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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 up 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:

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: 

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 they clear pores that have been occluded.

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

For adult females, the oral medication, spironolactone, is very helpful at clearing difficult lesions.

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

If you are having trouble achieving clear skin, call us today at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center. We can review your medications, diet, and skin care regimen 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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