Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when oil and dead skin cells clog the skin’s pores. Acne primarily affects teens; more than 85% experience at least a mild form of this condition. It most commonly occurs on the face, chest, back, shoulders, and neck. Acne affects young men and young women about equally, but there are differences. Men are more likely than women to have more severe, longer lasting forms of acne. In contrast, women are more likely to have intermittent acne due to hormonal changes associated with their menstrual cycle and acne caused by cosmetics.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Acne usually begins in adolescence, when both genders experience increased hormones. However, some individuals experience acne into their thirties, forties, and beyond. For reasons not completely understood, pores overproduce cells and sometimes get blocked. Sebum (oil), which normally drains to the surface, gets clogged and bacteria begin to grow. Both blackheads and whiteheads start out as a miniature clogged pore and can lead to papules, pustules, cysts, and even nodules.
We offer many options to improve your acne. The main types of treatment are prescription medicines, chemical peels, laser treatments, and skincare products. In many cases, we recommend that all options are used together for optimum results.
Acne is a result of hormonal imbalances that can occur in newborns through octogenarians. The most frequent cases are those we see in adolescents when the greatest surge of hormones is underway. Since everyone is different and has different skin types, and different acne, we create a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
We educate our patients about products they should wash with, what topical medications they may use and how often. If acne is more severe we may add an oral antibiotic or hormones for females. In cases of severe acne that may lead to scarring we may suggest a much stronger oral agent.
If scarring has already occurred, there are many ways to improve the appearance and texture of the skin including: topical creams, peels, injectables, and ultimately Fraxel Dual.
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