Have a little patch of itchy, red skin that’s been lingering? Body breakouts or bumps? These often innocuous skin conditions may not be life-threatening, but it doesn’t make them any less irritating.
Rebecca Kazin, MD, of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology weighs in on how to treat some of our most common, yet stubborn skin concerns:
1. BACNE – This harmless, but annoying acne incarnation has to do with sweat and bacteria sitting on skin. I tell my patients to shower immediately after workouts, use a glycolic acid based wash and a fresh, clean towel only to dry off. SilkPeel for Body is also a great in-office treatment to help treat bacne and keep pores clean.
2. ECZEMA - Skin is extra sensitive so avoid anything with fragrance and choose products that are hypo-allergenic. Ideally, you should use moisturizers in a tube or tub because they are not thinned out like lotions in a dispenser. I really like the Vanicream line and in general recommend Eucerin and Aveeno for patients with eczema. Aquaquor is also greathydration for eczema prone lips, hands and feet. Stay away from anything with hydroxy acid and retinol because it can dry out skin. You are not ready to exfoliate during the flare up and it can worsen irritation.
3. ROSACEA - Triggers for rosacea include spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine. Avoid retinoids and glycolic acid and certainly benzoyl peroxide. Look for anti-redness formulas that contain soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients like licorice root extract, vitamin E, tea tree oil. Stick with physical block sunscreens and stay away from chemical blocks. La-Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is a great physicalblock sunscreen for breakout - or Rosacea-prone patients.
4. KERATOSIS PILARIS – My favorite drugstore product to treat “chicken skin” is Amlactic or Lac-Hydrin. These are lactic acid based creams that get rid of dead cells that can be clogging the follicles that cause these little red bumps.