General Conditions

General Conditions

The Lake Charles, Louisiana, team at The Skin Studios identifies and treats a broad range of skin conditions using the most advanced technology and effective ingredients on the market. Even for the healthiest, cleanliest people, acne, unwanted hair or excessive sweating can still be a common problem that cannot be stopped with the help of an experienced clinician.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. When skin is afflicted with problems such as acne, hyperpigmentation, sagging, or other conditions, The Skin Studios offers a welcoming and friendly staff who provide services that can’t be beaten. Located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Allison Clement, MD, and Amber Littlefield, FNP-C, care for patients seeking to improve and enhance problematic skin. If you have skin concerns and are looking for answers, please call The Skin Studios at (337) 474-1220 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, which typically occurs on the face, back and chest, but can affect other areas of the body as well. Acne is caused by sebum, a naturally occurring oil produced in the skin that mixes with dirt, skin cells and bacteria to clog the pores and cause a pimple. Acne can occur at any age and is prominent in teenagers, people with oily skin or those who suffer from hormonal imbalances.

Acne can occur at any age and is also caused by other factors as well, such as wearing oily makeup, medications, genetics, and pregnancy. While some acne can be severe and hard to treat, other kinds may simply disappear without the need for skin care treatment. Fortunately, there are solutions are available for all types of acne with the help of The Skin Studios team, who can provide the answers and care you need for clean, fresh skin.

Forms of Acne

Frequent forms of acne include:

  • Whiteheads – A pale pustule found on the skin, caused by trapped dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria.
  • Blackheads – A darkened acne lesion, which contains oil that turned dark due to oxidation.
  • Papules – A closed, solid, raised pimple that is inflamed but doesn’t produce pus. Typically covered by inflamed skin.
  • Nodules – A growth of abnormal tissue which develops below the surface layer, deep within the skin’s tissue, often resembling a boil, cyst or abscess.
  • Cysts – A sac-like formation, occurring due to an infection. Cysts also contain air, fluid and other substances and can grow anywhere on the body.


Through medications and cleansing treatments, acne can be ridden from the body and continued buildup can be prevented for clearer, healthier skin.

Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating is also referred to as hyperhidrosis and is caused by overactive sweat glands. Though a common cause for embarrassment for people in social situations, treatment is available. Though there is no known cause, excessive perspiration normally occurs in more men than women and occurs on the inside of the hands, feet, armpits, and face.

Forms of Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis can develop at any time and the severity can change as well. Certain triggers, such as spicy foods, anxiety, emotion, and heat, can worsen the symptoms. Hyperhidrosis comes in many forms, such as:

  • Primary – Excessive sweating occurs in the palms of the hands, armpits, and soles of the feet. Sweat areas are typically symmetrical.
  • Secondary – Sweating can occur on one part of the body and does have a cause. Also referred to as focal sweating.
  • Generalized – Abnormal sweating occurs all over the body and is less common than primary and secondary forms. Generalized excessive sweating is normally caused by an underlying medical symptom.

Dr. Clement and Nurse Practitioner Littlefield of The Skin Studios offer injections to stop excessive sweating, such as Botox.

Hair Removal

Hair removal is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair. There are many types of excess hair removal treatments, which can be done at home or in a clinic; however, the most popular way for long-lasting hair removal is a laser treatment. Laser hair removal treatments are popular with patients who have light to heavy hair growth, which is caused by genetics, medications, and even hormones.

Types of Hair Removal

The Skin Studios utilizes laser hair removal technology to banish unwanted hair with the use of a laser instrument. Depending on the thickness of your hair, it is possible to achieve great results within one treatment or with a succession of treatments. Other popular, shorter lasting methods of hair removal include:

  • Shaving – Used for removing leg, facial, and arm hair with the use of a razor.
  • Tweezing – Ideal for removing a few hairs, such as on the face or stray hairs on the body, utilizing a tweezer.
  • Depilatory – A cream that dissolves the hair shaft within a few minutes and is rinsed or wiped away.
  • Waxing – The use of warm wax, applied to the skin, to pull hair from the follicles. Can be used over small or large areas of the body.

However, laser hair removal provides the longest lasting excess hair treatment, as this procedure targets the root of individual hair follicles for long-term regrowth prevention.

Hyperpigmentation

Smooth, even skin tone is one of the secrets to looking great. However, countless people suffer from mild to severe hyperpigmentation, in which patches of skin become a darker color than the surrounding skin. Sun damage, age spots, and an overproduction of melanin in the skin can all lead to hyperpigmentation, with unsightly blotches affecting various areas of the body, including the face.

Forms of Hyperpigmentation

While causes and effects of hyperpigmentation can vary, this condition can quickly impact both appearance and self-confidence. Common forms of hyperpigmentation include:

  • Solar – Ultraviolet rays are absorbed by melanin in the skin in order to prevent overexposure. However, the process can cause or increase the appearance of age spots, darkened skin patches, and freckles in the areas that have been the most exposed to the sun.
  • Melasma – These darkened brown or grey-brown skin patches are often the result of hormonal changes. As such, women are more likely to suffer from melasma than men. While pregnancy is a common cause of the hormonal changes behind the condition, fluctuations can be caused by numerous reasons.

Fractional laser resurfacing treatments can even skin tone and texture through individualized skin care plans. Depending on your unique needs, just a single visit may be necessary to bring a balanced skin pigment for great looking skin that stays even in tone and complexion year after year. Learn more about hyperpigmentation at the aad.org.

Scars

Acne, accidents, and serious skin conditions can all leave lasting scars that blemish the skin. When these occurrences affect the face, a person’s self-confidence and ideal appearance can be harmed over the long term. However, modern advancements in skin care have resulted in effective scar reduction treatments that provide fast acting and long lasting improvement in the appearance of scars.

Fractional laser resurfacing treatments penetrate into the skin affected by a scar to improve both tone and texture, reducing the appearance in even a single visit. Depending on your unique needs, multiple treatments may be needed to reduce the appearance of scars as much as possible.

Every person’s skin needs and scars are unique. As such, it is vital that everyone seeking scar removal find individualized treatments from medical teams with experience in aesthetic medicine.

Schedule a Skin Care Consultation Today

The team at The Skin Studios knows that skin issues are a problem for many people who can’t go at it alone. Dr. Clement and Nurse Practitioner Littlefield at The Skin Studios in Lake Charles, Louisiana, offers a variety of treatment plans to suit your specific needs for skin and hair. Make a call today at (337) 474-1220 or get in touch with us through an online contact form for additional information regarding our services.