Acne

What is Acne?

Acne is a very common skin condition that occurs when pores become plugged with oil, dead skin, and bacteria.  Acne is most common in teenagers and younger adults, especially on the face, neck, shoulder, back, chest, and upper arms but can affect people of all ages.  Another similar condition featuring red, rough, or bumpy skin on the face is Rosacea. How do you know if it is acne vs Rosacea?

Types of Acne

  • Whiteheads; dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria are trapped within your pore
  • Blackheads; clogged, open follicles
  • Papules; raised area of the skin and can be purple, pink, or red in color
  • Pustules; “whiteheads” are bulging skin that contains yellowish pus, commonly red bumps with white centers or hard white bumps
  • Nodules and Cysts; the most severe type of acne, when the inflammation goes deep into your skin

 

 

Common Acne Treatments

No matter your age or gender, acne can negatively affect your well-being.  Acne and acne scarring can keep you from feeling confident and attractive.  It can have profound socioemotional effects.  Dermatologists have numerous medical treatments to help with acne.  Any residual acne scarring can then be treated with Intense Pulse Light/laser treatments (link to comparison), microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma, fillers, and fractional lasers.  The type of acne scar(s) you have will determine which cosmetic treatment for acne scarring is best for you.