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As we have all heard, Botox provides patients with instant, ageless beauty that turns back the clock on unwanted wrinkles and other signs of aging. One small injection into the muscles of facial expression can subtract ten years off someone’s age and build their confidence.

Is There Still A Botox Stigma?

Many people believe that the procedure is strictly for an older clientele or that the procedure can result in a botched situation. Contrary to this, younger patients are starting to use Botox in their 20s and 30s in order to prevent wrinkles and maintain younger skin. Doctors typically use less of the product for younger clients, but the effects last longer, meaning that the client will not have to use Botox as often as they age.

Other Benefits of Botox

Besides the anti-aging benefits, Botox can also be used to

So, why not try Botox? If you are seeking more information, schedule your consultation with Metroplex Dermatology today.

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington Dermatologist Dr. David Hensley is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Hensley focus’s his practice on technologically advanced skin care treatments. Dr. Hensley is Medical Director of Metroplex Dermatology, a practice devoted to providing patients with the highest standard of skin care available. Dr. Hensley has been named two years in a row 2016 | 2017 Top10MD an honor– only 1-in-3 doctors succeed with this recognition in the United States. Contact Dr. Hensley today by or call (817)704-4777.


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With kids heading off to camp this summer and families headed to the mountains or camping outdoors ticks can be a problem if not a life-long problem if infected with Lyme Disease or other tick related diseases. “It’s a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant during the months of April-September when ticks are most active,” says Dr. Jeffery West Ticks transmit over ten diseases to humans and pets. Some of these diseases can be debilitating for the rest of you or your child’s life; it’s important to seek immediate care. Early recognition and treatment decrease the risk of serious complications later on.

Approximately 300,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Lyme disease yearly; while only 30,000 of these are estimated to be reported to the CDC by state health departments. Ninety-six percent of Lyme disease cases come from 13 states.


  • Avoid direct contact with ticks
  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter
  • Walk in the center of trails


  • Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours.
  • Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
  • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.


  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
  • Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
  • Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
  • If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
  • If the clothes require washing first, use hot water. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.


  • Remove the tick as quickly as possible, do not wait for it to detach.
  • Use a fine-tipped tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight up with steady pressure. Then thoroughly clean the bite (and your hands) with rubbing alcohol and soap and water.
  • Kill the tick without touching it and throw it away. If you develop a rash or fever following exposure, see a doctor immediately.


  • Fever/chills: With all tickborne diseases, patients can experience fever at varying degrees and time of onset.
  • Aches and pains: Tickborne disease symptoms include a headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. With Lyme disease, you may also experience joint pain. The severity and time of onset of these symptoms can depend on the disease and the patient’s personal tolerance level.
  • Rash: Lyme disease, southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, and tularemia can result in distinctive rashes:
    • In Lyme disease, the rash may appear within 3-30 days, typically before the onset of fever. The Lyme disease rash is the first sign of infection and is usually a circular rash called erythema migrans or EM. This rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected persons and begins at the site of a tick bite. It may be warm but is not usually painful. Some patients develop additional EM lesions in other areas of the body several days later.
    • The rash of (STARI) is nearly identical to that of Lyme disease, with a red, expanding “bull’s eye” lesion that develops around the site of a lone star tick bite. Unlike Lyme disease, STARI has not been linked to any arthritic or neurologic symptoms.
    • The rash seen with Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) varies greatly from person to person in appearance, location, and time of onset. About 10% of individuals with RMSF never develop a rash. Most often, the rash begins 2-5 days after the onset of fever as small, flat, pink, non-itchy spots (macules) on the wrists, forearms, and ankles and spreads to the trunk. It sometimes involves the palms and soles. The red to purple, spotted (petechial) rash of RMSF is usually not seen until the sixth day or later after onset of symptoms and occurs in 35-60% of patients with the infection.
  • In the most common form of tularemia, a skin ulcer appears at the site where the organism entered the body. The ulcer is accompanied by swelling of regional lymph glands, usually in the armpit or groin.
  • 30% of patients and up to 60% of children, ehrlichiosis can cause a rash. The appearance of the rash ranges from macular to maculopapular to petechial and may appear after the onset of fever.

Tickborne diseases can result in mild symptoms treatable at home to severe infections requiring hospitalization. Although easily treated with antibiotics, these diseases can be difficult for physicians to diagnose. However, early recognition and treatment of the infection decrease the risk of serious complications. Seek medical advice immediately if you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of the symptoms described here.


