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The Proven Fixes for Your Most Annoying Skin Complaints

Good skin is one part heredity, one part lifestyle, and one
part dumb luck. Some issues, such as sun damage, are preventable; others are
almost completely unavoidable. But for every problem, there’s a solution —
whether it’s at the drugstore or in a doctor’s office. Here, let’s explore 3 of
the most common and most bothersome skin issues, as well as what we know really
works.

Acne

Contrary to popular belief, pimples can stick around long
after adolescence. Hormonal fluctuations during the teenage years make skin
more prone to blemishes, but our hormones are always on the move, and changes
can lead to breakouts, even in adulthood. For example, women often report
pimples (in addition to other unwelcome symptoms) in the week before their
periods. For some, the glow of pregnancy can be accompanied by spots.

At the root of acne – literally – is bacteria. Hormonal
fluctuations can cause an overproduction of skin oil, or sebum, which traps
bacteria in the pores and eventually leads to pimples. Some acne treatments
focus on treating the oil production, while others reduce bacteria.

Topical treatments and cleansers use special ingredients to
dry out existing pimples, causing them to heal faster. Still other treatments,
such as birth control pills, regulate hormones to stop acne development at the
source.

Severe cases of acne may require a combined approach,
depending on your age and lifestyle. Light therapies, such as BLU-U®, often make effective
complements to at-home products.

Keep in mind that chronic, moderate or severe acne is
different from the occasional breakout. If you get only occasional, localized
breakout along with your period, acne products and treatments may actually be
causing more harm than good. Spot treatments containing salicylic acid or
benzoyl peroxide are best for the odd flare-up.

Cellulite

All too often, those extraordinarily stubborn dimples on the
thighs or butt are written off as a weight issue. You may think that you’re
only just a few more elliptical sessions away from clearing it up, but
cellulite is far more complex – and far more intractable.

The primary reason cellulite is so slow to resolve is
because it’s caused by thick, fibrous strands of tissue beneath the skin. Think
about it like a tufted couch. Each dimple is like a button on that couch, and
the band of tissue is like the twine and thread that holds that button in
place.

These bands pull down on skin from below the surface,
causing dimples. Excess fat, which inevitably comes up when we talk about
cellulite, can indeed make cellulite more prominent. But it doesn’t cause cellulite, so losing weight won’t
resolve it.

We’ve all seen topical products and massage techniques that
promise to reduce the appearance of cellulite — but cellulite is a structural
issue, so focusing on the surface of the skin is not the way to go.

What does work is
treating the bands. Many local physicians offer effective cellulite treatment
options that take this approach. Cellfina™ is available here in Ohio through Dr. Craig Colville, who offers the
treatment to people at his Toledo practice. As he explains, the Cellfina device
actually breaks up the structure of cellulite through very small incisions,
resulting in a minimally invasive treatment option that’s remarkably effective.

Stretch Marks

These lines commonly strike men and women alike and are
often seen on the chest, hips, abdomen, and thighs. They’re the result of skin
that stretches too quickly and tears as a result. (Stretch marks are actually
scars.) Early on, they may appear purple or red, but eventually they fade quite
a bit.

Like any other scar, there are a few treatments available.
The first line of defense is prevention. If you’re in a situation where you
anticipate some stretch marks, such as pregnancy, there are topical salves,
balms, and oils that can help your skin. And if the stretch marks have already
formed, laser and light therapies, such as skin resurfacing, can
significantly fade them and restore your skin to its former smoothness.

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