Acne is more than a superficial problem. Untreated acne can leave lifelong physical and emotional scars. You don't have to let acne ruin your day of defeat your self confidence. It can be improved and prevented with proper treatment.
Acne is a chronic, inflammatory disease that results in clogged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) and occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne, caused when an oily substance (called sebum) is trapped within a hair follicle, affects not only teenagers but adults as well.
Close to 100% of people between the ages of twelve and seventeen have at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead or pimple, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Many of these young people are able to manage their acne with over-the-counter (nonprescription) treatments. For some, however, acne is more serious. In fact, by their mid-teens, more than 40% of adolescents have acne severe enough to require some treatment by a dermatologist.
Today, virtually every case of acne can be resolved. The key to getting rid of acne lesions and preventing new ones from forming lies in knowing that:
- Resolution takes time
- What works for one person may not work for another.
- A dermatologist's help may be required.
Resolution Takes Time
Treatments that promise "fast," miraculous" or "overnight" results often capture the attention of acne sufferers hoping for quick resolution. However, the fact remains that acne does not clear overnight. Once acne significantly improves or clears, continued treatment is needed to keep acne from re-appearing.
What Works For One Person May Not Work For Another
What is an appropriate treatment for one person may not clear another's acne because many factors affect resolution, including the cause(s) of the acne, a person's skin type and the kind of acne lesions present.
A Dermatologist's Help May Be Required
With so many factors affecting clearance and a multitude of treatment options available (some only by prescription), a dermatologist's help can make a difference. Before prescribing treatment, dermatologists consider several factors, including the severity of the acne, types of lesions present, co-existing conditions, as well as the patient's age, skin type, lifestyle and motivation.
The knowledge gained from considering these factors allows dermatologists to create effective individualized therapy that will resolve the patient's acne over time and prevent new lesions from forming.
There are many ways to treat acne including orally, topically, and procedurally. If acne is a problem for you, come see us at The Skin Clinic. In addition to medical treatments for acne, we also offer skincare regimens and cosmetics that help to reduce and improve acne outbreaks.
Though neither oral nor topical treatments can improve the appearance of acne scars, dermatologists have a number of options for diminishing these scars. The Skin Clinic offers many of these options including microdermabrasion, glycolic and salicylic acid peels, and IPL Photorejuvenation. We also carry a complete line of mineral cosmetics and skin care products that can help make scars less visible.