What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition mostly affecting teens but can be seen in adults as well. While the use of some over-the-counter medications and daily cleaning of one’s face and hair can help lessen the effects, acne is a medical condition that can be caused by genetics and other factors completely out of one’s control. The most common types of acne are blackheads, whiteheads, painful pus-filled lesions, and nodules or solid, raised bumps on the skin. The social effects of acne are often times said to be the most significant, affecting one’s self confidence, often leading to depression and social withdrawal.

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The cause of acne is multi-factorial: excess oil production, dead skin cells becoming clogged in skin pores, hormones, bacteria, medications, and heredity all play a role. Contrary to popular belief though, acne is not caused by dirt or lack of cleanliness. Because acne is not caused by a single factor, treatments are designed to address several of the causes and are customized based of the skin type, type of acne, body area, and patient.

Nearly everyone suffers from acne; in fact, statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) suggested that roughly 85% of the entire American population is affected with the skin condition! Acne outbreaks can also occur anywhere on the body; however, the most common places acne occurs are the face, chest, upper back, shoulders, and neck.

If you are experiencing persistent pimples, inflamed cysts (painful pus-filled bumps and boil-like infections under the skin), you should see a dermatologist for treatment to avoid acne scarring. In addition to scarring, acne can be an emotional stress inducing factor for both teenagers and adults. Acne is a treatable medical condition and long-term scarring is preventable with early treatment.

Clarkston Dermatology uses an individualized approach to treat acne. A variety of therapies are used to achieve the best acne treatment possible. These approaches may include medication, in-office skin treatments, and Spectra laser acne treatments.

If you suffered from acne and are now left with acne scars, Clarkston Dermatology can help. We offer acne scar removal by way of laser and micro-needling treatments. In Michigan, we are one of the most technologically advanced dermatological facilities offering innovative treatments such as INFINI, Active FX, and Rejuvapen to reduce or eliminate the appearance of scars, including acne scarring. If you’re looking for the best treatment to get rid of acne scars, then laser procedures are the right choice. Find out more information about acne scar treatments and set up a free consultation.

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