Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S., affecting approximately 60 million people each year. While many cases are mild and can be controlled with medication and a consistent at-home cleansing routine, many individuals have it so severely that scarring can occur. Acne generally is a combination of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, small cysts, and other red, itchy, and inflamed areas on the skin. It is caused by a combination of clogged pores, dead skin cells, and bacteria and is most often seen in teenagers. However, it can affect adults of any age and often affects adults into their 40s. Acne most commonly appears on the face, chest, and back. To regain a healthier, more luminous look, consider making an appointment at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology in Corte Madera, CA. Our team can provide numerous therapy alternatives, which range from personalized at-home cleansing methods to prescription drugs and laser treatment.
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Acne occurs when a hair follicle (or pore) becomes clogged with sweat, dirt, dead skin cells, etc. With healthy skin, our natural oils make their way to the surface through our pores. However, when the pores are clogged, these oils cannot move past that blockage. As this oil remains below the surface, it can begin to harbor bacteria. This bacteria then triggers the body to send extra white blood cells to the area, which is the cause of the inflammation and redness that occurs as a blemish develops. Over time, this collection of bacteria, dead skin cells, and white blood cells erupt from its blockage, which is what we call a pimple. Acne flare-ups can be related to multiple things, such as hormonal changes, certain medications, anxiety, and an unhealthy diet. When the specific cause of your acne is determined, we can establish a suitable treatment program.
Symptoms of acne may vary, depending on the sort of acne you have and how severe it is. Blemishes are a standard, observable symptom of acne and present themselves in many obvious forms, such as whiteheads, cysts, pustules, papules, nodules, and blackheads. Every variation of blemish ranges from moderate to severe and will have to be handled accordingly. Various studies show that acne may also cause psychological symptoms, like lowered self-confidence and depression. Other symptoms related to acne are dark areas on the skin and lasting scars.
Research shows that over-the-counter medications don't treat severe acne effectively. Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology offers numerous treatment options to control and manage acne and clear its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, prescription medications, such as topical solutions and creams that contain sulfur, retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, can help. There are also oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, minocycline, or tetracycline that are effective to use. In addition to topical and oral prescriptions, laser treatments have also proven effective. Not only can a laser treatment help to deep clean and attack dead skin cells under the dermal layer, but it can also help reduce redness and other pigmentation issues associated with acne. Chemical peels and extractions may also help, depending on the type of acne you are experiencing. Other treatment options include laser skin resurfacing, dermal fillers and fat transfer, excision surgery, and dermabrasion or microdermabrasion.
Our patients typically notice the results of their acne treatments within about eight weeks; however, please keep in mind that every patient is different. During your consultation, we will be able to discuss realistic expectations for your particular case.
Clearer, brighter skin
If you're fed up with masking your acne with cosmetics or enduring the discomfort that can accompany it, we invite you to contact Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology Corte Madera to schedule a consultation. Our team of dermatological professionals has years of experience in evaluating skin conditions and creating personalized acne treatments. After your first visit, you'll be just a few months away from clearer, fresher skin.