Acne

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects millions of American even into adulthood. Expert, personalized treatments are available at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center to help you achieve clear, beautiful skin. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Acne Expert

What is Acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that almost everyone has had flare from time to time. It starts as small white bumps (comedones) and can progress to large pustules, nodules, and sometimes large, painful, deep cysts. Acne can appear almost anywhere but primarily affects the face and back.

Signs of acne include:

  • Oily skin
  • White and black spots (comedones)
  • Small red papules filled with pus (pustules)
  • Deep painful nodules sometimes with pus (cystic acne)
  • Scarring
  • Discoloration that takes months to resolve (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation)
If you or a loved one are dealing with acne, it is best to not pick at these lesions.

What causes Acne?

Acne is multifactorial meaning that many things contribute to it. For many, it starts in their teenage years when their body undergoes a series of hormonal changes (progesterone in females and testosterone in males). It is important to realize that not just teenagers can get acne.

Things that cause acne include:

  • Chemical exposures
  • Excessively oily skin
  • Athletic training or excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Items being used on the skin
  • Hormonal changes and imbalances
  • Bacteria (P. acnes)
  • Diet, particularly dairy

How is Acne treated?

The first step to getting clear skin is cleaning the skin. A quality, mild soap should be used every evening to clean the skin. Strong moisturizers should be used to keep the skin hydrated and healthy. Over the counter products such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are good places to start when treating acne.

When over-the-counter products don’t work, it is best to make an appointment to see a dermatologist. First-line care often includes adding a topical retinoid to use at night. These products promote new skin growth for a clean appearance and clear pores that have been occluded.

For stubborn lesions, we then consider stronger combination topicals of several medications, oral antibiotics like minocycline, chemical peels, and oral isotretinoin (Accutane).

For adult females, the oral medication spironolactone is very helpful in achieve clear skin for difficult lesions to clear.

What should I do if I or my family member has Acne?

If you have trouble achieve clear skin, call us today at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center. We can review your medications, diet, and skin care regiment to help identify causes and achieve clear skin.

Call the office today to make an appointment and 

start the process to achieving clear, beautiful skin.

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