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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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It’s Winter – Why Is My Acne Worse?

Man With Severe Acne and Scars Atlanta GA

Did you know that acne is the number one reason that people see a dermatologist? Acne develops as a result of clogged pores, or when bacteria resides on the skin and triggers redness, inflammation, nodules or cysts. Acne is also commonly associated with oily or greasy skin. So if the cold air brings dry skin, why are you battling acne flare-ups during this winter season? Shouldn’t acne be a “summer thing”?

According to Ellen Marmur, M.D., a Dove dermatologist with a private practice in New York City, acne can actually worsen in the winter. The cold temperatures restrict moisture in the air and leads to dryer-than-normal skin. In addition, when cold is combined with winter, your skin is further stripped of its natural surface lipids. This layer not only works to hold in needed moisture for your skin, but it also serves as a form protection, keeping dirt, bacteria and other environmental toxins from penetrating the skin. Therefore, when that layer is gone during the winter, it is easier for bacteria to invade the skin and foster acne lesions.

What You Can Do To Combat Acne When It’s Cold

It’s bad enough to deal with dry skin in the winter. Adding pimples to your dry complexion can make matters even worse. Don’t worry – a little knowledge goes a long way. By increasing your moisturizing routine, you can encourage those natural surface lipids to stay intact. However, if you continue to struggle with acne flare-ups, make sure you watch what you put on your face. In general, stick to gentle cleanser and stay away from harsh soaps and cleansers. To ensure you are choosing the best products for your face, talk with a dermatologist!

Acne Treatments From a Dermatologist

At Olansky Dermatology, we have a full menu of treatments to address teen and adult acne. Depending on the type of acne and your level of concern, we may recommend one of the following:

  • Prescription Facial Cleanser
  • Topical acne medication
  • Oral medications (including antibiotics, hormone therapy, and isotretinoin)
  • Chemical Peel
  • Facial
  • Laser Treatment

Are you struggling to love your complexion this winter? Call Olansky Dermatology in Atlanta. We can diagnose your specific type of acne and recommend a personalized treatment plan so that you can retain confident skin through all seasons of the year.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Based on 900 reviews

Ashley A.

Mandy Ramer, NP-C was such a pleasure to meet with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed each one with a plan that fit my needs. I am so glad I picked Olansky Dermatology. Absolutely thrilled with their service from appointment setting through check out.

Kara E.

The appointment process is quick easy and convenient online. Parking is easy enough. I got in basically right at my appointment time. I didn’t have to wait hardly at all. The doctors and nurses are nice, knowledgeable and helpful. The procedure I had was easy and I got out fast and was on my way.

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!