Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States – and it’s not just teenagers affected by acne. The unsightly and embarrassing bumps effect people of all ages, both male and female. Diagnosing and treating your acne is important to self-esteem and prevention of acne scarring.
Nearly everyone has had at least one pimple. About 40 to 50 million Americans have acne at any one time. While teenagers are a large group of patients seen for acne, it can occur at any age – even in newborn babies. Into adulthood – acne, including cystic acne – can effect both men and women even after they’ve reached middle age.
Acne is generally caused by clogged pores in our skin. Typically, dead skin cells are shed – but sometimes, they can stick together and get stuck in our pores. The cells stick together due to sebum, of which the body periodically increases production to keep our skin from drying out. When this happens – the dead skin cells get trapped inside the pores, accumulate there – and irritate the bacteria that lives on our skin. With the bacteria multiplying inside the clogged pore causing inflammation. The pore becomes red and swollen as an acne cyst or ‘pimple’ appears.
At Skintastic Dermatology, we offer an array of comprehensive and customized treatment plans for acne. From oral acne treatments and topical medications, our experienced practitioners has the experience to help tailor a plan just for you. To help you feel and look your best – we also offer cosmetic treatments to reduce scarring or exfoliate your skin. We can help you settle into a more healthy regimen that will result in skin that looks and feels great.