Acne is among the most common skin conditions that may occur, affecting 40-50 million Americans at any one time. While acne is usually associated with the teenage years, increasing numbers of women between the ages of 30 and 50 are experiencing acne breakouts. Acne takes several forms, including blackheads, whiteheads, inflamed pimples, pustules, and deep cysts, and it can appear on the forehead, cheeks, mouth and chin area, shoulders, chest, and back.
Acne usually develops during puberty due to the increase in size and oil production of glands. Both men and women may develop acne, though women are more likely to experience ongoing acne as they age. Acne typically clears up on its own in the mid-20s, though you may want to seek treatment prior to that time for the physical and psychological problems that acne can sometimes cause.
There are also several lifestyle factors that may affect acne, such as stress, diet, and exercise. Stress has been known to cause acne to worsen, though it is not a cause of this skin condition in itself. Weight and pregnancy may also affect acne.
Acne is caused by a variety of factors, including hormones, greasy and oily skin, dead skin, and certain strains of bacteria. Hormonal changes result in the production of sebum, a skin oil that traps dead skin cells, clogging the pores. When your skin pores are clogged or blocked, the oil buildup causes irritation and creates pressure under the skin. This in turn creates an inflammatory response, which leads to pus bumps, redness, and discomfort.
Proper acne treatment prevents scars and skin discoloration and improves self-confidence. When you visit Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists, your treatment will depend on the type and extent of your acne. Some medications may take a few weeks to start improving your skin, and your acne may worsen for a time before it begins to clear. Possible treatments include oral and topical medications, and light-based treatments.
You can also minimize the development and affects of acne by:
- Cleaning your skin gently and thoroughly each day
- Avoiding touching your skin excessively
- Avoiding significant sun exposure
Dr. Michael J. Messina and our team understand that acne is stubborn, and we are committed to creating a customized solution to help you enjoy clear, radiant skin. You can schedule your consultation with our dermatologist for acne treatment in Palm Desert, California, by contacting Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists at 760-773-6616.