developing, teens are often more susceptible to skin infections than full-grown adults. That is why we treat each condition specifically for teenagers.
Athlete’s Foot is a scaly, cracked rash that thrives on warm, damp skin. This often effects teens whose feet tend to be damp and sweaty. Other fungal skin infections include jock itch and ringworm. OTC topicals may solve the problem if it is mild, but more serious infections may require topical or oral prescription medicine.
AD is an inflammatory skin condition that typically manifests in dry, itchy, inflamed patches of skin along with related health conditions such as asthma and allergies. There is no cure for eczema, but, in most cases, it is manageable through treatments like oral medications, steroid creams and light therapy.
The herpes simplex virus causes small, painful, fluid-filled blisters on your mouth or nose. Cold sores last about 10 days and easily spread from person to person. Triggers include fever, too much sun, stress, and hormonal changes like periods. Can be treated with antiviral pills or creams.
Changes to a teenager’s hormone level and body chemistry can lead to the onset of dandruff, a common scalp condition that that causes flaky skin and an itchy scalp. This may be why dandruff usually begins around puberty. It can be treated with prescription-strength shampoos or topical steroids for itching and redness.
The increase in hormones during puberty makes the body's sweat glands more active, producing more sweat. In rare cases, there are medical reasons for heavy sweating. If you are sweating when resting, sleeping, or if your hands or feet sweat a lot, it may be hyperhidrosis -- which could require prescription medications.
Warts are tiny skin infections caused by viruses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. Types of warts include common, flat, plantar and filiform. They can be passed from person to person by close physical contact. They can be treated with topical medications, lasers, freezing and removal.
Teenage skin is changing all the time. We offer a wide range of skincare products specially designed for the unique skincare needs of teenagers. From sunscreens, to acne medications to potent anti-fungal remedies, we have the tools to protect your skin and keep it vibrant and healthy.
DC Clear Me Up Wash – This soap - free cleanser deep cleanses oily, acne -prone skin. Our Clear Me Up Wash is enriched with Benzoyl Peroxide providing anti-bacterial protection for challenged skin and gentle enough to use for both a.m and p.m skin care routines.SHOP HERE
Revision Papaya Enzyme Cleanser - Papaya Fruit Extract lifts away impurities, gently polishes away dead skin cells, and nourishes skin with vitamins and minerals. Leaves all skin types feeling soft, clean and moisture-balanced. Contains Papain, an enzyme that gently exfoliates for naturally vibrant skin.SHOP HERE
EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 – This sunscreen is great for swimmers, skiers, runners, golfers and other athletes – or for those who just love to be outdoors! UV Sport is water-resistant so it won’t rinse off in water or drip into your eyes and sting when you sweat.SHOP HERE
DC Treat Pads – Excellent for teens, athletes, and patients with combination to oily skin. Easy to use and the ideal addition to a comprehensive skin care routine for oily, clogged and acne prone skin types. Can be used on the face AND body where breakouts tend to occur.SHOP HERE