Acne is a common skin condition that approximately 40-50 million people1 in the United States alone. Acne is frequently associated with teenagers and young adults, it can be observed in people across all ages.
Acne is caused by numerous factors. Genetics, hormone levels, diet, psychological stress, and environmental conditions all can contribute to skin outbreaks. Acne formation begins with the clogged pore (comedone). As we continuously shed dead skin cells and oil into our pores, the pore eventually becomes clogged with dead skin cells cemented with oil. Bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) grow in the pore and promote inflammation. The combination of clogged pores and bacterial growth can cause the pore to rupture, resulting in the inflamed acne lesion.
Fortunately, there are many effective acne treatments, ranging from traditional medical treatment of acne with topical creams and oral medicines to cutting-edge treatment of acne with lasers. The exact type of treatment depends on a global consideration of many factors including but not limited to the patient’s medical history, acne severity, and skin type. It is always important to treat acne early on because of the potential for discoloration and scarring if acne persists chronically without treatment.
Call Wall Street Dermatology today to schedule your appointment for an acne consultation.
Dr. Julia Tzu will customize an acne treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
1. Bhate K, Williams HC. Epidemiology of acne vulgaris. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Mar;168(3):474-85.