Suffering From Acne? You Are Not Alone
Acne is the most frequent skin condition seen by medical professionals. Acne consists of pimples or zits that appear on the face, back, and chest. About 80 percent of adolescents have some form of acne, and about five percent of adults experience acne. Fortunately, there are many treatments available for the treatment of acne. McGuiness Dermatology will assist you in finding the best treatment so your skin can be as healthy and clear as possible.
What Causes Acne?
Adolescent acne is caused by several things. First of all, genetics. If your parents had significant acne, you are likely to, also. Same if they did not. There are exceptions, both ways, of course. The basic specifics of acne, are that the oil gland produces oil, often excessively in adolescence. The pores get clogged by sticky skin cells, which should normally slough off. The retained skin cells or oil production can lead to swelling of the oil gland, and the formation of bumps in the skin, and bacteria in the gland and skin can increase in number. All of the above, can then lead to inflammation, irritation, and redness of the skin. The results are blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, redness, soreness, and swelling.
Acne Treatments That Really Work
There are many types of treatment for acne. All of them work for most people, but what works best for you, is a matter of trial and error. Depending on your specific type of acne, one, or several types of acne treatment, may be prescribed. For the best results, you must be seen by the provider for the initial consult, and then regularly until the acne is controlled. It takes motivation to treat acne successfully, as there is scheduled work involved, which must be done nearly every day. Otherwise, failure and frustration will arise. Acne creams, antibiotic pills, and non-antibiotic pills are the mainstay of acne treatment. However, in-office light treatments, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, may be recommended. Unfortunately, these treatments are not paid for by insurance, despite the fact that they are regularly seen to improve acne. In severe cases of acne that do not respond to the above, a pill called isotretinoin may be discussed.
The Benefits of Acne Treatment
Clearly, decreasing the amount of acne one has leads to an improved appearance, and increased self-esteem, and acceptance by others. Importantly, less scarring is also seen. Many studies have shown that people who look good and feel good about themselves, are more successful, in general, in American society. Even if there is not a major concern about the scars from acne during adolescence, most people who did not aggressively treat their acne and end up with appreciable scarring regret that decision over time. Acne scars can be treated, but they cannot usually be completely removed, and treatments are expensive, with some down time required in many cases. Even acne that looks relatively mild can sometimes lead to significant scars over time. Aggressive acne treatment is highly recommended. McGuiness Dermatology can tailor a program to your acne type, based on mutual discussion and your preferences for treatment.