A: is for Acne
Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is the most common skin condition, affecting 85% of all teenagers and frequently persisting into adulthood. Acne affects up to 50 million Americans annually. Blockage of hair follicles and adjacent sebaceous glands by sebum and dead skin cells on the face, back and chest lead to inflammatory (papules, pustules, cysts, nodules) and noninflammatory lesions (black heads and white heads). Lesions may be accompanied by skin redness, pain and tenderness. The inflammation and sequelae of acne causes significant physical, emotional and psychological effects for those who experience it including embarrassment, decreased self-esteem, social anxiety, depression and facial scarring.
Core acne care focuses on treating and preventing breakouts, as well as preventing complications like acne scarring and pigmentary changes. For female patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), managing PCOS can positively impact the severity of acne symptoms.
– Prescription medicines including oral contraceptives and aldosterone antagonist
– Intralesional steroid injections
– Refinage Dual Resurfacing
– ActiveFX or DeepFX fractional laser resurfacing
Acne and acne scar treatment usually requires a multimodality approach, including a consistent skin care regimen and procedures, depending on how your acne presents. To learn more and find out what the best approach for you will be, contact our office to schedule your consultation today.