The American Dermatologist Association finds that over 60 million Americans have active acne.
17 million adults are diagnosed with acne every year, so it is not just for the stereotypical teen-ager! Generally speaking, “acne” refers to the condition known as Acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne. While genetics is to blame for most acne problems, acne is also triggered by stress (which relates to hormonal changes), cosmetic and skin care products, environment, medications, pregnancy, and diets high in dairy products as well as carbohydrates.
To explain how we develop an acne breakout is simple. Our facial follicles, often called pores, become blocked with sebum (oil) and an accumulation of dead skin cells. This in turn blocks oxygen from getting in, allowing the bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes, to grow within the skin. A “whitehead” is formed when the sebum and bacteria fill a follicle below the skin surface. A “blackhead” occurs when the pore is open to the surface, allowing the sebum to oxidize, turning it black/brown in color. A “blackhead” is not caused from dirt and cannot be washed away. If the follicle wall ruptures below the skin surface, an inflammatory acne lesion will appear. This is called a papule and often appears red, raised and inflamed. One should never pick or squeeze any acne lesion, as this can result in the spread of bacteria in the lower layers of the skin and possibly leave a scar.
There are many options available for acne management. We offer several treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of acne:
We also offer treatments that help to alleviate acne scarring:
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