  • Anaplasmosis is transmitted to humans by tick bites primarily from the blacklegged tick.
  • Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells. Most human cases of babesiosis are caused by Babesia microtiBabesia microti is transmitted by the blacklegged tick.
  • Borrelia mayonii infection has recently been described as a cause of illness in the upper Midwestern United States. It has been found in blacklegged ticks. Borrelia mayonii is a new species and is the only species besides B. burgdorferi known to cause Lyme disease in North America.
  • Borrelia miyamotoi infection has recently been described as a cause of illness in the U.S. It is transmitted by the blacklegged tick and has a range like that of Lyme disease.
  • Colorado tick fever is caused by a virus transmitted by the Rocky Mountain wood tick. It occurs in the Rocky Mountain states at elevations of 4,000 to 10,500 feet.
  • Ehrlichiosis is transmitted to humans by the lone star tick, found primarily in the south central and eastern U.S.
  • Heartland virus infection has been identified in eight patients in Missouri and Tennessee as of March 2014. Studies suggest that Lone Star ticks may transmit the virus. It is unknown if the virus may be found in other areas of the U.S.
  • Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick in the northeastern U.S. and upper Midwestern U.S. and the western blacklegged tick along the Pacific coast.
  • Powassan disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick and the groundhog tick. Cases have been reported primarily from northeastern states and the Great Lakes region.
  • Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis is transmitted to humans by the Gulf Coast tick.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is transmitted by the American dog tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick, and the brown dog tick in the U.S. The brown dog tick and other tick species are associated with RMSF in Central and South America.
  • STARI (Southern tick-associated rash illness) is transmitted via bites from the lone star tick, found in the southeastern and eastern U.S.
  • Tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF) is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected soft ticks. TBRF has been reported in 15 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming and is associated with sleeping in rustic cabins and vacation homes.
  • Tularemia is transmitted to humans by the dog tick, the wood tick, and the lone star tick. Tularemia occurs throughout the U.S.
  • 364D rickettsiosis is transmitted to humans by the Pacific Coast tick. This is a new disease that has been found in California.

Dr. Jeffery West is a Rockwall Otolaryngologist specializing in allergies and ENT surgery. Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngologists, Dr. West is Medical Director of Lakeside Allergy ENT with offices in Rockwall, Forney, and Wylie Texas. Named Top10MD in 2016 – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff West, click on his profile or call his office at 972-398-1131.


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Winter is here! You reach for a cup of hot chocolate and curl up to the fireplace as the temperature continues to drop outside. That warm, cozy sweater you’ve been excited about wearing for the winter season is rubbing your skin raw – triggering an unpleasant itch and irritation. With continued scratching, you find your skin begins to develop a rash. You believe you just have dry skin, but in some cases, you have a condition called eczema. Eczema can be an embarrassing and frustrating issue. Those dry, itchy patches of skin seem only to worsen when cold, windy weather hits, leaving your skin even more inflamed and sensitive. Eczema is a common skin condition affecting over 31 million Americans yearly. Don’t suffer through the chilly winter with blotches or blisters; there are steps you can take to ease the irritation and tenderness.

So, What Is Eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition, defined by itching, red, irritated skin. This skin condition occurs due to loss of moisture in the skin; while genetics can play a role in who develops eczema, it is commonly associated with seasonal allergies and hay fever. It can be exacerbated by contact with environmental irritants or allergens.

Symptoms of Eczema

  • Dry, itchy and scaly skin
  • Red rash on the elbows, knees, or nape of the neck
  • Rough, thickened skin on the neck, face, and around the eyes
  • Associated skin infections

How Do I Treat Eczema & Dry Skin?

For the winter season specifically, there are some tips and tricks you can try at home:

  • Moisturize Often. If you take long, hot showers, you probably know how dry your skin feels afterward. Throw in some cold, dry air on top of that, and you will be itching and peeling in no time. Thoroughly moisturizing on a daily basis can do wonders for your skin. Liberally apply a thick moisturizing cream or ointment to your body twice a day. Petroleum jelly is a cheap but effective option.
  • Avoid Irritants and Allergens. Hopefully, you have a pretty good idea as to what irritates your skin – do your best to avoid triggers. Wash your clothing with a detergent designed for sensitive skin. Choose soaps for sensitive skin. Avoid any perfume or chemicals that may aggravate eczema.
  • Humidifier. You may have noticed how the heater in your home can quickly dry out the air. The heat can do the same to your skin. Keep your environment free of dry air, with the use of a humidifier. However, be cautious not to allow the skin to sweat and overheat which may contribute to itching.
  • Visit your Dermatologist. Often if you have not been able to control eczema at home, your dermatologist may suggest a prescription-strength topical medication eases the inflammation and itching.

