Acne is a common and troublesome condition for many teenagers and some adults. Acne most commonly affects the cheeks, nose, forehead, neck, back, and chest. It is characterized by plugged pores which produce blackheads and whiteheads, inflamed pimples and deeper cystic or nodular lesions. Over time, acne can clear up without treatment, however if severe acne can lead to significant scarring. Acne lesions and the scars left behind can significantly affect one's appearance and self image.
Human skin contains pores with glands that produce sweat and a protective substance called sebum. During puberty hormone levels are increased and this stimulates the production of sebum. The sebaceous glands that produce sebum subsequently enlarge and contribute to plugging the pores. Pores can also be clogged by surrounding skin cells shedding and getting stuck in the sebum. Adults can also have hormonally induced acne due to hormonal changes brought on by menopause, ovarian dysfunction, or stopping oral contraceptive pills.
Safe and effective treatments are now available for most types of acne. Be sure to check with your insurance to see if treatment for acne is covered under your plan -- many plans do cover the costs of office visits and some acne treatments. If you are dissatisfied with the effectiveness or inconvenience of your current regimen, please call for an appointment and we'll be happy to work with you to find a solution to resolve your acne.