Acne is a very common condition amongst adolescents and adults, in particular adult females. Acne is individualized to the patient and can involve different types of lesions (blackheads, cyst-like, pimples, and whiteheads), different affected body parts (face, neck, chest, shoulders and back) and resolve in different ways (scars, redness and darker skin).
A customized treatment approach to your acne is what the healthcare providers and aestheticians at Advanced Dermatology specialize in. We understand that your acne affects more than your skin, it affects how you feel as a person. Come in today so we can get you back in your healthy, clear skin and restore your confidence in yourself.
Q: What causes acne?
A: Acne is not an infection of the skin, instead it is a multi-factorial inflammatory condition. Four factors involved include (1) hormones that lead to increased oiliness in the skin, and (2) altered skin turnover, which leads to clogged pores. (3) Normal bacteria on the skin, propionibacterium acnes, thrive in the clogged pores leading to (4) an inflammatory response.
Q: Is there anything I can eat or do to improve my acne?
A: There is conflicting information about the role of diet with acne. It is best to consume a healthy, well-balanced diet. Over-cleansing of the skin will not make acne go away faster or keep it away, and you should avoid picking, squeezing, scrubbing or scratching acne lesions. This can lead to longer healing times, skin infections, discoloration and scarring. Lastly, when applying any products to your acne areas, look for products that are oil-free and/or “non-comedogenic” (not acne causing).
Q: What treatments are available for my acne?
A: There are many treatments available for acne, including over-the-counter, prescription-strength and procedural therapies. Over-the-counter therapies are topical (including newer medicated soap bars) and include the ingredients benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, retinol, salicylic acid or sulfur. Additionally, sea coral has been used to treat acne. Prescription-strength therapies include topical medications (azelaic acid, clindamycin, dapsone, retinoids, sulfacetamide sodium) and oral medications (antibiotics, hormone regulators, retinoids). Procedural therapies include facials, chemical peels, laser and light therapy. Combining medical therapies with procedures often leads to better results.