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Top 3 Treatments for Summertime Acne & Breakouts

New York City Summer Climate and Acne

During the summer months, New York City sparkles with life: outdoor concerts in the park, sidewalk cafés, street fairs and markets.  Yet the hot, humid weather can wreak havoc on acne-prone skin.  Why does summertime skin tend to have more blemishes? In short, there is a correlation between hot weather and bacteria thriving in clogged pores.

Breaking Out during the Summer

Walk out the door on a New York City Summer day and you will feel the sweat beads start to form. Sweat is the body’s mechanism to keep the body temperature in equilibrium. Unfortunately, under certain conditions excessive sweating also can lead to clogged pores. When the pores are clogged, they start to stockpile excess oil (sebum), conditions that are ideal for acne-causing bacteria to grow. Throw in some city air and you have a special formula for flare ups.

When it comes to treating summer flare ups, there is an extra consideration: the sun. Many topical (retinoids) and oral medications (antibiotics) used to combat acne increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV radiation. This increases the risk of sunburns, which can premature aging and skin cancer. So it is important to follow a nourishing anti-acne skincare routine and take additional steps to protect the skin from the summer sun.

Skincare Tips to Treat Summer Acne

Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a leading New York board-certified dermatologist, recommends using a gentle, non-drying, daily cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which can heal blemished skin and help prevent future breakouts. Do not pick at pimples or blackheads–doing so can worsen the problem and potentially lead to scarring.

Dr. Frank offers a range of treatments for acne. His most popular treatments include:

  • Clear & Bright Pads. Soaked in a liquid that contains alpha (glycolic and lactic) and beta (salicylic) hydroxy acids, these medicated pads combat acne, but are gentle enough to use every day. The pads exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion.
  • ClearSpot Concealer. To reduce inflammation and minimize redness, Dr. Frank recommends this effective product to conceal active acne.
  • LED Light Therapy. A series of LED light therapy treatments can calm acne and kill bacteria. Ideal for the summer time when laser may not be an option.

If the New York summer climate is exacerbating your acne, Dr. Frank can formulate a comprehensive skincare plan to reduce inflammation, promote healing, and prevent future breakouts. Based on the overall condition of your skin, he will design a customized skincare routine that will help your skin glow. Contact his Manhattan office to schedule a consultation.

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How to Treat Sun Damage

Sun damage, which is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, can greatly affect the way you look. The sun’s rays disrupt the body’s natural level of collagen, causing your skin to react in negative ways. In turn, the skin around your face and around your body ages in noticeable ways: wrinkles, saggy and loose skin are the most obvious signs. Also, sun spots may form, the capillaries that transport blood under the skin can break, and the skin’s glow can disappear. On a more extreme level, skin cancer can develop, as sun damage puts a person at an increased risk of the disease.

Even those who do not tan or who are not at a relatively increased level of exposure can still experience the negative effects of sun damage. It is impossible to fully escape the sun; even applying sunscreen on a daily basis can be insufficient in protecting against the sun’s damaging rays. Luckily, Dr. Frank is fully certified and experienced to treat sun-damaged skin, and to restore skin that is no longer vibrant and smooth.

Because the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate through the superficial layers of the epidermis, Dr. Frank targets the treatment at the skin’s deepest layers. The skin heals as the body pushes the newer, younger skin towards the surface, naturally dispelling of the sun-damaged layers that line the surface and that are most visible to the naked eye. In this way, the treatment can work from the bottom up, correcting the damage from its root. The deep-rooted skin is healed and works its way up, so what is seen over time is clear, smooth, and refreshed skin.

Dr. Frank prescribes his patients with the only treatments that have been proven to yield the best results. Though he most often prescribes laser treatments like the Fraxel Restore and Fraxel Repair, he determines which product would work best on an individual.

Fraxel Thulium, for example, is one of the most common procedures that Dr. Frank performs to restore the natural glow of his patient’s skin. The laser treatment is divided into several sessions, so as to yield permanent results that increase over time. Meanwhile, both the Fraxel Restore and the Fraxel Repair are more aggressive laser technologies that are intended to resurface the skin’s tissue at the most sub-cutaneous level. They work from the inside out, repairing damage you can’t see to present long-term results that are clearly visible to yourself and to others.

Dr. Frank can perform each of these specialized treatments individually or in conjunction with one another. During your consultation, Dr. Frank will determine which approach will work best for you. Before assessing which treatment to prescribe, it is important that Dr. Frank has a good understanding of how deep-rooted and pervasive your sun damage is. He will customize your treatment plan with your concerns in mind, so as to construct the most minimally-invasive strategies that yield the best and most noticeable results possible. Dr. Frank will offer his professional recommendation on the best options for your sun-damaged skin while keeping in mind that you are busy and do not have extra time to devote to recovery or downtime.

Dr. Frank will never recommend a treatment that is unnecessary or excessive. He takes pride in his ability to rejuvenate and reinvigorate his patients’ appearance and confidence in their look. Thanks to the various treatments offered by Dr. Frank’s NYC office, sun damage no longer has to dictate what you wear or how you feel. Call us today to schedule your consultation visit and to get one step closer to reversing the harm that the sun has imposed on your skin.

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