Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. But it is not just a teenage problem. The American Academy of Dermatology reports 80 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 30 suffer from mild to moderate acne. It can be a frustrating problem, especially when you thought you had left your skin problems behind in your teens.
Acne is caused by three major factors:
- Overproduction of oil by enlarged oil glands in the skin
- Blockage of the hair follicles that release oil
- Growth of bacteria, called P. acnes, within the hair follicles
Working with a skin care professional to prescribe the appropriate skin care products and treatments is key to gaining control of your skin. It most often requires a series of treatments along with the appropriate products to clear acne and prevent future breakouts from occurring. In addition, our office specializes in treating the scars that are left behind from acne. These can often be as discouraging to patients as the actual acne breakouts and sometimes take a handful of different treatments and products to be effective. We work with each patient individually to develop an acne treatment program and the results can be as dramatic as the ones shown below!