Winter is here for another two months– seek the opinion of a board-certified dermatologist today and rid your itch today. Call Dr. Daneeque Woolfolk and schedule an appointment.

Daneeque Woolfolk, MD is a board-certified Dermatologist in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Woolfolk’s practice, Blackburn Woolfolk Dermatology, PLLC provides the highest standard of care in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, and continually introduces the latest advances in treatment. Dr. Woolfolk has been named 2017 Top10MD an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. Contact Dr. Woolfolk today or call (214)630-5256.


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What Is An Age Spot?

Age spots are flat spots that vary in color and size. Sometimes they appear brown, black, or even gray in color. You may have heard the term by other names, such as “liver spots” or “sun spots.” Age spots are a result of excess skin pigmentation and tend to occur on areas of the body where there is more exposure to the sun – your face, hands, shoulders, and forearms.

Am I At Risk For Age Spots?

Anyone can develop age spots. However, you will find certain people are more susceptible to them depending on a few factors:

  • 40+ Years of Age
  • Fair Skin
  • Frequent exposure to the sun
  • Frequent tanning bed use

How Do I Know If It’s An Age Spot?

In good lighting, thoroughly examine your skin for any discoloration. Check for darker spots that are brown or black in color. As you run your fingers over the spots, they will feel flat and be the same texture as the rest of your skin. You should be able to press on the spots with no risk of pain or discomfort. If you do experience pain, however, check with your board-certified dermatologist for a proper examination.

Can Age Spots Be Treated?

Luckily, age spots are not dangerous and do not cause any health issues. If you are unhappy with the way they look, you may have them removed by your board certified dermatologist. Your options range from prescription chemical peels to lasers can zap them and they will fall off within a week. Bleaching creams you buy over the counter may lighten them but they will reappear. Depending on your case, your dermatologist will guide you in the appropriate direction. Over-the-counter creams are not as strong as prescription level creams. They may or may not change in the pigmentation of your skin. If you are looking to try something over the counter before scheduling an appointment, look for creams with ingredients containing hydroquinone, deoxyarbutin, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or kojic acid or save your money and have them zapped!

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington Dermatologist Dr. David Hensley is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Hensley focuses his practice on technologically advanced skin care treatments. Dr. Hensley is Medical Director of Metroplex Dermatology, a practice devoted to providing patients with the highest standard of skin care available. Dr. Hensley has been named two years in a row 2016 | 2017 Top10MD an honor– only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States. Contact Dr. Hensley today by or call (817)704-4777.


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Word on the street is if you have a party coming up its time for skin rejuvenation with the Liftron Thermatrix for all skin types! Looking for a quick, simple solution to easing those crows feet or contouring those upper arms? Or perhaps you’ve developed some discoloration on your skin or scarring that no at-home or over the counter remedy seems to lighten or heal? Or you’re a skin of color where lasers were forbidden. LIFTRON THERMATRIX is a new, safe solution to improving your skin’s overall look and feel.

Perfect for all skin types and particularly those with darker skin tones, this rejuvenating treatment is a safe and effective way to address issues ranging from sagging skin to balancing skin tone.

What Does LIFTRON Do for Skin Rejuvenation?

Fractional skin treatments are meant to improve the look and feel of skin with fewer side effects. Utilizing a non-invasive method, laser beams divide thousands of microscopic zones to target a fraction of the skin for repairing. The LIFTRON method, however, is considered a new category of fractional treatment. Instead of a laser’s burst of light energy to micro-injure a section of skin for repairing, using radiofrequency, energy derived from your own body’s impedance. Utilized for anything from skin tightening on the face, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks to scars and color irregularities on the eyelids, lips, arms, and hands. There are multiple benefits of this non-invasive treatment, including contouring, body shaping, and temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite. Depending on what you’re addressing, LIFTRON offers an all-in-one system with a simple change of the tip of the instrument. The interchangeable heads target those problem areas with no pain or discomfort to the patient.

