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Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages and skin types, to include dry, oily and sensitive skin.
Your body naturally keeps the skin moist by producing oil through the oil glands in your hair follicles. However, when your hair follicles get clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells, bacteria start to grow, and this causes pimples and blemishes to appear.
The most common types of pimples are:
Whiteheads: white-colored pimples
Blackheads: black-colored pimples
Papules: tender, small, pink bumps
Pustules: pimples with pus on the top and red on the bottom of the lesion
Nodules: hard, large, painful pimples that arise deep in the skin
Cysts: pus-filled, deep, painful pimples that often result in scars
Acne Treatment Options
In this procedure, your provider will remove the top layers of skin with a chemical solution. Chemical peels are also helpful in reducing pore size and evening out the skin’s texture.
This treatment is very popular as it helps stimulate collagen and elastin production by creating microscopic pinpoint wounds on the surface of the skin. The increase in collagen production helps speed up the skin’s ability to cure itself naturally.
This procedure helps unclog the pores and hydrate the skin. After this treatment, the surface of the skin will appear smoother and fresher.
A deep cleaning facial that removes the dirt and debris from the skin. Blackhead extractions are generally customary with facials.
Medical Grade Products or Gels
Your esthetician may recommend a cream or gel that you will apply to the affected areas to help reduce further breakouts or scarring.
This procedure involves using a device to gently scrape away at the top layer of skin. As your skin heals, the surface of the skin will appear smoother and rejuvenated.
This treatment uses high-energy laser devices to resurface the top layers of damaged skin.
Pulsed light and LED light therapy are highly effective as an acne treatment. Light sources are used to decrease acne-causing bacteria on the skin.
Complimentary Skin Consultations
After a thorough examination of your skin, we can accurately diagnose and determine the best way to treat your acne. Acne may be an indicator of another skin condition, so it’s important to see a skincare professional to ensure an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
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A list of additional frequently asked questions related to acne treatments.
1. Will acne go away on its own?
In many cases, acne will go away on its own at the end of puberty; however, a lot of people still struggle with acne well into adulthood. The good news is that almost all acne can be successfully treated. It’s a matter of finding the right treatment plan for you. You should resist using homemade remedies to treat acne, as in most cases this will cause the acne to get worse and clog the pores more.
2. Does accutane help treat acne?
Accutane is a form of vitamin A and is a prescription strength acne treatment. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.
Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
3. Can what I eat cause acne?
Generally, no. The primary trigger of most cases of acne is the fluctuation of hormones. Hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum, which can block pores. Bacteria can then grow within the pores, causing them to become inflamed and break out.
That happens at times of major hormonal change, such as during the menstrual cycle, and during the teen years, no matter what you eat. So despite what your grandmother told you, eating too many potato chips won’t make you break out in pimples.
4. What are the different types of acne?
1. Whiteheads: Pimples which remain under the surface of the skin 2. Blackheads: Blemishes that occur when an open pore is clogged and that clog oxidizes and becomes dark in color
3. Papules: Small pink bumps that may be sensitive to the touch 4. Pustules: Blemishes that are red and filled with white or yellow pus 5. Nodules: Blemishes that are large, painful, and solid to the touch which remain deep under the surface of the skin 6. Cysts: Deep, painful, pus-filled pimples which are likely to cause scarring. Cystic acne is known to be one of the most difficult types of acne to address.
5. Why do I break out before my cycle?
If you find yourself always getting a flare up around your period you may find yourself wondering about the connection between menstruation and acne. Prior to your period you experience an increase in androgens—male sex hormones—and a decrease in estrogen—female sex hormones. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this hormonal fluctuation can be responsible for excess sebum production, dead skin cell build-up, an increased number of acne-causing bacterium, and skin inflammation.
6. Does retinal help treat acne?
Retinal is a vitamin A derivative that unclogs pores, boosts collagen to reduces fine lines, and speeds cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Patients on retinol cream or other similar products experience not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin.
7. What are the best acne treatment options for darker or black skin?
Not every acne treatment is safe for darker skin types, as some acne treatments may cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones. In addition to a proper skincare routine, acne treatment options that work best for black skin include regular chemical peels, HydraFacials, and facials.
8. How do you treat mask acne, or "maskne"?
Maskne is a real challenge facing society right now as more and more people are discovering that regular use of face masks is causing irritation on the skin. In addition to a proper skincare routine, mask acne treatment options include regular deep cleanings such as HydraFacials, and facials.