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Skin Below the Surface

LUX Dermatology shares when it's time for your teen to see a dermatologist

As parents, the familiar saying “The days are long, but the years are short” rings true, especially when you blink and your child is on the doorstep of their teenage years. 

As if this stage doesn't come with enough challenges, changing hormones cause many teens to develop issues with their skin in the form of acne, rosacea, eczema, and more. And the shame and embarrassment can sometimes feel worse than the condition. If your child escapes these magical years blemish free, consider them lucky. Yet it’s very normal and can be treated with the right products and routine(s). According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, approximately 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne. So, anyone experiencing skin conditions can feel they are in good company. 

Parents in the valley are fortunate to have the LUX Dermatology practice located right here in Henderson. LUX Dermatology physicians and staff have a genuine passion for skin care, offering services for kids, teens, and adults, including acne care, Botox® and dermal filler application, and microneedling. 

Erica Moran, PA-C, is a Certified Physician Assistant at LUX Dermatology who works alongside talented doctors and staff to offer these services and more. Erica graduated from Touro University Nevada-Henderson and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Gerontology from the University of Nevada Reno.

Erica regularly works with teens and tweens and has offered advice on how to tackle complex complexions and maintain healthy ones.

It’s important to be discerning about over-the-counter products, says Erica. “The myriad of products found in beauty aisles are made for the mass population and don’t take into account differing genders, skin types, climates, age ranges, and more.” And Erica warns that our Nevada sunshine can wreak havoc on skin, no matter the age. “A daily SPF is a must in routines whether it’s sunny, cloudy, or even raining.”

Speaking of routines, Erica says less is more when it comes to the number of products. A gentle cleanser, a moisturizer to protect the skin barrier, and finishing with an SPF is all you need. Generally, she says that it’s best to steer clear of those multi-step processes that are popular on social media. Not to mention all the extra time that it takes when it’s not necessary.

For overall takeaways, LUX Dermatology’s Erica Moran says it’s important to remember that teens experiencing skin issues are not alone, and while it can feel overwhelming, there are many available solutions and treatments.

"When over-the-counter methods don't work, dry skin further, or aggravate an issue, it’s time to see a dermatologist." Erica Moran, PA-C notes that while one person’s acne may look similar to another, everyone’s skin is different and can require a customized approach. “You will spend more time buying and trying everything at the drugstore than you would consulting a dermatologist and receiving a customized treatment plan.”

“Whatever you do, don’t pick at blemishes. You can end up with further inflammation and scarring.” She says that she’s not opposed to pimple patches if people want to try them, yet leaving blemishes alone is always the best method. 

For those who say they only wear SPF outside or at the pool, Erica warns this is a mistake. “It may be surprising to hear that sitting in a car or a room full of windows can cause damage. Applying SPF is a must in the everyday routine for all ages.”

“Pay attention to the percentage of ingredients included in over-the-counter products. For instance, there’s a huge difference between 1 percent and 5 percent benzoyl peroxide and can cause severe drying and irritation.”

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