Has unsightly acne been disturbing to you every time you look in the mirror? You no longer have to suffer or feel as if there is no hope to treat your condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 40-50 million Americans are affected by acne and this can often reduce self-esteem and may cause depression. Dr. Steve Musick and his team of skincare professionals can help you finally keep your condition under control and keep your skin looking as clear as possible.
WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is the most common dermatologic condition and is also known as pimples. Pimples can appear as either whiteheads or blackheads or red bumps most commonly on the face, back and neck. Acne is a condition where our natural hormones make the oil glands in our skin malfunction resulting in the oil glands becoming clogged.
TYPES OF BLEMISHES
Whiteheads – closed plugged pores
Blackheads – open plugged pores
Papules – small, red, tender bumps
Red Pustules – papules with pus in them
Nodules – large, painful, solid lumps beneath the surface of the skin
Cystic lesions – pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin
Pustules, cysts and nodules more commonly lead to scarring than do whiteheads and blackheads.
If you seek medical treatment for acne during the early stages, and your pimples remain small, you have a lesser chance of having long lasting scarring.
WHAT AGE IS ACNE MOST COMMON?
Adolescents very commonly suffer from acne (>80%). Acne is significantly less common in adults (<5%), with adult females making up the majority of these.
HOW TO TREAT ACNE
Dr. Steve Musick, is a Board Certified Dermatologist by the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Musick and his team advise that many popular non-prescription over- the-counter medications can cause reactions if not used properly, so proper evaluation is key to treating acne.
There are numerous treatments that Dr. Musick and his team can perform, and it is best to make an appointment for proper evaluation of any skin condition.
Treatment of acne often involves the use of combinations of items below:
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Oral & topical antibiotics
- Hormonal treatments
- Isotretinoin (Accutane)
- Intense Pulsed Light Treatment