What is Acne?

acneAcne (acne vulgaris) is a common, often chronic skin problem that affects many teenagers and a significant number of adults. While acne is slightly more common (particularly the severe type) in males during the teenage years, in adulthood, acne affects more females and for a longer period of time.

What Does Acne Look Like?

Acne can appear in many forms: as blackheads, whiteheads, inflamed (red and tender) pimples or larger, painful cysts. The root cause of acne is abnormal development and function of cells inside of the hair follicles and oil glands in the skin. This leads to clogging of oil glands associated with hair follicles, the failure to deliver oils (sebum) to the skin’s surface, and the buildup of bacteria within the gland which results in inflammation and the development of the acne lesion.

Patients with acne are often teased about their appearance (particularly in the teenage years), can feel undesirable or unattractive (at any age), and can suffer from varying degrees of decreased self esteem, anxiety, depression, and even become antisocial (also at any age). Untreated or mistreated acne can result in permanent scarring, which can lead to further decreases in self-esteem and self worth that can last well into adulthood.

Your Treatment Options

Fortunately, patients do not need to suffer from acne. Acne can be successfully and safely treated in virtually all cases. However, it is important that the correct diagnosis be made and that the appropriate treatment be initiated early on in the course of the condition in order to avoid potentially permanent consequences.

Patients with acne are best examined and treated by an accredited dermatologist, a skin specialist, who is appropriately trained to diagnose and treat acne in a safe and effective manner.

Dr. Lubitz has a special interest in acne and acne scarring and has more than 20 years of experience in treating the varying kinds of acne situations. He is very well trained and knowledgeable in the most advanced treatment options available for this condition.

At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, treating acne is one of our specialities. There are many very successful and safe treatment options for acne, including medical and nonmedical options. Some medical examples include oral and topical medications in addition to several non-drug treatments including lasers, light therapy, chemical peels and medical grade cosmeceuticals (skin care products). Our skin care specialists can review the different acne treatments available in addition to guiding patients to help them understand how appropriate skin care can help keep their acne under control.

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