How Does LIFTRON Work for Skin Rejuvenation?

A safe, non-invasive, and fast treatment that gives immediate visible results. Using a dual heating system with both mono & bipolar radiofrequency energies, the LIFTRON system can target a warmer temperature while protecting the epidermis layer of the skin. Each treatment is tailored to your individual needs improving tone, laxity, and texture. While there is minimal discomfort, you will receive a topical anesthetic for the length of the treatment. After a single treatment, you have virtually no downtime and can go right back to your daily routine.

Treat yourself this holiday season with a quick and safe solution to scarring, discoloration, and wrinkles. Mention Top10MD for a 10% off coupon, so act now! Schedule your appointment today for a personalized plan targeting your problem areas and feel that confidence you’ve been missing!


Dallas Functional Medicine Specialist and Rheumatologist Joseph Cleaver MD is dual boarded by the American Board of Anti-Aging, Functional & Regenerative Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also certified by the ABAARM in Advanced Metabolic Endocrinology. Dr. Cleaver is the co-founder of Paradigm Wellness Medical Group conveniently located in Dallas, TX, San Francisco, CA and Napa CA. For more information on nutritional health, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and longevity and preventative medicine, visit Dr. Cleaver’s website ParadigmWellnessMED  at or call today to schedule a consultation 888.244.6493 ext. 101.


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Nearly 17 million people in America have acne and suffer from acne scars. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and it comes in all shapes and forms. Sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to manage. As soon as you get a breakout, it’s easy to pick and poke at it. You try different skincare regimens, home remedies like apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil, and nothing seems to work. Understanding how you get acne scars, as well as ways to remove them, can help you get back to having beautiful clear skin.

What is Acne?

Acne is simply the buildup of oil and dead skin cells in the hair follicles. When these things build up, your face breaks out in pimples. Here are the varying types:

  • Blackheads: Pimples on the surface that are black.
  • Whiteheads: Pimples under the skin.
  • Nodules: Large painful pimples found deep in the skin
  • Pustules: Pimples that are red at the base and have pus on the surface.
  • Papules: Small pink bumps
  • Cysts: Deep pus filled pimples

What Really Causes Acne Scars?

A buildup of oil and dead skin in the hair follicle leaves the pore to swell, causing the hair follicle to tear. The deeper the tear, the worse the scar. The skin repairs itself with new collagen fibers, but unfortunately, the scar remains.

Types of Acne Scars

  • Hypertrophic scar– Keloid type scarring that results in a raised mass on the skin surface
  • Atrophic scar – Depressed scars resulting from a loss of tissue

Blackheads and whiteheads are two types of pimples that do not; cysts, pustules, and papules will. What you may think is an acne scar may not be a scar at all. Sometimes you have what is known as PIH or post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a discoloration that will eventually go away.

Treatment Options

There is no one right way to treat your acne scars. Adjustments in your diet or skincare routine may help. In cases where you are suffering from atrophic or depressed scars, Bellafill may be the best treatment for you. Bellafill is a dermal filler that fills out the face and brings those depressed scars to surface level. Learn more about the benefits of Bellafill here. Scar butter or scar ointment may help with existing scars and get rid of the discoloration for less severe cases. It is good practice to exfoliate and clear your face of dead skin cells once or twice a week. Soon, you’ll be on your way to the healthy looking skin you deserve!

Dr. John Burns is a Dallas Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Burns is a member of the prestigious Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns, click on his profile or call his office at 214-515-0002.  Dr. John Burns has been named Top10MD for four years. Top10MD is an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States.


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Struggling with acne problems, scarring and wrinkles can lead to feelings of frustration, poor self-image, and even depression. As you age, you begin to notice those fine lines and wrinkles surfacing. Since puberty, you may have battled acne at varying stages trying everything from lotion to medication but fail to see any method successfully rid you of those pesky pimples.

You may think you have tried every option known to man, but if you have not tried Bellafill Dermal Filler, then there may be hope yet!


The first question you may be asking is what Bellafill is? Bellafill is a new FDA- approved dermal filler that has been proven to be safe and effective – and there’s no surgery involved! The treatment lasts roughly five years and has given patients a new look on life. Bellafill is made of PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) collagen fiber, which works quickly and gives instant results.

Bellafill Treatment

Bellafill treats many different issues. Some common problems include:

  • Acne scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Nasolabial
  • Smile Lines

How Does Bellafill Work?

