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Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, anywhere on the epidermis where hair follicles can be found, but especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms.
It results from tiny glands beneath the skin surface, the sebaceous glands, becoming clogged with sebum, an oily substance whose normal collection and excretion keeps the skin and hair healthy. If clogged, bacteria can grow inside these glands, which in turn causes inflammation and pimpling of the adjacent skin.
As one of the most common skin conditions, acne afflicts adults as well as the vast majority of teens, but is typically more common during times of strong hormonal activity from early puberty throughout the adolescent period.
It is not a dangerous condition, but when left untreated, acne can result in deep skin scars.
There are a many treatment protocols addressing acne and acne scarring.
Meds and Antibiotics
Prescription meds (e.g. Accutane) and antibiotics are considered to be the classic approaches. Unfortunately, these are not always risk or side effect free and must be carefully monitored.
Laser therapy and Mesotherapy
In recent times Laser therapy and Mesotherapy is growing in popularity as they offer a safe and increasingly effective acne treatment, with various lasers designated to treating the condition when it is active or the typical scarring after it subsides.
Recent studies support the beneficial effects of acne-specific Diet protocols in the controlling of acne and patients may benefit from personalized, case-specific Nutrition Counseling.
As the first step in addressing acne the patient will have a thorough consultation with our dermatologist, whose is specialized in treating and controlling these skin conditions.
After examining your skin and evaluating the type and severity of the acne, the doctor will recommend the best type of therapy, which may include a combination of therapies, and work out a long-term plan for containing the condition.