Acne is a widespread skin condition affecting both adolescents and adults, with over 650 million people globally suffering from this prevalent issue. Acne develops when natural skin oils and dead skin cells clog hair follicles and pores, providing an environment for bacteria to thrive and exacerbating pimples, whiteheads, and other acne symptoms. This condition impacts individuals of all races and genders.

At The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center at Creedmoor, your skin health is our top priority. Whether you're dealing with acne at 13, 23, or 53, our expert dermatologists are here to help. Schedule an appointment with a trusted Creedmoor provider for a personalized treatment plan tailored to your skin's unique needs. Start your journey to clear, healthy skin today!

What are the Symptoms of Acne?

  • Acne can appear on the face, neck, chest, back, and upper arms.
  • Acne symptoms can vary widely, both in the severity of blemishes and the areas affected. 
  • Some people may get a few blemishes such as pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. 
  • More severe blemishes include inflammatory cysts that contain pus or other fluid, and nodules, or firm lesions under the skin. 
  • These can all occur in localized areas or in areas on the face, back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks.

Causes of Acne

  • Hormonal Fluctuations: Hormonal changes, especially during puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy, can stimulate acne.
  • Bacterial Infection: When hair follicles become clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells, bacteria multiply, triggering inflammation.
  • Diet: Some studies suggest that certain foods may influence acne development.
  • Medications: Certain medications can contribute to acne development.
  • Stress: Stress doesn't directly cause acne, but it can exacerbate existing conditions. 

Acne Prevention

Preventing acne involves a simple yet effective routine. Cleanse your face twice daily with a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser and moisturize with an oil-free product. Stay hydrated, maintain a balanced diet, and refrain from touching your face to minimize bacterial transfer. 

For persistent issues, consult with your dermatologist for personalized medical-grade guidance. Working with a skin expert can help you create a foundation and routine for clear, healthy skin for your lifetime skin journey. 

Acne FAQs

Over-the-counter acne products typically contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxy acids. These products can be effective for mild acne. Prescription treatments, on the other hand, may include stronger formulations of these ingredients or other medications such as topical or oral antibiotics, retinoids, or hormonal therapies. Your dermatologist can assess the severity of the acne and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

While acne cannot always be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. These include keeping your skin clean, avoiding excessive scrubbing or picking at your skin, using non-comedogenic skincare products, and managing stress levels.

Acne is a common skin condition that can affect people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. It is most commonly associated with adolescence due to hormonal changes during puberty, but acne can persist or develop in adults as well. 

There are several types of acne, including whiteheads (closed comedones), blackheads (open comedones), papules (small red bumps), pustules (pimples containing pus), nodules (large, painful lumps), and cysts (deep, painful pimples).

Dermatologists tailor acne treatments based on the individual's skin type and the severity of the condition. Common treatments include topical medications like retinoids and benzoyl peroxide, oral antibiotics, and, in some cases, oral contraceptives or isotretinoin. Light and laser therapies may also be recommended. Results vary, but many patients experience a significant reduction in acne lesions, improved skin texture, and minimized scarring. Consistency with the prescribed treatment plan is key to achieving optimal outcomes.

Dermatologists offer various treatments to address acne scarring, including laser therapy, chemical peels, microneedling, and fillers. While complete removal of scars may not always be possible, significant improvement is often achievable. Dermatologists work with patients to develop customized treatment plans, providing realistic expectations and guiding them through a process that can lead to smoother, more even-toned skin. 

Early intervention and consistent follow-up with a dermatologist are crucial for optimizing outcomes in the management of acne and its potential scarring.

From Our QualDerm Family of Brands: Acne Treatment Options

Acne Treatment Options

If you have acne, our skin experts can develop a treatment plan that is safe, effective, and personalized for your health needs and the condition of your skin. Depending on the severity of your acne, considerations can be given to: topical therapy including creams, lotions, and gel; oral medication including, but not limited to, oral antibiotics, oral hormonal medications, and in severe cases, oral retinoid medications.

Consulting with our team of expert dermatologists can help identify the specific factors contributing to your condition and guide you toward personalized solutions for clearer, healthier skin. Schedule your appointment today!