Bellafill Dermal Filler works by two different methods, both using the same technique of lifting and filling the face. Once the collagen is injected under the skin, it smoothes out pitted scars and wrinkles, leaving the affected skin even with the area around it. The collagen substance then triggers the production of the body’s collagen; this results in lasting effects that are both safe and effective.

Pros and Cons

The benefits of Bellafill can be tremendous. Quite often, patients using dermal fillers have to follow up with their physician twice a year. Bellafill is only needed every five years; this saves you time and money. It is a quick outpatient procedure that is performed in the physician’s office. Also, Bellafill does not require a recovery time, so you do not have to miss work.

While Bellafill can be the answer to some patients’ problems, it does not address every kind of acne. Bellafill is best for pitted acne scars resulting from acne inflammation. Once the swelling goes down, it can leave an indention in the skin. As many discover, it’s tough to rid yourself of these type of scars. While Bellafill can address this kind of scarring, it does not prevent acne or rid you of surface scars.

The Bellafill Benefit

If you don’t want to have to worry about seeing your doctor twice a year for dermal fillers, you should look into Bellafill. The next closest filler on the market only has a two-year FDA approval, which makes Bellafill’s 5-year duration even more appealing. Although this is a dermatology issue, plastic surgeons are experienced in Bellafill dermal fillers. If pitted acne scars or fine lines and wrinkles are affecting your life and taking over your confidence, make an appointment today with a plastic surgeon. You don’t have to look at it as plastic surgery; look at it more like a facial improvement. As they say, “Don’t rent your filler; own it.”

Dr. John Burns is a Dallas Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Burns is a member of the prestigious Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns, click on his profile or call his office at 214-515-0002.  Dr. John Burns has been named Top10MD for four years. Top10MD is an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States.


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Everyone is jumping on the SkinPen bandwagon. Why? “Because it works” says, Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura a Dallas Plastic Surgeon.

Some compare the SkinPen results to or even better than painful laser treatments or skin peels that require days of downtime. Although micro-needling has been around, the SkinPen is superior technology applied to this same procedure. It is able to stimulate your skins natural ability to produce new collagen, which can provide an enhanced overall appearance of the skin.

The SkinPen Can Improve

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin tone
  • Skin texture
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun damage

As we age, our fibroblast activity slows down and our dermal barrier becomes increasingly compromised. The SkinPen addresses this for all parts of the body and is able to be used on most skin types, including darker skin. The most popular treatment areas are the face, décolletage, hands, and abdomen for stretch marks.

The procedure is painless for most and at worst can simply be described as annoying. With a topical numbing cream applied first the SkinPen feels equivalent to a cat licking your face with a rough tongue.   The practitioner is able to adjust the depth of the micro-needling channeling treatment depending on your comfort level, goals, and skin type. The unique design of the SkinPen allows for individualized settings, which makes the treatment very comfortable for most everyone. The procedure takes 60-90 minutes depending on areas treated.

One of the many benefits of the SkinPen is the ability to be social after treatment. Mineral makeup can and be applied to conceal any redness. Some heal completely in 24 hours while others might be pink for a couple of days.

As with most facial treatments, multiple sessions are recommended to achieve optimal results. Depending upon your skin, most are recommended a series of 2-3 treatments 4-5 weeks apart. With the SkinPen, you will be able to notice results just one week following treatment and will continue to improve as the body’s healing process promotes the production of healthy, new cells and the production of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid.

Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura is a Dallas Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Nakamura is Medical Director of Accent on You. With over 25 years of plastic surgery knowledge, Dr. Nakamura takes a personal approach with every patient while continuing to provide excellent care. Dr. Nakamura has been named 2015-2016 Top10MD an honor only 1-in-3 doctor’s in the United States succeed with this recognition. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Nakamura at 817-417-7200.


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What is Acne?

Acne is skin lesions or inflammation that occurs when sebaceous or oil glands of the skin get infected with bacteria and swell up. Acne is also known as pimples, pustules, papule, spots and zits. The sebaceous glands that are present throughout the skin except in palms and soles secrete a waxy or oily substance called sebum. The sebum helps to maintain the oil balance of the skin and makes it look healthy. When there is any abnormality in the sebaceous gland, pimples occur.

Types Of Acnetreating acne and pimples

Acne is not only the red, inflamed bumps that are visible on your skin. There are different types of pimples. Some of the pus filled acne can be painful and can persist for a long time. Knowing about the different kinds of acne will help you to treat them correctly.

