Feb 15 2018
Acne is a common skin condition that creates pimples, cysts, blocked pores, and other skin lesions. It is typically seen among teenagers, but for some, the problem extends into adulthood. Acne can spread beyond the face to areas on the neck, back, chest, shoulders, and arms. Acne is not life-threatening, but it can be emotionally taxing on those who deal with it. In severe cases, it can cause extreme scarring or disfigurement. Acne can occur when there is an overproduction of oil, dead skin cells that irritate pores, or a buildup of bacteria.
Do I Have Acne?
The symptoms of acne vary widely depending on your age, lifestyle, and daily hygiene routine. Common symptoms include the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, nodules, pustules, and redness.
How Do I Treat Acne?
Acne treatments are focused on reducing the production of oil while increasing the speed of skin cell turnover and reducing inflammation. Possible treatments include one or a combination of oral contraceptives, topical treatments, antibiotics, or isotretinoin. It is important to note that acne symptoms typically get worse before they get better. After your acne has been effectively managed through the proper treatment, scar treatment can begin. This can include tissue fillers, dermabrasion, laser treatment, or surgical excision. Studies show that using a combination of treatments results in greater success in healing the damage caused by scars.
How Do I Prevent Acne And Scarring?
There is no proven way to completely avoid future breakouts. But there are actionable at home methods that can be used to reduce the possibility of acne breakouts. To decrease your risk avoid using heavy makeup, remove all makeup before going to bed, use over the counter gels or creams to get rid of extra oil on the face, and do not pick or pop lesions. The key to allowing acne to heal is patience. Have patience with your body and its miraculous ability to heal as you pursue the proper treatment methods under the guidance of Dr. Potozkin.