What Causes Acne?
Acne is a disease of the oil glands and occurs where these glands are the largest and most active (face, back, shoulders, and chest.) It often begins at puberty, but it may begin after the teenage years. Most teenagers have some form of acne and 50% need acne treatment for it. For some individuals, acne can persist into adulthood.
There are many causes of acne but simply stated, acne is caused by plugging of the oil glands. This causes whiteheads and blackheads to appear, also known as closed and open comedones. After the oil gland is blocked, oil begins to build up and bacteria can begin to grow in the blocked glands. The bacteria cause the body to form red bumps and pus bumps, commonly referred to as pimples. In some cases, large cysts can begin to form that are filled with pus. The severity of acne differs from person to person and this can determine what acne treatment is appropriate.
Acne can greatly affect a person’s self-confidence and how they feel in their skin. For this reason, we take acne treatment very seriously. As mentioned above, there are many different causes of acne, and therefore there are many different treatments available. After we have determined the cause of your acne, we will use the appropriate treatment options available that will help clear your skin.
Some treatment options we utilize are:
Acne can be difficult to treat, but there are a variety of treatments available. We will tailor a treatment specific for you. In addition to the treatment strategies listed above, recommendations will be given for over-the-counter washes and other products that can be helpful. We are aggressive in our treatment of acne in order to prevent acne scarring. Acne scarring can persist well after acne has cleared and can be a source of concern for most patients.
If you have questions concerning Acne, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.