At Bradford Skin Clinic, rosacea can be managed
“How can I still have acne?!” you say.
Maybe you don’t.
Several different skin conditions can appear to be acne, and may also accompany acne, making it challenging to determine what you’re actually seeing. You may have rosacea, epidermal cysts, pityrosporum folliculitis, and/or keratosis pilaris. And you may also have acne. Let’s take a look at each one, and take heart—we can help at Bradford Skin Clinic.
But briefly, why should you trust us?
Owner Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist. She has certifications in IPL, VPL, laser skin rejuvenation treatment, and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in.
Bradford Skin Clinic exists to promote healthy and beautiful skin, and it’s wonderful to help people look better and feel better on a daily basis. We change people’s lives every day.
Rosacea is one of the most misunderstood skin conditions of all, and the National Rosacea Society reports that most of the 16 million Americans who have this malady don’t even know it. While rosacea was once erroneously called “acne rosacea” due to its misleading appearance, it’s actually something entirely different.
Symptoms of rosacea include red patches on the skin, which may become inflamed. Small bumps may form, and you may see dilated blood vessels. Rosacea commonly occurs on the nose and cheeks, although it sometimes affects other areas of the face. Topical or oral antibiotics, used daily, can help reduce rosacea. Laser treatments can help stop rosacea symptoms for months or longer. However, there is no permanent cure.
If you have a larger lump protruding from your skin, it could be cystic acne — however, it may also be an epidermal cyst, which is an unrelated condition. Epidermal cysts are slow-growing and are filled with a soft, cheese-like substance. They may emerge on the face, chest, neck, back, or groin area.
Epidermal cysts may stem from damage to hair follicles, which can be triggered by acne. Because epidermal cysts and acne often go hand in hand, it’s easy to mistake one for the other. Epidermal cysts require professional treatment, and your doctor may perform surgical drainage or remove the entire cyst surgically. Cysts can become infected, in which case your physician will probably give you some oral antibiotics.
If you’re like 90 percent of the population, you carry yeast on your skin. Yeast is a type of living organism, and it can sometimes cause a rash that is easily confused with acne. This condition is called pityrosporum folliculitis, and it’s not quite clear why some people have this reaction to yeast while others do not.
This type of folliculitis (which refers to conditions that affect hair follicles) tends to crop up on oilier areas of the body, like the back and chest. You may see pus-filled pimples, but they won’t respond to ordinary acne treatments. However, an antifungal cream may do the trick. Pityrosporum folliculitis is most common among young-to-middle-aged adults and may subside as you grow older.
Keratosis pilaris, called KP for short, causes tiny bumps that give skin a rough texture. The condition is referred to as “chicken skin” because it makes your skin somewhat similar to that of a plucked chicken. Not the nicest comparison, but if you have KP, take heart—so does about half of the world’s population. That’s including 50 to 80 percent of children and 40 percent of adults.
You’d think with so many people suffering from KP, there would be increased awareness of the condition. However, many people simply blame acne for their bumpy skin. KP usually appears on the upper arms and thighs. It can sometimes affect the cheeks as well and may even spread to the back and buttocks.
KP occurs when extra skin builds up around your hair follicles, which may prevent the hair from reaching the skin’s surface. The follicle may then become inflamed, causing the embarrassing bumpy texture.
KP treatment generally involves exfoliation. Start with a body scrub, and then use a chemical exfoliant such as alpha-hydroxy acid, which often comes in the form of glycolic acid or lactic acid. At Bradford Skin Clinic – our product Zyderma™ HS is also great for this condition. Zyderma™ HS is specially formulated with MicroSilver BG™ Technology. MicroSilver BG™ is an active ingredient with two highly desirable properties: its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities – Read more about Zyderma™. Certain prescription medications may also help.
See a pro for the right treatment option
While home treatments may be a good start for some conditions, you’ll almost always have better results by seeing a skincare specialist. Neither acne nor its imposters are typically dangerous (with the exception of some cysts), but medical-grade treatments can knock out most skin problems far more quickly than any over-the-counter wash or cream. The bottom line? If you’re not happy with your skin, see a pro who can help.
Fortunately, we now have a variety of treatment options to improve your skin. A laser skin rejuvenation treatment, exfoliant treatment, or medical-grade topical treatment may give you the results you’ve been seeking. At Bradford Skin Clinic, rosacea, epidermal cysts, pityrosporum folliculitis, and/or keratosis pilaris are treatable conditions. We can help.