Acne is a skin condition that causes blemishes. This includes whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules (what many people call pimples), nodules, and cysts.
Acne occurs when pores on the surface of the skin become clogged.
Acne appears on the face but it can appear on other areas of the body. Acne can appear on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks.
Acne is most common in teenagers, but anyone can get acne.
Hormonal changes may cause the skin to become more oily.
Acne tends to run in families .This suggests that some people may have a genetic predisposition to acne.
Adult acne can be particularly frustrating, women are more susceptible . Acne can persist well into one’s 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Often causing deep-seated, tender, inflamed pimples and nodules, this type of acne is more common in women. Even those who have never had acne get late-onset acne. For some women, acne becomes a problem during menopause. Persistent acne tends to form on the lower face, predominately around the mouth, on the chin, and along the jawline.
Treatment that worked so well during adolescence often is ineffective. Over-the-counter topical medications tend to irritate the skin, making acne worse. Some women try numerous treatments without success.
Research does not show that chocolate, nuts, and greasy foods cause acne. However, diets high in refined sugars may be related to acne.
Products alone will not solve your problem. You also need an acne expert’s guidance.
You have natural oil in your pores called sebum which is what the acne bacteria feed on. An increase in hormonal activity and/or stress can cause an increase in sebum production. This causes your acne to get worse in two ways. It increases the number of pores that get clogged; and it creates a bigger food source for the bacteria.
Some foods, especially foods high in iodides, i.e. salty foods, sushi, some seafood can actually irritate the follicle walls and make acne worse.
We have patients with very sensitive skin. We will only give you treatments and skin care products that you can tolerate.
You will probably have to continue to treat your acne to keep it under control for a while. It’s different for everyone, but some people need to continue treatment for years. Eventually, your pores will burn out, not produce as much sebum and will no longer have a habit of getting clogged, but no-one knows when that happens.
Sometimes I get a real big pimple in an obvious place and I feel that I’ve got to squeeze it to make it go away more quickly. Is that OK?
No. Every time you pick or squeeze at your skin you are taking a chance on spreading the bacteria, infecting the lesion and creating a permanent future scar. So it is much more likely that instead of making it go away quicker, you will actually make it worse and last longer. When you break the skin and it forms a scab, that will cause a red mark that can last for months .
Medical procedures, such as Microneedling (Dr Dermic® Pen) or chemical peels, may help clear stubborn acne and Acne Scars . Learn more about these acne treatments.
Acne treatments aren’t a one-size-fits-all commodity. If prescription creams and antibiotics aren’t working for you — or if you can’t tolerate the side effects these medications can cause — you might consider acne treatments that can be provided at Weston Medical Clinic & Cosmetic Center.
Ranging from blue-light therapy to chemical peels, several types of office-based medical procedures have been found to be effective acne treatments for many people.
Regardless of which acne treatments you use, try to keep your expectations realistic. Acne can’t be cured, only controlled. You won’t start seeing improvements from most treatments for four to eight weeks, and your acne might appear worse before it gets better.
Call us today and schedule a free VISIA® Complexion Analysis with Dr Phanor Calle a Board Certified Aesthetic Medicine Physician.
VISIA® starts with a digital photograph of your face which Dr Calle can use to document the condition of your skin and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment options available to you. The system generates comprehensive reports to add to your record and with which to track your progress to a healthier, more youthful looking complexion.