Medical & Surgical Dermatology
Acne is the most common skin problem in the United States. It occurs in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and lumps, sometimes called nodules. Acne results when a pore in your skin is clogged with dead skin cells or bacteria cause inflammation inside your pores.
Common causes of acne:
- Bacteria causing inflammation within pores
- Environmental factors, such as humidity, causing swelling of the skin
- Certain medications
- Genetic factors
- Hormonal changes
- Oil glands producing more sebum (an oil that prevents skin from drying out)
- Pores clogged with dead skin cells
Most acne appears on the face, but it can also be on the shoulders, upper arms, chest, neck and back.
Acne dermatologists classify acne before treatment; it varies from mild to moderate in most cases. Mild acne is classified as having a few to several blemishes, and moderate acne consists of several to many blemishes. Severe acne is classified as many or extensive blemishes, including acne cysts.
Untreated acne can be emotionally damaging, especially in the teenage years. Acne scarring, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety can result from untreated acne, so talk to a Water’s Edge dermatologist and get serious medicine for your skin.
Unfortunately, acne is not a curable condition, but your Water’s Edge acne dermatologist can treat your acne and help prevent new breakouts from occurring. Water’s Edge offers several treatment options, and your acne dermatologist will determine the right treatment for you.
Acne treatments include:
- Topical prescriptions
- Acne surgery
- Oral antibiotics or birth control pills
- Photodynamic therapy
Acne treatments prevent new breakouts from occurring, but you must let existing blemishes heal. This is why acne treatments can take a few weeks to make noticeable improvements.
Tips for acne prevention:
- Wash your face twice a day and after perspiring
- Use your fingers to cleanse your face, anything else could cause irritation
- Use gentle, alcohol-free cleansers that don’t dry out your skin
- Do not scrub your skin
- Use lukewarm water, not hot water
- Do not pop or pick at your acne
- Try to keep your hands away from your face
- Protect your skin from sun overexposure
- Use only oil-free, water-based moisturizers and cosmetics
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Learn what your Water’s Edge acne dermatologist can do to help you with your acne. Click here to schedule an appointment for serious medicine for your skin.