  1. Whiteheads – White spots that usually occur on oily skin.
  2. Blackheads – Are caused when the material present inside the pores pushes out. Dirt does not necessarily cause blackheads; a blackhead can also occur due to bacteria and dead skin build up.
  3. Pustules or Nodules – Sometimes the tissues around the clogged pores get infected causing inflammation. This inflamed portion is filled with pus, and it is hard. These are nothing but nodules or pustules.
  4. Cysts – Deep pus filled pimples.

10 Remedies To Achieve Flawless & Healthy Skin

1. Reduce Your Stress – If you didn’t know it already then let me break it to you. Stress causes acne!! Not that I’m excited about it or something, but it does. When our body produces stress hormones, it leads to causing an acne breakout in two ways.

  • The hair follicle lining thickens due to the hormone causing whiteheads and blackheads, and if bacteria get trapped inside of it, a pimple is formed.
  • Our body directs blood and oxygen to more vital areas leaving skin dehydrated and prone to clogged pores and breakouts. Hence to avoid pimples, one also needs to reduce their stress levels.

2. Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is a cactus like a plant with antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, astringent and a lot more useful medicinal properties. It can be used in a lot of ways- as a moisturizer, a facemask, shaving oil, or it can also be included in your diet. Aloe Vera can work wonders for treating and preventing acne as it removes excess oil and dirt from the skin. It stimulates the cell growth and helps the damaged skin for healing faster.

3. Cucumber – Fresh cucumber juice is an amazing toner for your face. Cucumbers have the same pH as your skin, so it contributes to the natural healing process of your skin. Cucumbers help prevent and cure acne. A cucumber facial mask twice a week and you’ll see your acne slowly get under control and disappear.

4. Baking Soda – A wonder product that you might already have in your kitchen can help in your fight against acne. A mixture of baking soda and lemon juice can be applied on the skin to make it acne free. Baking soda is an amphoteric compound that means it can work both as an acid and as a base. It helps in neutralizing the skin’s pH, an imbalance in which is often a cause of acne. It also dries the skin removing any extra oil and mixing some baking soda with water works wonderfully in cleansing and exfoliating our skin.

5. Honey – Honey masks are a common acne treatment. Applying honey on the face works both as a preventive method and as a treatment for pimples. It is a natural antiseptic that soothes and heals the skin. The antioxidants present in honey can help in reducing the inflammation of the skin and making it a pimple free. Apply some honey on your face for 15-30 minutes and then wash it off. Not only will it work against your acne problem but it also makes the skin smooth and supple.

6. Lemon – Like honey, lemons are also believed to be a quite effective natural treatment for getting rid of pimples. Lemons can help avoiding pimples in more than one way. Lemon juice reduces the oil, kills bacteria, reduces redness, and also removes the pimple scars. To use it over your pimples squeeze some fresh lime juice over a cotton swab or a cotton ball and apply it over your face. It can give quick results.

7. Eat Healthy & Drink Water – Our mothers have always told us that no amount of cosmetic products could benefit our skin as much as eating a healthy diet comprising of fresh fruits and vegetables can; this is, in fact, true. Eating oily and greasy food like chocolates or junk food doesn’t do much good to our skin while eating grains, fruits, and vegetables helps us in keeping it healthy and acne free.

8. Keep Hands Off – Seeing an unpleasant pimple makes us want to pop it immediately to get rid of it. But touching and popping pimples can only accentuate the problem. Don’t let your hands touch your face ever! It spreads bacteria, causing infections, or furthermore pimples that you certainly don’t want.

9. Keep Your Face Clean – Cleansing shall be one of the most important steps of your skin care routine. Even if you are not having an acne problem washing the face twice a day helps in removing dirt, oil and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Less oil and dirt also means less acne. While washing your face use a cleanser designed for your face. Also, wash the face only with warm or cold water as using hot water can cause pimples. Always, always, always USE A FRESH CLEAN WASHCLOTH! Overnight a washcloth grows bacteria… put it in the hamper and uses a fresh one daily.

10. Use Dermatological Products – There is a variety of anti-acne products – face washes, creams, face packs, etc., available on the market these days. Search a little, find a product that will best suit your skin type and give it a try.

If drugstore and home treatments don’t control your acne breakouts, seek the knowledge and treatment from a Top10MD Dermatologist today!


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