What is Acne?

Acne, the most common skin condition, affects not only teens, but also adult men and women.  Acne is caused when a pore becomes clogged with dead skin cells.  Naturally occurring oils trap these cells and provide a fertile growth medium for local bacteria, encouraging local inflammation.  Hormones further accelerate oil production.

Blackheads, whiteheads, papules and pustules (commonly called pimples), cysts, and nodules result. 

Acne can present on the face, neck, chest, back, arms, thighs, and or buttocks.


How is Acne diagnosed?

A dermatologist will examine affected areas to determine the type of acne and the scale of the acne to tailor a unique regimen for you.


When should I see a Dermatologist for my Acne?

Many assume that acne will just “run its course” and doesn’t require treatment.  Acne can leave dark marks, permanent scars and affect one’s self esteem. There are also many effective treatments for acne.  Milder forms can be treated with over the counter products, usually requiring 4-8 weeks of continued use to start to see improvement and require continued maintenance therapy.

If over the counter treatments are not effective for your acne or you are experiencing a large number of blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, cysts or nodules, it is time to see a dermatologist. 


What are the treatments for Acne?

Acne can be effectively controlled. 


Acne treatment applied to the skin can be effective and useful for acne.  These can contain benzoyl peroxide, topical antibiotics, and retinoids and are often prescription strength.  The dermatologist will tailor the appropriate combination for your type of acne.


Oral treatments for acne can include oral antibiotics, oral contraceptives, hormone based treatments and isotretinoin.  These are effective for inflammatory acne presenting with papules and pustules, and nodular and cystic acne. 


What Procedures are used to Treat Acne?

There are a a number of procedures available to treat acne.  These can include:

Light based treatments

Extractions of blackheads and whiteheads

Injections into cysts

Chemical Peels

Holistic Complementary treatments are also available to complement acne treatment.


Call Lake Shore Dermatology today to schedule an appointment for evaluation of your acne.  During your consultation, a customized skin care regimen and treatment plan will be tailored for your acne. 

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